Can I work while I go to school?
The 2-year option is best for those who will continue to work while in school. It's very manageable to work in the first year (the "foundational courses") and first semester of the second year (the "clinical courses"). We advise students to be ready to work part-time or PRN by the time they get to the last 3 semesters because the clinical demands of the program are high.
Are classes offered at night or on weekends?
Not at this time. We are very aware of how our graduate students are not "traditional" college students, so each graduate course meets just once a week and the courses are clustered on 2 to 3 days per week. For most nurses working three 12-hour shifts, this kind of scheduling can work with some advance planning and a supportive nursing supervisor!
Are any classes offered online?
All our courses use the internet, so comfort with computers is really important. However, none of our classes are offered completely online. We have found the personal student-instructor contact in the classroom is a valuable component in our students' success.
How long will it take me to complete my degree?
For the FNP track, the program can be completed in 4 consecutive semesters of full-time study if the student begins the program in the fall. That's the 1-year/15 months option and it's really intensive, so we discourage working while in this option. The 2-year option for the FNP track is 7 semesters, so the student who begins the program in the fall could graduate in 27 months.
What is the minimum GRE score required for the program?
We do not require a minimum score for the GRE. GRE scores are evaluated on an individual basis within the context of the applicant's total application package.
How can I find information about tuition and fees?
The Office of Student Financial Services has information regarding tuition and fees on its website: www.belmont.edu/sfs/cost_estimators/index.html