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DNP Information Session with Dr. Mariea Snell

Lauren: Hello everyone. My name is Lauren Gavin 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 doctor of nursing practice information session with Dr. Mariea Snell and enrollment advisor, Dave Groves.

Please note that the presentation is being broadcasted through your speakers and you’re set to listen-only mode in order to minimize background noise. 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 are unable to answer your question today, an enrollment advisor will follow up with you. Today’s webinar is also being recorded and a copy will be emailed to you as soon as it is available.

As you can see by today’s agenda, we’ll be discussing many topics ranging from curriculum to enrollment requirements, and our coordinator for the DNP program at Maryville will discuss the Scholarly Project. As previously mentioned, we’ll answering your questions at the end of the presentation, but please type them in the Q&A box throughout the webinar.

At this time I’d like to quickly introduce our panelists. During today’s session, we will have a prerecorded portion by Dr. Mariea Snell, coordinator for the doctor of nursing practice program here at Maryville. Dr. Snell is a family nurse practitioner and sees patients in a community health center here in St. Louis. She is also the vice president of the Missouri State Board of Nursing and is active in legislation and research. Also, we will hear from Dane Groves, enrollment advisor for Maryville’s online graduate nursing program.

Without further ado, I will hand it off to Dane.

Dane: Good evening. I’m Dane, Robert Dane Groves. I’m an enrollment advisor at Maryville University. I wanted to thank everyone for your time with us today to discuss the doctor of nursing practice program that Maryville University offers for our online 100% for our students. I’ve been with Maryville University representing Maryville University and specifically the nursing program for the last three years. My role here is I try to make the application process painless for you for one. I like to break it down and simplify it. I’m not the admissions committee. I do know what they’re looking for, though, and I try to package our students as an enrollment advisor per the standards and the policies that they’re looking for.

I wanted to tell you a little bit about Maryville University. Maryville University founded in 1872, we’re one the oldest universities in the St. Louis, Missouri area. We are named as a military friendly school. We have been for the last seven consecutive years. In fact, our program director, Dr. Buck, is a veteran of the Air Force, a decorated flight nurse and a wonderful source of information. We take personal pride in our veterans. You also once accepted will receive your own military liaison to discuss benefits and exactly what you’re eligible for.

[inaudible 00:03:56] US News and World of Report rankings, US News and World Report is really the gold standard for colleges and universities across the country, and I’m proud to say that Maryville University has been ranked among the best national online nursing universities for 2016. Also, check out, go to US News and World Report, check out our faculty ratings. Our faculty ratings are some of the best in the country, some of the highest in the country. Good news for you because in the doctor of nursing practice program you would be paired with a faculty advisor, so you would have one of those elite members of our faculty as your personal advisor in the program for doctor of nursing practice as well.

Maryville University is regionally and nationally accredited. Nationally, we are accredited by the CCNE, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Regionally, we are accredited by the HLCNCA, the Higher Learning Commissions, North Central Association.

Without further ado, a little bit about the doctor of nursing practice curriculum overview. As I said, the DNP program is a 100% online. You are free to work full-time. You have life going on as well. You’re always welcome on campus to us here in St. Louis, Missouri, but you’re not required to be on campus at anytime. A lot of students like to participate in graduation. That’s a perfect time to come to campus. It’s like old home week. A lot of our students meet each other face-to-face for the first time, although they’ve met each other already in class. It’s always a wonderful thing, but you’re not required to be on campus at anytime.

The program is 33 credit hours in length. Thirty-three credit hours unless, of course, one of the statistics, if you have a statistics or a biostatistics three-credit hour class on the masters level that was taken within, started and completed within, the last five years and it’s a one for one transfer, that might be a course possible to transfer if you’ve already completed a masters level statistics course. Otherwise, our program is 33 credit hours in length that can be completed in as few as 18 months, can be completed in as a few as a year and half. That’s a lot shorter than a lot of programs you’ll find across the country.

