Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Basic Advice :) - page 2

Hi all! So, I have a Bachelors in Psychology and some Graduate courses in Social Work for my MSW. However, I want to switch careers to a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In order to do so I need to... Read More

  1. by   mocha54j
    Thanks so much for responding! The issue I am falling into with switching career is that I cannot find a RN program that allows me to attend part time. Community colleges and 4 year universities in my area require sull time study at least until your get your RN. Classes are ALL during the day. Therefore, my switch is on hold. I have a GREAT job and cannot NOT work and go to school full time right now. I am almost 30 A girls got bills!
    Any ideas how to go about this?
    University of Southern Maine is in Portland, York County Community College in Wells, and Great Bay in Portsmouth NH.
    All good choices but don't offer courses in the later of the day or weekends.
  2. by   mtsteelhorse
    Hmmmm....that does present a dilemma. If you must work FT then you need a PT RN program. I don't know of any online RN direct entry programs but I will help you research!
  3. by   mtsteelhorse
    Check this out! I don't know the cost but take out a loan!!!

    Northeastern University
  4. by   mocha54j
    checking it out now i'll let you know what i think! this is excellent and i really appreciate your help!!!!
  5. by   mtsteelhorse
    Please keep me posted. I so hope you can pursue your dreams!
  6. by   mocha54j
    it appears that they only offer the nursing administration msn. i am going to give them a call on monday to see the details of the program. northeastern costs about 50,000 a year, regardless of full or part time. it is one of the most expensive schools in mass! however, there are loan forgiveness programs if you serve underpriveledged areas etc. so tuition is not necessarily a deciding factor - although my undergrad and some grad courses costs 60,000 already
    thanks so much for the info, what a big help!

    PS - ill respond again once i have more information from the school if anyone is interested!
  7. by   mtsteelhorse
    Jessica, at least this will get the ball rolling. Can you get the BSN through them then move to another school for the rest? I didn't look at it real closely. The main thing is to get that RN first. Higher tuition really is minor when you consider you can continue to work, get loans, etc. I'm excited for you!!!
  8. by   mocha54j
    I'm actually not sure! I am going to call them on Monday to see if I can get the RN through them online, since the program is a direct entry to an MSN, they must allow you to get a degree inbetween. I am assuming labs and clinicals are set up around your sschedule? This is what I have had a problem with, since all labs and clinicals were during the day for about 2.5 hours during my work schedule.
    I would definately go for the RN if they allowed me to do so. Because UMASS in Boston offers an online RN To MSN. And then there is Eouth Alabamba University that allows the Psychiatric track, with great reviews from people on this site, and only one trip to campus for a week or so. Can't complain with that!
    Therefore, after all my research and calling, getting the RN was my only difficulty that was setting me back because of the need (and WANT - i love my current job) to work full time. SO if this school fixes the problem - it's a go
    Keep you posted after I call TY TY TY TY TY TY TY TY TY TY
  9. by   mtsteelhorse
    I was in a RN-MSN program for one course. I realized the end result was not what I wanted. The disappointing part of the program was there was no RN-BSN along the way towards the MSN. It would seem you would have to get the RN portion (NCLEX) before you could go on to the MSN so I'm optimistic for you. I sure hope it works out!
  10. by   UVA Grad Nursing

    Also be sure to check with your State Board of Nursing to see if you can get a RN license from an online pre-licensure program. Many states do not recognize online programs where you learn how to be a RN and will not let you get a RN license in that state as a new grad.

    Be sure you can actually practice as a RN before you take out tens of thousands of dollars in loans.
  11. by   snutter
    Hello all! I have some questions to those with some good advice....Question one...I have my RN, BSN and am thinking about going to University of South Alabama for Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The online program. What are your thoughts on online programs and on this one? Do you have any advice on good online programs? Question two... Im still unsure on FPNP, any advice or comments on this line of work?
  12. by   mocha54j
    Very good point. I know that UMASS is recognized in my area and that when you get the certificate, it does not specify wether ot not you were on campus or online. They do that at a few campuses in the area. Unfortunately, i just cannot find one that offers a part time program or an online program to get my RN first. Anything after the RN can be achieved online.
    I did check with Northeastern in Boston, as specified in the last posts, and they only offer the BSN, you cannot get your ADN along the way and the program is full time, although online. Also, clinicals are in the Boston area and further into Mass, not in your current area. I am in Maine, about 1 hour from Boston, not too bad, but the full time program woudl not work with 40 hours a week at my job. still trying to figure this out!
  13. by   SCSTxRN
    University of Texas at Arlington Academic Partnership has an online RN program where you do clinicals in your area. I am in their RN-BSN program now, it is work.. but it is do-able.

    You might also look into something called an "accelerated BSN program". It would mean not working, but you're an RN at the end of it.

    One of the universities here has an Accelerated BSN Weekend option - you go Friday, and clinicals Saturday and Sunday.

    There are options - just got to know what you want.