Walden University Reviews
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I am writing this trying to be as honest as possible. The first 2-3 quarters I felt like the school was too easy. I felt like I was not learning enough to make me a good counselor. I had previously gotten my Associates and Bachelor’s degrees at brick and mortar schools. So I felt that the work load was pretty light for a master’s level education. That is when quarter 4 hit. I found that suddenly I was working my tail off to get by. The school has continued to be challenging. As far as the teachers they are a mixed bag. I have had some that where super helpful and others that where just ok, but I would say the same about my brick and mortar schools. The biggest negative I have had was finding a sight to do my practicum and internship. That did take a while because there are not a lot of options (I live in a very rural state). I really had to be motivated to find a sight. I was turned down a few times but eventually found an awesome sight. At this sight they have interns from multiple schools (mostly brick and mortar) at first I felt like I was a little behind the others but it was mostly in my head. After talking about our schools I feel like there are areas where my education was better and areas where it was not as strong but in the end it’s all about the same. Walden is CACREP accredited which does help find a sight. The CACREP web site lists Walden in its top 5 CACREP online schools. Does Walden prepare you for real life counseling? Id say about the same as any other university. I feel that the school does well with the theory and ethics but that the hands on stuff come largely from practicum and the internship. That is one disadvantage to online. In brick and mortar schools they get to practice on each other a great deal. At Walden we had to find people that would let us practice on them and tape it for our teachers. Fortunately I have good friends in the community. As far as testing for my license and such I feel that Walden was sufficient in preparing me for that. I recently took the NCE and while I have not heard back yet I feel pretty confident. Yes I did buy a study guide to help. Part of me feels that online schooling is more demanding than brick and mortar education in that you have to be very self-motivated and cannot be a procrastinator. There is not a lot of face to face time so it helps if you are an auditory learner. I was able to hold down a full time job until the very end (internship) when the lode just because too heavy and I dropped down to part time work due to the 25-30 hours a week I needed in internship.
So, I feel like my opinion might be a good gage for future prospective masters students. I have two degrees from very reputable brick and mortar schools, and have experienced both traditional and exclusively online classes over the last 10 years. So far, my experience with Walden has been sensational. The professors have been very supportive, are very responsive, and the material is highly educational. It has improved my practice as a nurse and how I take care of my patients. I have three other co-workers who LOVE Walden and we all seem to have the same opinion that even though it is challenging, --it is very doable if you manage your time wisely. One of my coworkers goes to the #1 NP program in the United States (University of South Carolina--as reported for 2016), and his wife goes to Walden. (He chose South Carolina because they have a med school). He stated that his wife's NP program at Walden was almost exactly like his, with a few mild differences. The unfortunate difference is the price. South Carolina's tuition cost is much more, and if he had to do it again, he would have definitely considered Walden instead. Furthermore, the nurses at my hospital that are enrolled in Walden's program are very intelligent and passionate about their work, their patients, and making a difference! Just know that online classes can be difficult for certain people. You have to be self-driven and you have to possess the desire to absorb the material. It's not for the faint of heart and nobody holds your hand, but you have support when you need it, even if it's 2am in the morning. I've had nothing but positive experiences so far with Walden University, and I've gotten positive responses from physicians, NP's, and PA's. When I say "Walden University," people respond with "Oh, they have a good NP program," or "I had a friend graduate from their NP program," or "I've heard that's a great school." My classmates vary in age, have an extensive and varied amount of experience in the field, and work at renown hospitals. The professors all have doctorates from well-respected schools, are published, and have served as leaders in the field. IN ADDITION, the nurses I know that have graduated from the NP program have ALL PASSED BOARDS ON THE FIRST TRY-AND ALL OF THEM HAVE JOBS. So, with that being said--I TOTALLY RECOMMEND WALDEN UNIVERSITY!
Classes are ok but calling Walden University to resolve issues can take hours. Also tuition was to include books and materials. My last class they decided they were not going to cover the cost of books. It cost an additional $150.00 for books for my last class. I will not be going back to Walden.
Walden, University course materials are outdated books I Have a technology book that is 13 years old. When doing assignments the course links are often broken and you are unable to get help in time to assess the information needed to complete assignments.Lack of concern to follow up by department heads, so do not look for real assistance classroom issues. When applying for scholarships the instructors will not help with filling out reference requirements, so do not count on grants or scholarships from this University.
Excellent school, Excellent program! Never attended a school that was this efficient and the Advisors were always so helpful! The program is demanding so be prepared. The first 4- 5 classes weren't as hard nor did I feel that it prepared you for how hard the program was going to get but overall it was a great experience. These reviews do not give the school all that it deserves!
