MSN & Post-Master’s NP Certs Information Session with Karen Lesyna

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Lauren Galvin: Good evening, everyone. My name is Lauren Galvin and I’ll be your moderator for this evening’s webinar. I’d like to start by thanking all of you for joining us for the Maryville University online MSN and post-MSN certificate information session. We’ll get started with a couple quick housekeeping items. Please note that this presentation is being broadcasted through your speakers and you’re set to listenonly mode. You may type questions into the Q&A box at the left of your screen at any time. We will do our best to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A session at the end of the webinar. If we’re unable to answer your question today, an enrollment advisor will follow up with you. Today’s webinar is also being recorded and you can use the same link to watch it again on demand, at your convenience.

As you can see by today’s agenda, we’ll start by talking about Maryville University, then go through the MSN and NP certificate program, enrollment requirements, tuition, and the online experience. As previously mentioned, we will be answering your questions at the end of the presentation, but please type them in the Q&A box throughout the webinar.

Okay. So, we are going to get started by introducing our panelists. Today we have with us Ruth Suarez and MaDi Engo. Can you guys just start by telling us a little bit about your backgrounds and your roles at Maryville?

Ruth Suarez: Hi everyone. Thank you for joining us today. Again, my name’s Ruth Suarez. I’m one of the enrollment advisors here with Maryville University’s nursing program. I’ve been working with the nursing program for about two years now, been in higher education for about four years. Really what my role here as an enrollment advisor, along with all of the other advisors that we have are just to answer your questions about the program and help through the application process. Ultimately, our goal is to make sure that we can help you create the strongest application possible and help guide you through that process.

MaDi Engo: Hello, everyone. My name is MaDi Engo and I’m also an enrollment advisor. I’ve been in higher education for about five years now and on the nursing program for about a year and a half. And as Ruth said, our goal is really to make sure we answer questions and help you through the process, but really answer questions and make sure that this is the right fit for you so you can make that informed decision well.
We will be happy to assist you if you have any further questions outside of here, as well.

Lauren Galvin: Great. Thank you both. We are excited to have you and now that we’ve been introduced to our panelists, we’ll go ahead and get started with the presentation. So, without further ado, I will hand it off to you guys.

Ruth Suarez: Thanks, Lauren. So first, just to tell you a little bit about Maryville University. Maryville University is a private, not for profit institution. We’re actually one of the oldest schools in the St. Louis, Missouri area. We were founded in 1872. Now, just
to go over some of Maryville’s successes. We have consistently been ranked among the top military-friendly schools. We have been recognized as one of Kiplinger’s best college values and our graduate nursing program has been ranked among the best online graduate nursing programs, according to US News and World Report. And in terms of accreditation, we are nationally accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and we’re regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association Colleges and Schools.

MaDi Engo: Okay, well let’s talk a little bit about the Master of Science in Nursing program. The MSN. With the curriculum overview, there are five concentrations. We have the family nurse practitioner, the pediatric nurse practitioner program, we have the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner program, and then we have two adult gerontology programs. One is acute care and the other is primary care. So, completion can take anywhere between 28 to 32 months or we can say either seven semesters to eight semesters. Pediatrics and adult gerontology primary care usually take seven semesters. Okay? So we’re looking at that, that’s about two years and four months, part time. And for the others, it would take eight semesters, which is two years, eight months, part time.

Now, with the clinical requirements, for the pediatrics and for the adult gerontology primary care, both of those will have 580 clinical hours to complete. For psych/mental health and family, you’ll have 745 clinical hours to complete. And for the adult gerontology acute care program, there are 830 clinical hours to complete.

With the enrollment requirements, of course you must have a BSN from either a CCNE or ACN or NLNAC, as they say as well, accredited nursing program. The minimum GPA is 3.0. You must have a current license as an RN in the United States. At least one year of working experience. We do require three letters of recommendation. Now, usually they require one to be academic, all right? From a professor or from a clinical educator. However, not everyone has that opportunity or some have gone to school a long time ago and don’t have the names of those folks. If that is the case, then three professional, clinical would be required. Now, with those three, they must be the level of a BSN, which you would be, or higher. So, no two-year nurses, no LPNs. I often tell people, no bartenders, either. Because we do have some that do that. Or other staff, like housekeeping. Okay?

Of course, you need a resume. And then we also have the 500 word essay and here is where you will discuss your interest in becoming a nurse practitioner. So, why do you want to become one and how do you plan to use this degree to help improve patient outcomes?

