Walden University Reviews - Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

2.76 out of 5 stars
(23 Reviews)
38% of 23 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 23 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.2 out of 5 stars
Jenna Hoffman - 1/9/2021
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019
"I will say that the course work and expectations at Walden are very reasonable. My career altering issue is that after completion of the program, testing and job searching, it has been difficult to get privileges in certain areas. I have had jobs decline me from working with them because of a huge lack of response and communication between employers and the program directors. I believe I would have went a different track had I known my abilities would be limited from the schooling I received. Very disheartening after spending so much money and time on my education!"
2.9 out of 5 stars
Atchemp - 1/9/2021
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"I went to Walden for a non-nursing master's degree. Lot's of papers but anyone (no matter GPA) are admitted. Lot's of international student who's English is not their first language. I did have a few good teachers and several teachers that were not helpful at all with input in my learning journey. I decided to go back for my Master's in Nursing and looked back into Walden. The overall reviews were sketchy. Facebook posts of current students were irate about no guidance. I then found out Walden is under investigation for their nursing program. You can google - Government Investigation Walden University and they have a case against them effective November 9, 2020. You can do your own research to follow updates. https://www.hlcommission.org/download/_PublicDisclosureNotices/Public%20Disclosure%20Notice%20-%20Walden%20University%2011.9.20.pdf"
4.0 out of 5 stars
2020 grad - 1/7/2021
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am a very self motivated student and I feel like Walden was a great fit for me. I think with any program, the curriculum includes the bare minimum of what you need to know. While the educational materials and learning experiences at Walden were great, I had to do the work to really read and study on my own. I also looked for learning opportunities in practicum and sought out information. If you’re not self motivated this program won’t work for you. I had a positive experience, passed boards 1st time, and had preceptors who said I was more prepared and knowledgeable than other students they have had."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Madison McKenzie - 9/27/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"I do NOT recommend Walden, you will NOT be prepared to practice as an NP! I am a Pediatric NP and have precepted many students over the years. I am in a busy pediatric practice with 6 providers and we usually have 5-6 students come through our practice each semester. The students from Walden University usually have their pediatric practicum their second to last semester of the program and all I can say is WOW! I have never seen students who are so close to graduating that have absolutely no clue as to what they are doing. I'm not talking recognizing obscure pediatric rashes, I'm talking basic physical exam. I have not had one student from Walden who even knows how to check a red light reflex....and they are close to graduating!!! The quality of the students from Walden has led to our practice discontinuing precepting students from ALL online programs. This is very unfortunate because in the area that I live in pediatric preceptorships are hard to come by."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Traci Miramontes - 3/8/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"Just a follow up from my earlier review. I saw a review by another student that stated that Walden students do not have to perform assessments in the FNP program - that is absolutely NOT true. I had to record an entire head to toe assessment with signed consents from my “patient” and submit it. It had rigid requirements attached to it in the rubric. As a matter of fact I didn’t meet the requirements the first time and had to do the whole thing over again and resubmit. Another thing the review referenced was exams being on Quizlet; I can tell you right now that I sure did not have access to quiz/test answers. Quizlet is known for having access to info that students may or may not be allowed to know about - to act like that is specific to Walden is ridiculous!! Many schools have had their tests, notes, quizzes,etc., make it onto Quizlet, Course Hero or other cites of that nature. It’s a tale as old as internet time and not specific to Walden but more specific to schools and the struggle they have in regulating academic integrity."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Traci Miramontes - 3/8/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020
"I’ve just completed my degree and am preparing to test. I’ve heard/read things over the last two years that I want to speak out strongly against: 1.) I was required to complete a full year - 4 rotations 11 weeks in length each at 160 hours per rotation as well as didactic work to new the clinical component of the degree. This was my second year of the degree, during the first year it was entirely didactic. The entire program is rigorous and time consuming - very time consuming. It requires commitment and hard work. In clinical I was alongside students from brick and mortar schools who were doing the same coarse work as I was but with less required clinical hours! 2.) NEVER was I ever in a position to sign my own evaluations. 3.) I was subject to very strictly adhered to academic guidelines and everything I submitted from papers to SOAP notes and discussion boards was put through safe assign. 4.) The professors have high but fair expectations 5.) Yes, it’s expensive; it’s a graduate degree. They’re all expensive. 6.) I do feel as though the school prepped me with the tools I need in order to determine how and which certification exam will work best for me and my career goals. 7.) Just like any process you get out of what you put into it. I decided to write this because I feel that Walden students are unfairly being blacklisted my potential employers and it isn’t fair! We did the work and are qualified for employment after passing our licensure exams. Please do not discriminate against graduates from an accredited university."
5.0 out of 5 stars
David - 2/13/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2021
"I am a second year student at Walden University working toward my MSN-FNP. This program is absolutely no joke. The professors are all working in the field, and provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their students. Each of my professors have been available via phone, and email. Questions and concerns are oftentimes addressed within minutes to a few hours (during the work week). I study and complete my weekly class work in about 36 hours each week, and it’s paid off. I am extremely satisfied with the university and the education it has provided me thus far. Next are my Clinicals, a total of four, each requiring 144 hours to be completed in an 11 week period. The selection of a clinical site, and an experienced preceptor, is key to successFully completing the program. If you are contemplating attending Walden’s FNP, then you must be prepared to put in the time."
5.0 out of 5 stars
SR - 8/11/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"Walden is an excellent school. I graduated in 2018. I had no problem getting a job and I am doing well. I am a single parent, with a full-time job and 3 children. Yes, you have to work hard and it is a very rigorous program. I have a friend who studied at Dukes online NP program and the curriculum matched almost identical. She did not have to find her own clinical's, but she also paid twice as much to get a degree from Duke. Walden never said they would help find my clinicals. My admissions counselor told me upfront to start looking early. Yes, it is self taught, it's online. There is no surprise that we teach ourselves; this is what online classes are. Many people come into this program expecting a brick and mortar spoon fed education. If that's the case, and you need the face to face contact, then online is not for you. Oh and I passed my boards the first time. Walden is awesome!! I had no problem getting a 6 figure job and I feel prepared to take care of patients. Thank you Walden!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Marie - 5/23/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2017
"Not what I am expected. I was told many promises and school did not deliver. No help from administrative office during program. Are there any other dissatisfied students? I believe I am due all of my money back!! ......................................."
2.5 out of 5 stars
Redmustang812 - 2/25/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am not saying this is a bad school, but I do have regrets with this program. Initially everything was great, the admission process was a breeze and everyone was so helpful, my first year was also good, but then when it came to my practicum everything went downhill. I understand that I have to find my own preceptors, that is a given because every school is that way. The problem is that I have had multiple preceptors rejected, there is no wiggle room at all. I have friends who have attended Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati among others and they have always had support when they were unable to get a preceptor, for instance one student couldn't find a preceptor of womens care so they approved and ER rotation. I have had to wait long periods of time on affiliation agreements to be approved. During my pediatric rotation my preceptor forgot to sign of my hours in meditrek so they failed me, I was able to get it overturned but it was a hassle. Bottom line, in total I have had to be in this program almost a year longer than intended because of all of the problems. It has been a very frustrating experience."