Our semesters are 16 weeks in length. Many times in the program, you’ll be taking an eight-week course back to back with a second eight-week course making it according to financial aid a full-time program, but to you and I, taking one course at a time can’t get much more part-time than that, but it is considered a full-time program according to financial aid. You are never taking more than two classes at the same time in the program.

There are three entry points per year. Our spring is in January. We are starting our first spring in January 16 of 2017. Our summer is in May. That start date is May 8th of 2017, and our fall start. Our fall start is August 28th of 2017. January, May and August our the three entry points per year.

There are no standardized test required. In fact, there is no application fee. Once accepted into the program, however, not only will you have a financial aid advisor to let you know what you’re eligible for, you have a 24/7 IT help desk at your disposal. You also would have access to the Canvas platform that we use and online orientation with a designated student advisor that will be with you through the entire program. We want
to make sure that you’re 100% onboard. Maryville University is a not for profit private university, and if it’s not right for you it’s not right for us. It’s a wonderful stopping point to really make sure you’re getting the information you need to make sure that Maryville once accepted is going to meet your goals.

All of our students have until the Friday of start week. I’m your enrollment advisor, I enroll you. You have until Friday of start week, so for instance, Monday, January 16, 2017, our spring students will start. You have until that Friday to email me if anything is not perfect, is not going to meet your goals, you email me. I can withdraw you from the one course that you would start, and you wouldn’t be financially responsible for that course as long as you let me know before Friday of start week. Once again, we’re on your side. We want to make sure that we’re meeting your goals as well as your goals as needed there.

Enrollment requirements. That’s where I come in, the admission requirements, that’s where your enrollment advisor is going to work with you to make sure we’re meeting those requirements. Of course, we require a master of science of nursing conferred degree from a regionally and accredited nationally accredited nursing program. That’s a master of science nursing degree.

You also have to have your current board certification, so employed as an advanced practice nurse, whether that be a nurse practitioner, one; a certified midwife, two; a certified nurse specialist or CNS, three; or a RNA, a certified registered anesthetist, any of those would be advanced practice nurses and we would need you to have your board certification in hand in order to be eligible for the doctor of nursing practice program. Grade point average. We do require a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. That’s a 3.25 of all of your higher education, undergraduate, graduate. We need a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. That’s good for you because you’ll know that your classmates are in the upper echelon of students across the country, so you’re in very company. You’re in a class size of 20 students per instructor, and you’ll know that
your classmates have the same motivation as you as well. Less the 1% on average of nurses nationwide will go to this level, but you can approach and become part of a very elite group.

We’re also going to require three letters of recommendation. The enrollment advisors like myself will help make this process as easy as possible. We have really simplified the application system. On the application itself, all you need to do is type in the name and email, three professional references will work, as long as they’re either people you report to or at least on the same level as an advanced practice nurse. We don’t want a reference to be someone who reports to you, but someone on your level as an advanced practice nurse or someone you report to. Three professional references will work.

What happens is when you put in their name and email, there is emails them a checklist. We know they they’re busy medical professionals. They take about 10 minutes. They respond to the email. It attaches to your application. For you, no paperwork, no chasing people down the hall. It’s really convenient, really time free. Everything you’ll need will be on the application process that we can help you through.

We also need a copy of your CV or resume with your current employment. We want to make sure you’re currently employed as an advanced practice nurse. That’s going to be paramount because most of the program you’re doing a capstone or a scholarly project on how you plan to positively effect patient outcomes or perhaps the community that you want to work with, and so what you’re seeing in your practice might be exactly what your topic may be. It’ll be necessary to be successful in the program.

That gets to the three-page maximum essay. We have an essay tip sheet. It really simplifies and breaks down the required admissions essay. If you look at the essay tip sheet, once you are contact with the enrollment advisor you’ll see it’s step-by-step asking questions from your previous ourse work experience to your practice that will lead you to this idea of how you plan to positively effect patient outcomes. What is your voice? What do you want to bring to the table for the medical community? You’re evidence based research and you’re not coming up with new information, you’re doing evidence based research that you present in front of an IRB.

