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

Lauren Galvin: Hello, everyone. Good evening. 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.

Please note that this 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.

Now that we’ve moved through our housekeeping items I’ll do a quick overview of the agenda. So we’ll be discussing many topics this evening, ranging from curriculum to enrollment requirements. And Karen Lesyna, our alumni guest, will give you a look into the program experience. As previously mentioned we’ll be answering your questions, but please type them in the Q&A box throughout the webinar.

At this time I’d like to introduce out panelists. During today’s session we will play a pre-recorded portion by Karen Lesyna, and alum of our MSN certificate program, here at Maryville. Also we will hear from Ruth Suarez, lead enrollment advisor for Maryville’s online graduate nursing programs. So without further ado, I will hand it off to Ruth.

Ruth Suarez: Thank you, Lauren, and thank you all for joining us today. I know nurses have a pretty busy schedule so we truly appreciate your time. My Name is Ruth, I’m one of the enrollment advisors with Maryville University. I have been on the nursing program for about two years now. What I’d like to do first is just give you a quick background on Maryville University.

Maryville University was established in 1872, and we are a private institution located right outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Maryville’s online graduate nursing program has been ranked among the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs according to U.S News & World Report. We have been consistently named to the Military Friendly Schools List. Our online graduate program is accredited by The Commissions of Collegiate Nursing and Education and we are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

I do want to talk about the Masters program first. Our Masters in Science and Nursing program offers five concentrations. We have our adult gerontology acute care program, our adult gerontology primary care, our family, our pediatrics, and our newest program, our psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. These programs can be completed in as few as 28 to 32 months depending on the concentration. They are 41 to 50 credit hours, so we’re looking at about 13 to 16 courses.

In terms of the clinical hour requirements, depending on the concentration that you choose, the clinical hours will vary. The acute care program is about 830 clinical hours over four semesters. The adult gerontology primary care program is 580 over three semesters. The family is 745 over four semesters. The pediatric program is 580 over three semesters. And our newest program is estimated to be approximately 745 clinical hours, which is subject to change as we start finalizing the clinical content.

Now, for the enrollment requirements what we are looking for is a bachelors of science and nursing degree from an accredited nursing program. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. Now, that is taking into consideration all postsecondary institutions. We are looking for an active RN license in the US that is unencumbered with at least one year of active RN experience. For the application we’re looking for three letters of recommendation, your CV or your resume, and one 500 word essay which talks about your interest in becoming a nurse practitioner, specifically whichever concentration you are looking for, and how this degree will help you improve patient outcomes.

Now, our post-masters program offers four of the concentrations that we have for our MSN. We have all of them except for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. These can be completed in as few as 20 to 24 months. We’re looking at 29 to 35 credit hours, so about nine to 11 courses. Now, for the clinical requirements they are the same as the masters program. For the enrollment requirements we are looking for an MSN degree from an accredited nursing program, a minimum GPA of a 3.0 cumulative. Again, you’re licensed as an RN in the US for at least one year. Three letters of recommendation, your CV or your resume, and a 500 word essay that does discuss your interest in becoming a nurse practitioner and how this degree would help you improve patient outcomes.

Tuition. The tuition for our MSN program is 781 a credit hour. The total tuition will depend on the concentration that you choose. To find out a little more information I do invite you to click on the link below, but your enrollment advisor will be able to go over that with you as well. We do have a 650 one semester fee. Now, that semester fee is all Maryville fees combined into one flat fee. You will also have an $80 Typhon fee. And I’m sure many of you are familiar with Typhon, it is used to track your clinical hours. You will have to pay a background check fee which is $79 -
$109, depending on the state that you currently reside in. There is also a $25 fee per exam proctoring free.

Lauren Galvin: Great, thank you so much, Ruth. We will now hear a pre-recorded session, in which one of our MSN alums, Karen Lesyna, is interviewed by enrollment advisor Kim Grantham on her experience in the program. I’m going to go ahead and start this video. It may take a second to buffer so don’t worry if it doesn’t start right away. You also may need to turn up your computer speakers a little bit louder than where they are right now.

Karen Lesyna: Hello, my name’s Karen Lesyna, and I just graduated from the MSN FNP program at Maryville in May. I’ve actually been an RN for 33 years and have a background in diabetes, step down ICU. I even had a business in nutrition for about six years. My last position was in a clinic with underserved youth, and that’s where I had the passion to move forward. I got the passion to move forward for a FNP [inaudible
00:08:19]. The role that a nurse practitioner can play in a clinic is so important.