Ruth Suarez: Thanks, MaDi. So, the post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate program offers the same concentrations as the MSN program does. We have, again, the adult gero primary care, acute care, the family nurse practitioner program, the pediatric nurse practitioner program, or the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner certificate, which actually we’re really excited about launching. This will be our first official start date for our psychiatric/mental health certification. Clinical hours are the same, so you’re looking at anywhere from 580 clinical hours to about 830, again depending on the concentration that you’re choosing.

In terms of length for these post-master’s nurse practitioner programs, it is a little bit shorter. So, post-master’s nurse practitioner certificates typically focus on those nurse practitioner core courses along with your clinical courses and your didactic courses. So, completion time can be in as few as 20 to 24 months, depending on the concentration that you choose. So, you’re looking at about 29 to 35 credit hours, anywhere from around 9 to 11 courses.

The enrollment process, very similar to the MSN program. Instead of a BSN, we would be looking for a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from both a nationally and regionally accredited institution. GPA requirement is the same. A 3.0 cumulative GPA, so that is taking into consideration anything taken for college credit. We will pull all courses and pull that cumulative GPA from there and we want that to be above a 3.0. Again, we do need that RN license in the US and you must be practicing with your license for at least a year. This is current RN experience, so that direct patient interaction is a must.

In terms of the application process, again, three letters of recommendation, same qualifications as the MSN program, exactly what we’re looking for. Your resume or your CV, so the admissions committee can see the experience that you’ve had as an RN, along with your 500 word essay. The 500 word essay is a little bit different, so it is asking you why do you want to become a nurse practitioner and how is this degree going to help you improve patient outcomes, but really when we’re addressing this essay, you want to address why you’re coming back for this postmaster’s certification. So, why NP now versus the MSN that you received in the past?

MaDi Engo: Thank you, Ruth. So, let’s talk about the tuition. The tuition is $797 per credit hour and that’s both for the MSN and the certificate program. Of course, credits vary between the courses, so just know that whichever one you’re taking, it will be $797 per credit hour. And for more information on tuition, you can visit the link that’s been given.

Now, as most schools do have, there is a semester fees, or we have semester fees. But we have decided here at Maryville to have one flat rate per semester of $650, okay? Now, here are some of the things it covers. Besides your usual technology fees and resource fees and library fees, it will also cover, for the MSN program, it will include your malpractice insurance, clinical processing fees, the use of the Typhon software, that is the student tracking system used during your semesters of clinicals. It covers all of your exam proctoring fees. It covers unlimited transcripts. And for those in the MSN program, it also covers the graduation fee.

For the certificate program, it’s the same, except it doesn’t cover graduation fees because you don’t have a graduation for that. Now the only fee that is not included will be the background check. Whatever it costs in your area, that is what you will pay.

Ruth Suarez: Great stuff. So, let’s talk about the online experience. Many of you are looking into online programs because of the schedules that you guys work. I know nurses’ schedules range. It could be three 12s, four 10s, or it could be a regular 8:00 to 5:00 shift. And this is where the online experience comes into play. Our program is designed with that practicing nurse in mind. It is 100% online, so there’s no
residency requirements, never a time that you have to come to campus, and the great thing is it’s an asynchronous program. For those of you haven’t heard that term before, what that means is that there’s no set log-in times. Essentially, you’re going to have 24/7 access to your courses and your curriculum. So, whenever you log on is completely up to you.

Please note that you are still in a cohort, so you still have your same instructor and your classmates, which is typically about 20 to 25 students a class. So, you’ll have deadlines that you have to meet. As long as you’re meeting those deadlines and checking in throughout the week periodically, it’s completely up to you. So, if you’re signing on at 3:00 in the afternoon or 3:00 in the morning, everything is
going to be there for you.

When we’re looking at the curriculum, we do trimesters, so that is a spring, summer, and a fall term. Those trimesters are 16 weeks long, so the courses that you’re taking are going to range anywhere from around eight weeks to 16 weeks. Now, when we’re talking about Canvas, which is our learning platform, Canvas is definitely user-friendly. This is where you’re going to find all of your assignments, your instructor information, so how to contact them, or your discussion board postings. Everything is going to be on that platform.