At Maryville University we wholeheartedly encourage you to publish this work as well. This is your voice on your personal experiences how you plan to positively effect patient outcomes, or maybe there’s a community, an underserved community, you want to work with or explore or community organization you want to pair with.

Go though the essay tip sheet. Go step-by-step. The all important conclusion or last paragraph on your initial thoughts and your scholarly project and you’ll be able to construct this three-page essay. More of a factual, it’s less of a personal statement, more of a factual exploratory of what your capstone will be. Your enrollment advisors certainly are more than happy to and ready to help you with this task as well and maybe to come with some ideas or to talk about with someone as well.

As you can see, there’s the application process. It all serves a purpose, and it all goes in order and that’s where we come in to try to simplify for your because we know you’re busy as well. As I said before, we’re looking for an elite best group to meet the Maryville University standards that we have here at our university.

That brings me to tuition. Tuition. It it’s 33 credit hours which would complete the program including the statistics class that’s 11 courses. It’s $879 per credit hour, so for 33 credit hours that would come out to $29,007 for tuition, 2 9 0 0 7. If you happen to hate that statistics transfer, that three credit hour transfer, that would 10 courses, 30 credit hours, $879 per credit hour would be $26,370. Of course, there’s no application fee, and of course, you would have a financial aid advisor to let you know what you’re eligible for to answer the money questions. They have the different departments to help you out with those specific questions regarding tuition and school.

At this time, I would like to return the webinar back to our host, back to Lauren.

Lauren: Thank you very much, Dane. We are now going to listen to a prerecorded session in which our DNP program coordinator, Dr. Mariea Snell, was interviewed by Dane. She discusses the DNP curriculum and the Scholarly Project. I am going to start that video. If it takes a second for buffer, it will start just give it a quick second.

Mariea: Thank you, Dane. Thank you so much. I’d like to with you guys a little bit about the curriculum essentials in the DNP program. What that is the accrediting bodies have gotten together and all these great minds in education have gotten together and formulated what is most important for doctoral education in nursing. It’s listed here in front of you are those things. What we’ve done is we have created our curriculum centered around this to help you really develop all of these things, so develop evidence based practice. You know as nurses that evidence based practice is the foundation of everything that we do, and then research utilization to improve clinical care delivery.

We are using that evidence based practice, that research, that’s out there and we’re using it to improve patient care and health care delivery, how do we do things. I think that one of the exciting things about doctoral education is that you’re really taking the opportunity to look at your process, your patient care, your healthcare systems and seeing what are ways that we can make it better, how can we really help patients, how can we help society as a whole, so improving patient outcomes if our next bullet point there too. You can kind of see how these things build upon each other and really make an impact in the community.

Adding to that is the next point of leading quality healthcare practice and providing that to your patients and becoming leaders in healthcare and becoming a leader in interprofessional teams. We know that the best way, a lot of the research shows now that the best ways to deliver healthcare is to work as an interdisciplinary team. What you’re doctoral degree will do for you is really help you critically analyze healthcare, your practice, your healthcare system that you’re involved in and see ways that you can help your patients and make change and make impact and become a leader in the profession more so than you had with your masters. It really brings you up that extra level to really change the way society receives care and the outcomes of patients as a whole is actually very exciting.

I’d like to talk with you a bit about the Scholarly Project. The Scholarly Project is the culmination of all of the things that we just discussed on the previous slide. Not everybody knows what they want to do when they first go into their doctorate. I didn’t necessarily know exactly what I wanted to do either. It kind of changed a little bit over time as I got into the program and sort of figured things out.

What we want you to do is from the beginning to start critically thinking and analyzing your practice and seeing where those gaps are and what are things that you could be doing or thinking, about process changes, or different research studies that you could be doing to make an impact. What that is then throughout the program is your Scholarly Project.

I think Dane we were going to talk about these.

Dane: Right. Yeah, thank you, Dr. Snell. For instance, why is the Scholarly Project an important part of the doctor of nursing practice curriculum?

