Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in NursingSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
I just graduated in May 2018 from the ADN to BSN program and these are my thoughts. There is a very steep learning curve and a lot of it is self study. The courses are pretty straight forward, but it's very paper intensive. My first semester was the hardest because it's different than my ADN program in terms of studying. You need to be very disciplined. Thankfully, my student mentor was VERY helpful with supporting me. That was the key to my success. There is a misconception that the online program would be easier but remember the Board of Nursing in CA sets the criteria for all the nursing programs. There was extra coursework for the CA BSN program.
The good: Cheapest by far at around 3K a semester. Will only cost me 12k as opposed to the average 18K plus. Course work 100% online and module based which means you have no mandatory times you must to something. You can do things based on your schedule. Very flexible. Staff is very helpful and polite and they offer a lot of services to individual course help lines to paper writing assistance. The bad: The Staff is too helpful. Mandatory phone check ins. If I have needs I can reach out. Time waster. I was told this is for accreditation. Some of the courses get a little too cute with the content. If you are looking for a program where you can just crack out a few papers and hit some discussion boards then RUN AWAY! For one of the courses it is your responsibility to locate, set up and attend 55 (FIFTY FIVE!) hours of activities within your community relating to a primary prevention topic. It would be easier and take less time and effort if you could just crack out some shifts and a community clinic. It depends on what you are looking for in a program. The cost and flexibility is what drew me to WGU. Honestly I know that a BSN is a BS degree and I am gleaning little to nothing that will be beneficial to me other than the paper so I would have preferred a standard program. But I can't complain too much
Update. I passed the NCLEX. My test stopped at 85. The Nclex has a minimum of 75 and a maximum of 265 questions. You have to answer 60% of your questions correctly to pass. If the test stops early, then either you did really good or you did really bad. I have only participated in WGU online nursing school. So I can't compare it to other Nursing programs. The other college experience that I had was at a traditional university, I did graduate from both. WGU is a TEACH YOUR SELF program. WGU gives you a list of courses and objectives that you have to test competent" in order to pass to the next level. "WGU gives you assess to online books to aid you in your studies. They are basically the same across all colleges. WGU uses an online course called ATI to provide skills modules, study material, and quizzes. I feel as if WGU did not buy the ATI program. I say this because I, alot of the times I used google to better understand a subject only to find a link to ATI that WGU did not give me assess to. There is a lot of reading. I would not suggest reading word for word and to also look at the charts and diagrams for understanding. All students are assigned a course mentor (Teacher) and a like a program mentor (guidance counselor). The course mentors are not very helpful for the most part. They do not do the grading if it is a Taskstream assignment or ATI test, which makes up a majority of the test and assignments. If you do not understand instructions for Taskstream, my unprofessional advice is just to google it. For the most part, it seems that all nursing programs and colleges get the same assignments that just differ a little from program to program. Worst comes to worst submit the assignment and let Taskstream reject it to get clarification about how to complete the assignment. The program mentor is a little worrisome. I really did not need someone to constantly remind me to complete assignments. Other students did. But I actually likes my program mentor. The step of the program where i needed constant monitoring ad guidance was completing the Boards of nurse paperwork, and back ground check, the nursing jurisprudence, and applying for the NCLEX exam. The instructors were tedious. A lot of people missed steps or could not find links. The links did not work. Over all this really stressed me out. There was no one to answer my questions at the university. I never really new who to call for help. WGU was really UNLESS in this department. I would suggest that you buy a Nclex review book ASAP to start understanding the language of the test makers. I personally used Hurst. But buy the book so that you can take it everywhere. The online Hurst makes you submit like some type of security questionnaire every time you sign in from a different computer. A real pain. I read the book cover to cover. A felt like WGU did not teach me, "what to do if..." and Hurst did. WGU does provide the Hurst review as part of their program. The NCLEX exam ask questions like "what to do if...".For example, I thoroughly understand ABG's. But I did not learn what to do if a patient is in Resp Acidosis. I had learn how to correct the problem on my own for NCLEX. WGU is inexpensive in comparison to other programs. This is great. WGU taught me a lot about patience and respecting the client. I feel like the culture sensitivity topics in the books need some updating. But just learn it for the quiz. I learned skills during clinicals which WGU does provide for you. This is great. Not every school provides you with a place for your clinical rotations. Some on the clinical rotations are rude (not to me personally) and as a WGU student you get the leftovers. Even some of my preceptors noted the same behavior. Its because WGU is a newcomer to the field. Remember this is a competency program not a GPA program. Your competency level is calculated to a 3.0 GPA. This has not really been a problem for me when it has come to getting a job and moving on to Nurse Practitioner college. I would remove any pictures that you have of yourself attached to your google account. I had problems with 2 instructors. One I went as far as to report her. I have never had a problem with instructors or anyone with authority in the pass. They monitor your student email account for cheating. A lot of the financial aid offers are spam. do not give them for information.