Now, I know one of the major concerns with an online program is faculty and peer interactions. That’s one of the benefits of being a smaller class size. Remember, 20 to 25 students a class. So, instructor interaction is definitely there. Whether it be email, sometimes they give out their personal phone numbers as well. You want to give them about a 24 hour window, but that response will be there. And then with your peers, you have discussion board postings, writing assignments. Well, you’re going to work with your groups, so whether it be you’re communicating with them
via Google share drives, text message, video chats, all of those are an option. And one of the best things, especially with the instructor interaction, is that they offer live sessions, so these live sessions aren’t lectures, so they’re not necessarily
going over slides that you’ve already read. It’s more of an office hour type of situation, so you come prepared with your questions, they’re making themselves available for a certain timeframe to be able to answer your questions live. Again, because of scheduling, let’s say you can’t make that live session. Don’t worry. It’s recorded, so you could always go back and listen in.

MaDi Engo: Thank you, Ruth. Now, as Ruth said, there isn’t a residency. However, students are responsible for finding or acquiring their own preceptors as well as clinical sites. So, a lot of times, we recommend that students have possible preceptors in mind
during the application process. However, normally the clinical staff for the MSN will start working with you and helping you to qualify preceptors as well as your clinical site, at least a year in advance. So, it gives you adequate time. With the certificate program, they usually start that process the first semester because the certificate program is, of course, shorter.

Clinical schedule and hours are dependent on program and, of course, your concentration. Now, as far as preceptors, it depends, once again, on what your concentration is but a lot of the concentrations, they have a wider pool, variety of where you can look for. The clinical sites, sometimes it can be hospitals, clinics, private doctor’s offices and all such. Now, also with preceptors, they don’t necessarily only have to be nurse practitioners. The preceptor, they can be medical doctors. For example, with psych/mental health. You can have a psychiatrist, as well as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. For example, with families nurse practitioner, since you have several areas, you can use a doctor of family practice, family nurse practitioner, but you can further break them down into the areas. Use a pediatrician or a pediatric nurse practitioner for that area. For women’s health, you can probably use a certified midwife as well as a women’s health nurse practitioner, and so forth. Ruth?

Lauren Galvin: Great. So, I think you guys have covered all the major information, the major points that we wanted to talk about and now we are going to get into the Q&A. So, we want to give you guys plenty of time to ask as many questions as you like and MaDi and Ruth will be here to answer those for you. So, if you have not submitted your question already and you’re thinking about it and you’re curious, go ahead and
submit that and we’re going to get through as many here as we possibly can. So, the first question that I’m going to ask, I’m going to give this one to Ruth. This one asks, “How much time will I need to dedicate to school work each week?”

Ruth Suarez: Yeah, that’s a great question. With the program being online, again, you’re going to be able to access it whenever it’s going to be best for you. Typically, we tell students that you’re going to want to budget anywhere from around 20 to 25 hours a week of study time per course. Again, that’s going to range depending on one, how comfortable you are with an online program, and two, just transitioning into a
graduate-level program. If you’ve done online before, maybe that time might be a little bit less than someone who hasn’t done online. But you want a ballpark range anywhere from around 20 to 25 hours per course a week.

Lauren Galvin: Perfect. Thank you. MaDi, we’ll send you this next question. It is, “Can you talk a little bit about once someone goes through the application process, how long until they might hear back and how do they hear that? Do you email them or how does that work?”

MaDi Engo: Yes, that’s a good question. Well, it actually depends on how early … excuse me … or how late you apply. Usually, it can take about two weeks. Once everything is completed and has gone through auditing and then is sent on, it normally takes roughly about two weeks. But if the closer you get to the start, it could take a little longer. It could probably take about three, three and a half weeks for that. Now, as far as getting back … who gets back to you if you’ve been accepted … you will receive an email from the university with a formal letter of acceptance attached. But a lot of times, your enrollment advisor will also give you a follow-up call to let you know that you’ve been accepted, as well as to make you aware of what the next steps will be.

Lauren Galvin: Great. Thank you. This next question is for Ruth. This asks, “How many courses are taken at one time or during a semester?”

Ruth Suarez: Yeah. So, this is really going to depend, again, on what portion of the program you’re in. Like I mentioned before, classes are going to range anywhere from around eight weeks to 16 weeks. If we are doing the MSN program, the first year of the program, you’re going through a lot of your nursing core courses. Great thing is, each core course is about eight weeks long, so for that first year, for the MSN
courses, a lot of the times what you’ll do is you’ll take one eight-week course at a time. And then once you transition to the more nurse practitioner-focused courses and your clinical courses with your didactic courses, at that point, you might be looking at 16-week-long courses, taking two at a time. So, it’s really going to vary. I encourage you to reach out to your specific enrollment advisor. They can definitely provide you with a sample schedule, so you can see what courses you’re taking when and when you’ll have to double up on courses. So, you can work it out with your personal schedule, too.