Mariea: I think I jumped ahead of myself. I kind of explained it a little bit. What it will do for you is to show you and the healthcare community what you have learned throughout this process, how you have risen to this upper level of thinking or upper level critical thinking and how you as a doctorally prepared nurse are going to make an impact on society.

Dane: Excellent. Then, how was the Scholarly Project incorporated throughout the 18-month program?

Mariea: We thought really hard about this when we created this program. We know that the Scholarly Project is a difficult thing to accomplish and it’s supposed to be. A doctorate isn’t an easy thing, otherwise we would all have doctorates. What we’ve tried to do is incorporate all the pieces of the project, all the components and had them build towards the final culmination. Everything that you’ll be doing in the program will build on to the next, and then at the end a culmination of your scholarly project. It’s really incorporated. We tried to do very little in the way of busy work and really get down to what you need to know and what you need to learn to be a true doctor or nursing practice.

Dane: Great. I know a lot more about the Scholarly Project, and I’m sure we’ll take questions on that as well if there is anything that we did not cover. I would like to cover a little bit about the program chair and the program chair’s role. For instance, what is the role of the program chair and how did you assist and/or collaborate with your students from who you were chair?

Mariea: That is a great question. The chair is so important to the process. They will really be your guide through the program. We assign the chair very early on the process, and I think that’s really important. One thing that’s a bit of a departure for our program from other programs is that we assign your chair for you so don’t have to go out and find your chair. A lot of programs required you to do that. We don’t that.

As faculty, we sit down and we look at each student, each doctoral student, and we talk about them and we look to see what the student’s interest and it how it aligns with the faculty’s interest. We actually get very excited about it. We get excited to be able to work with these students and hear about their ideas and what we can do to really help them become leaders in this profession and really be successful with their project. We look and we match up faculty members to students based on like interests because that’s really how everybody’s going to be successful. We’ll all be happy that way.

Dane: Great. Do you have any additional advice for doctor of nursing practice students in regards to building a relationship with their assigned or specific individual chair?

Mariea: I do, yes. The most important thing is communication, certainly, communicating early on and as much as possible. I think that from myself we’re all working from a distance, obviously, for the majority of us. I think that making sure that you have established what form of communication is going work best with you between your chair. I personally am very open to email, calls, text, that kind of thing, anything. I think that the relationship between the chair and the doctoral student is really important and having a bond is very important. I make sure that I’m communicating with them as much as possible, and I think it’s important for the students to know that they should be communicating too and be very comfortable with communicating with their chair.

Dane: Great. I hear that a lot as well on the phone of the personal interaction, even though it is an online program our students are not alone whether they be in Hawaii or Florida or Alaska. They have someone interacting, but I’ve heard it myself on the phone.

A lot of us were looking to that end result, and so a lot of us are already looking to graduation, I’m sure out there. Graduates success stories, one of my favorite topics. Part of this have been some of the topics that doctor of nurse practice graduates have done in the past.

Mariea: We have had some really amazing projects that people have done. Here recently we had a really great project on antibiotic use and/or overuse should I say. I know that for those out there listening who are in family practice or other specialty areas a big issue is over prescribing antibiotics when they’re not really necessary. We had just this last term a doctoral student present her project on how she created an educational in service for her healthcare group on the best prescribing practices for antibiotics, and then she did a pretest and a post test analysis to see if there was any change. If healthcare providers were given this information on how they should be prescribing did it change whether or not they followed those rules or not. It was really interesting to see how she was able to decrease the prescribing of antibiotics when they weren’t necessary by having this educational in service. It’s been really fascinating.

We’ve had other specialty areas outside of primary care. CRNAs that have done right great things in regards to post anesthesia nausea and vomiting preventative measures and making real impacts and a financial way too for their institutions. We have a student right now that I have that her project is expected to save her facility 10 million dollars in the next year. As you can imagine, they’re quite pleased with her.

Dane: Excellent. Do you have words of advice on what our graduates have done or accomplished with their Scholarly Project? For instance, are they encouraged to publish their work or anything of that nature?

