Walden University Reviews of Master's in Nursing

  • 32 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
60% of 32 students said this degree improved their career prospects
44% of 32 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Master's in Nursing

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  • Reviewed: 6/11/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"If you are looking to get a Masters in Nursing for Nurse Practitioner then I would NOT do it. It is a joke. I am a great student, it has nothing to do with that. It's finding a preceptor. They failed to mention when you enrolled that their list of affiliation agreements needs updating (there are facilities on the list that are not even open anymore). The field office will not help or accommodate you. There are other colleges that you can go to that will help you find a preceptor for your clinical, go to them! You will not graduate on time, or have to pay thousands of dollars to a preceptor to get them to take you on. This did not just happen to me but to many others."
Lisa GA
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"My experience at Walden was excellent. Registration was smooth, my instructors were knowledgeable and helpful, and the courses helped me hone my craft. My capstone course was excellent. I enjoyed it enough that I re-enrolled and will start a doctorate program this winter."
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I recently finished my graduate degree with this university, and overall, would say this institution is okay. I had a good experience with most of my professors, though, each one of them are very different. The practicum or clinical portion of the education consisted of 144 hours at 11 weeks (adult, pediatrics, ob/gyn, and synthesis). In my opinion, the downside of an online education through this institution is that there are no lectures and you have to find the information that you need to know on your own, because the school does not provide "teaching" in any manner. Clinical can certainly be longer as well, but I was able to go beyond the required 144 hours during my 11-week sessions (I would recommend getting as much hours as you can for a good clinical experience). In closing, I feel this institution isn't bad, but if an individual is looking for "teaching" or lectures, then they should consider a brick and mortar institution or research one that provides this."
Leanne M richcreek
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Absolutely the worst school. Unorganized. I withdrew from that school they sent me a financial aid check back and then months later sent me letter saying I owed them 2450 because THEY sent me wrong amount. Took me hours on phone with department of education to figure out their mistake."
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Walden is an absolute joke. It's an okay way to get some letters behind your name for low effort & cost, but good luck learning anything. The courses trade between being wildly easy (one professor gave me an A on a discussion post before I even turned it in) to irrationally hard (another professor graded down for not using references when introducing ourselves in the first discussion post). I took 3 courses and was luckily able to transfer them."
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I attended this school in all of 2017 for a master's in nursing education. I first found the system to be a little overwhelming because you have to go to different screens in order to get information or post information. I contacted the help desk and told them that I was having difficulty with the program no one assisted me. At the same time I was having difficulty I saw hurricane Irma passed through and I had no electricity to continue the course, once again I contacted Walden and they refused to drop me from the course after they claimed they would. I then found out I was automatically re enrolled and then a bill was sent to collection for a class that I never took. I am trying to resolve this issue with them and hopefully that there will be a good resolution."
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to complete my degree at this school. When I called to clarify an aspect of my study there was always someone available to assist or connect me with someone more appropriate to assist. My graduation ceremony was in Florida where I was able to finally meet and personally connect with the students I had only known by name for the 2 years it took to complete my MScN. Please ignore the negative comments, they are probably from people that were not serious about their studies or did not look into licensing requirements prior to enrolling. As a Canadian asking many questions prior to enrolling provided me all the information needed to chose the right path of study and arrange an appropriate placement at my present place of employment. Great work Walden!"
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Any online course requires dedication and hard work and this one is no different. I have had great instructors - and a few not so great - but the good ones have outweighed the bad ones. Also, I have definitely had the benefit of gleaning true life experiences from the great ones during discussion boards. No degree is handed to you and I have worked my tail off and I feel that I have earned this! I am very happy to be finished in just 3 short months. All of the FNP programs are moving toward online programs and all of them require you to find your own preceptors - which is difficult. This program was designed to help professionals that work fit school into their schedule and that's a huge benefit. I have done this program part time and it has worked out great for me and my family situation right now."
