Ha, I guess 2015 are a talkative cohort. Someone asked about Leads. This is the first year of the program, my cohort are the guinea pigs. So, about two years ago there were MANY specialties you could select when applying; public health, pediatrics, maternity?, etc. I believe there were still only two AP programs, the CNS and psych NP track. This past year they took all of the specialty programs (with the exception of CNS and FMHNP) and rolled them into one, this is the LeADs program.
Now that does not mean you must study public health if you are not interested in public health. The way leads works is you create your "portfolio" which is a set of classes that are complimentary of each other and of interest to you (ie. if you like public health you can take a bunch of public health classes, like maternity? Acute care? mental health? take those classes). To me the portfolio is comparable to a masters thesis. The leads curriculum is identical to the AP programs up until, I think the second semester after foundation? Leads is NOT an advanced practice degree, you will only get your regular old RN license.
Hope all of that makes sense. I know when we were all applying we had no clue what Leads was, there was very little info online. Good luck with the rest of the app process........I certainly don't miss that. Let me know if y'all have any other questions, I'll try to help out.