Mariea: Absolutely, yes. The ultimate goal of this is that you will have publishable work at the end. We highly encourage. It’s certainly not a requirement, but we really would like to see our students publish their papers that they’ve written. At the end of the program, you should have a publishable work that you should be able to take this and submit it to journal. The tools that you’ll learn along the way will help you understand how that’s done and what’s expected for journal publication and post your presentation. A lot of the students that we’ve had have done just that and have been very successful and it’s really set them on the right path professionally through publication and dissemination.

Lauren: All right, great. Thank you so much for listening to that. I think that was a lot of helpful information for everyone. We are now going to move along to our Q&A session. If you haven’t already entered your questions in the Q&A box on the right-hand side there you
can go ahead and enter those now. We are going to start reading through those.

As I mentioned previously, Dr. Snell’s portion was prerecorded, so Dane will do his best to answer all these questions during our session here. I think we’ll just jump in. Our first question here comes from Arlene and asks, please repeat the information about the statistics courses?

Dane: Sure. That’s a great question, and I’d be glad to fill you in a little bit more about statistics. The word statistics may have different reactions for different individuals. Statistics is a very, very important course. In fact, it would be your very first course in the program if that were needed.

What they’re looking for with statistics. Many master of science of nursing and that’s the masters science of nursing program across the country you will have had a statistics class. Maryville University’s curriculum for the masters program does not include a statistics class. Therefore, for our doctor of nurse practice it is a three-credit hour eighth-week course, and it’s the very first course in the doctor of nurse practice
program. However, for those students that had started and finished a master science of nursing statistics class that is a one for one transfer, it may be possible to transfer that class. That would be up to the admissions committee’s review. If that course would be transferred you would start in what we call a B session or eight weeks into the semester, and of course, the tuition would be less. It would go from $29,007 tuition to $26,370, and it would be three credit hours less in the program.

The statistics, why that is so important and why we offer right away is that right off you’re going to be gathering evidence based research, and we need to quantify that information. Hopefully, we can have bar graphs and pie charts and we want your information quantified so that it looks well because you’ll be publishing this work hopefully for the medical community. This is a factual statistic scholarly project. You’re doing evidence based gathering. That’s why statistics is so important.

True story. I did have a gentleman who he had been awarded transfer credit for his statistics class from Berkeley. He actually opted to take our statistics class because he had heard so many good things about our statistics in our program. It’s a necessary component and that’s because of the evidence base you’ll be gathering.

Once again, we’re not talking bachelor of science of nursing statistics. We’re talking master science of nursing statistics within the last five years. That’s a one for one transfer. Kind of a long answer to a short question, but I hope that works.

Lauren: Great, thank you. Our next question asks, can you talk a little bit about how much time they’ll need to dedicate to this program per week or per day, however you can?

Dane: Sure. As a rough guesstimate, we offer to our students we suggest you should plan about 20 hours per class per week to be successful in the program. Now there’s not someone with a stopwatch and they’re not did you get exactly 20 hours, some week
maybe more. You are logging in when you’re available, but you are required to log in regularly. You’re going at your own pace. If you’re working three 12′s or nights or you’re on call, the program is very flexible. That’s what our students like and with the no campus visit that time flexibility that is paramount for all medical professionals they’re able to have that control over their time.

Now some of those eight week portions you might have two eight-week courses at the same time. That’s rare, but sometimes you do, so that might be a little bit more than 20 hours expectation. As a guesstimate and we can send out definitely a sample schedule template. You can the layout or the plan of the program that can be completed in as little as 18 months and you can see. For yourself for a guesstimate, you really should plan about 20 hours per class per week to be successful in the program.

Lauren: Perfect. Thank you very much. This next question is asking about how long a student has to make a decision on a topic for their Scholarly Project?

Dane: One of the exercises is actually when you’re applying you’re starting that research process, and you’re coming up with your initial thoughts on your Scholarly Project. Your Scholarly Project is actually a fluid project. You might take off in a different direction. You might hone down. You might discover added information that may change your take or you’re coming up with new information. You’ll have a topic. You’ll be working with a faculty advisor as well. It’s kind of fluid throughout the year and a half. Each course gives you that structure, so you have an idea. You have a topic and you’re wanting to do research. The design of the program is to then give you that structure, course by course to develop your initial thoughts in your topic. Therefore, by the end, you’ll have your end result. That’s at least 18 months into the program that you’re presenting it.