Lauren Galvin: Perfect. Thank you. This next question I’m going to ask MaDi. “Are there breaks between semesters?”

MaDi Engo: Okay. Good question. No. Really, except between your fall and spring semester, there aren’t any breaks for the other ones. Now between the end of the fall and the beginning of the spring semester, there usually is one month. So we normally
break somewhere in the middle of December and the spring semester will start the middle of January. So, that would be the longest break. The rest of the semesters, when you end one day, the very next day you start the next one

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Great. Thank you. This next question asks if we can … sorry. “Can we switch or use the same preceptor for all clinicals?” Does that make sense?

Ruth Suarez: Yes. Great question. Yes. So, you definitely can use the same preceptor for more than one clinical. Again, it’s going to depend on the clinical that you’re in. If you’re doing a family nurse practitioner program, you’ll be taking adult clinicals but also
have a family component at the end which will cover your pediatrics and your women’s health. So if they see those age ranges and they meet those qualifications for Maryville for you to follow those preceptors during your clinicals, it’s definitely a possibility. Again, you’ll be working with the clinical team a little bit in detail on those, but definitely an option.

Lauren Galvin: All right. Thank you. This next question I’m going to ask is for MaDi. I think we already kind of covered this, but, “Will I need to come to campus at any point?” Is it required?

MaDi Engo: As for the MSN, except for graduation, we’d love to see you, but no there isn’t a residency. Okay, so you would not have to come to the campus.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Ruth, this next question asks, “You said it can be done on a part-time for the time frame. Can we take more classes at one time and finish sooner?”

Ruth Suarez: So, unfortunately, that’s going to be a no. With this program, it’s definitely designed, with that practicing nurse in mind. Realistically, these classes, even though it’s a one class at a time course, you’re taking a 16 week course in about eight weeks and they are graduate-level courses, so the intensity is definitely there. And they’re on a carousel, so courses are only offered certain times of the year. So, you have to stick with that course schedule, but trust me, it’s going to be great to balance out both work and school.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. This next question asks, “Can you do your clinicals with an ER physician?”

MaDi Engo: Okay. It depends on your concentration. Now, for the acute care, you possibly could get that qualified, as long as it’s not in the immediate department you are working in and as long as that physician is not your immediate supervisor. Also, with the advanced health assessments, which is your general clinical, a lot of students do tend to do that in an ER situation, because it involves a lot of health
histories and things of that nature. But, for the others, no. It would be only the acute that would be able to possibly do that as one of their preceptors for one of their concentrations.

Lauren Galvin: Okay, great. Ruth, can you talk a little bit about how textbooks work for the program?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah. So, textbooks are separate from the $650 semester flat fee, reason being with Maryville’s programs, you’ll get your books typically about two to three weeks before classes start. You’ll get your book list and that’s typically bought in the book
store. Now, what we’ve been seeing is students can find them cheaper on their own, so with all these website like Amazon, Barnes & Noble. You can find them a little bit less expensive there, so I definitely recommend you looking at different venues as well. And they offer paper books, electronic forms as well, it’s really up to you. Make sure that you’re communicating this with your student service advisor as we get a little bit closer into the program and they can give you a little more detail on how those book lists work and where you can find them.

Lauren Galvin: Perfect. All right, so this next question, MaDi, asks, “When is the next application deadline?”

MaDi Engo: The next … well, for the fall, the application deadline is July the 17th. Historically, we may extend it for maybe a week or two after that to get all documents in. Now, it’s also going to depend on which one you’re interested in, but that’s the one we are interviewing for at this time. We are also looking at the second fall session, however, it would depend of which of the concentrations, because not all are offered. So, right now, we are looking at the August session and that will be July 17th, possibly as late as the end of July

Lauren Galvin: Great. Just to add one quick tidbit, guys, so even though it’s July 17th the deadline, fall is the busiest time of the year, so if you’re looking to start that August 28th start date, I highly encourage you to reach out to your enrollment advisor and start that application process as soon as possible. The sooner you get your documents in, the sooner you get your decision back, you’re just going to put ourself in a very good position to be ready to start classes in that fall term.

