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I applied to Walden for the online master's in counseling program. It was a problem from the beginning and I was treated like a child by their enrollment counselors. I'm 62 years old and already have two master's degrees but still I was treated like an 18 year old entering college for the first time. In addition, Walden requires the APA format for the online classroom discussions and this was the final straw for me. Discussions are not research papers and so much more can be gained with less formal dialogued with colleagues. Yes, I was going for a 3rd masters. I love education.
I would not recommend Walden University. They were very responsive to general questions at first. However, I have placed several calls (to several different staff members) to inquire if their RN to BSN program meets requirements to apply for a PHN certification and I can't even get someone to return my call much less answer my question. I cant imagine what current students go through if they have questions. Disappointed to say the least.
Walden University recruits students and then offers a subpar education that leads to mounds of debt. My courses were filled with errors, inconsistent direction, and automatic A's with little effort. Walden's financial aid and billing practices are unprofessional and the staff is highly incompetent. Future employers place resumes from for-profit schools at the bottom of the pile. Walden is not a quality school and does not prepare students for success.
The issue I had with Walden was in felt like a number. I would try and contact my advisor and would not get an email back for days if I got one at all. I'd have tech issues and tech support would not be able to help. Assignments were turned in late and even with proof of tech issues I was hit with deductions in my grade. In my 1st term my Dad passed away, I asked for an extension of a due date, the instructor was indifferent.
I would recommend that you look into the program thoroughly before committing to it and before getting in debt. I had to exit the program because one of the chair professors did not respond to my assignments in a timely manner. I complained to her supervisor and he advised me to be patient. Meanwhile, I was getting deeper and deeper into debt. I completed all the courses, but due to the lack of follow through from the chairs I did not complete my research study and decided to exit the program after $90000 in debt. I wish I could have stopped before the debt grew this high but I wanted to complete the program. I followed protocol and communicated with all the right people to get assistance and they were all good listeners but did not help me get anything resolved.
The program was very comprehensive, rigorous, and very demanding. The faculty members, with academic and professional credentials of the highest caliber, are very well qualified with extensive knowledge in a wide range of disciplines. The required residency program, held throughout the country and abroad, allows face-to-face communications with many outstanding faculty members providing advice and counsel related to studies for achieving academic success, as well as fellow students across the globe. The coursework requires frequent communications with the instructor, always available for me by email or scheduling by telephone, as well as requiring discussion, along with feedback, between fellow students. The university library is very extensive, providing access to many publications and peer-reviewed journal articles in numerous fields. The university administrative staff were very helpful, both effective and efficient, responding in a timely manner to all questions and concerns. Prospective students may find this university as fully qualified in meeting their academic needs, particularly in public policy and administration, from my perspective. The program is challenging, and I have found it fulfilling. In depth discussions with my enrollment and later academic advisors were very important in my decision to enter the university program, pursuing and completing the coursework toward final completion. Finally, my dissertation committee and Chairman were instrumental in providing me guidance and direction in the completion of my dissertation, all resulting in my being conferred the doctorate of philosophy. I wish all students the best in pursuing advanced education whether at Walden University or other institution of their choice.
I believe Walden U was the best choice I made to obtain my BSN. The faculty are friendly, helpful, and return e-mails promptly. Grading is done quickly with great feedback. My advisors call to check in and make sure I am okay. I think the workload is appropriate for being a full time nurse as well. I also get a discount for working at a VA hospital and believe the pricing is comparable to other schools. Everything that was discussed by the counselor before I enrolled was accurate and the staff was very friendly. If I need to speak with my counselor I can schedule an appointment and they call me right on time. I am very happy with my decision and would recommend this school to anyone!
I'm about finished with my master's. Walden is an online program so anyone expecting something similar to a regular classroom will be disappointed. At the graduate level, you need to be prepared to be independent and put the work in! You will get out what you put in. You will see other student's skating by, but they won't pass their boards. The hours at my job have decreased as I have gone further into the program. I have always had the help I need for any question, you just need to take the time and look and ask the right people. Many complain about having to find their own preceptors, but ALL schools are now requiring it. Be prepared to get out and market yourself - remember you get out what you put in. If you put the work in and stay committed, Walden prepares you well for your boards.
The amount of negativity is laughable to me. Like everyone else has said, Walden is not going to hold your hand at every step. Besides, you are a grown up making childish excuses for things that could easily have been prevented through communication and being proactive. As a current doctoral student (Business Admin with a Specialization in Healthcare Management), I have found the school very helpful, insightful, and motivating. 21/60 credits down and I have not had any issues thus far. Everyone learns different and has different needs and expectations. If you expect to do sub-par work, get an "easy degree", or wait for Walden to hold your hand throughout the entire process(good luck with that), you should probably look elsewhere. Chris Atkins-Class of 2018 Future Doc
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.