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School with new program but finds preceptor? Or established program that doesn't.

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Nurse Magnolia is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psychiatric RN.

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I have the opportunity to go to an established school online for PMHNP.  It's a brick and mortar school with lots of positive reviews on the school for this program.  This program is 2.5 years and is no where near my house, or even my state.  They do not help find a preceptor. 

My other option is a well known local brick and mortar university that has had a very successful FNP program for many years with 100% pass rates, but this would be their FIRST year as a PMHNP program.  They assist you with getting a  preceptor.  The program would take 3 years. 

Cost would be very similar.

I can't decide because I really want to be done in 2 years, so accepting 2.5 was a stretch.  3 feels like forever.  And the newness of the program makes me nervous even though the nursing school itself has a very good reputation.  The selling point is they find you a preceptor.  That is my biggest concern with the program in the other state.  Othewise, it's perfect. 

Which would you choose? 

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aspiringcnm3 is a RN and specializes in Labor & Delivery.

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I would go with the one that finds you preceptors. Especially because the other program isn't even in your state, I doubt you would have strong enough connections to find preceptors of your own easily. I think it's ridiculous NP students are expected to find their own preceptors when we will be paying schools thousands of dollars to educate us - clinicals are part of that education and should be their responsibility. 

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NurseSugar has 13 years experience and specializes in ER/PACU.

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Are both the programs nationally and regionally accredited? If its a new program I would make sure of that. The only programs I found that connect you with preceptors are Newman Carson and WTU, and a few schools if you are local to the school. Both are about 2 /12 years.
 

 I agree, it’s frustrating to put the added stress of preceptorship on the student already juggling work and school and family. I have friends at Brick and mortar schools that still have to find their own preceptors so it’s not unique to online programs. 

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umbdude has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Psych/Mental Health.

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On 2/17/2020 at 10:29 PM, Nurse Magnolia said:

They assist you with getting a  preceptor. 

I would clarify what they mean by "assist" you. A lot of schools say that they assist with finding a preceptor, but all they do is give you a list of local clinics and then it's up to you to cold calls and find your own. Ask the school whether they guarantee clinical placements.

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I would not go anywhere that did not stone cold give you a preceptor. Essentially you are paying for something they are not giving you

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Nurse Magnolia is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psychiatric RN.

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On 2/22/2020 at 6:03 AM, NurseSugar said:

Are both the programs nationally and regionally accredited? If its a new program I would make sure of that. The only programs I found that connect you with preceptors are Newman Carson and WTU, and a few schools if you are local to the school. Both are about 2 /12 years.
 

 I agree, it’s frustrating to put the added stress of preceptorship on the student already juggling work and school and family. I have friends at Brick and mortar schools that still have to find their own preceptors so it’s not unique to online programs. 

Yes, both programs are fully accredited.  The local B&M school is very well known in the area for their FNP program which has a 100% pass rate on their boards.  I'm just worried because it'll be new for PMHNP. Their program, while local, is also all online except for 2 residencies.  So either way, the program is online as most B&M schools are doing these days.  

The other program is well known here on Allnurses.  It is also known to be good for PMHNP and it is also a B&M school, but I would do the program essentially online except for a residency at one point.  

My employer may have made the decision easier as they have assured me that they can help me find a preceptor when the time comes so I'm leaning towards the established program. 

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