Columbus State University Reviews
The instructors do not interact in the courses in the FNP program. How is it again that they teach the students? Exams are limited on specific dates in 2-4 hour timeframes through online proctoring during the middle of the day (when you need to work or complete precepting hours). They have connectivity issues with their servers, so plan on getting booted out multiple times during the exams with very slowly connection on timed tests! Their solution, sit closer to the router when taking the test??? Many pointless assignments without any learning attached to them. They do not help find preceptors. You will beg door to door for preceptors and might have to sit out one or more semesters if you do not find someone. Financial aid is a complete joke. Do not depending on them to help you. The director is also arrogant and will not help students or change policies to allow for better student learning.
If you are experiencing a life of adulthood while African American then do not attend this school. Financial aid will audit you to DEATH, you and your parents if you're young and have to use their information for financial aid. I almost did not finish because of them, actually gave up but pushing myself! Will not go back for my Masters degree!
I attended CSU for my MSN/FNP. I had a great experience. I graduated with a 4.0 while working every weekend, obtaining my clinical hours, completing my assignments, being a law enforcement wife, and being a mom to 3 school age children. It was a challenge to maintain a school/work/life balance, but that is to be expected with any full time masters program. I learned a lot and feel that I received a good education for my next step in my career. Instructors were available and helpful. As with the trend with all FNP programs nowadays, it would be great if there were contracted clincal placements and students didn't have to arrange them themselves, but again this is a nation wide problem. Overall I feel like the program was excellent.
Honestly, I would not recommend anyone go through this program. The courses are applicable to your teaching development and you learn a lot. Some of the positives are that most of the professors care about the students and they understand that most of the students are working professionals. Unfortunately, your graduation from the program is dependent upon whether you pass a 100 question multiple choice exam with at least an 80. Most of the students in this program are already certified teachers, meaning we passed several GACE examinations to show the state we are knowledgeable in the field of special education. However, this is the most difficult test I have ever taken, having taken it several times and being a point or few points away every time. I made A's in nearly all of my courses, yet these courses still did not prepare me for this exit exam. I am having to pay back student loans that I took out hoping would lead me to receiving a step increase/pay raise. Instead, I am caught in this seemingly endless cycle of paying technology fees and student loans without making any more money. Then retake a multiple choice test every semester. with a maximum of two attempts per semester. There is no feedback on what you should study or what you have gotten wrong, it's almost as if the coordinator of the program constructs the test without the input of the professors teaching the courses. The folks in this program are special education teachers, trying to improve their professional skills and make a little more money in a profession that is overworked and under compensated. This program sells dreams and only gets its students further into debt and a seemingly endless cycle of pay more fees and retest.
Do not waste your money trying to get a masters degree! Use common sense! If something is not going to benefit you, leave!! Dont waste your money on trash! You take a class and flunk our?!?! Cuz its online! Go to Georgia State or Georgia College! They are better! And they are hands on!
This is a collaborative program with Georgia Southwestern University so anytime you have an issue that needs attention you are given the runaround and no resolve. Could and should be much better. Very poor feedback from instructors. Don't know what books you need until day of class. I had an awful experience.
Columbus State was the right place for me. It's a large enough school to offer a lot of the bells and whistles like scholarship programs, study abroad opportunities, intramural, student organizations and internship options. But it's still small enough to offer smaller class sizes and the opportunity to really get to know many of your professors. If you go to a Georgia State, UGA or Georgia Southern for undergrad, it's easy to get lost in the crowd. Most students have to choose a single thing to be involved in. At CSU, you can sample a lot more of what the campus has to offer. I graduated with a lot more involvement and accolades than I could have attained at one of the giant schools in Georgia, but also with a better gounding in my discpline than students who get lost at bigger schools.
Deciding to attend Columbus State University for my BSN degree was a great option for nursing students that are looking for smaller more intimate classroom settings while not breaking the bank. The program overall was challenging and forces you to learn certain skills, not only nursing skills, that are extremely essential in the working world of nursing. While in the program I felt endless support from professors and clinical instructors regardless of how tough the course load seemed, they were always there to answer questions, repeat demonstrations, and provide constructive feed back. After finishing the BSN program at CSU, I started my career in the operating room at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and now am about to start an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of South Alabama.
Columbus State University is a great place to pursue your degree. It is a medium size school with small classrooms and great direct contact with instructors. During my four years education at the CSU, all of my professors were very friendly and extremely helpful. All the courses were demanding but with the grat way of teaching and help of the instructors, there was no problem for me to succeed. I would strongly recommend this University to anybody looking for a medium sized, high quality school.
I think the university has changed a little, since I graduated. The college was quite rigorous and challenged students to high standards. But the education department at that time used exclusionary practices which led to keeping non-traditional students out of the education program. Since registration is now online, that's no longer happening. I graduated with a Social Science B.S. and then went back a couple of years later to study Special Education. They were student friendly for night classes for both programs. The quality of education in both programs is top notch, and most students are successful for state exiting requirements and licensure requirements. I felt very prepared for my job and noticed that other teachers and professionals who graduated from CSU state the same satisfaction for the same reason.