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Walden University
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Psychology Average Rating
Percent Employed 83% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $57,500 % Degree Helped Career 67%
Nursing Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $81,250 % Degree Helped Career 100%
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Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $70,000 % Degree Helped Career 100%

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Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
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I felt compelled to write a review because at THIS POINT in my academic career at Walden I am pleased with the level of education and instruction offered and much of the negative reviews sound like personal issues and a lack of accountability. First, every institution is out to make money. There are no schools with free tuition and all instructors and administrators need to get paid for their job. If you have experienced poor "customer service" then consider moving your concerns up the ladder until something is done. Second, online school is not for everyone. If you need additional supplements or instruction than what is already created for the program, maybe you should reconsider and go to a brick and mortar. (My philosophy is do not apply if you have never successfully taken an online course) I am in my third term in the MHC program and I must admit it is not a piece of cake. There are discussions due weekly, mandatory responses, written assignments due weekly, a final project, along with an expectation of superior writing. As a full-time employee I cannot help but wonder "What did I get myself into?!", but then I realize, if it were that easy to obtain a Masters/Doctorates degree the world would be a scary place! As for Practicum and Internship requirements, it is clear from the beginning that these are the students responsibility. The site provides a disclaimer on the degree information page and the one credit introductory course reminds us of these requirements and responsibilities. Furthermore, there is an assignment to encourage students to find possible local internship locations and to research the state requirements for licensing. My sister attends an accredited university for the same program, brick and mortar, and she does not do nearly as much work throughout the semester; however, I have found that the 1-2 projects assigned to her demand a lot (20-30 pages) and one overlook can affect the course grade drastically. I would much rather do shorter weekly assignments and have more chances to a successful course. So far I have a 4.0 and it was not easy BUT very doable. Each program is developed differently by the program directors so I cannot speak for all. Hope this helped.

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2011
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I completely my BA degree in Psychology at another University, and decided that I would attend Walden, as they offered a specialty (Trauma & Crisis). When I enrolled they were aware that my father had recently beeen hospitalized with a brain infection & that my mother & I were taking care of him. Well, I got talked into enrolling in a residency my first semester. My dad took a turn for the worse, tried to call my adviser (unavailable) so I spoke to another one. I was withdrawn from the residency, and then to my surprise was sent a bill for the cost of something I didn't attend! When I spoke to the adviser, I was told that no monies would be taken out! Wrong. I hung in there, then Sandy hit. Well, I was suppose to manage making up three weeks of class in very little time.I connected my professor/adviser and explained situation. I was suppose to be withdrawn from one class: mind you, I had been attending almost a year! Did I get a withdrawal: no they failed me! I hung in there again. Even with this failing grade, I was still holding a high GPA average. I started another class four week into the semester, I had to deal with the deaths of six people. I again called school, explained the situation, and asked to be withdrawn from class, there was no way I could handle what was happening in my home, dealing with the grief of losing six friends, attending memorial services, viewings, and six funerals! I was told there would be no problem, that they would withdraw me from class, due to the circumstances. I had also explained that if there was an issue, I could send them any information to substantiate it. No, there wouldn't be an issue. Well, during this time, I kept checking my account: no monies owed. All is good. I log into the portal again, and get the shock of my life! I owe them 1,300 for a technology fee, and the class that I was suppose to be withdrawn from, had been changed an F! I couldn't believe it! I called. wrote, did everything I could on my part to get this mess straightened out: but as to date: I have gotten no where! I am not paying them, and I in the process of reporting them. All they are after is money and will do anything and everything to get it from students! In the year that I attended, every time I turned around I had another adviser assigned to me. However, whenever I tried to contact them: leaving voice messages etc, I got no where, and ended talking to any available adviser. I am mad? Yes, I am mad because I had met other students who went through similar experiences as I did (before I enrolled). I should have listened to them. I have wasted a year, and a lot of money for nothing, but a big headache. Oh, btw, I did receive a few e-mails in regards to monies that they said that I owed them. I wrote them back, explained the situation and stated YOU owe me money! I have never heard from them again! I am in the process of finding another university to attend. I am looking into a non-profit university; they seem to be the ones that look out for their students. I completed my BA at a non-profit university and loved it. Another thing about Walden, four of my classes that I was required to take, were re-takes of CORE classes during my BA! What a waste of money and time! My advise, go look elsewhere. I have never experience anything like this.

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Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Graduation Year: 2014
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Walden loves to give everyone a warm welcome and then they hope for nice quiet students who just function like a robot. If you have an issue with instructor or class material they pass the buck, provide excuses, and manage to manipulate word play enough to turn your valid concerns and questions about them back onto you as the student. I have spent nearly 3 years of my life attempting to get a degree and have a 3.97 GPA. I have had instructors literally disappear for weeks,not grade work, not be able to answer simple questions or provide case study examples relevant to the topic we are supposed to be learning. I had an instructor respond to me (verbatim) with "I don't know how to help you" when I asked him for an example. I have had numerous conference calls which were mandating by the faculty, even blindsided with them at times, that postulate how I am not developing to their standard because I have concerns and cannot recognize their rational as acceptable reasoning. I am paying for an education where I have no voice and where my thoughts and opinions are not important. I study hard and I am extremely focused on my degree but when the teachers are not teaching, not able to answer questions or provide ideas and examples, and the program director belittles your concerns as unwarranted there is a time you have to say enough is enough. Had I known that Walden would change my program half way through and only make it that much more difficult I would have never started there. Had I known that Field Experience was to be found by the student solely and then had to be approved by the school for them to say no to the only viable site I would never have attended either. Even the Academic Advising and Student Support sends you with fingers pointed elsewhere and none of the departments have a clear understanding of how one another works or what is the process. Faculty have guidelines they must follow for protocol and rules and students are not privy to that information so we cannot confront them for violations either. There are far to many things that are shady within the University. I also have several friends who graduated from my very same program and over 400 applications later with a Masters Degree education they remain a waitress because noone wants to recognize the degree. Walden paints a great picture but the accountability and follow through is awful. So I am 84 credits into a 90 degree program with no field site and inability to continue for the school to actually tell me "you do not seem to hear our concerns and that we are watching out for your best interest by telling you NO to the only field site who said yes and is within 50 miles of your home".

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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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Andrea - 3 days ago

Thank you for leaving a comment. I applaud your hard work! My husband starts the FNP program in December, plus maintaining his full time work as well. We have four kids and I am trying to prepare us for this next season of life. How much time did you spend on your studies each week? Was it brutal? Did you get any spring or summer breaks? Any info would be great! Thanks.

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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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