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Walden University
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% career related to degree: 68%
Average reviewer salary: $61,912

Walden University's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Psychology Average Rating
Percent Employed 83% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $57,500 % Degree Helped Career 67%
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $70,000 % Degree Helped Career 100%
Nursing Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $81,250 % Degree Helped Career 100%

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Degree: Nursing Practice
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I have been seeing many negative reviews of this school. I have just started my NP degree and so far my experience has been good. My advisor is very helpful and calls to check on me routinely. The only negative so far I have found is that Walden will not help you find preceptors. I will continue to post as I more further along. After seeing the negative reviews I am worried about finding a job after graduation. I would love to talk to someone who has completed the program and see how they feel about Walden. I hope this helps someone make a more informed decision.

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Steven Kilcoyne - about 1 month ago

I am in your class presently and I have completed 60 credits so far at walden. I have had nothing but great experiences.

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Degree: Nursing Science
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I am having a very positive experience with this program. I have learned so much. Every class matches the other programs that I have researched in other Universities. Finding preceptors for the practicum has been stressful, because I am competing with the medical schools and other nursing programs in my area. I still have 4 quarters to go and I have been offered 5 job opportunities. This course is what you make it and do not start Walden unless you are ready to put the time and effort into being an educated FNP. (Its not an easy A)

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Walden SUCKS!
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Degree: Education, Other
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Plain and simple, the school suck, all they want is your money, and when you call them on errors that they made they completly ignore you. Won't even give you the time of day. Am I glad that I am getting out! I don't want to be associated with anyone that looks negatively on someone with a disability.

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Degree: Nursing Practice
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I transferred to Walden University's Family Nurse Practitioner progarm from a traditional state school. I strongly disagree with some of the negative comments I have seen. I have found the program to be extremely challenging and have found the classes such as Leadership and Nursing Informatics relevant to the current healthcare landscape in the 21st century. I was able to transfer in many credits from the previous school attended. I am a mother of two young children and maintain full time hours. I am better able to manage my time around my studies and pursue a higher education through Walden University. At the traditional school I felt like I was doing mostly "fluff" work and most classes had two exams for the semester. I tend to think just because I can pass a multiple choice exam doesn't mean I am more knowledgeable than an online student. I feel the work presented at Walden has greatly improved my ability to critically think. Yes there is alot of research and writing involved through papers and discussions. I am at the point where I just wanted to do what I need to do to get where I want to be. I do not need too much interaction with other students and most of the work involved at the masters level can be self directed. Yes, you are responsible for finding your own preceptor but at the traditional school I attended there were problems with finding preceptors also. Finding a preceptor is doable. Just takes a little more effort. I recommend Walden if you are a busy working professional or have a family and flexibility is an important factor in your ability to pursue a higher education.

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Degree: Nursing Practice
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This school is concerned with money not quality education. If you know how to navigate all over the internet to put information on boring discussion boards and do a few papers you will have no problem getting A's. In fact, a lot of the discussion board post from fellow students do not have correct info and the teacher will let it go. Is this the type education $2500 a class will get me and you expect nursing students to be successful? Would you really want these types of nurses caring for you and your loved ones? I would give it some thought if I were you.

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Degree: Nursing Practice
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Do not go this school! This is the worst nurse practitioner program I have ever attended until I wised up and left the school. They are out for your money. They lie to get you in the school. The admissions counselor lied to me about Walden helping their students find preceptors for their practicum but they don't. Their curriculum is horrible I feel like I'm teaching myself. What did it for me was when it was time for my practicum and I bust my behind to find a preceptor then the preceptor bailed out on me and I was told I could do my practicum. After all that time and money spent, I decided it was time for a change. In fact, I spoke to nurse practitioners I know and they said they absolute refuse to precept Walden or any other online because they do not teach them anything. Now I understand what they mean. Walden's so called advanced assessment class is about watching videos of some assessment then they expect you to print out a checklist then video record yourself performing assessments (which they never taught) to be graded by an instructor who never taught you how to perform the assessments in the first place. I strongly advise you not to waste your time or money at this school. Go to a reputable school that will teach hands on assessment skills, so you will feel proud to put on your resume and find a job with no problem. DO NOT GO WALDEN YOU WILL BE WASTING YOUR MONEY!

