Walden University Reviews - Master's in Nursing

2.79 out of 5 stars
(49 Reviews)
68% of 49 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 49 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Sharon - 6/7/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"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"
1.5 out of 5 stars
Boat Rocker - 3/9/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
unsatisfied student - 2/24/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"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"
4.3 out of 5 stars
RN - 7/20/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
A. B. - 2/28/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"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!"
2.0 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Jones - 12/14/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"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!!!!"
1.8 out of 5 stars
anonymous - 12/3/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
anonymous - 11/15/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Masters - 10/25/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2011
"Excellent program. Strong professors. Considering a doctorate from here. The online program was more challenging then my friends who attended classroom programs in nearby universities. My degree had real world application. I highly recommend this program."
1.0 out of 5 stars
beaware - 9/16/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"This school shows the reason to stick with a brick-and-mortar as they lack efficiency. It all started applying to one of their graduate nursing programs. The "enrollment advisor" they had calling me constantly along with everybody else knew NOTHING about the program....yet they claimed to be from that department? They couldn't even answer a simple question about the practicum which is of great importance. If you can't finish the practicum which they don't even set up for you then you don't graduate. This is particularly important for those in graduate nursing programs. So not to be able to tell students about it and to call yourself an "advisor" for the program shows they don't care what happens to you once your foot is in the door and they take your money. They bombard you with emails and calls and I even had to request to speak with the supervisor after interactions with a rude advisor who basically told me he was going to keep calling me regardless if i didn't want him to. Should've knew I couldn't trust this school when they couldn't tell me the success rate of some most students in their programs such as the Nursing Informatics or NP programs. Now I have to start over elsewhere. Poor student service combined with people who don't even know a thing shows the quality of this school. Save your money and get a degree from a more reputable school whose name you won't regret carrying."
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