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FNP Clinical Requirements: 3 Things You Need to Know

March 11, 2019

Nurse practitioner standing in front of patientAs you consider pursuing graduate education toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), it’s important that you ask the right questions to set yourself up for success. M.S.N. FNP programs require clinical hours for degree completion. Securing a clinical placement can be challenging and a source of stress for many students.

There are three important questions you should consider as you plan to pursue graduate education toward becoming an FNP:

1. Is it possible to work full time while completing clinicals as part of an FNP program?

Many FNP students maintain full-time employment. The key is having a job with a flexible schedule. Once you begin clinical courses, you will need the flexibility to complete clinical hours one to three days a week, depending on the program requirements.

2. What should I look for in a clinical site?

FNP students need the knowledge and skills to care for patients across the lifespan. Mapping out a clinical plan that includes the majority of hours in a primary care setting with a mix of preceptors (MDs and APRNs) in a variety of clinical sites will provide optimal preparation for practice and the national certification exam.

3. Will I have to travel for clinicals?

Travel/commuting to clinical sites is often necessary to complete the required direct care clinical hours. While FNP students hope to find clinical site placement as close to their geographical location as possible, it may be necessary to commute one to three hours a day to complete the required clinical hours. Keep in mind that finding a quality clinical site that prepares you for clinical practice and certification is worth the drive!

Cedarville University’s M.S.N. FNP program has a Clinical Placement Coordinator (CPC) that will help prepare you for your clinical placement and secure the right site. You will meet with the CPC early in your graduate program to establish goals and map out a clinical plan. Your clinical preceptor site will be a critical part of your educational experience in Cedarville’s online nurse practitioner program, and your CPC will be with you every step of the way to make sure it is successful.

Posted in MSN

Is a Master of Ministry Really Necessary? 3 Arguments Debunked

January 3, 2019

Man standing in front of small group study

Is there value in pursuing further education in ministry? Is it worth the time and cost? Below we’ll look at three common arguments against starting graduate school in ministry, and discover why they just don’t hold up.

“I’ll just learn as I go.”

You will never be able to take the people you serve beyond where you have been. Apologetics, biblical theology, the nature of the church. These and many more are all things that people need to understand. You can’t teach what you don’t know. The accountability of the classroom will force you to think deeply about these issues. Don’t let the tyranny of the urgent distract you from pursuing the biblical, theological, and ministerial skills that will anchor your ministry. There is no replacement for learning from professors who have refined their understanding of the Scriptures in the furnace of practical ministry.

“I will lose touch with the people I’m ministering to.”

Granted … if you start teaching your middle schoolers or adult fellowship friends with lengthy quotes from Jonathan Edwards (because that’s what your theology professor did), you may not be doing it right. However, having a deep well from which to draw doesn’t stifle your creative juices; it guides them. Effective leaders will use their inherent talents and gifts and draw from a richly equipped tool belt. And although those tools can be acquired over time during ministry practice, graduate school provides a concentrated time of intentional equipping.

“I can’t fathom leaving my ministry.”

You don’t have to! Schools have become quite creative in the way they serve their students. For example, here at Cedarville University, we have designed a one-year, online ministry degree with courses in Bible, contemporary theology, biblical leadership, and biblical care and counseling. With the technology of our day, the classroom has never been more accessible. It’s never too late.

Visit our website for more information about the Cedarville University Master of Ministry.

Posted in MMin

5 Ways a Master of Business Administration Can Help Your Career

January 2, 2019

Man standing in front of business meetingPursuing a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is a significant investment of time and money. Is it worth it? The answer is most definitely, yes. Among others, earning an M.B.A. offers you the following five professional and personal benefits.

New career paths. By choosing a specialization or concentration, you may open yourself to a whole new career field. For example, Cedarville University’s online Master of Business Administration offers five in-demand concentrations. While you’ll develop a sound business foundation, you’ll also be able to specialize with a master's in cybersecurity management or healthcare administration, opening up opportunities in new and exciting fields.

Increased earning potential. Salaries for professionals with an M.B.A. are significantly higher than those with just a bachelor’s degree, and even much higher than those with a different master’s degree. Your higher salary will cover your initial investment in your M.B.A. in two-three years’ time.

Improved professional skills. An M.B.A. will give you invaluable skills that are transferable to almost any industry. Skills such accounting, marketing, financial management, and organizational design will give you an advantage anywhere you go. As an added bonus, Cedarville University’s Christian M.B.A. offers all of this with a biblical worldview. You’ll study business through a biblical lens that emphasizes Christian ethics and servant leadership.

Greater job security. There is a high demand for professionals with an M.B.A. An M.B.A. can increase your job security with your current employer or within your industry. Most organizations see real value in hiring and retaining employees with an M.B.A.

Expanded professional network. You will have great networking opportunities as an M.B.A. student. Your cohort and professors instantly create a network of professionals with whom you can connect throughout your career.

Visit our website for more information about the Cedarville University online Christian M.B.A. program.

Posted in MBA