Walden University Reviews - Nurse Practitioner (NP)

3.19 out of 5 stars
(14 Reviews)
75% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 14 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.6 out of 5 stars
rprosk - 4/19/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2021
"I am completing the bridge program from ASN to MSN. The schools website is awful; too many options, too many steps to get where you want to go, not at all intuitive. The library is another pain in the butt. I get 99% of my resources off the internet and not through the school - kind of bs when you're paying $3k/class. They also do not do a good job of making it easier for those of us, (most people), working and raising a family. Your work eventually gets graded, not very prompt - so it's difficult to know where you stand. Some of their rules are silly and not productive - can't post a response to a colleague the day you make your post. Is there a purpose to this, other than making it more time consuming? I found a way around this stupidity but it's still aggravating. You are on your own to find a preceptor - know that ahead of time. To be honest, I looked at transferring but it would have taken more time and money so I'm sticking it out- one aneurysm at a time."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6/30/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2019
"Excellent program, great experience! Sorry to hear so much negative. It's grad school!! Stop whining, do the work, and get out if there. Honestly, why would you attend and graduate from an institution you thought was horrible in the first place? Walden's MSN programs are heavily about locating appropriate research that can be used for the mountain of writing involved. That's grad school people!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous DNP Student - 3/9/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2019
"Potential DNP Students Beware!!!!! Completing the actual DNP program may take you 2 years, but obtaining approval for your capstone project is a painful and costly joke. You spend at least 6months trying to get your committee to approve a DNP project, you are assigned 3 members. One tells you everything looks great, the next one makes revisions, and the third comes back and denies even the revisions made by their colleagues. It feels like a circus and you are in the middle of it. They have this policy where each committee member takes 14 days to complete their review of your paper, by the end of a 3 credit semester and $2500 dollars later, you are stuck in the same spot where you started and have to sign up for another bogus 3 credit class where you do nothing but wait for approval and pay another $2500. Although you are done with the actual DNP program, you have to keep re-enrolling until you complete your project. You can't switch schools at this point, and complaining to the program director is a waste because all you get is "be patient with the process." For a school whose mission is promoting social change, there is no accountability or consideration for your success or wellbeing, they're only interested in keeping you enrolled in the program for as long as possible."
1.2 out of 5 stars
none - 1/10/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2018
"You will NOT get the experience you need to become a competent NP. The clinical component pales in comparison to that you would receive in a face to face environment. There is little to no opportunity for a real live instructors you provide you with the mentorship needed"
4.9 out of 5 stars
NP student - 4/27/2016
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2018
"So, I feel like my opinion might be a good gage for future prospective masters students. I have two degrees from very reputable brick and mortar schools, and have experienced both traditional and exclusively online classes over the last 10 years. So far, my experience with Walden has been sensational. The professors have been very supportive, are very responsive, and the material is highly educational. It has improved my practice as a nurse and how I take care of my patients. I have three other co-workers who LOVE Walden and we all seem to have the same opinion that even though it is challenging, --it is very doable if you manage your time wisely. One of my coworkers goes to the #1 NP program in the United States (University of South Carolina--as reported for 2016), and his wife goes to Walden. (He chose South Carolina because they have a med school). He stated that his wife's NP program at Walden was almost exactly like his, with a few mild differences. The unfortunate difference is the price. South Carolina's tuition cost is much more, and if he had to do it again, he would have definitely considered Walden instead. Furthermore, the nurses at my hospital that are enrolled in Walden's program are very intelligent and passionate about their work, their patients, and making a difference! Just know that online classes can be difficult for certain people. You have to be self-driven and you have to possess the desire to absorb the material. It's not for the faint of heart and nobody holds your hand, but you have support when you need it, even if it's 2am in the morning. I've had nothing but positive experiences so far with Walden University, and I've gotten positive responses from physicians, NP's, and PA's. When I say "Walden University," people respond with "Oh, they have a good NP program," or "I had a friend graduate from their NP program," or "I've heard that's a great school." My classmates vary in age, have an extensive and varied amount of experience in the field, and work at renown hospitals. The professors all have doctorates from well-respected schools, are published, and have served as leaders in the field. IN ADDITION, the nurses I know that have graduated from the NP program have ALL PASSED BOARDS ON THE FIRST TRY-AND ALL OF THEM HAVE JOBS. So, with that being said--I TOTALLY RECOMMEND WALDEN UNIVERSITY!"