This topic you’re doing evidence based research, but perhaps your interest is more of a community that you want to study, that you want to focus on, perhaps community organization you’d like to pair with. Some of our students might do a topic together. There might two individuals who are doing a Scholarly Project together, but they have different takes on the same project. Maybe they’re doing a joint, a co-authorship, they’re doing a Scholarly Project together. There’re a lot of different ways you can go as varied as your experiences are all over the country and your xperience as an advanced practice nurse. The topic you’ll have different ideas, and that will develop through the program. I hope that answers that question.

Lauren: Great, yeah, I think it does. Our next question here is from Brian and it’s asking are there any specific online class times in the program or can students sign on at any convenient time?

Dane: The program, Brian, is asynchronous, and so are logging in when you’re available. For instance, there isn’t a specific time, but perhaps a course may have a quiz or a test and maybe that test is on Wednesday, so that would mean to complete that quiz or test you might have to log in sometime from midnight to midnight on Wednesday, but there is no I have to be somewhere at 2:30 on a Tuesday. It’s not that strict. You are logging in when you’re available. It is asynchronous.

Then, as you have WiFi you’re good to go. You’re doing your research as well. There’s no a clinical direct patient care component that is going to keep you home bound. Going through the orientation you’re going to find that as long as I have WiFi I’m good to go. I have some students in the military, they’re coming back to the base at night. They’re completing their course work. I have students they might have a cruise planned. The bad news is the ship has WiFi, so no dog ate my homework on that one. You can either study up a little more ahead of time and maybe catch up, letting your instructors know. The flexibility of the program for traveling nurses as well is ideal, but there’s no exact required log in time.

Lauren: Great, thank you. Our next question is from Charlene and we’re going back to the statistics course. Just wondering if that uses any specialized software

Dane: All of those software questions would be answered through orientation as well. Don’t forget, all through the program at Maryville you have a 24/7 IT help desk. I’ve had students upgrading their systems at [inaudible 00:37:23]. They’re on the phone with tech support. They are there to help you. It’s 24/7, so 3:00 in the morning wherever you’re at in the country you have a human being to talk to about any IT issues.

The requirements, the computer requirements, IT requirements of the program are all in the orientation packet that you’ll receive. They’ll go over that with you as well. You have the help desk as well, so hopefully by that first day all those unanswered questions will be solved.

Lauren: Great. Thank you. Our next question is asking if it’s all right for someone to be working on a part-time basis or do you need to be working full-time to get accepting into the DNP program?

Dane: Wonderful, wonderful question. They want to make sure that you’re an advanced practice nurse and that you are employed as an advanced practice nurse that you’re keeping current with those skills. Does that mean full-time? No. Some of our students whether that you’re on call, or you’re per diem, or you’re doing volunteer work, but as long as you are keeping current with your skills and that you’re active, that your board certification on licensure is active and that you are working in some capacity it isn’t a strict must be employed 40 hours, however. Great question.

Lauren: Great, thank you. We’re going to take probably about four or five more questions and we have a lot coming in here, but if you haven’t submitted yet please go ahead and submit now if you’re thinking of anything that you’ve been sitting on during the presentation. Go ahead and submit that now.

Our next question asks, once someone applies to the program how long before they hear back? How long does the application process take?

Dane: The enrollment advisors have a very convenient … we have a two-week plan for the application process. Usually, week one we actually get a request all official transcripts and we walk you through how to do that, where those we be sent to with our address. We have you start the transcripts first and to start the online application. We do that in week one, usually transcripts. That’s the time element we really don’t have control over because it’s [inaudible 00:39:48] to other school and their time table. We have you get started on that, and then week two, we meet with you and we go over more specific questions or concerns. The next big project would be that three-page essay admission requirement.

