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What Online FNP Program did you choose?

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Hello everyone,

I have been looking at online FNP programs for a while now and I would like to get more insight into these programs. So for those who are completed or are currently doing their FNP online I would like to know 1) what school did or are you currently attending and 2) would you recommend the program and why?

Thanks (:

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

Spring Arbor. I like the program so far but it usually costs a bit more (around 35k now) for the regular MSN but they extend it over 3.5 years. The clinicals are spaced out over 5 semesters (125 per semester) but you can potentially do them quicker if you arrange it with the school. It's more practical in my opinion. I know too many people who pushed it out and struggled to work and do clinicals in their third semester.

Hey thanks for replying, Spring Arbor was one the schools I was looking into. The only thing I don't like is how long it may take to complete, would I be able to complete the FNP program in about 2-2 1/2 years? Is there a lot of papers/discussions?

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

You can potentially do the program sooner. I think six months is about the most people could shave off by doing more clinical hours. There's discussion boards and some papers. The capstone is the longest drawn out part of it.

Night

Specializes in Psych.

I'm doing South University. It's expensive, but it moves quickly. I started March 2016 and will be done Dec 2017. You really have to be self-motivated, tho, and willing to put in extra effort planning and arranging your class schedule and clinicals yourself.

bbcewalters, NP

Specializes in NP, ICU, ED, Pre-op. Has 12 years experience.

I attend Columbus State University (Georgia). The program is online, however it is small, there are 15 in my class currently. This school is veteran friendly and inexpensive. It is also a "real" school with a brick and mortar campus that you can go to and actually talk to students. The Program is offered full and part time requires the GRE and an exit HESI. The program also requires a Fitzgerald prep class. I have proctored exams for every class. So far I feel that I am being properly prepared to practice in the real world.....

Thanks for the replies. I was looking into Spring Arbor and Simmons, but I don't know if I want to pay over 60,000 for Simmons. Colombus State University sounds like I good school, I will look into it. Thanks (:

Spring Arbor. I like the program so far but it usually costs a bit more (around 35k now) for the regular MSN but they extend it over 3.5 years. The clinicals are spaced out over 5 semesters (125 per semester) but you can potentially do them quicker if you arrange it with the school. It's more practical in my opinion. I know too many people who pushed it out and struggled to work and do clinicals in their third semester.

Hi applesxoranges, I am considering Spring Arbor's RN to MSN-FNP program. I believe I read (on here somewhere) that you started this year. In what semester do you begin clinicals? Did you say it takes about 3 to 4 years to complete the RN to MSN program there? I just wanted to see if you are still enjoying the program. I am hoping to make decision soon.

Jm0136

Specializes in ER LTC MED SURG CLINICS UROLOGY. Has 20 years experience.

I start in January. Any tips for pharmacology and advanced underpinnings? Thanks!

bbcewalters, NP

Specializes in NP, ICU, ED, Pre-op. Has 12 years experience.

NURS 6127. Scientific Underpinnings of the Advanced Practice Role (3-0-3) Prerequisite:Admission to Graduate Nursing program. Students explore components and variations of the advanced practice role and how social policy and healthcare delivery influence are influenced by the role. Legal definitions and professional interpretations of advance practice nursing are examined in relation to healthcare outcomes, resource allocation and cost .

This is from the course schedule. It looks like they have changed the order of some classes to accomadate for spring admission. I will be taking this class in January. I believe it also covers info about billing, coding, Medicare and Medicaid.

Good Luck!

Jm0136

Specializes in ER LTC MED SURG CLINICS UROLOGY. Has 20 years experience.

Thanks! However I am worried about testing on days I am already scheduled to work. We will take the same classes this January I think!

I chose Samuel Merritt! Great program with a lot of support. They also help find preceptors which is a huge plus. It's a 20 month program and a little pricy but I'd rather pay extra and not have to stress about preceptors and graduating on time

bbcewalters, NP

Specializes in NP, ICU, ED, Pre-op. Has 12 years experience.

Sorry, I can not offer any help with this. My work has been very flexible with this. When you get your syllabus in January you should have all your exam days. Hopefully, you can schedule those days off of work. I only work on Sat, Sun, and one day during the week so this has not been an issue for me.

Good Luck.

Would you happen to still have the syllabus for the practicum?