Kim Grantham: Great. Thank you so much, Karen. At this time I’d like to start with getting your input on the interaction that you’ve had with classmates and faculty. So to start, can you tell me a little bit about how you were able to build relationships with your

Karen Lesyna: Actually, this was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. There’s group work in every course that you do take, and you work together on a weekly or biweekly basis just to complete the material or the case scenario presented to your group. And how did we do that? In lots of ways. It depended on the group, but we did Skype, we did Google Hangout, sometimes we would communicate in chat groups and sometimes we would just communicate on a discussion board that is within Canvas, which is the online computer program that Maryville uses to get you through your course material and to communicate.

At the beginning of each course there’s always an ice-breaker, and I always made sure I read all of my classmate’s information and I kind of noted where they were. Your classmates can be as far away as Japan, definitely across the whole United States. So it’s very, very interesting. It was not very difficult to get the material compiled to put your presentation or your group project together and submit it because of the way that the instructors wanted you to outline your group. There was always a leader, someone who was a note-taker who put together all the material, and then participants. And then we often shared texts, we often shared phone numbers, cellphone numbers, and we’d text. Maybe funny things that happened during the coursework, or if you had questions it was always easy to reach a classmate or a faculty member. A lot of the faculty members would share cells or at least be checking their email frequently, so I always got a really quick response.

Kim Grantham: That’s great. I know a lot of prospective students coming in to the program may be a little bit concerned about group work and how all of that works, so thank you, that’s some great insight into how the group work is facilitated. For you, Karen, is
there a specific experience or situation that you can recall that you felt that you had great connection with a peer or with an instructor?

Karen Lesyna: Yeah, there was one time I … You know, here I am, I actually am from California and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is better known as Silicon Valley, and I was having terrible computer issues. And a specific situation is I had my pharmacology’s cellphone number and I texted her, “Hey, this is going on”, she got right back to me. There were definitely times where if you were having issues you can definitely reach out. One time when we had a classmate in Japan, we were having trouble communicating and that was relayed to the instructor and everything was fine after that. As long as you were able to reach out and communicate it worked out really well. But most of our group projects were excellent, you’re in with a wonderful group of students, and the academics were excellent. So most of the specific situations or specific group projects, I never really had a group that I was miserable in, which can be concerning, but it was never that way for me.

Kim Grantham: Good. That’s good. Thank you. You did a great job really addressing all the questions that were on that slide, so we’re going to go ahead and just move onto the next one. I can’t think of a better way to respond to that, so we can move forward. Just looking at the flexibility and your ability to balance going to school and work, definitely a common concern for anybody going back to school. So if you don’t mind, tell me a little bit about how you were able to balance work and school.

Karen Lesyna: I think these are all very personal preferences or questions, and certainly [inaudible 00:13:45] back to school you think, “Oh, can I handle it?” Most nursing positions, if you’re working full-time, I think are stressful enough on their own without adding school. But one thing that drove me to Maryville is I wasn’t really ready, I didn’t want to cut down on my work hours; I really, really loved my job, and Maryville fit right into that. I didn’t want to go from my job to commute to one of the universities up in San Francisco. And another reason is is San Jose, which has a wonderful nursing program which is where I did my BSN, it didn’t have the nurse practitioner program organized because they’re moving everything in California to the DNP program. So it wasn’t quite set up yet and that’s when I started to investigate online.

My commute truly was from work home to my computer. I got on right away, and that is amazing and it really added to my comfort level about being sure I was there to make my deadlines; I was there for my group. And the way that they have the system set up, you do have deadlines weekly but you also get notifications, there’s ways to have calendars. If someone in your group needed something from you I could always check those notifications on my lunch hour or wherever I was. To balance the school and the work, what I would recommend, is once you get into the course you get your course material, put everything on your calendar. I’m big on playing on the weekend so I always wanted to make sure I had enough time to
do that, and if I was going to have a long weekend away or time off I always made sure that I got into that schoolwork earlier in the week so that I could meet deadlines. Or you just communicate with your group, “Hey, can we finish it up early this week? I’ve got three 12′s on the weekend or things that are going on.” So I felt this program really worked into my work-life, my personal life. And the two and a half years did seem to fly by, but you do have to be disciplined and make sure you meet your deadlines.