4.3 out of 5 stars
ADW - 4/10/2015
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2016
"I have completed half of my program requirements. Overall I am very satisfied with the education I have received. I find that the more effort I put into an assignment the more knowledge I gain. The program is geared toward adult learners. That means WE are responsible for doing the work and the professors are our guides. My professors thus far have Always answered questions in a timely manner and/or returned a phone call or text. My best friend attends the same University and has had good and bad experiences. I believe EVERY college has its drawbacks. I have had good and bad experiences at both local universities and private institutions. I hope this helps."
4.5 out of 5 stars
He Saves - 9/21/2014
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2016
"I have been attending Walden since December 2013 ,and I have taken six classes so far and I have six more to go. As I can see it as a student the program has been very rigorous for me. I am a very hard working student and I have done well at the school. This is my first online school for myself but, I have tutored online students. Online takes a lot of time and dedication more than going to a brick and mortar school because you are truly self teaching yourself. I am planning to do my doctoral degree online not at Walden but another online school Maryville and it is because of their reputation. The tuition at Walden has been the cheapest I have seen around for a NP program its around total cost of 40,000 dollars. That is what a student pay to get a Bachelor Degree. I hate to see all the bad reviews but I think online education is what you make out of it as a student."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Meg s - 8/18/2014
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2015
"I would not let the bad reviews of Walden turn you away. I am quite surprised by the reviews. This is my second Masters degree after receiving a MBA from a Brick and Mortar school. I knew what to expect when choosing an online school. As a mother of an infant who would have drive 90 minutes to a classroom each way I chose to do the classes online. Other colleges in my area have a mix of classes and online. However, all the schools require you to find your own clinicals at the NP level. I find the work online just as hard as in person. You need to be a self motivated learner. Instead of spending time driving and in the classroom you are at home or the library studying. The support is there if you need it. You need to pick up the phone and call which you would need to do at a regular school as well. Every person must make a decision that fits their lifestyle and needs. Walden has been a great choice for me."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Dr. Ty - 6/29/2014
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2014
"Walden University is quite expensive, quite disorganized, has very poor student services, and ultimately just wants your money, and does not want to provide a quality program. The programming was somewhat difficult, with some good faculty, however the dissertation stage of the program was a joke... They assign you a project chair, who 9 times out of 10 forgets what stage you are at, fails to send your project to the other committee members within the prescribed periods, and you will likely do at least 1 extra course that you did not plan to do so you can get your dissertation completed. In my dissertation they changed my committee members twice, delayed my graduation, made me take another course, with no acceptable resolution with the university even though they violated their own policies. My advice STAY AWAY from this university, they are HORRIBLE to their students."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Heather - 5/27/2014
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Graduation Year: 2015
"I have just completed year 1 of 2 of the MSN FNP program, I start my practicum courses in two weeks. I have had an excellent experience and am still shocked why the reviews are so terrible. The texts, the readings, quizzes and assignments are all comparable to other FNP programs. You do miss out on the benefit of learning live in the classroom and gaining that extra coverage of the material, but the same content is still covered, its just very self motivated. If you dont do the readings, you wont learn what you need to do be an effective NP and pass boards. You are expected to set up your clinical rotation sites however this is not uncommon. All of the other universities I looked into were this way also. The Nurse Field Training has been an excellent resource, they have provided me an extension on finding placement for my peds rotation and provided suggestions in my area based on experiences of other students. Great experience so far and I've completed one year, including the toughest courses of Health Assessment and Pharmacology."
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