Okay and this question kind of goes along that same vein. It’s asking, “How many times during the year do you enroll students?” So, how many terms are there that they can enroll in?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah, so we have three start dates a year, typically they go spring, summer, fall. Which correlate to around January, May, and August. Details of those, because we are a little far off in the year, I don’t have exact dates yet or deadlines, but reach
out to your enrollment advisor. Again, right now we are currently accepting applications for our August 28th start date

Lauren Galvin: Okay. This … Ruth, is kind of along the same lines, can you talk about which concentrations are offered this coming fall, the July 17th app deadline?

Ruth Suarez: Yes, so all of our concentrations are offered for that fall start date, so anywhere from that acute care nurse practitioners, the psychiatric/mental health program, which is why I reiterate, it is the busiest time of the year. The sooner you get your
application in, the better off you’re going to be

Lauren Galvin: Okay, this next question is asking about clinical hour requirements. So, I’m actually going to put the slide back up with the MSN clinical hour requirements on there. So, if you guys want to just do a quick run through of those by concentration again.

MaDi Engo: Sure. Okay, like I said, for the acute care nurse practitioner, this is at the MSN level and at the certificate level, because they’re the same, it’s 830 clinical hours. For adult gerontology primary care, 580. Family nurse practitioner is 745. Psychiatric/mental health is 745. And pediatrics is 580.

Lauren Galvin: Thank you. We’ll go back to our Q&A slide. This next question is for Ruth. This is someone who’s never done online courses before. What kind of support do they get from the university?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah, totally see it a lot. Students who have been out of academia for a while, they’re coming back, it’s going to be their first time doing a completely online program. Support is definitely there. First off, you’re working with your enrollment
advisor, whether it be MaDi or myself or any of other of our enrollment advisors. They’ll be with you throughout the entire application process, up until the first week of class. Before your first week of class, you’re enrolled in what’s called an orientation course. This orientation course is designed to get you acclimated to our platform, which is Canvas. So, you’re able to navigate it as if you were doing your
first course. So, practice assignments, uploading documents, posting on discussion boards. That way, you’re not scrambling through everything your first week of class.

Aside from the orientations, you have a 24/7 IT service staff that’s available to you. We get it. Technology’s not perfect. If something goes wrong, you’re not able to log-on, that 24/7 IT service desk is there to help you. And we also have an online writing center. Take advantage. The first year of the program is going to be very writing intensive. You want to have someone that can kind of be there for you. Use that writing center along with your student service advisor. Your student service advisor is with you throughout the entire program. Tey’re going to be a great
source of knowledge and … if any questions, maybe they can’t answer them directly, but they’re definitely going to be able to point you in the right direction

Lauren Galvin: Okay, great. MaDi, this next question is asking if clinical semesters are 16 weeks long.

MaDi Engo: Yes they are. All clinicals, you will have one each semester when you do start the clinicals, and each one is 16 weeks long. And just in mind, it also is accompanied by a theory portion or a didactic portion. But it’s one per semester.

Lauren Galvin: Great. Thank you. Last call for questions. We’re going to go through three or four more here, so if you have not submitted them, go ahead and submit them now. This next question for Ruth, “If you miss the July application deadline, will your application roll into the next enrollment date?”

Ruth Suarez: Yeah, so if you miss that July 17th start date, first off, reach out to your enrollment advisor, because we know things happen. There might be a possibility where we can extend it a few days or so, so reach out to them because the last thing we want
to do is if you really want that fall start date, that you miss it. So, a few days, definitely something that we can do for you. Now, if we decide that we want to push it off to another start date, we might have to wait until maybe January, depending on the concentration that you choose, because not every concentration is offered every term. So, make sure that you’re communicating with your enrollment advisor, get a plan in place. The application process is designed to be completed in about two weeks, so if you communicate with them and get a plan ready to go, we can definitely meet that July 17th deadline.

Lauren Galvin: Perfect. Thank you. So, for anyone who is looking for a certification and asking about transfer credits that can come into the program, can you just talk about our transfer credit policy?

MaDi Engo: Well, is the person … let me get this straight. Does it mean from the MSN or other certificate program?

Lauren Galvin: A certificate.

MaDi Engo: Okay. For a certificate program, if you have an MSN but you are not an NP, it’s unlimited. As long as it matches what is in the program, so we can’t really say, “Well, yes, this number or whatever.” It depends, each person is different in what they have already taken. Now if you are already a nurse practitioner and now you want to do a certificate in another area, it’s also unlimited. Normally, you would be considered a concentration only. Which means you’re going to take just the concentration didactic courses for that particular area, including the clinicals for that only. So, basically, we can’t really tell you how many. It just depends on what it is. Are you an NP or are you an MSN?

