CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Juggling a full-time career while acquiring a graduate degree can seem nearly impossible to many post-graduate students. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is making it possible to balance work and an education with its Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program. Recently ranked second in the nation for value by AffordableColleges.com the degree stands out in quality and affordability with classes designed to be part-time to allow students the option to work full-time.
That’s the case of Kynda Orsak, a student in the FNP program and full-time Registered Nurse (RN). As a mother of two, finding an affordable graduate school program was at the top of Orsak’s list. However, she was unwilling to compromise quality for low tuition and also realized she could not sacrifice her income as an RN to attend graduate School.
“I researched several schools and found that Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had a highly competitive program with an exceptional reputation,” said Orsak. “The flexible hours that this program provides has enabled me to continue working while obtaining my master’s degree and has allowed me to fit school into my life without having to sacrifice what I find most important –my family.”
Orsak says the flexibility was a luxury that many quality schools could not provide. While she was initially worried that she would prefer a face-to-face classroom experience to an online approach, Orsak quickly found that the online program allowed her to build relationships with both fellow classmates and her professors.
“I have been more than pleased to have dispelled my misconceptions about online learning,” said Orsak. “My professors have been easy to reach and have been more than forthcoming in creating a rich educational environment. I have also been able to meet and form camaraderie with my fellow peers!”
The Family Nurse Practitioner degree prepares RNs to be Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. After completing the program, nurses are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exam.
“The caliber of our faculty and their dedication to student success contributes to the quality of our program. Students can expect to gain valuable information and experiences that will help them take their careers to the next level,” said Dr. Yolanda Keys, Graduate Chair and Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
To develop the value score, AffordableColleges.com considered affordability and quality based on financial metrics, student success data and the prevalence of online learning. Financial metrics included tuition cost, the number of students receiving financial aid, net price and the loan default rate among graduates. Student success data included student enrollment rate, full-time retention rate, graduation rate and student-to-faculty ratio.
A&M-Corpus Christi’s Master of Science in Nursing online program was also recently recognized among the top 50 colleges in the nation by College Values Online. For more information about the Island University’s online Master of Science in Nursing program, click here.