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

4.1 out of 5 stars
Practicing NP - 1/15/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2015
"Rigorous online program. I felt prepared to take boards and passed easily a month post graduation. This the very minimum one should know anyway. I feel that Walden is large, its very easy to get lost in the shuffle and its imperative to have quality practicum sites set up prior to starting program. I wish that there was more help with practicum placement. I feel this was in line with brick and mortar schools and I am glad that I chose online education. Online education requires discipline to complete tasks/assignments and seeking learning opportunities. For the most part professors were great with the exception of one. I found one pharmacology professor to be very passionate about his subject and enjoyed his course very much. If I chose again I would likely choose Walden, I had a good education and was prepared to practice and obtained a position rather quickly. The biggest draw back is the for profit stigma."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/20/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"This is the letter I wrote to the school when they asked for feedback: My experience at Walden has been well below the expectations of a university experience. The structure of the classes was clearly set up many years ago and little to no changes have been made to adjust to the healthcare field of today. As a masters student I was expected to use resources <5 yrs old, but the course itself did not. The pharmacology and pathophysiology courses and textbooks were a joke. They did not provide any more than basic nursing knowledge. The instructors were UNINVOLVED! There was little to NO communication. The instructors responses on the discussion boards were evidently pre-made comments that didn't pertain to the posts that students made. When I tried to communicate with instructors I was brushed off or responded to rudely. It was evident that instructors did not care about my education. No lectures, why is that OK? In 90% of the courses I took through this school my grades were posted 3-4 weeks after turning in assignments. I received little to NO feedback. Often receiving 100%, when I knew my work was sub-par that week. The BEST and ONLY teachers I had are my preceptors, who receive NO COMPENSATION for doing the INSTRUCTORS WORK! Why should your instructors collect a pay check when they are offering me NOTHING, no teaching, no feedback, and no communication! I can only hope that Nurse Practitioners across the NATION quit precepting for UNIVERSITIES that do NOTHING for their students! I feel is if I have pushed money down a tube and received OLD information in return. No lectures, come on, why is that ok??? This school has TAUGHT me nothing. I learned more from the $200 I spent to buy a board review program than the $50,000 I have given this school. How can any of you sleep at night. I am not some 20-something kid who feels society owes me. I have paid for an education and I expected to get one. The information given to me when a talked to the Admissions coordinator was that the cost would be $30,000 with books included. Now I am over $50,000! Shortly after I started I was told that paying for student books was "against federal guidelines". This is a ploy that Walden gives to ALL applicants, then cancels it after 2 semesters. Overall, I will deter anyone I know from giving money to this organization. This information needs to be shared with the Federal government and this university needs to be SHUT OUT from receiving ANY federal loan funding."
5.0 out of 5 stars
NP - 4/29/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"I was attended Walden in May 2015, and I graduated in February 2018 and passed National certification in March. Walden is extremely helpful and rigorously education. I have nothing but positive experience and encourage everyone who works and studies to considering Walden University as an alternative to traditional school. thanks you walden"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 11/8/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019
"This school requires a commitment to be organized and self-responsible. You HAVE to own your assigned reading, discussion posts, responses, make sure you meet the grading rubric requirements, actively participate, stay on top of your schedule and your financial aid. If your education is not a top priority-or you lack strong self discipline-this is not the school for you. Im half way through my MSN degree with this university and have a 4.0 GPA. It has not been easy. Ive had incredible instructors who respond to me quickly, Im automatically enrolled in my next class so I don't miss deadlines to register, and I have had absolutely NO issues with financial aid. I have even received a scholarship every single semester. I have 9 classes left and Im taking them one class at a time so that my grades don't suffer. I order my books from a different website to save money. I am literally earning my Masters Degree in my pajamas at my kitchen table. I will have 4 semesters which require clinical and have already contacted multiple sites who have agreed to allow me to complete these clinicals with them. You HAVE to do your own leg work. Anything worth having is worth working for. This is for me. I alone can do the work."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Gina - 6/7/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2016
"Walden is a money making school.Be warned! No support,they register for classes without you knowing.They said it's your responsibility to check your email.Some of the professors don't return calls or email.At the end of the day,they give you a failing grade.The graduating students will tell all these lies just,to lure you into the program.Please be warned!"
2.9 out of 5 stars
Margarita Soriano - 3/16/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2017
"The classes were well organized. The work load was appropriate. I feel like I could have been better prepared for the boards by a change of some assignment as some assignments really did not benefit the student. The papers took a long time to complete and other forms of assignments would have better benefited the learning process. Overall, it was good as far as the academical aspect. Now, the student support I cannot describe how horrible it was as far as advisors, financial aid, all the way from the beginning of my first person that was collaborating with me about transcripts and so on. Lots of chasing someone to talk to, being on hold, and questionable hangups. At least 3-4 times someone hung up on me when it seemed like they could not answer my question, this was so frustrating especially having been on hold for a long time prior to. I would look at schools that have better student support, but if you are willing to deal with crappy support and get your degree you will be fine."
2.6 out of 5 stars
a current suddent - 10/7/2016
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2016
"Walden University is unorganized, the clinical portion of the school is a set up for students to fail. a lot of technical difficulties and IT does not help, they refer you to teacher and the teacher refer you back to the school. I would not advise anyone to go there."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Pamela - 7/15/2016
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2016
"After completing this program I have a diploma but I do not feel like I know what I need to be a entry level FNP. I attempted to pass my national certification and am now having to go back to learn material that was never covered in school. Save your time and money... Go to a school that will teach you what is needed for your boards and not wasteful data entry and other things that are not needed for your degree."
1.0 out of 5 stars
kay - 2/24/2016
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2017
"This school is a nightmare, and the worst experience so far. I will never recommend my worst enemy to go to this school. I am so disappointed in this stupid school. After paying so much money, they tell you to find your clinical sites which are so hard to find. When I finally found a place, they refused to approve my preceptor because according to them, "something was wrong with his license". Meanwhile, the doctor recently preempted a student from Walden a semester before me without any problem and whatever was wrong was dated back five years age and the doctor had been cleared. I tried to get hold of a clinical coordinator without any success. School starts in 2 days and no response from Walden. I am thinking of filing a lawsuit against this school for dishonesty and emotional distress."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Herring, FNP-C - 2/8/2016
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2015
"I originally signed up for the RN-MSN program and switched from Leadership & Management to Education. Closing in on my last year, the Family Nurse Practitioner program became available. I jumped at the chance to be in the inaugural class. I was very pleased with the variety that the different professors shared and I cannot say that I was disappointed with their response times as they were always prompt. Finding my own clinical instructors to me was not a terrible thing! I was able to concrete instructors that I felt could mold me into the practitioner that I wanted to be. It wasn't always easy and yes the program is extremely time consuming, but if it wasn't, I would wonder if they weren't just after my money. The program is expensive, but due to the fact that it was completely online (except for clinicals) and at my convenience, I feel that it was worth every penny. I did decide to complete my DNP through Walden and must say that I was thoroughly disappointed and actually dropped out of the program. The adviser that I had was worthless and never seemed to be available. The quality of the response that I received was so poor that I decided that this would not be of benefit to me. Unfortunately, I just signed in and saw that he was still advising. (Maybe Walden should take a second look at the cause of a lost student and realize that you have a problem with some internal employees.)"