Aspen University Reviews - Master's in Nursing

4.27 out of 5 stars
(48 Reviews)
  • Denver (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,140
83% of 48 students said this degree improved their career prospects
81% of 48 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Grace. A. - 6/5/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Aspen provided me with unlimited opportunities to be successful. I can unequivocally state that the experiences that I had cannot be replicated anywhere else. I could not have completed my degree in such a short time without going into debt without Aspen University. I will forever be grateful for the world of knowledge that I am walking away with. Every day was worth it."
5.0 out of 5 stars
SH - 6/5/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have been extremely pleased with the quality and affordability of the education that I have received. The Dean and instructors were excellent and supportive. I graduated with a 4.0 and worked hard for it, which I am grateful for. I highly recommend the program. I took a chance with an online program I knew nothing about but I am so happy that I did! I feel very well-prepared to enter academia as a nursing instructor. If you are willing to put forth the effort, work hard and perfect your writing skills (which is a huge part of the course assignments and capstone), then you should consider Aspen."
5.0 out of 5 stars
AchievedbecauseofAspen - 6/3/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2011
"When I read some of these reviews, I wonder what they expected from a CCNE accredited college. If you cannot spell or struggle to write 400 words, then the rigor of this program may be beyond you. If your ego is so fragile that you cannot take constructive criticism, then you will not grow as a nurse. However, I found the faculty helped me to build my writing and thinking skills. I was able to secure much better and more lucrative jobs afterwards and passed several certification exams as a result of what I learned at Aspen University. It was affordable for this single mother of 5, flexible because I could take several courses or just one as my life fluctuated around my school work, and sufficiently rigorous to be respected in the nursing community. This is a great opportunity for the serious student to get an affordable education and achieve career aspirations."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Linda - 6/1/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am graduating from Aspen this weekend. I have to disagree with the negative comment. I have been in two other masters level nursing programs, top name schools, and Aspen is far superior to them. The immediate positive and encouraging feedback you recieve from instructors when you need help is amazing from the Aspen instructors. The top name schools only cared about your grade and money not if you truely grasp the educational concepts. Aspen instructors are empowering the professional nurse to make the needed changes in the healthcare field and the nursing proffession to advance patient care and the role of the nurse as a leader. I would have to say that, nursing experience, time management and setting priorities are the key factors if your having a negative experience with Aspen. A self evaluation of these components should help you determine a better opportunity for your career. I attended full time, 2 to 3 class per term and worked three demanding part time jobs the entire program with two teens and two elder parents that required my care. It was a challenge but again far exceeding the same experience with two top ranked nursing programs. If learning and knowledge are your goal then i would have to say Aspen is the best choice. It takes commitment and dedication to a new routine but once you have accepted the role of an egaged student, there is plenty of support to assist in making this a sucessful journey at Aspen. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking higher education in the nursing field."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Belle - 6/1/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"When in a Masters Class the expectation from the student is higher... before I started my course I prepared myself and true enough my MSN in Education is challenging. I learned so much and was able to put my learning into practice/application. I have fellow nurses who completed their MSN in a school in classroom setting and I am proud to say that what I learned is not included in their course. My course will prepare me to be an awesome Nurse Educator of the future. Most of all Dr. B. and my advisor J. provided me with great support. I recommend Aspen University. Its affordable as well."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Cheynell - 1/2/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I completed another online program for my BSN and the difference is noticeable. If you are looking for an easy A then Aspen is not for you. There were a few times when I didn't agree with my grades, but I have always been able to talk to a professor or my assigned counselor Jessica. Jessica helped me throughout my two and a half years journey. She always responded and she always found an answer and a solution that benefited me! I feel prepared to lead as a result of the hard work I put in at Aspen. If you are ready to learn, Aspen is the place for you!