Walden University Reviews - Nurse Practitioner (Family)

2.73 out of 5 stars
(21 Reviews)
36% of 21 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 21 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

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."
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unknown DNP student - 6/13/2018
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018
"Beware of their DNP program its a fraud your only wasting your money. They create false hopes and fake errors to hold you back for more enrolling. Many have enrolled years ago and still fighting or sueing to get out they dont care and your complaints mean nothing only room for retaliation if your not quiet. BeWare"
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