As far as how much time did I dedicate to studies. I would [inaudible 00:16:34] always go into the course material into Canvas, which you’ll hear about. I went into the course material on a nightly basis, and on Sunday I usually organize my week. Just don’t get behind on your reading, that’s all I can say. That’s when it became stressful. And exams too, take a bit of time to study. So those weeks if you can get your exams on the calendar and just allow extra time for study, it would make your life a lot better.

Kim Grantham: Very good tips. Want to make sure that [inaudible 00:17:17] disciplined, extremely organized, all of that will help lighten the load a little bit as you’re going through each semester. I definitely know that things can vary a little bit from semester to semester and how much time you will need to dedicate per week, so that’s great. Now, Karen, you mentioned the Canvas system a few times, that we use, that is our online platform for all of our courses. Prior to doing our MSN program had you taken any online courses before? What was your comfort level with Canvas and utilizing some of that technology?

Karen Lesyna: No. That was one of the things I was most worried about, is that I wouldn’t be tech savvy enough. And I was able to learn every function I needed. Canvas is great, it’s great on the computer. I have an app on my iPad, I had an app on my cellphone, so
I could go in there and access information or check things out anywhere I was. It was so easy to use, so organized.

All of the other ancillary things, tech things, that went into … Let me see. Let me just throw out a few. Maybe people would know what they are. So Dropbox, that’s familiar. We would put things in the Dropbox at first. Although, after a while that became part of Canvas. I actually was part of both systems. I was part of the previous system and then we changed to Canvas, and I do find Canvas is much easier. We use a system called VoiceThread where you could upload your PowerPoint and put your voice along with that. I think that’s about it. We did use … I don’t know if anyone out there’s familiar with the Epocrates app. That is something that I use frequently in clinicals, so if you have the ability to download that, that’s a wonderful option.

Also, Maryville … Nurses are going to love this. Maryville also provides you with a student membership to UpToDate, which we got an app on our cellphones for that so we could use that in clinicals. And so you didn’t have to pay the huge fee that you will once you become a professional. You have to actually pay the [inaudible 00:19:53], but that’s provided through Maryville while you’re [inaudible 00:19:58] clinicals. Also, I might add, the Maryville library is state-of-the-art.

Kim Grantham: That’s great. I speak with [inaudible 00:20:07] maybe haven’t taken online classes before, and just having a little bit of that anxiety about the technology, how will I learn, how to navigate through everything. So it’s great that you had a wonderful experience, especially with transitioning from the one platform to another midprogram. We’re happy to have Canvas. So you think a lot of students are finding
that it’s very tech friendly. So, great.

Karen Lesyna: Yeah, [inaudible 00:20:39] there’s plenty of orientation. [inaudible 00:20:42], there’s always people to ask questions of and any time there’s a change or something that they think people are going to have a challenge with, there’s always an orientation. So Maryville’s really great about that.

Kim Grantham: Great. Well, now I want to go into one of the biggest questions that I feel our prospective students had, which is around the clinicals and acquiring preceptors. So if you don’t mind, would you just go into a little bit of background on how you approached the clinical portion of the program and how you went about finding preceptors?

Karen Lesyna: The clinical preceptor, that is one of the things I was most worried about, but I ended up getting through it. I started with who I knew. One of the doctors in the clinic that I was currently at, I had asked her if she would be my preceptor and it went really well. We went off to a community clinic that wasn’t at my place of employment and I worked with her. And there I met another doctor so I did some
clinical work with this other physician in the community clinic. From there I personally felt that I wanted to have a different experience. And your preceptors will tell you that, is that there’s many different ways of practicing and that you should always experience those different ways and then you, once you’re a practitioner, you can decide what parts of everything that everyone taught you, how you would like to practice.

So I felt strongly after working with wonderful doctors that I really wanted to see what the nurse practitioner perspective was. So I had actually cold-called some clinics nearby my home and I had a wonderful year with a family nurse practitioner who was asked in the end to take on quite a bit of the prenatal at the clinic. So I did adults with her for one of my clinical experiences, and then I was able to do some prenatal, some OB, some pediatrics with her, because we would go from seeing a newborn to an 80-year-old. And on Tuesdays and Mondays we did prenatal. Then I also worked with a pediatrician, too. My biggest suggestion would be is to give this some thought now, and it’s okay to put out feelers. My biggest concern was the pediatrics and OB just because I didn’t really have a lot of that in my background, and I had the most wonderful experience in both those cases.

