Columbus State University Reviews
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.