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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    Hi folks! I couldn't find a post about the 2015 application cycle and I'm interested to see how other people are feeling about it. Since so many other schools have November deadlines, I've already finished up my MGH app (save my letters...) and submitted it. I'm going after the psych direct-entry NP program. One of the nurses I work with had been in their NP program and recommended it very strongly. My own NP went to Yale and, weirdly enough, told me she hated Yale and wished she went to MGH. She then raved about all the MGH NPs she works with and how great they are. I'm applying to Yale anyway, since who knows what might happen, but I am reeeeeally hoping to get in! They ask if you've worked for any Partners hospitals...anyone know if this actually affects your chances? Or what the estimated acceptance rates are by program?
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    Vanderbilt MSN 2016

    Hello Vanderbilt MSN hopefuls! I am also a current prespecialty student and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. The one thing I can speak to is PMHNP interviews. Expect to be interviewed, but don't freak out if you don't hear from them, since some people are accepted without interviewing. Best of luck with all your applications!
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    Thats what I'm coming around to see, too. Speak with current students at any school you are considering is the best advice I got and the thing that's helped me the most. MGH grads do get good job placements in the area but it doesn't seem to help much getting to PhD programs (yes they have their own DNP but school name does unfortunately seem to matter in the PhD game). Speaking with a current student reassured me that Vandy is quick but it's not rushed. But both have pros and cons for sure! If the DNP is your goal then MGH is probably best bet. You're right to consider long term goals. Maybe see you at orientation 😉
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    Joke's on me! BOTH schools have my deposit money. ceddybear, good point. I'm curious how a Massachusetts native (no accent, but all of the brash mannerisms) would fit in down there, though.
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    Argh I'm doing the exact same thing - Vandy vs MGH. I keep saying I've made up my mind for MGH but then this nagging sense keeps telling me to look at Vanderbilt again. I haven't been able to go down to Nashville yet, though, so that trip should help make up my mind.
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    Previous year's boards seem to echo that whole "This year is the biggest class ever!" thing. I'm sure they admit a lot with the expectation that a good chunk of us will accept other offers
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    I wondered that, too! I don't know if it was here or some other board where someone said they started with 160 other people for ETP and then when they graduated from their specialty (psych) there were only 9 people??? Does that mean they bailed, or is it a small specialty, or are they broken up into groups? I've reached out to Columbia twice now asking if a current student would be willing to answer some of my questions. I haven't heard back yet.
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    I do like Columbia's program - more psychopharm, more counseling coursework. But as someone who isn't planning on staying in NYC, and who would ultimately like to get a doctorate, I'm unsure of Columbia's value. $$$ for the BSN, MSN, and then $$$ again for the PhD or DNP? I'm probably better off going slightly less expensive for a school somewhere I already have connections in my specialty, working up my experience, then figuring out the PhD or DNP maybe at a state school. NYC also isn't my kinda town, so I'm struggling to work up much enthusiasm beyond "It's an Ivy...and they have one or two more classes than this other program." In the long run I know I could pay it off. I've researched the different programs, but now am just trying to get in touch with grads to truly see how they felt about the value of their education. @Ccp123 - thank you for that blog post. There's not enough pragmatic advice out there when picking schools without it straight-up bashing a given program.
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry MSN?

    MissesOh I'm in the same (or very similar) boat! I live in Boston, got into both programs...I actually didn't plan to apply to Columbia at first. MGH was my safety, Yale was my reach. Didn't achieve my goal and now I'm deciding between the school I expected to attend and one that is significantly more expensive but sounds better. I think Columbia has some curriculum advantages. But I expext I'll settle in New England, so I'm having to guess if those classes are really worth an extra $40k+interest. I'll be at the info session tomorrow. Maybe they'll grant us a 2-day extension on the deposit deadline?
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    I did not get into Yale so now I'm really doubling down on my pro/con list between Columbia and MGH. I'm dying for the financial aid info so I can assess it better. Anyone else still unsure of Columbia?
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    Yale 2015

