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ARickli has 1 years experience.

I'm currently attending classes at Columbia University in the MSN-DNP program. My focus is as an Adult and Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a subfocus in Oncology.

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    Why would you be interested in a DNP Degree?

    Final bump! Closing the survey next week. We only need a few more responses to meet our goal! Please take a moment to complete this brief survey. Thank you! Amy Rose
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    Why would you be interested in a DNP Degree?

    Thank you for your feedback!! I will forward it to my research partners! Thank you for taking our survey- your responses are very important to us! Please encourage your colleagues to take the survey as well. Best wishes, Amy
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    Why would you be interested in a DNP Degree?

    puravidaLV, I checked the link and it seems to be working. Please try again! If you have any further issues, please contact me directly. Thank you for your help! Best, Amy
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    Why would you be interested in a DNP Degree?

    Bumping up for more responses! Thank you!!
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    Columbia BSN/MSN ETP 2014

    Sorry it took me a little while to get back to you guys... to say the least, I've been busy! To answer your questions: @mgh--- I'm in Adult NP with a subspecialty in Oncology. But please be aware that during your first year, the entire cohort is in the same boat. Just because you are in one specialty or another does not mean that you will have more time or a different experience within your specialty. (That comes in the Master's portion.) So, during the 5 x 5s, we ALL have to do psych, med-surg, peds, obstetrics, etc. I've heard that your integration period (6-8 weeks at the end where you are paired up with an RN and work their shifts), they *try* to put you in your specialty, but this is not guaranteed. I'm not there yet, so I can't swear to it. Also realize, that with the exception of Anaesthesia and Midwifery, you can switch out of your specialty into another if you later realize that you are more comfortable in one area or another. As to the program overall? I adore it. I am so incredibly happy to be at this school, having the opportunity to work with this caliber of staff, instructors, and hospitals. Of course, no program is perfect and no experience is the same, but for me, this is a dream come true. @aiwish, the first summer is THE HARDEST experience I have ever gone through in my life. 21 credits in only 9 weeks is extremely challenging!! However, if you are organized and study hard, it can be done. The clinical experience was not the challenging aspect for me, it was the massive amount of information that was required to be read, internalized, and recalled as needed for exams. Clinicals were fun, actually! I had a great preceptor who left me feeling incredibly confident in my abilities and I was able to be hands-on with patients my very first day. As to camraderie, absolutely!! We are all in the same boat together, so there's a lot of helping each other out when needed. There is no advantage to compete- while we get letter grades and our class is ranked, there is no valedictorian and the only time that your class ranking comes into play is when people are invited to join Sigma Theta Tau (the international nursing fraternity). At that time, the top 1/3 are invited in. In my experience, everyone is quite lovely and I have made some wonderful friends. @susifen, I think I knew fairly well what I was getting into. I made it a point of going to an information session at the school prior to applying, asked a ton of questions of current students on this site, and researched all I could. Accepted students were also invited to come to the school for a day to walk around and speak with current students, and I took advantage of that opportunity. Best of luck to you all and I hope that I can meet you on campus one day!
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    FAFSA questions

    I'm sure this is a dumb question, but when do you fill out a FAFSA form? I've applied to ABSN programs but won't hear from the schools until Feb. 2013 and won't begin until May 2013. Do I fill it out now? Or not until 2013? Which fiscal year do they look at? Just the previous year or the year you will be attending school? Finally, do you really need your parents' information on your FAFSA form? I'm over 30, divorced and have children of my own... my parents aren't contributing to my education now! Thanks for any and all advice!
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    Accepted! Now needing financial advice

    Where did you find scholarship information? I am just now starting to look for scholarships now that my applications are in!
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    Columbia University ETP Program 2013

    @holly, don't!! In the info session, they were very clear about being able to tell who could follow directions. They will notice if you play with margins, font size, etc. Try to eliminate extraneous verbiage if you really want that last sentence in. Good luck!! In addition, they said that the advantage to the priority app was to get first crack at the 160 or so seats in the program. They really only take about 10 people to Anesthesia, 20 to Midwifery, etc. it's to your advantage to be admitted to that spot early. So don't wait to apply!!! Best of luck to all applicants!!!
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    Columbia University ETP Program 2013

    Did anyone else just get the email from CUSON about the extended deadline? Now Monday is a priority deadline-- what does that mean? Does it mean that we will hear from the school sooner? Does it mean that the earlier applicants get more consideration? I've already called the office twice this week- can someone else call and find out?
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    Columbia University ETP Program 2013

    @PNP, thanks!! You were right- it didn't take long at all! Finished everything last night, and sent all my transcripts and letters of recommendation by FedEx this morning!!! It's out of my hands now... :) I'm so incredibly excited!!! This has been the culmination of over two years' hard work. I feel good- I've done my best, tried my hardest, and whatever will be, will be. Best of luck to all the applicants! Please be sure to check in here from time to time as we all eagerly wait until February to hear the decisions!!! What will you all do in the meantime while we wait????
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    Columbia University ETP Program 2013

    We're down to a week!!! I'm waiting to have 2 recommendation letters in hand--- they are traveling here by FedEx, so I should have them soon!!! Should I start the online portion of the application even without them? I was originally going to wait until I had absolutely everything together and then finish and mail all in the same day; did anyone else start the online section without their letters/transcripts? How long has it taken people to finish the online portion of the application? I have to plan this when my kids are taking naps, otherwise I need to work on it at night once they've gone to bed. Thanks--- Best of luck to all the applicants!!
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    Columbia University ETP Program 2013

    Hello all! It's October 1, applications are due in only 15 days! Are you ready??? Any early birds already get their applications in?
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    Columbia University ETP Program 2013

    @PMHN, Thanks!!! Do you know if they will tell us their decisions sooner? Or it's still going to be February, as in years past?
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    Columbia University ETP Program 2013

    @lifeismuzik- I don't think any average GRE or GPA is published, just over 50th %ile for GRE and over 3.0 for GPA. Again, going back to what I was told in the information session, there was a *little* wiggle room on both, especially if the applicant was strong enough in other categories. Re-read the 2012 and 2011 applicant threads & see which applicants posted their stats and whether or not they got in. It seemed like most had strong numbers, but the numbers themselves didn't matter as much as the quality of the applicant (i.e. additional experience, compelling statement, etc.). If you don't mind, what are your stats? What specialty are you trying to get into?
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    Columbia University ETP Program 2013

    Less than three weeks to go! All I need are my letters of recommendation in hand so I can mail everything in!!!! So nervous!!!! Do you think if need be we can hand-deliver our application on October 15th? I'm just very anxious that one letter won't come in time... As to the personal statement, at the information session I went to earlier this year, they were pretty clear about the length, font size and margins. They want to be sure that you can follow directions! Try to be succinct. I think that with regard to fall grades, you just need to provide them with a transcript or letter from your school explaining that one (or more) course is in progress. Good luck to all applicants!
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