Now, Maryville puts out a list on … Oh gosh, I’m so sorry. I can’t remember where it was. It may have been in Typhon, where you put in your clinical hours and you actually put in some case studies. But they actually have a list, if you reach out they do have a list of clinics that any Maryville student has used in your area. So if you’re having trouble or kind of out of ideas take a look at that list and you might find
someone that way if you are really, really struggling. I would call in nursing buddies, any doctors you might know, because you never know if that might be a stepping stone to having a really wonderful preceptor.

Kim Grantham: Networking and thinking about preceptors early is always a good thing. I know that for us as a university we don’t really require students to have preceptor information to us until the semester prior to their first clinical course, but the earlier that you’re having those conversations with individuals, starting to build out that network, it’s just going to make your life so much easier when it comes time for your clinical part of the program. So that’s great. Can you talk a little bit, too, about some of the things that you learned going through your clinicals, what type of new skill sets did you pick up while going through your passion courses?

Karen Lesyna: I talked briefly about Typhon, which is an external system that actually tracks your hours. There’s a format in there where you can check-off what you experienced. So if you are putting in a case study, maybe it’s your first Pap smear, you can actually
check that off. Or maybe it’s an immunization, or well-baby visit, you can check this off in Typhon, and then you go through all the questions, including medications you ordered, what your assessment was. It’s really nice when you go back and look at it because you really can see … And this was maybe one patient out of how many you see in a day, you really can see that the areas where you feel, “Wow, I didn’t really read any X-rays”, or, “I didn’t really evaluate any lab work”, and so you can track and see what you need through this system.

Evaluations are completed by your preceptors. You’re allowed to evaluate the clinic and your preceptor, and then they evaluate you, so there’s a format for that. As you’re going through your clinicals and you submit these case studies your professor actually reads those and give you feedback on them, and asks you questions about them, or, “Hey, can you look at this again”, or, “Maybe could I suggest this?” Which is all part of the learning experience. It’s really nice because as a student you’re kind of stuck between what your clinical preceptor expects and what your professors expect, so it’s really wonderful to hear everyone’s perspective. You can always ask questions if you’re not quite sure about how your
clinics procedure, or your preceptors procedure, you can always clarify things, or do research in UpToDate or do research in the Maryville library.

I think the way the clinical courses are set up, it’s plenty of hours. I felt like it was plenty of hours for you to gain confidence, which is really important. But [inaudible 00:27:49] for how to find answers to your questions, because you’re not going to see everything. Definitely not.

Lauren Galvin: All right. Well, thank you to both Ruth and Karen for all that helpful information. Again, it may take a second to buffer back to the screen from the video, so I’m going to give this a quick second.

We are now going to begin the Q&A session and reading and answering the questions we’ve received so far. So if you haven’t entered your question in the Q&A box, please go ahead and do so now and we’ll get to as many as we possibly can. So our first question for Ruth today asks, “To become a nurse practitioner do you have to do the MSN in addition to the post-masters certificate program? How long does that usually take total?”

Ruth Suarez: Great question. You do not have to do both the MSN and the post-masters program if you are coming in with your undergrad in nursing. You will go through the MSN program, which is about 28 to 32 months. And once you graduate you would be eligible to sit for board after graduation.

Lauren Galvin: Great, thank you. Our next question asks how quickly instructors respond to emails or text messages. If you can kind of explain a little bit about the relationship between students and instructors in the online environment?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah. Maryville’s classroom size is limited to about 20 to 25 students a class. We want the instructors to have that availability with the students and have that constant communication. The instructor will make some [inaudible 00:29:38] available either through phone or through email and office hours. Email response rate, we’re looking at about 24 to 48 hour response time. But again, they will have
scheduled office hours as well if you would like that live feedback.

Lauren Galvin: All right. Our next question is asking about finding preceptors and if the program will help you find preceptors, or how that process works.

Ruth Suarez: Maryville’s online graduate program, since it is online we allow the students to choose their own preceptor. That way they can find someone who [inaudible 00:30:16] close to where they live and they’re going to be comfortable working with. We will help you with the process in terms of contracts and getting all of that paperwork in, but you will be responsible for finding your preceptor.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. This next question is asking about working as an RN while doing the program. Can you talk about a work-life balance or how students maintain that?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah. The transfer credit policy varies from the MSN program and the post-masters program. The MSN program, we do have a limit of about six credit hours, so about two courses. What we are looking for is that they are equal to our course here, both in credit hours and the curriculum. For the post-masters program there’s no limit to how many transfer credits can come in, as long as we see that they are
equal to our courses here and the admissions committee feels that they would be transferable.