Lauren Galvin: And just to piggyback off that, general requirements for transfer credit policy, even if it’s the MSN, it’s five year timeframe. When was the last time you took your course? The credit hours. So, we’re looking at do the credit hours match the credit hours we have here? Is yours a three credit hour course and ours is a five credit hour course? More than likely, that’s not going to happen, but if they’re both three credit hours and they meet the same course objectives, definitely a possibility. The admissions committee will review those transfer credits once the application is officially submitted and that’s when we can get a decision for you.

Okay. Great. I think we already maybe touched on this, but quickly, Ruth, can you just let us know … actually, MaDi, I could give you this question. “What happens if I’ve been out of academia for a while? Who would be acceptable for a letter of recommendation?”

MaDi Engo: Okay, yeah we did touch on it briefly, but let me go over it again. So, with the three letters of recommendation, like I said, they do want one to be academic, but however, I know not everybody has rapport with professors, or it’s maybe years ago. So, in that case, three clinical, three professional clinical, from people who can attest to your clinical skills, like your supervisor, the medical doctors you may work with, nurse practitioners, MSNs, or even other BSNs, depending on your level. If you are already an MSN, they need to be MSNs or higher. If you’re a BSN, then they need to be BSNs or higher. If you don’t have any academic, that is okay. Three clinical will be fine.

Lauren Galvin: Awesome. Thank you. We’re just going to do a couple more here. Ruth, can you talk about, in general, how many clinical hours need to be completed per 16 week session?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah. So, again, clinical hours are going to vary depending on the term. It could be anywhere from around 215 to 235 hours per 16 weeks. I would say, you’re going to want to budget anywhere from around 15 to 16 hours a week per clinical. Good thing is that there’s no set amount of hours that you have to do per week. Ultimately, as long as you make sure that you meet the total amount before the
term ends, but you want to budget 15, 16 hours a week. But depending on your schedule, let’s say, a few days you know you’re going to be booked back-to-back. If you want to pile up some hours one week to give yourself some wiggle room the next, that’s definitely a possibility. Again, just speak to your student service advisor, look at the clinical hours that we send you, and do whatever is going to be best for your specific schedule.

Lauren Galvin: All right. So, MaDi, this next question asks, “Do you know if psychiatric clinicals are inpatient or outpatient based?”

MaDi Engo: Well, actually, they can be either inpatient or outpatient facilities. So, either one, as long as they’re qualified by the clinical staff. So it could be either one.

Lauren Galvin: Perfect. All right. For our last question of tonight is asking about live dialogue with professors. So, “Is there ever any live dialogue with an instructor so that we are getting real input from them, like a live chat room or discussion board?”

Ruth Suarez: Yeah, so that’s where our live sessions come into play. So, again, these live sessions are based off of the instructor’s availability, but they will let you know ahead of time. We previously did a webinar recording with one of our faculty members, Dr.
Kern. She teaches some of the clinical components of the program. She discussed how sometimes, for her live sessions, what she does is before a midterm comes up or a big project comes up, she schedules live sessions out to give the students the opportunity to one, either go through some study tips, or answer any general questions. The good thing is, again, they’re not, if you don’t make it, that’s it. They record it. You could always go back and listen in to these live sessions. Just go in knowing that it’s not a lecture. It is a live session, so think about it more of like an office hour type of situation.

MaDi Engo: Just to piggyback on that, also, the professors like to use that, like she said, live sessions to answer student questions, but they also use it to clarify information, be it on projects, reading, the homework, things like that. And some of the professors
even use it for review on some final exams. So, there’s a lot of things that they can use that session for.

Lauren Galvin: Great, thank you. All right, so before we close out the webinar for the evening, I ve just moved to our schedule an appointment link here, so it’s up on your screen. You can also find that link in the resources section located in the bottom left of your
screen. So, you can click on that link to schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor to discuss next steps and you can indicate in the notes of your appointment that you were in attendance of tonight’s webinar.

So, as we mentioned earlier, today’s webinar is being recorded and you can use this very same link to access the on-demand version at any time. Keep in mind that the approaching application deadline for the fall semester is Monday, July 17th. So, it’s important to schedule an appointment today to discuss your next steps with your advisor and begin or finish the application.

Thanks again for joining us this evening. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. We had a lot of great questions. Sorry we weren’t able to get to them all, but our enrollment advisor team will get back with you in the next day or two to answer any of those outstanding questions. We hope you found this webinar useful and we look forward to speaking with you all soon. Have a great evening.

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