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    Advice--Where to go from here. Med School?

    Hi Liz, Not sure if you're still considering this, but I thought I would chime in. I've also been in your shoes before. It sounds like you have a pretty good idea of what you'd be getting yourself into with medical school, and I think its very mature to assess whether its the lifestyle for you. But I also understand your point about not wanting to be working on becoming an NP for longer than med school will take. Both pathways are a big investment of time and money, so its important to chose wisely. I would suggest you consider some accelerated MSN programs where you do graduate eligible to be an ANP. Many of these programs will make you put down a specialty when you apply, but I think most are also willing to work with you if you change your mind throughout. If you think you're interested in pediatrics or family practice, you could pick one of those after doing some shadowing, while knowing you can change if needed. One nice thing about APNs is that you can add something on with a post masters certificate - so you could become an FNP, for example, and then later decide to go back for another year or so part time to do the PNP. Hows your decision coming along? You are welcome to PM me if you'd like some more specific info about this. Good luck!
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    Hey Category X, I was also a little displeased with the short turn around time - especially when they require such a giant deposit! $600 is a little overboard, I think. I am also doing some soul searching and lots of research by asking current students who are willing all of my questions. I can let you know what they've said if you want to send me a PM or something. What specialty are looking at and what other schools are you considering?
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    Boston College Direct Entry Program

    Thanks for all this info!! Did it sound like most of the TA and research assistant positions go to PhD students, or are many of them available to the Master's students? This is something I would really like to do in order to decrease the tuition.
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    I talked w/ financial aid today and had some info I thought you all might be interested in. I was curious to know if the scholarship amount was likely to stay the same throughout all 3 years or if it would decrease by about the same amount that the tuition decreases (i.e. if it covers 30% of the 45k tuition, will it cover 50% of the 30k tuition, or will it decrease to cover 30% of the 30k tuition). The woman I talked to said while she doesn't know if the proportion of scholarship:total will stay the same, that the scholarship will definitely decrease in years 2 & 3 because the tuition is going to decrease. This might have been obvious, but I wanted to confirm it so I could make an educated decision on whether to attend given the cost.
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    I don't think it will look that bad - you usually get to explain anything that might stick out on your transcripts if you are applying to another program, and I don't think anyone would hold it against you that you dropped the classes because they weren't required by the school you attended. The most important thing in that case will likely be your transcripts from yale.
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    manhattandoula - I would drop the classes! I think they will teach you what you need to know, and if you got in then they think you will be able to learn the material w/o the prereqs. I would just enjoy your time now before you start grad school in the fall!
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    Yale GEPN Applicants 2012

    I also got the acceptance letter for CNM - I'm not totally sold on the program, though. For all those for who this your 1st choice - what are your reasons? (not meaning to rain on the parade here, congrats to all!)
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    pediatric Nurse Midwife

    Hi pro-student, How long do the dual FNP/CNM programs take to complete? I'm interested in doing something like this and would probably want to get one degree first and then complete the other part time while I'm working under my first degree. I'm sure it varies by school which courses they will waive for the post masters part, but I'm just looking for an estimate. I'm going to be entering an accelerated/masters entry NP program this fall (either a 2 year or 3 year program) but was also accepted to med school so could accomplish these career goals in family practice as well. Would getting a dual cert FNP/CNM be a similar time/tuition committment as med school (4 yrs school and 3 residency)? Thanks!
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    Boston College Direct Entry Program

    Sorry - this coming Friday (3/2)...but thats just my best guess
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    Boston College Direct Entry Program

    Interesting info myelin! I spoke with them last week about sending a late deposit in and they said I should overnight it (which I didn't do, I'm sure it will get there in time priority w/o spending another $20 just on shipping). It seemed to me that they were going to wait until Friday before sending the next round so they could collect any late deciders on this round...
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    Boston College Direct Entry Program

    Hi silvdove, Thanks! I have been wondering what their job placement rate is after gradauation and also the average total debt load from the program. I haven't gotten any really good answers on either of those quetions... And, if they have any ideas for contacting grads, I'd really love to speak to someone who completed the PMHNP track. I'd also be interested in know what your general experience is with the visit. Thanks!
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    Boston College Direct Entry Program

    Yeah, the woman I talked to said she didn't have a student rep for my specialty, but that I could contact the faculty (she gave me one name, w/ the wrong email the 1st time...) and I have not heard back yet. They said they "don't keep track of their graduates."
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    Boston College Direct Entry Program

    Hi- I'm by no means trying to complicate things for you, prooxfordcomma, but I spoke with the grad staff at BC about changing specialties and they said its not really that hard - the worst that could happen is you have to wait a semester or so, but you could presumably work as an RN during that time. If that changes anything for you, they also told me if my deposit gets there by Wed they would likely still hold my seat, but if it was a full week late they wouldn't (they can't cash your check if they don't hold your seat, i'm guessing). I'm sure Vanderbuilt will be a great experience, but I just wanted to share what I've heard. Does anyone know of anyone who completed the Psych track at BC? I'm trying to talk to some one about the program etc but the program is being absolutely no help (which kind of raises a flag for me....)
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    Boston College Direct Entry Program

    Hi Myelin and prooxfordcomma - I was also acceped for psych, but I'm not so sure about going...waiting until tomorrow to send in my deposit so I can do some last minute ruminating... What are your reasons for choosing other programs? I am on the fence, and don't really want to pour more money into schools I am not 100% sure over (I think I have about $1000 in deposits out there...) Thanks!
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    Any CNM NHSC scholars out there?

    This is a great question! I see it hasn't had any response yet...if there aren't any NHSC scholars out there, how about midwives doing the loan repayment options? I'm looking at both and have questions for that route, too.
  16. Yes, NHSC and other loan repayment programs are a great option - I would be planning on that too if I do attend a direct entry program. Its also an option for midwifery. Its too bad that 6 figure debt is the norm in these professions that are are so badly needed. Am I wrong in thinking that the starting salary after completing one of these programs is nowhere near 6 figures? It makes it a very tough financial decision, especially considering one could go to medical school for the same price tag at many state schools and make double the salary of an NP.