I was happy at Walden and have no problems with the program. I did the program while a single parent raising kids already in college and working full time. I never slept much because I had to do my class work and never expected the school to hold my hand. See, if you are from a third world country, Walden is a breeze. I was never privileged in my life so hard work is normal to me. Thank you Walden!
I knew the program would be challenging but the challenges I am experiencing were unexpected. A prevalence of do as i say not as I teach you is right. For example, you are expected to adhere to ethical codes of transparency, honesty and due process but the school will not do the same. One example, the syllabus is released, you have only one week to drop a class, the teacher can change the syllabus if they want. You agree to the syllabus and decide to stay in a course based on that only to have the expectations of the course change. The class resources are dated but you get marked down if YOU use dated (>6 years old) resources. The same week we discuss how unprofessional a superviser is by having her children at home while she is on a supervision call, our Instructor conducts our call in the car with her children while traveling. Teachers assistants seem to have a need to exhibit their knowledge by knocking students down. The Instructors can not agree on what they want so each time you spend the first 3 weeks scrambling to figure out what does this specific instructor (or TA) want. I have had one instructor mark you down for citing to much other mark you down for not citing every other sentence! seriously, it is almost as if they want you to drop out because they prefer the exclusivity of a doctoral degree to be inaccessible. They have your money, they do not care if you finish. I tried to transfer to another school, also CACREP accredited but was told nothing transfers and I would have to start over. I am nearly 2 years in and am not starting over otherwise I would transfer in a heartbeat. Go to a brick and mortar school at this level. You are basically trying to teach yourself doctoral level information and graded quite harshly at times for not knowing what you are paying to be taught.
I just graduated on 2/14/2016 and took boards on 3/25/2016. The program was very time consuming and demanding. I learned so much. The hardest part it the program was finding my own clinical. It took me 26 months to complete the program. You have to put in the work in order to get what you need from the program. When it came to me taking my national certification I had no problem and the school is accredited.
The DNP Nursing Program at Walden University is a NIGHTMARE. The school of nursing is unorganized, unstructured, and lacks ethics. I chose this university in the beginning over a private university because of cost and time, but my colleagues who went to a private university spent less than me and got their DNP degree a year before me. Here's my experience with the school. Walden University is not recognized and often you cannot find a practicum site. The Chair advisors do not respond in a timely manner in fact it's towards the end of the semester the Chair contacts you. Please note when you've completed the 47 credits they tell you at the initial interview that's all you needed to graduate, you are left in shock an awe; because they rob you by enrolling you into a course they call 8700 TOTALLY WASTE OF MONEY - BEWARE this is the most unethical thing that they consistently do. They DO NOT HELP STUDENTS. The president of Walden university needs to look into these complaints. The DNP program should be shut down. Am sure if any student in the program sees this they would agree. I just finished but I'm not proud. I wanted to transfer but no school would accept my transfer because I was to the end not even Cambridge university.
Walden is an online University, it is not Harvard or Yale. If you are looking for a degree that is going to give you instant success in life, you'll be looking forever. I don't care where you went to school, if you don't work hard, and solve your own problems you will fail in the real world too. Most of the successful people I know did not go to big schools, they went to junior college and transferred to state schools. Or they opened their own businesses and worked hard to be successful. My wife got her MA at Cal State Los Angeles and she now owns a successful business. And guess what? She hires professionals with online degrees too. Walden requires you to do the work, they will not do it for you. If you need to do research, it's up to you to figure out a way to get things done. If you have an issue with fin aid, advising, etc., it's up to you to become an adult and solve the problems on your own. If mommy and daddy have their pockets lined with money, go to a nice school with tall trees. If you are accustomed to having everything done for you, go somewhere else. I am on my second year at Walden and it has been good up to this point. It's everything I expected from an unranked, online, and for-profit school. I did my BA at a brick-n-mortar school and I can tell you that the hand holding stops here. If you're worried about the reputation of the school, don't go to Walden University. Go to an Ivy League school, period. If you can't get into any of those schools, simply complain about it for the rest of your life. Personally, on my resume, my education is last because my accomplish at work are more important. I use my BA, MBA, and soon to be DBA as a supplement to prove that I can work hard, and I have the education and training to handle the additional responsibility. It does Walden a huge injustice when people come on here and berate Walden University for mistakes that are most likely out of Walden's control. For example, people give Walden 1 star because they had a death in their family and Walden wouldn't go out of their way for them. Or, people giving 1 star because they weren't able to find an internship in time. How come other students could do it, but for some reason these people could not. I'll tell you why, they are lazy and want everything done for them. Walden is not for everyone. Please do your own research, look at the rankings, and then decide if Walden is right for you. If it's not, then please stay away and let us enjoy the University for what it is.