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Its a very expensive very long program. They do not give the full story when you sign up. There are tons of hidden costs. The professors grade inconsistent. The support staff is non committal and less than helpful. Much frustration associated with the process.
I attended Walden with great expectations in finishing as documented in the admission process. I found out way TOO late that the majority of the students do not finish in 5 doctoral study final classes - they finish in 10 classes!!! This adds time - over a year, not to mention so many DOLLARS. I had 3 different methodologist that took over 5 months to review a part of the study. Completed my study process over 6 months ago and between the individual reviews, it is still in process with no expected completion. Another tactic in keeping the dollars coming in to Walden. Too late for me, but do NOT start this program as the promises to complete in a timely manner are false.
The school does get you to your goal of graduating from an NP program with the ease of completing assignments when it is convenient. This allows you to work and go to school if you do not take two clinical courses at the same time. The frustration is you do not have a physical person to go see or to contact quickly with concerns. Often the instructors are in different time zones as well as classmates. There are times when you need to complete a group project and it is difficult to do so. The other issue is you do not have specific phone numbers for a specific person in the registrar office and such. They have a third party group that takes phone calls or you email this third party with concerns. Then they direct your concern to the appropriate person. This is time consuming and frustrating. If the specific person replies to your response they only leave contact information for the third party response team and not their direct contact info. For example, I requested my transcripts to be sent directly to the ANCC for my application for my test. The ANCC wanted the transcript sent to their PO box. It turns out Walden's carrier service will not overnight a document to a PO box and only the USPS does. By this time I already submitted my payment for my transcripts to be sent to the ANCC via their PO box number. I received all this info via email from the person processing my transcript transfer request. The response number and email was a general number for the department. I sent both an email and called the number. I was directed to a third party person that just answers my questions. He was not able to change the address on my transcript request. He only would tell me how to submit my transcript request. We just kept going in circles. In their NP program you really are the driver of your learning experience. You feel as if you have to teach yourself everything. You also have to choose your own preceptors, which is good and bad. It is good in the fact you can maybe get someone you know or that is close to your residence. The bad is they are hard to come by. Also, they do not provide a specific list of expectations for the preceptor. It is very broad and generalized. I was expecting to see a check mark list of skills, tasks, diagnoses, etc to have to see and experience.
The support staff have been very helpful so far, no problems with financial aid or advisement so far. I disagree with the classes being too easy. I guess they might be if you do not have a full-time job. Online learning is self-propelled. I am learning quite a bit from my readings, videos and personal research. However, the professors are lack-luster. I know that they are holding advanced degrees, but many of them are not teachers. Their practices fly in the face of what we are reading in our education classes. So far, many of them as rude and do not answer emails promptly. In the class I am currently taking, the professor or should I say facilitator takes two weeks to grade applications and then deducts points for word choice. I am not belly-aching because I am doing poorly, as a matter of fact, my grades are excellent. I just expected more expertise and more guidance. I do not feel that personal touch that I received from the support staff. For that I am sorely disappointed and if given the chance, I would not have began my graduate education with Walden University.
I love Walden University because of its structure and quality of programs. Some classes were easier than others. Many were not. I have gone to other online schools and didn't feel like I was in a graduate program. Walden University was different. I felt challenged and like I participated in a hig her calling to serve my community. After I received my degree I received a government job based off my knowledge in my field. I believe that I am prepared to pRogers in my field because of my Walden University education. I would never conclude by one problem that this was a bad choice. I had a lot of issues but overall it didn't out weigh the feeling of meeting brilliant minds at graduation and knowing that you have a network of professionals who are top notch.
Great school! You earn your credits fair and some instructors like all schools are easier than others. They offer guidance and fair clinical/internships that help you get started in your career. 12 week classes help you get the most out of each course.
Hello I attended Walden University for over a year and I have just about a year before I would graduate. I am like a lot of students I still work and take classes online. I will never recommend an "ONLINE DEGREE" at Walden University to any student. After my experience at Walden University, I am not finishing my degree there. I agree that courses are ridiculously too easy. They might be the mainstream joke. Students want a fast track degree- guess what this isn't getting a degree it's blowing of money loosing 2 years of your life. So I want to say how unsatisfying it feels after being here for over a year. Fast lane courses, I believed in the university that they would teach me everything I know to within the bachelor's degree prgram. The classes go by too fast a blink of an eye and Tadaa!- . I would believe that if you have experience in the profession of which your degree pertains to then I would say you should see for yourself. I started the online Bachelor's IT Database Administration degree. I can say taking class here is nothing like high school where things are drilled into you brain over and over, you have only read and study by yourself. That may sound practical but I have taken over 100 credits worth of classes in college and university and I've had some really good professors. Textbooks alone dont do it for me. Once you've had one really good professor in college you want think of a rats hole of any professor I've came across here. That said, Walden want spoon feed you, you have to be a self starter- in fact you have to do everything by yourself and know how to do everything on your own. I don't believe it's worth a year- two years of my life. It is not worth the tuition expenses that you will have to pay back when you graduate. The courses are made so easy they are for kids and don't exercise any practical skills enough or at all. I don't want a easy classroom like those at Walden University. It's just sick after a year I wish I would have trusted myself sooner and left Walden.
Walden University doctoral program is all about taking your money. Tuition went up $8000 a year in five years. Instructional support is nonexistent. There are too many adjunct instructors who are simply there for a paycheck. I learned quite a bit because I read a lot and worked hard, not because the university provided any guidance other than the assignments.
I am a student in the early stages of the Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Walden is perfect for working professionals who want to have academic preparation with a flexible schedule. You must be a self-starter and willing to work. Walden will support you but they will not spoon-feed you. I have enjoyed most professors. I like the accreditation, online format, and 24/7 Student Support. Your degree will be what you put into it. Put nothing in and you will gain nothing. Put hard work in and receive much. The resources are there but you have to make it work. Walden's financial aid and billing areas need an overhaul. They are difficult to work with. Walden professors, academic advising, enrollment advisors, and student support are great. I am grateful to be a student at Walden-and proud of the degree I am warning.
I found an opportunity to change my career from Walden programs. I was highly enriched by the dept of knowledge I got. My dissertation was not easy because it involved a lot of work writing and re-writing. Sometimes frustrating, but I learned from it. My education has given the power to have a strong voice on health issues and I have been making presentations and speaking out about improving access to healthcare to all. Though, I am still looking for a suitable job to apply my education, I have always share good view on health issues. I have written a book on primary healthcare. Academic work at Walden was rigorous and not for students who are not self-motivated or used to being spoon-fed or led by the hand. Online programs are not for everybody. It is an innovation which will take time before people get used to it.The program is for self-starters. My advise to future students is that doing online degree is not an easy one. Also, doctoral programs are not easy and will always pose challenges and those who are not strong enough will surely drop out. The effort you put in equals what you get.