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Carl Counts - 12/7/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I would have to say from my experience I would definitely recommend Aspen University for those seeking to advance their nursing degree. I did my RN to MSN nurse education in 16 months. They have very flexible start times and a very user friendly website. They accept your course from other schools no matter how old they are. The instructors are very helpful and work with students in every way possible to help the succeed. Aspen university is CCNE accredited which allowed me to transfer to another school to pursue my nurse practitioner degree."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Sarah Cannon - 12/7/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I started at AU in 2009. Left for personal reasons, came back in 2016 to finish up and graduated w a Masters in Nursing Education. Now...their cost cannot be beaten. They have a payment plan, but I paid cash so I don't know details of it. Professors: are AMAZING! ZERO FREE A's here kids! If you want a degree handed to you for payment alone, don't come here. You WILL WORK HARD for every single point. That is the way AU is growing their name and great reputation for excellence in education. Every professor repsponded to me within 1-2 days by email and cell phone. All of them gave me their personal cells to contact them anytime, within reason, that means no 2am calls, for those less less fortunate :) the director of nursing at the masters level is the BEST professor I've ever been exposed to. Having a masters, that's means a LOT OF PROFESSORS! Like I said, be prepared to work HARD for that A, or don't, for less. Administration is not very good to deal with. They are slow, and hide behind rules despite common sense. However, you NEVER get all three: fast, cheap, and good...EVER! So decide what's important to u. If you can't live without one of the three...choose Aspen! Good luck In your endeavors and may you find what you seek in life, love, and friends."
2.3 out of 5 stars
R - 11/27/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Pros: Aspen University is affordable and has a convenient payment plan. Accredited by the CCNE. The admissions representative was helpful. Cons: Aspen University seems to have grown too quickly. I used to recommend Aspen University to colleagues but am no longer able to do so. It takes several emails and telephone calls to receive responses from academic advisors. Course faculty will take days to respond to emails (if they respond at all). Some faculty take 3-4 weeks to grade discussion threads and assignments. The lack of prompt feedback makes knowing one's progress in a course difficult. This is even more frustrating given courses are now only 8 weeks long. In the majority of classes, faculty just assign a numeric grade without providing written feedback regarding strengths and weaknesses of submitted work. The Aspen MSN program requires students to complete a portfolio. The program handbook, courses and program discussion threads all describe portfolio requirements differently. I sent two emails to the program director requesting clarification. To this date, I have yet to receive any response. Curriculum is not innovative and involves a significant amount of "busy work". Each nursing course at Aspen typically requires the answering of two discussion threads (with additional responses to classmates' posts) and a 6-10 page paper each week. The papers are usually based on 2-3 questions listed in each week's module. Students are also assigned textbook readings. The discussion threads are ineffective at meeting course outcomes and in most courses, lack any facilitation by faculty. I can say with certainty, that the weekly papers have NOT been valuable in my education. The lack of varying instructional and assessment means is disappointing. I believe that facilitated discussions and 2-3 major papers/presentations each course would be more valuable/effective. Courses are clearly template driven and some appear to have not been updated in many years. I would bet that the coursework I am completing today is the same coursework that students completed years ago. For example, links in classes are often broken, the wrong documents are frequently uploaded into courses, course resources are outdated, etc. The Aspen MSN program is clearly based on getting the most number of students in the program. Aspen University should devote more time to ensuring their program is current, innovative and encourages a welcoming and engaging learning environment. While there are exceptions, the majority of faculty seem cold and distant. I truly feel as if I am just a number. There is little to no effort made to build any type of community within the classes. This is probably based on the lack of interaction with faculty and the limited course-related feedback. I completed my BSN online at another university and always felt supported and challenged. I often feel alone in the classes. If I weren't as far as I am in the MSN program, I would look for a different program. Aspen's MSN program clearly has opportunity for improvement. I would encourage Aspen to consider revamping their courses. With a few small changes, the program could be a great program!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth - 10/2/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am very pleased with the education I received from Aspen University. I was able to take one class at a time, so I could give adequate time to both my full time employment and school assignments. The academic quality has high standards, and I always received timely responses every time I had a concern or needed help. I made the right decision when I choose Aspen University."
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