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I'm a 28 year old ASN grad prepping for NCLEX. Have a BS in Biology, thinking fnp of crna down the line. Outside of nursing, I play guitar, pats, clippers fan, love to travel, cook, read, and lift weights.

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  1. I applied for the psych track. I emailed and it was kind of the same response. Interviews are still being conducted. . . I'm just gonna wait it out. Good luck to all who got interviews.
  2. Called, didn't get much of an answer. Woman was very vague almost as if she couldn't be bothered. She said I should be getting a letter in a month and said if an interview was necessary it would of happened by now.
  3. Anyone here anything yet? This wait is unbearable
  4. Yea I haven't heard of anyone from psych finding out yet- trying not to freak but i am. My friend suggested me calling to get an answer but I haven't heard anything yet and I don't wanna risk it
  5. anyone have northeastern as their first choice? I'm in a weird position- got accepted to one program, just a bsn program though and NEU is my first choice by far- no word on interview or any real communication as of yet. What do I do?
  6. rj_gunner

    Columbia ETP 2016

    Hey hopetobeafnp Honestly I think your chances are pretty good. At the info session they stressed that they reviewed applicants holistically, and that they're cohorts reflect a spectrum of people with really high grades, average grades, and different experiences. My GPA is lower than yours, but my prerequisite GPA is higher, at around 3.37. It really depends on your overall application, and they have one of the biggest classes for a MDE program.
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    Columbia ETP 2016

    Hey Flbravo, I think this answers your question but again This is just what I gathered after reviewing the program's info online, so correct me if I'm wrong. Post masters, a DNP would take less time, in my understanding just because you have an advance degree (any degree beyond BSN). Columbia's BSN- DNP Option is mainly structured so people with bachelors and no advanced degree, can enter and work on their DNP's. They don't have the same educational background as masters prepared nurses. There's probably over lap between what is masters course work and doctoral course work in their DNP program. People also tend to get DNP's in the same specialty of their MSN. That being said, it would probably still be the same amount of time, if not longer to go get a masters then a DNP, than to enter with a BSN and go from there. Either way though they are both possible paths to advanced practice. Also, DNP and MSN programs require some amount of practice in the field (depending on which specially). This is probably the biggest reasons why DNP after earning a BSN can take anywhere from 3 to 4 years even with the residency included. You have to practice at the floor RN level in a certain setting before doing specialties like acute care, for example. Hope this helps :)
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    Shadowing NP's

    **update!!! I actually work with a part time RN, who is a Neuro NP at a hospital outside the city! I'm beyond excited, I shadow her in a few weeks! Thanks for all the advice, looks like all I had to do was chat with my nurses to figure out who does what and how many NP's still work as floor RN's . :) Thanks for all your help.
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    University Of San Deigo MEPN 2016

    No one is thinking about USD? any information on the program would be great!
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    Columbia ETP 2016

    Hey Minttea90 :) So your right! I didn't total the overall time but it will take 3.5-4 years. The RN portion takes 12 months for the in class/ clinical rotations (roughly June to June), before you'd be able to take the NCLEX. I'll have to review the notes I took from the info session but I heard that DNP/PhD it was 2.5 years (roughly) of course work and a year of residency during which you will work on your thesis. Your residency will also be paid. So yes in the grand scheme of things you wouldn't be be graduating until after residency, but you'll be working and doing NP, or other advance practice work a year before graduation. The one thing I've noticed is Columbia is the only school so far to give you a masters direct entry and DNP/PhD in a accelerated format. While the DNP portion is not accelerated, your courses throughout the entire program are complied in a way that courses that would normally be separated are linked. You'll actually be doing 1 or 2 DNP/PhD courses at the end of your RN portion of the program, putting you in advanced standing for your DNP/PhD. That's all the info I got from the session, but I will follow up with my notes and correct any thing I may have misstated. Also keep in mind I went to the first info session where they announced the change. So they may have finalized some parts and changed things they have said thus far. Definitely update the forum when you go, I'm sure they'll switch something up
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    Direct Entry MSN vs Nurse Practioner MSN

