Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (410)
I originally signed up for the RN-MSN program and switched from Leadership & Management to Education. Closing in on my last year, the Family Nurse Practitioner program became available. I jumped at the chance to be in the inaugural class. I was very pleased with the variety that the different professors shared and I cannot say that I was disappointed with their response times as they were always prompt. Finding my own clinical instructors to me was not a terrible thing! I was able to concrete instructors that I felt could mold me into the practitioner that I wanted to be. It wasn't always easy and yes the program is extremely time consuming, but if it wasn't, I would wonder if they weren't just after my money. The program is expensive, but due to the fact that it was completely online (except for clinicals) and at my convenience, I feel that it was worth every penny. I did decide to complete my DNP through Walden and must say that I was thoroughly disappointed and actually dropped out of the program. The adviser that I had was worthless and never seemed to be available. The quality of the response that I received was so poor that I decided that this would not be of benefit to me. Unfortunately, I just signed in and saw that he was still advising. (Maybe Walden should take a second look at the cause of a lost student and realize that you have a problem with some internal employees.)
This has been the most horrible and ridiculous experience. Walden has messed everything up from my financial aid, registering for classes, practicum accounts. etc Forget about making one phone call to try to correct the situation. This only leads to unanswered questions, or that dept can address your concern and will forward your concern to another dept, in which you never get a phone. call. Professors are horrible about responding to emails. Assignments are mundane and does not teach you how to practice as a nurse practitioner. Every semester has been one nightmare after the next, but unfortunately I am in the same boat as many of you. I am too invested in the program to start over some where else. I am not proud of the school and will not be proud of the institution name my degree with display. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ANYONE!
I definitely cannot recommend Walden University for completion of FNP or Acute Care NP, the field experience office is a nightmare to work with, frequent personnel changes add to the confusion and no one seems to know what is required from sites in contract negotiation. The student is not communicated with and when I have had communication with someone I received incorrect information. When I was setting up preceptors for clinical rotations many sites just refused to work with Walden, and when asked why, the response was generally always the affiliation agreement process. I very rarely get a response to emails sent from the school, and I have already invested quite a lot of money in this endeavor up to this point and feel I have no choice but to continue to pursue completion, however I caution anyone drawn in by their ease of acceptance and promises. There are a lot of better choices available.
You get out, what you put in. As in most courses, it is up to each student to put in their best effort. I am working hard and gaining excellent theoretical knowledge, applications, and personal development through Walden University. I have had many great professors who are passionate about psychology. While some professors have been less than great, this experience is similar to the other Universities I have graduated from. Online education is not for the faint of heart and requires discipline, patience, and hard work. Also, attending residencies, in person, is most certainly worth the financial investment. It is where I have gained valuable relationships with my peers. All the best!
A Completely worthless degree to further your career, but an excellent avenue for a sense of personal attainment with an exorbitant price tag cost. I worked hard and the curriculum at Walden was rigor (at least I thought at the time). I must say you really you get what you put in from Walden. But whenever I tried to get a job, my employer always look at me "you when to Walden?" Also, when I talked to other co-workers (also have a Ph.D. from "real university," many of the statistics topics were over my head). I worked hard, but how come I still felt inadequate? I am embarrassed to talk about my dissertation as I used simple regressions while other colleagues speak of time series and trajectory analysis in their doctoral study. I felt my time working on my degree was wasted, even I have put in much hard work and time in the program while working a full-time job. I am not saying the school is bad, but people will have bias on your degree before you open your mouth. You really need to think about why you are going to get a doctorate from an online university in the first place before you are going.
The DNP program is very structured, as with any completion program (i.e BSN, MSN) discussion threads and assignments were useful. As nurses we already have a solid foundation in nursing, we already know how to write papers, & projects using APA format, so getting through the core class was a breeze. The problem starts when you are finish with all of the course work and trying to finish your DNP project, they run you through course 8701 at least 4 times. No course work just trying to get your manuscript approved by your committee. There is little to know guidance, at times the chairperson does not respond to emails for weeks. If this problem occurs Dr. Moss is the go to person, she will respond immediately. Overall I am happy to be finish, I will not recommend the program to anyone.
The school itself is not bad. However, the financial aid office and the academic advising office are a joke. They do NOTHING to help their students!!! I have been dealing with them for a week and I still haven't resolved my issue and I've spoken to 13 different people and that is not including the numerous amounts of emails.
Little to no academic support, you are expected to teach yourself concepts at the doctoral level. Instructors are often demeaning and despite majority of students lacking understanding blame students instead of the inept curricula. At this point I think 3 of my cohort are left. I am not far behind, I will be looking for another school due to the total lack of teaching provided. Teachers expect students to read a chapter in a book then write a complex 5-7 page analysis of the trading with NO guidance. What am I even paying for?
WAs offered first term free scholarship, started the program and three weeks in I was thrown to collections for the $5700 unpaid tuition. My advisor and the collections department within student financial services both acknowledge the offer, but state they cannot figure out who pays it or how, or even when. The scholarship has disappeared.
So, I have 15 years of experience as a nurse, which is proving much more important than the material I've been digesting.This program is open to anyone who can afford (and maybe not afford) it. I'm finding that my colleagues in the 'real world' roll their eyes when I tell them where I 'attend'. It's almost embarrassing. Not so much because of the program, but more because of the 'quality' of students enrolled. There are 4 other walden FNP students I know of at my place of employment. I wouldn't let them make healthcare decisions for me. I have too much money invested in the program to simply quit and start somewhere else. When I graduate (God willing) I don't know if I will display my degree at my office. Which sort of makes me sad...