sick of this school
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is overpriced and under taught. The teachers all have different ideas of APA means so in one class is maybe acceptable and in another they require something else. The amount of time it takes for someone to return communication is ridiculous. Teachers will grade assisgnments at their leisure and when you address this issue they will say "follow the rubric" unacceptable. This school is a joke"
speak with your money
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I had a good experience with the admission process and my first 3 classes. Good interaction with instructors and helpful feedback. Class 4...evidence based nursing...not a good experience. Disrespectful instructor, doesn't like to answer questions, and contradicts herself, doesn't know the policies. Once I started questioning her, my grades dropped. Academic advising suggests contacting her boss, but that hasn't helped, and they have no other suggestions. I understand that it may be just this one professor, but Walden is supporting her bad behavior. I will not be giving Walden any more of my money."
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"The MSN with a focus in education helped to prepare me for an academic nurse educator role. Faculty were available, fair, and honest. Courses were 100% online. Course designed to build connections with peers. Capstone project was required. Stressful finding a site and preceptor but the process helped to solidify the entire learning experience. Would have like better updates technology such as presentation software for students."
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Worst decision i ever made to attend this school. Beware of the grad nursing programs. The issues many people experience finding a clinical site are true. They also do not offer you the assistance that they claim when they lure you in. I learned later on the school doesn't have a good reputation and so honestly where i'm from that makes it even harder. As for dealing with departments like financial aid, you can forget it. This school doesn't operate like a typical brick and mortar. You talk with people mainly through email and when you call the billing department to discuss anything financial related they won't even let you speak with them directly instead everything happens through a third party person. You'll never get the name of the person whom they're speaking with. If you do attend here, it would be important to make you sure you have a financial game plan because it is possible you can complete a lot of classes then they'll discover a way not to allow you to use any of the federal aid your entitled to so you might not finish! This school is a joke and i use to think that the negative comments i read were false or people just letting off a lot of hot air. If you have a negative gut feeling about it, like i did, run don't walk. There are plenty of other really great schools that will appreciate you being a student, work with you to complete your degree track a lot better than this one, and most importantly will be WORTH the money."
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"GO to a reputable school don't waste your time or money on Walden The prices of books purchased through the university are excessive. A paperback book dated over 10 years old can cost $75.00 and you can never sell the books back to the university. Commonly, the reasoning provided is that books no longer being used. Tuition has increased four times in the two years I have attended. Instructors are confrontational, unhelpful, delayed in providing you your grades. Retaliatory actions are supported at this organization. No process in place when attempting to report and when you do report you are retaliated by the program coordinator None of your credits will be transferred over so the whole spill about getting credit hours for your knowledge is non-existence Your final grades can take up to three weeks to be posted They send you a bill for your next class while you're still in another and not even registered for the next semester and expect payment but can't provide grades on time"
Boat Rocker
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"As with previous reviews, I too learned not to "rock the boat" with an instructor. After asking for more specific information, versus "cut and paste" type comments on assignments, I was told not to post such comments in the 'contact the instructor' area. My post was removed and I was sent a stern email from the instructor telling me I was "presumptuous" to post this request. Rather than escalate this situation further, I learned to not ask for clarification on any further assignments. I have since transferred to a brick and mortar school. I find the quality of instructors superior to the Walden teachers. Additionally, I feel my tuition is better spent at a university where I am respected as an adult learner and valued customer."
unsatisfied student
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"I would strongly recommend to NOT seek studies at this institution. Cost The one thing that attracted me to this institution was the textbooks being include into the price of the course. However, 2 classes in I received an email stating that books no longer will be included and it would be a separate cost. The cost of the textbooks are astronomically overpriced and unable to be resold after completion of the class. You ALWAYS get the response that the book is no longer being used. How is it that a book I only used for 10 weeks already no longer being used? You try to sell it back online the most you will get is $10- $15 .The cost of tuition is roughly about $2500 per class Instructors I'm unsure to the training that is provided to instructors that teach online courses, but my observation has been witnessing instructors being confrontational and belittling to students in a discussion forum . Additionally, it appears the focus is not really on understanding the concept of the class .When you seek clarity on a subject, inquiries go unanswered Academic advisors They serve no purpose . Each time you reach out to them they defer you to talk to someone else and I am unclear to their roll . Its a profit making institution so their goal is not to invest in your education or ensure job placement. Their goal is to take as much of your money and you teach yourself"
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Like all education, the program is what you make it. It is not a walk in the park by any means. Instructors will not hold your hand and walk you through classes. You will not be "given" grades, you will work very hard to earn them. Online learning is not for everyone. Consider this to be more challenging than the traditional classroom setting."