    Hey, I've been trying to wrap my brain around the same issue and I think the issue is that not all direct entry masters prepare you to be a NP. With the changes in the required standard for nursing education, many schools have direct entry programs that don't prepare you to think like an NP but more like a clinical nurse leader/specialist. . . the programs are easier to complie, take less time for students to complete and still abide by the new requirements. For example, positions like nurse educator and CRNA are specialized positions that require similar course work but don't require one to have a broad scope in terms of clinical hours and populations cared for. This is great because not everyone wants to be an NP but if you would want to eventually sit for NP boards you'd need to get a certificate of advance study or a DNP in the field you'd want the NP degree in. For example, Columbia just changed their direct entry BSN/MSN program to a MSN/DNP or PhD program. This now ensures one would have the highest level of education expected to date, and not have to reapply for the hire degree. At Hopkins it looks like you'd have to apply for advance study before sitting for NP boards. With that said, programs where you specialize for your MSN degree ( you'll study in-depth on a subject or population; women's health, family, adult-gerontology, pediatrics, etc) will still prepare you and allow you to sit for NP boards after graduation. The issue is more so that when looking for a job what will employers want? But I have known people to do either path and still land jobs in similar positions. If anything I stated is wrong, correct me :) This is everything I figured out from my research other the past few months. Also if I need to elaborate on anything, just ask. Hope this helps!
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    Columbia ETP 2016

    I will still be applying! The change is more reflexive of what is required of nurses moving forward. Even with tons of options in Boston (where I'm from) Columbia is the only school that offers a MSN and a PhD or DNP degree in a total span of 3 years. It just makes more sense and their program sets you up to accomplish all your nursing goals
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    Anatomy & Physiology at Quincy College

    I tool A+P 1 and 2 at QC and both were great classes. Took menard for ap 1 lecture but took trespalcios for both labs and the lecture component of 2 in 2013. I have never ever ever taken a class where I still to this day can recall so much information from. people often look at QC as just another community college but the professors in the science and nursing classes are top notch, even better than some other schools I've been to (and I've been to 3 other universities/colleges). Use the study guides and read the book, even if you skim it the night before class you'll feel so much better prepared and be able to recall topics in class and lecture. And get the textbook online, do NOT pay for it! I never bought a text book at QC, they use Pearson so you can usually find PDF's for free. I have the copy for micro and a+p if you need it, but I think they changed versions for the a+p book.
  14. Hey Folks! I'm probably thinking way too far ahead but after doing research, reading old posts and Boston's horrible winter this year, I'm ready for a change. I've looked at USD's program for nursing and it seems like a perfect fit. Granted I have a large list at the moment, but I'm honing in on master's direct entry over just accelerated BSN programs. Graduating with my BS in bio w/ health sciences concentration from Emmanuel in May and while I am applying to some local schools, I'm ready for warmer weather year round. Anyone have any info yet for the next application cycle or just overall knowledge of the school and greater San Diego area? Thanks :)
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    Columbia ETP 2016

    Hey chris927, I don't think your eligible for the MDE program because your currently going for your associates right? This program is specifically for those with no nursing experience, you probably want more info on the general MS portion of the program, which would allow you to specialize immediately. That one you are definitely eligible for. In the MDE program, you will get a general MSN versus a more specialized one in family, peds, etc Here's the link to more info on the MS programs MS Programs | School of Nursing
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    Columbia ETP 2016

    Hey minttea90, they didn't explain the process. They only stated that often people are accepted for the MSN and may not be accepted for the DNP when they first apply to the programs at the same time, they then said that its not held against you if you didn't get in the first time. It does seem that completing the program gives you a better chance of being accepted for the DNP/PhD portion, but it simply depends on the number of spots available. Wish I had more info on that, sorry I'll review my notes later today and see if i have a better answer.