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Degree: Nursing Education
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Do not go to this school. They are out to get your money. When I was in the process of enrolling in the MSN program the enrollment counselor Sandy said the school will help students find preceptors but they don't. I decided to leave the school when I realized I can not be a nurse practitioner by looking at videos of people performing a few assessments then you are graded on your videos by instructors who never taught you how to do the assessments in the first place. The curriculum is horrible. How can a student become a nurse practitioner by doing worthless busywork, discussion boards and never setting foot in a clinical setting until it is time to do your practicum ? Think about it do you feel comfortable with an online medical provider diagnosing you and writing prescriptions or would you rather have someone who received an education from a known reputable college with hands on training? I advise against enroll in gat Walden because you will have empty pockets and a worthless degree you can not use. If you want a worthless piece of paper buy a box of cracker jacks and save your money for a real school that will teach you how to save lives instead of goofing around on websites and doing discussion boards. You can view websites for free at your local library. I caution you do not waste your time at Walden. I wished I would have left sooner but I am glad I left before it was too late. Now I am going to a real school and earning a real degree with value.

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I Love Walden!
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I absolutely loved getting my bachelors degree at Walden! I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA for my bachelors, and I can say it was NOT easy! I am currently a PhD psychology student and I couldn't be happier.

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Degree: Special Education and Teaching, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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When I first heard of Walden, I was very leery about the quality of the program. In fact, those beliefs were accurate! Once I enrolled in this online program, I feel that this is not an institution, it is a money making business not caring about what students learn... If you have some intelligence, don't waste your time and money on their programs.

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Degree: Public Health, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I left Walden University when I finally realized that I wasn’t earning a graduate degree, I was buying one. When I applied at Walden and saw how easy it was to get in, it should have been a huge red flag for me. And looking back, I guess there was something in the pit of my stomach that just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until I started taking classes that I began to realize that this program is not focused on learning, but rather on money. You pay thousands of dollars for courses that are high school level. If you can read a book chapter or an article and summarize it in three paragraphs, and occasionally write a longer paper, you’ll get A’s. That’s fine if that’s the type of “education” you want. But if you are really looking to be challenged to develop critical thinking skills and be able to analyze information and engage in the type of discussions with peers and coursework that fosters the type of learning that should be taking place at the graduate level, you won’t find it at this school. Mediocre work is acceptable, so you don’t have to work very hard. Sure there is a lot of reading and weekly discussion post (often just a simple 200-300 word responses to basic questions about the assigned readings), but it’s not very challenging work and you won’t learn much doing it. Many of the “positive” comments mention that to succeed at Walden you need to be willing to ‘”work hard” … but that refers to being able to read a lot and summarize the information for weekly discussion posts in two classes over a 12 week period. In other words, this is “busy work” that may take some people a lot of time to do. The problem is, it is not learning. It is not the type of work that really allows you to think for yourself and engage in meaningful dialogue with the instructors and fellow students. Everyone answers the same questions and basically writes the same summaries of the information. It’s dull, boring, uninspiring work. And you pay $2500 per class to do this! I thought the introductory started like this but expected the higher level courses to be more of what you’d expect in a PhD program. But even the 5 credit “advanced” courses are the same. What finally got me to leave the school was the fact that in my last class at Walden, my teacher waited until the last week to grade 5 assignments. This included my final paper which was 21 pages long. The electronic classroom tracks when you submit assignments and when they are received, viewed, and graded by the instructor. These 5 assignments were all graded within a 2 minute time period. In other words, the teacher did not read them. So what pride can I take in getting an A in the course if my assignments weren’t even read? The content of what you write, and therefore the content of what you actually learn in the classes at Walden, does not matter. Just pay your bill and submit something that can be graded so it can appear that actual learning is taking place. It really is a shame. I am actually embarrassed that I was a student at Walden for over a year before I finally woke up and asked myself “what am I actually learning?” … I don’t want to buy a graduate degree. I want to earn one.

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