Lauren Galvin: Great, thank you. Our next question is asking about how tests are proctored and if students are required to be on campus at any point, or if it’s fully online.

Ruth Suarez: With our program there are no residency requirements. There’s no need for you to come to campus at all. Our tests are proctored. You’d be able to do them right from home. What we do is we use a form of laser technology which monitors you while
you’re taking the test, so there’s no need for you to go to any testing center or come to campus at all.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Our next question is asking about when clinical hours happen. Is it during the last four semesters?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah. The clinical portion of the program starts the second half. Typically, we’ll see for the MSN program starting the second semester of the second year. Your enrollment advisor will be able to go over the curriculum detail with you so you can get an idea of how the schedule will be laid out.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. [inaudible 00:33:03] it’s asking if you work with MB’s during clinical clinical practicum, or if that’s required?

Ruth Suarez: With those clinical portion of the program, since you are allowed you choose your own preceptor you can work with an MB. They give you an MB, a DO, a nurse practitioner, but it is not required to work with an MB. The clinical coordinator, once we get a little closer to the clinical portion, will go over the details and [inaudible 00:33:31] of what we’re looking for for preceptors.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Our next question is asking about applying for the spring term. As everyone can see on the slide here our next application deadline is actually coming up December 5 for the classes that start on January 16. So can you talk a little bit about once documents are submitted how long the application process takes, and how long does it take to hear a decision?

Ruth Suarez: Yes. The application process shouldn’t take more than about two weeks. Your enrollment advisor would be able to go over the details of the application process. But once we have all the documents needed and it’s officially submitted to the admissions committee we’re looking at about a two to four week wait before a decision. And we are reviewing applications on a first-come first-serve basis.

Lauren Galvin: Just to clarify, as long as they are submitting or starting their application by December 5 they can continue the process, the whole thing doesn’t have to be complete by the fifth?

Ruth Suarez: Correct

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Can you talk about the flexibility of the schedule, how many classes you take at a time?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah. For the first half of the program what we’re doing is you’re going to be taking two courses a semester, but you’re only going to be taking one eight-week course at a time. Once we get into the second half of the program that’s when clinicals will start and the schedules will change. But again, your enrollment advisor will definitely be able to give you that sample schedule so you could take a look at how
that plays out.

Lauren Galvin: All right. I think you’ve already answered this, but if you can talk about taking classes at the same time as clinicals and how that works?

Ruth Suarez: Yeah. Once we get into the clinical portion of the program you will have a total of six credit hours a semester. Three credit hours will be your clinical component and you will have an additional three credit hour didactic course. That course is your classroom component for the clinical.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Our next question is asking about financial aid and if Maryville will help assist with finding financial aid.

Ruth Suarez: Yes. Financial aid is available for students. You would have to go through the financial aid application process and enter our school code. If you are accepted into the program, and once we start the registration process, that’s when we would be able to give specific details for those students.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Let’s see. “How much break is there between semesters?”

Ruth Suarez: The program is a year-round program. You will get about a month break between December to January for that winter holiday season.

Lauren Galvin: All right. Lets see here. Our next question is asking about if someone’s been out of academia for a while, who would be acceptable for their references?

Ruth Suarez: Great question. In the application you’ll see that it says two professional and one academic reference. If it is a situation where you have been out of school for a few years, that’s okay, we work with a lot of students who have those backgrounds too. That’s fine. What we’ll do is we will have three clinical professional references instead of that one academic reference.

Lauren Galvin: Okay, great. “Are students allowed to come to graduation on the Maryville campus, or do students normally do that?”

Ruth Suarez: For our MSN program we do welcome students to come in for graduation. We want you to come walk the stage, you’ve done so much work …

Lauren Galvin: Okay. This is asking if there are classes over the summer.

Ruth Suarez: Yes. As I mentioned before we do have year-round courses. It’ll be your spring, summer, and your fall semesters.

Lauren Galvin: All right. Again, just a reminder, if you have not submitted your questions already and you’re thinking of anything, you’ve been sitting on any of your questions till this point, please go ahead and submit those now so we can get to as many as possible. We will take probably about five more questions right now. So our next question asks, “If I am finishing my BSN can I still apply for the next term?”