A. B.
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I would NOT recommend this school. They are only out to profit from students all the while making false reassurances about the integrity of their facility and how supportive they are of students' needs. Once they have your money, you're on your own; advisors (there's more than one when you initially sign up) abruptly disappear. I almost had to sit out several times because the list of clinical preceptors provided by Walden was a joke. I struggled to find preceptors and Walden couldn't have cared less. Many of these facilities on Walden's "list" had never even heard of Walden or were no longer taking Walden students. One clinic manager even told me they were not accepting any students from Walden "because of the hassle of dealing with Walden." Hassle indeed. I cannot get a straight answer from financial aid - I get a different answer every time I email. They are also unprofessional and rude, writing emails in red font. Advisors may or may not call you when you make an appointment. Course material was ridiculously easy - not at all what one would expect at the master's level. I passed my nurse practitioner certification exam only because I bought review books and TAUGHT MYSELF. Walden instructors give "A"s to every student just to keep them coming back. Overall, I am disgusted and disappointed that I wasted my time and money here. As other reviewers wrote, I don't even want to hang my degree up in my office. AVOID THIS PLACE!"
Jennifer Jones
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"The academics I have received at Walden are good, however my experience with the Financial Aid office is less than par, if not absolutely horrible. Master's programs are expensive enough without having to deal with loan issues, caused by the University you are attending. Walden is at fault for an extreme delay in my loan disbursement and release, causing my family serious financial constraints and problems. Even though they are at fault they offer absolutely no resolution to my problems, of which they caused!!! There are many Universities that offer flexible online degree programs, with equally supportive financial aid teams. Everyone deserves a University who provides both. Beware of Walden!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Walden started out good; however, thank goodness I am almost finished because they have been progressively been getting worse and worse. Academic advising has always been very bad and they know nothing about the field experience programs (clinicals). It is impossible to speak to an actual person regarding the field experience and they do not respond well to emails. It once took 5 weeks to get a response to an email which made the question obsolete as it was a question that a potential clinical place had and by the time I got the answer, it was past the deadline to turn in an application for the next clinical rotation. There is NO help in setting up clinical sites, you must do this all yourself. It sucks to be a middle person when trying to set up a phone contact, the instructor never responded to my preceptor (she tried multiple times) which makes Walden look bad, and I am embarrassed because I'm thinking they are wondering what type of school am I going to and what kind of education am I getting?! Other online schools have utilize alternate resources such as webinars and video lecture which would come in handy as options for someone who is having difficulty understanding a concept. I know some other schools also set up one or two times that a student must travel to the school in order to go over some of the physical assessment things (such as pelvic exams and prostate exams) which I think would have been helpful. I personally know people who are having a lot of difficulties with Walden and I do not recommend anyone to go here."
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Terrible, Instructors do not keep their scheduled preceptor conferences, upsetting the physician preceptor, and frustrating the student. You will not receive adequate training from the school or direction to do so for clinical medicine. You must have a strong nursing background to survive clinical rotations, which you must find your own preceptor and rely on the university for affiliation agreements, which are very unprofessional and not prompt and getting completed, thus slowing down or halting your academic progress. No one at the university either knows their job or can provide any information on the specifics of requirements or expectations for any of the course work, Assignment rubrics and grading is prejudicial, and not according to content. If you cannot get in elsewhere then you are still taking a big financial risk on attending at this ghost university."