We go over some of those techniques to try to get things going in a two-week time frame. We want to show the admissions committee that you’re proactive and that you’re going to be proactive as a student, proactive as a doctor of nursing practice. That’s the ideal time frame is two weeks for the application process.

Once we have everything submitted and we submit, I usually tell my students it’s about three to four weeks to receive a decision. Sometimes quicker. There are many, many applications all across the country. Maryville University, very popular program throughout the country. I usually tell my student about three to four weeks to receive a decision. You’ll receive official notice from the admissions committee from the campus, and then your enrollment advisor will let you know as well.

Lauren: Great. Our next question here is asking, what happens if I’ve been out of academia for a while? Then you would be acceptable for my references?

Dane: You’ll see when you log in on the application it says one academic reference and two professional references. However, just like the caller indicates, what if I’ve been out of academia for a while that’s why three professional references will work. Ideally, the three professional references they prefer two supervisory people and the third one can be a colleague. It should not be an administrative assistant, an LPN, or someone that reports to you. They should be professional medical references.

As the advanced practice nurse level, it might be difficult. Maybe you are it. Maybe you’re the one that’s in charge. Therefore, you at least want three other advanced practice nurse or doctors or three professional individuals that can review your work and preferably that have known or observed your work for at least a year.

Lauren: Perfect, thank you. Our next question here is asking is someone is interested in pursuing an FNP certificate and and DNP can you apply to both or how does that work?

Dane: Sure. It’s preferable that you work and focus on one first just because of the time commitments involved. Maryville University we offer post masters certificate programs. It’s very possible for our advanced practice nurses to be dual certified.

What is wonderful is that that board certification you have in hand, those transfer requirements, the admissions committee more likely is going to assume you are using and keeping current on those classes. In the post masters certificate programs classes like pathopharm, classes like help [inaudible 00:43:09] disease prevention, the first 80-hour clinical health assessment, they’re going to assume that you’re using those. We will do a transfer credit request form that they will review as well. A lot of times it’s only the clinical portion, the advanced practice nurse needs to complete to be dual certified.

The adult nurse practitioner that’s really one of the quickest fixes, so to speak. Many of the adult gerontology nurse practitioners might only need two courses in pediatrics and women’s health, women’s health focusing on prenatal and post partum care, 235 clinical hours divided up in pediatrics and women’s health with a three credit hour didactic course which could be possibly completed as little as four months, 16 weeks, where
you’re doing a three credit hour clinical hand in hand with a three credit hour course at $781 per credit hour for the post masters.

Maryville University went the extra distance to have their post masters certificate program nationally accredited. Through Maryville University the post masters are nationally accredited by the CCNE, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. A lot of universities don’t go that extra distance for the post masters certificates. The clinical side of nursing this is what we do. That’s why for our doctor of nursing practice
we require that you are a board certified advanced practice nurse. For the post masters certificate programs, we respond to you. As you change, as life changes, as work change, that’s why we launched adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner of the post masters. We have the master of science of nursing psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. We currently don’t have the post masters for psych. Hopefully, that will be in the near future.

Again, we respond to what our professionals need. We have those post masters certificate options. I know a lot of you are advanced practice nurses. Doctor of nurse practice, wonderful option to go forward with your career, but also have the option to do the post masters to do a dual certified program without completing a whole another masters program. Wonderful options for you.

Lauren: Great. Thank you so much, Dane, for all of your answers today. Hopefully, you can still hear me. We just had a little technical difficulty with the broadcast, but we were just finishing up our questions. Before we close for the evening, I just want to let you know that we do a have schedule and appointment link here in the webcast. You can set up an appointment with your enrollment advisor to discuss next steps and how to apply to the program.

We’ll also be following up with everyone after this presentation today just to make sure in case you have any questions we didn’t get to answer, and we’ll also send you a copy so you can watch it again if you’d like. Keep in mind that our approaching application deadline for the spring semester is Monday, December 5th. Schedule your appointment today. Thank you again for joining us this evening. Thank you to Dane and also to Dr. Snell for all your information and have a great evening.

Dane: Thank you.