Ruth Suarez: As long as you are in the semester before graduation we can definitely start the application process. We will ask for a few additional documents like a conferral letter, which states your graduation date and the fact that you’re in good academic standing for a BSN program.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. “What if someone starts online and would like to attend classes on campus or transfer to campus, is that a possibility?”

Ruth Suarez: That would be dependent on the student. We do offer the FNP and the adult gerontology nurse practitioner program on-ground, but they are only offered starting the fall semester so you would definitely want to communicate that with your student service advisor to make sure that we make those accommodations.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Our next question is asking, “When I finish my MSN can I go for my DNP?”

Ruth Suarez: Great question. You can. What will happen is we will allow you to … We would have to have you sit for boards first. Part of the requirement for a DNP program is that you have to be board-certified before the application process. The good news is the application process does shorten since we already have a lot of your information on file.

Lauren Galvin: Perfect. Can you talk a little bit more about how a student would submit their reference letters for their application?

Ruth Suarez: Definitely. For the application process, when we’re competing the online application form there will be a section where you would be asked to insert your reference’s email address in that corresponding slot. What we will do is we’ll send the reference a reference survey that they fill out, a few boxes that they check off, about two questions that they have to answer. Once they submit that reference
template it’ll automatically be linked into your application. There’s nothing else you have to do on your end

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Can you explain how many starts there are per year, how many entry points?

Ruth Suarez: We do have three start dates a year, our spring, our summer, and our fall, which typically correlate to January, May, and August.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Our next question is asking if we also offer a BSN to DNP program.

Ruth Suarez: Yes, we do offer a BSN to DNP program. Definitely, if you want more information on that I would encourage you to reach out to your enrollment advisor and they’ll be able to give you the specifics on those. But, definitely available.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. I know we talked about this previously, but even though that deadline is December 5, if you can just clarify what you would need from a potential student before the fifth, [inaudible 00:41:04] they still have time for spring.

Ruth Suarez: Before the fifth we would need that application form to be submitted. Your enrollment advisor will be able to send you the links to that application. We will have up until the 19th to get the entire packet in, which as we saw from the previous slides would include your references, your essay, your resume, and your transcript.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Our next question is asking about what students would need in order to be a student in the online environment, so a laptop, a computer, anything else that they would need to complete the program.

Ruth Suarez: Aside from the laptop or the computer you will need a webcam. Other than that, there’s no other things that we require.

Lauren Galvin: All right. Let’s see. Our next question … We’re just going to take a couple more, so again, if you haven’t entered them go ahead and do that now. Our next question is asking about the transcript that you would need … Would you only need them from
their BSN program?

Ruth Suarez: Great question. We will need all additional transcripts, that is every post-secondary institution attended after high school. We will need that for accreditation purposes.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. Let’s see. If you can talk a little but about the acute care program. If someone is already a nurse practitioner but would like the acute care designation, how would they go about doing that?

Ruth Suarez: Great question. If a student’s already board-certified as a nurse practitioner and they want to come in to be dual-certified that’s definitely an option. What we will do is we would apply for the post-masters program and request those transcript credits to come in. We will go through the entire application process once the admissions committee has a chance to review those transfer credits. Then we will
be able to give you a more specific course-list of what we would have to take.

Lauren Galvin: Okay. The final question here that we’ll take for this evening is asking about textbooks, are they included in the tuition?

Ruth Suarez: The textbooks are not included in the tuition. We want the students to have that availability. If they want to look other places to find those textbooks, that’s great. Rentals, buy the books, ebooks, Students have different preferences so we want to keep that option open.

Lauren Galvin: Great. Thank you very much. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. We tried to get to as many as we could tonight but, like I said, if we did not answer your question an enrollment advisor will follow-up with you to make sure that we get those answered. Before we close the webinar for this evening, you can see a link, it’s called schedule and appointment, in your resources list on the bottom left
of your screen. This appointment system is called vCita, and it allows you to set up and introductory call with one of our enrollment advisors to talk about the application process, how to get started, timing, any sorts of questions that you would have. Please go ahead and click on that link if you’d like to make an appointment with an advisor.

As we mentioned earlier, this webinar is being recorded and a copy will be emailed to you as soon as it’s available. Please keep in mind that the approaching application deadline for the spring semester is Monday, December 5, so it’s important to schedule an appointment today to discuss your next steps with your advisor and begin or finish your application. Thank you again for joining us this evening. Thank you to Ruth, and also to Karen for all the information. We hope that you found it useful, and we look forward to speaking with you soon. Have a great evening.