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I am the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Virginia. Among other things, I coordinate admissions and financial aid for all the nursing programs.

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    UVA MSN CNL 2015

    After Saturday morning, there will be a link that indicates that the letter is available. The link will become valid on that day. Information about the Conway Scholarships will be sent in February (after we know who has accepted the offer of admission). I would recommend begin to prepare the information for the FAFSA which will need to be submitted by January 31st.
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    UVA MSN CNL 2015

    The decisions will be available on Saturday, December 20. You will need to log into the application itself and there will be a link that says "Your Admissions Decision is Available". Click on that link to see the decision letter. That link "goes live" on the 20th at 12:01am Eastern Time. Those offered admission will have one month to confirm their space and pay a $250 deposit. We expect to turn to the Waiting List in early February if needed. We anticipate 36 spaces for the Charlottesville cohort and 4-6 spaces for the Abingdon cohort.
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    Help! Non-nursing best path to Psychiatric NP

    While there are many Direct Entry MSN programs that would prepare you to become a nurse and a NP in one 3-year (full-time program), none of these are fully online. None of these are in Kansas. Since you are not available to relocate to another state, I would recommend pursuing an Accelerated BSN program, and then pursuing PMHNP preparation (in a MSN or a BSN-DNP) at a later date.
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    NFLP loan repayment--has anyone had trouble after graduation?

    Are you open to relocation for a teaching position or a long commute? My University has offered the NFLP since 2006, and we have seen the opportunity for loan cancellation if you are open to moving where the jobs may be. It is hard to know precisely where the open positions will be in the year you complete the DNP program. Be open to the possibility that you might not get a fulltime job offer in your town.
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    CNL vs NP?

    ®Nurse The finance component is covered in our Care Environment Management I & II classes. The course description for the second semester class is: The course emphasizes the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader as a leader, educator, and advocate for safe, cost effective, and quality care. It examines active participation and communication strategies of the clinical nurse leader within the interdisciplinary system. Students develop competency in nursing informatics to monitor and improve organizational and clinical performance.
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    Lenght of bsn- dnp

    Our BSN-DNP tracks are 71-79 credits (depending on the track). This should take 3 years fulltime. Part-time will take longer (depending on whether you take 1, 2 or 3 courses per term).
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    CNL vs NP?

    We've had a CNL program for a decade now, and have three entry points (Masters Entry, RN with an Associates Degree, and BSN-prepared). We instruct our Master's Entry folks that they will be interviewing for the same novice/new grad positions that BSN graduates are seeking. The vast majority of institutions we deal with treat the new grad CNL the same as a new grad BSN --- but there are some institutions that definitely prefer one group over the other. In general, we've seen the CNL grad rise faster up the clinical ladder than the BSN-prepared grad but a CNL grad is not at the full extent of the CNL role until 2 or so years after graduation. Personally, I am not a big fan of the L-word in the 'CNL' name. They are not "leaders" in the way that nurse managers are leaders or the CNO is a leader. We view the CNL as a bedside clinician with additional training in care coordination, patient safety, error reduction, and outcomes enhancement. But that is too many words to fit neatly on a name badge. In our own curriculum/program, the Direct Entry CNL grad spends over 500 hours in a single unit over 8 months (the final two semesters of the program). This is much more time than our BSN grad spends in any single unit. With us, there is much more time for the manager and senior unit clinicians to assess the qualities/aptitude of the CNL student since they see them 20 hours a week for those 8 months.
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    UVA MSN CNL 2015

    Phil: In the second summer of the program all students take a course in Community & Population Health. The classroom part of this course is taught across 2 weeks. Then students have 4-6 weeks for their practicum experiences for this course. About 1/2 of the class has gone overseas (this summer's sites included South Africa, Denmark, Central America, the Caribbean and Thailand) for their clinical experience; the other half have remained in Virginia for their community health clinical experience.
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    UVA MSN CNL 2015

    elefant: Most of our applicants are instate residents anyways (nearly 70% last year), so we have not needed to focus on the 50% Virginian requirement. The admissions committee focuses on selecting the best candidates -- instate/out-of-state status has not been a discussion point when the final decisions are made for this program.
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    Direct Entry APRN Programs

    Feel free to PM me if you have more questions, kmn.
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    Direct Entry APRN Programs

    The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a helpful database of nursing programs. Here is a PDF from last fall showing the 66 Direct Entry programs (by state). The list does not differentiate which ones are Generalist and which are APRN. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/leading-initiatives/research-data/GENMAS.pdf
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    UVA MSN CNL 2015

    We do offer a very holistic review process. The faculty on the admissions committee consider your overall undergraduate GPA, the particular grades received in the 5 prerequisite classes, your volunteer experience, your healthcare experience, your professional work experience, the quality of writing in the essays, the content of the letters of recommendation, and your performance on the GRE (if needed). If a candidate is invited for an interview, then the responses from the interview are added to the consideration of the above factors.
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    Looking for BSN-DNP programs

    There are currently four universities with BSN-DNP programs in Virginia. These are Radford, Shenandoah, UVa, and Old Dominion. The different schools offer programs in different specialty tracks. I would encourage you to first decide the certification you want to pursue (and the practice area) and then consider the best program for your particular needs.
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    UDC community college LPN- AASN

    UDC = Univ of the District of Columbia. You would either need to contact the Washington DC nursing board, or look on the website for the ACEN for the accreditation status for any associate degree or LPN program in the US.
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    direct-entry bsn advice

    The University of Virginia also accepts students directly from high school into the nursing school. The nursing classes and liberal arts core are threaded through all 4 years of the program.
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    ASN/ADN Online hybrid schools?

    There is a small number of online programs to learn to become a RN. But I would be wary of them. In many states, graduates of these online programs are prohibited to sitting for the RN examination and becoming licensed. In my own state of Virginia, a graduate of such a program would need to move to one of the states that will license you, and then have a minimum of 1000 hours of RN employment (6 months of fulltime work) before you could apply for a Virginia license. Another online program I know of had to close because their NCLEX passrate was under 40%. Several of the community colleges in Virginia have a weekend/night program for working adults (classes on Tues/Thurs nights from 6-9, and clinicals on Saturday or Sunday).