This is a teach yourself program. Some of the test are online with the use of a camera and microphone to prevent cheating Less than 1/5 of my cohort has finished the program as of today. What I have learned most was patience and constant let down. But the Price for this program is Workable. I paid for it out of pocket. The assignment criteria is so vague and the course mentors are not helpful. WGU grades your practical assessments through a company called Taskstream. Often, I would turn in my assignments, knowing that Taskstream would rejected it, just so I could get clarification back from the company actually grading my work. The BSN program is mostly online, with clinical rotations at local hospitals. WGU has contracts with the local hospitals. Some locations treat you poorly because you are in an online program. The WGU students sometimes get the left over assignments. Even though WGU is a BSN program and some of the other schools may only be LVN or ADN. WGU does not have credits, the program is a "Meets Requirements" grading system. This has not a problem for my when it came to applying to a Nurse Practitioner Program. Many programs accept WGU transfers. I actually graduated from a Traditional university, so I have that background to compare to WGU. A BSN at WGU is my Second degree. WGU says its a 2 year program but it ends up being 2 and a half because they make you retake courses. Its all about the money. For example, my undergrad is in biology. SO I have a lot of upper level chemistry and biology but I still had re-take biochemistry. I also have about 10 years in the medical field working in a laboratory to working bedside too. The first semester, I blew through it with in weeks. But I was not able to advance into the next semester. Then two course mentors blocked my advancement because they would not approve my objective assessment i.e. final exam. The course mentors felt like I did not study the material thoroughly. So every term I started in the previous term and I was ready to test like a few days into the new term. But course mentor DA and CD did not care. Lastly, They really took their time dragging my graduation paperwork through processing. Even though I express to multiply departments that I had employment pending and I need to take my NCLEX ASAP. I offered to pay to have my paperwork expedited. I have been delayed 3 months for my new job and I do not know if my new employer will hold the ob offer much longer.I do not know how other nursing programs work but I cant really say that WGU has prepare as much as my own professional background, finding information on my own, and the now 5 months that i have been preparing for the Nclex. Mentally, financially and emotionally, I DO NOT FEEL READY TO TAKE THE NCLEX. I would not recommend filling out some of the financial aid scholarships links at WGU, its spam. They do break up your payment every term into 4 less painful, monthly automatic withdraws.
Please I beg you don"t go to this school. If you failed your exam twice, the 3rd time you have to pay $66.00 per exam. Also if you did not pass a class, the following semester you have to pay full tuition for that class. They will continue to suck money out of you. The student mentor assigned to you are jokes, they can"t help you. The mentors only call you every week to harass you, hurry you to take your test. The worst thing their exam is proctor, the proctor will harass you while you are taking exam. They will ask to check you desk, and under the desk where you taking the exam. I feel like a prisoner in my own house. Issues are not getting resolved on timely manner. I withdrew from this program, during my second semester. Will not recommend this school to anyone. Be careful before you enroll in this school. WGU you are a joke, money sucking school.
WGU is a waste of time and money. I made it very clear to the enrollment counselor that I needed to take one class at a time. I am a nurse, working days and nights with three kids and a husband. She told me no problem. Little did I know that I would get charged for classes that I never took. I had a loan, and it took a long time for me to find my billing statement. Not once did I ever receive a bill from them. I ended up paying over $9000 for three classes. They enroll you in three classes at a time and keep charging you each term and don't inform you of that fact. I am now enrolled in RN-BSN at University of Indianapolis which is great. They cap their tuition at $9900. I'm getting close to being finished. I also didn't have to retake classes (such as statistics) as I would have through WGU.