    Unfortunately for me, there's no PMHNP waitlist (at least, not in previous years - if someone gets psych waitlist news good job!). Congratulations to those of you that got good news!
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    How is housing managed? Is it very similar to undergraduate dorms - by that I mean, do you have overbearing RAs peeking in your room? How far do you have to go to get any groceries?
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    Yale 2015

    MGHIHP isn't technically part of MGH anymore. If you want to live in Boston or the general New England area, MGHIHP is fine. You do not necessarily have a hookup with MGH - if you've already worked for a Partners hospital (and left on good terms) you stand a better chance of being hired by another Partners hospital. It sounds like their preceptors are pretty scattered so you're not guaranteed a site within Partners Healthcare. Local hospitals definitely hire MGHIHP grads. I'm not sure how grads fare outside of New England.
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    University of Rochester ABPNN May 2015

    Yeesh now I'm curious how long it'll take to get my packet. Does the packet include financial aid things?
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    madley, your public transit breakdown is incredibly helpful! Are there any sort of student discounts - either through the transit system itself, or through Columbia?
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    Yale 2015

    I think I'm going to be completely nauseated for the next 8 days. I was nervous but dealing until I saw the email. At least now we know for sure it'll be the 27th!
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    To be honest I've been a useless employee since I got the news. Especially if I'm going to Columbia, I've only got two more months in this position! As my old nursing supervisor used to say, I've "decathected" fully.
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    Yeah, I've already paid one small deposit to hold a spot. I'm planning on my next deposit to be my final decision. Columbia sent out their supply shopping list and I'd rather not spend $500+ on deposits unnecessarily!
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    Rochester is killing me. They informed me on Tuesday, and want my deposit by next Friday. It's not a cheap deposit, either. I'm not super stressed about MGH since I don't expect I'll pick them. I went to their info session last spring, so I'm probably going to skip the one on the 28th. I found a CPR class nearby on the same day, I'm gonna do that instead. Im waiting to hear from Yale before I put down any more deposits. I just started my online A&P 2 so I can distract myself during the waiting period. And that way I'll be good to go with Columbia if I get bad news from Yale.
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    Yeah, I'm doing it on a computer. The app must be finicky.
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    If you paste exactly what they said in the email into the facebook search box, it'll come up. It's a closed group so an administrator has to approve your request to join
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    So I reworked the numbers and it looks like a total of $196000 (including cost of living). I double counted a few things when I crunched the numbers last week. Then most students get $25k the first year, and $10k in the specialty year. That's still a good chunk of debt. My understanding is that most hospitals have some form of loan repayment in exchange for you staying there for a certain number of years. Then there are public service loan forgiveness programs on top of that. Perkins loans allow a bit of loan cancellation for NPs after a few years of work. There are lots of programs available to NPs. There are also a lot of scholarships out there once you start a program. The nurse corps is also worth pursuing after you complete the RN.
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    Eh I'm guessing that article is targeted at undergrads with significant debt, and those with debt from programs that don't pay very well. They also indicate the issue with student debt and home buying is when debtors don't make payments. I don't have much debt left from undergrad and have never missed a payment. As a PMHNP I will certainly be able to make my loan payments, so long as I pick schools wisely.
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    MGH IHP Direct Entry NP 2015

    I know the Brigham hires MGH grads, as do some smaller hospitals outside of Boston. My own primary care office has a few MGH NPs. I don't know how MGH grads fare outside of MA. Also, PMHNPs are in high demand. It probably won't take long to find a job once we finish any program.
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    Columbia ETP 2015

    I like MGHIHP. Between Columbia and MGHIHP, however, Columbia is the better school for my specialty (psych). They didn't give me any scholarships, either, so that made them easy to write off. It's also not very cheap. If I had the option of the inexpensive, highly ranked state NP school (UMass Med) I would take them in a heartbeat over any other program.
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