I am disappointed in the negative reviews I see on here. Obviously everyones case and experience is different. I earned my ADN about 15 years ago. I hate school was never good at it. So I just said I would never go back. Well here I am I finished the courses in 5 months. There is a lot of support wether course mentors, student center, or program mentors. If you are not a self motivating person then maybe online is not for you. I never thought it would be for me. It did not exist when I went to school. Is it hard? Sure. I was motivated by money. I could of got my work to pay for it but figured using my own money would be my motivation, and it was. I worked a full time job and have a family. I earned myself a 10k$ raise just for getting the degree, and do not owe any time to my work because they paid for it!
My name is A. L., and I am writing a review today on the Western Governors University Online Program, for Nurses wishing to receive a bachelors degree. When I graduated nursing school with my associates degree, I knew that I wanted to go back to school and receive my bachelors degree in nursing. After going through nursing school, I was extremely nervous about starting another program. Several of my coworkers suggested that I apply to Western Governors University. After doing my research, I decided to apply to the program. The program is 100% online, and this was a completely new way of learning for me. I was excited to apply, but anxious to find out more information about the program. I spoke with an enrollment counselor, and immediately, I felt great about the program. They waived my application fee, and within one week, I was accepted into the program. From that point forward, they set me up with an incredible student mentor and she contacted me every single week throughout the program to help keep me on track with my goals. The classes were surprisingly set up in a way that made you feel as though you were in the classroom. Each class had tons of resources, links, and contact information for extra help with the courses. The rubrics and breakdown of the learning material were easy to follow, and really relieved so much of my anxiety about the online program. The best part about this program is that you can go at your own pace. Each term is broken into six months, and the program sets up a timeline for you to finish the classes, but you can also get through the courses faster, if you pass the exams and materials provided. During the program, I was able to work full time, have the birth of my now eighteen month old daughter, and still have time to do all the things I enjoy, without feeling overwhelmed. This program gave me the confidence to achieve my dreams of becoming a nurse educator. After finishing the bachelors program, I am now continuing on to achieve my Masters Degree through their online program. I loved their program so much, that I wanted to keep going, and continue on my road to success. I highly recommend this nursing program to anybody who is looking for a program that can be flexible with their needs, and for anybody who is doubting whether or not there is a program out there for you to help achieve your goals. Western Governors changed my life, and my future.
When reading the reviews of this school, the astute observer will note that students either love or hate their experience there. There is a minimal amount of ambivalence expressed and that is because for the pragmatist or the driven, the school is a Mecca. There is about as much opportunity for intellectual inquiry at WGU as can be found in your local Walmart. If you are willing to completely enmesh yourself in concrete, simplistic busy work and have a modicum amount of discipline, you can work your way through this morass in record time. Indeed, on a productive day even I was able to complete 8 credits worth of courses in an afternoon. Therein lies the conundrum. Do you want to learn or do you want to sport an additional few letters at the end of your name? If what you aspire to is simply an accredited degree, WGU may be just your type of place. Jump through a bunch of hoops, avoid any intellectual or meaningful interaction and you are there! Unfortunately, in today's increasingly narcissistic society, it is the appearance of learning that is valued, more than the experience. WGU excels in this type of environment. Classes are nothing more than what appears to be random tasks, evaluated by nameless robots, with whom you are precluded from interaction. Your assigned "mentors" can only counsel you, they have no actual ability to determine curricula nor can they modify grading. This dis-connect makes for a frustrating and de-humanizing experience that I would imagine, would be of minimal concern to the individual focused on that plaque on the wall. Don't misunderstand me: the assignments are not necessary easy. Often they are written in ambiguous, pretentious language that practically requires a translator to deconstruct. This is the hallmark of superficiality: if it looks complicated it must be intelligent. There is no creativity, no push for greater understanding or challenging the status quo. The instruction offered at WGU more closely resembles training than actual education. Bottom line: if you are smart but shallow, go for it.
Overall the work wasn't bad, just time consuming. There are lapses in communication. Frequently I would start a term and download all the pertinent course outlines and rubrics and etc and then there would be changes midterm and no notification that changes were made to your current term classes. My mentor was great! Please hope that you never have to deal with records. They are incompetent!!!!!