Western Governors University Reviews - Bachelor's in Nursing

3.6 out of 5 stars
(42 Reviews)
76% of 42 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 42 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Amanda Lara - 2/22/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
2.3 out of 5 stars
none - 2/14/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
3.2 out of 5 stars
Angela Brown - 10/11/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"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!!!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
SLawrence - 9/11/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"The RN to BSN program was very structured, and the mentors were absolutely incredible. Any associate or diploma nurse wanting to obtain a BSN should dive at this opportunity. The program was tough, but sound and the tuition was very cost effective. I highly recommend it!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Patty Daniello - 8/7/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am so happy I chose WGU. An admissions counselor called me weekly to help me with transcripts and financial assistance. After starting the program, a student mentor called me weekly through the program to help guide me with my course schedule ,offer support, and answer any questions I had. In addition to the student mentor, I was assigned a separate course mentor to call or email with any questions about that particular course. In addition to online assigned textbooks and webinars, most classes had scheduled cohort sessions to sign up for. The assignments were challenging but the guidelines were well organized. In addition to all the school help, I took advantage of a Facebook page for WGU students discussing any questions or issues with assignments. Getting my BSN was more economical than I ever dreamed and I never felt unsupported since this is an online program. I recommend WGU for anyone young and old. They offer an array of Nursing Masters in Leadership, education, and administration. I'm thinking of going back to get my Masters in Integrated Health after I take a few months break."
5.0 out of 5 stars
LSmith - 7/11/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I just graduated with by BSN and I am so excited. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. This BSN program was extremely challenging and to complete this program you have to be very motivated. I treated it like a second job and was very committed. I would highly recommend this school as it is up to you how quickly you graduate or not I had the most amazing student mentor that always helped me when I was discouraged or just needed some advice. I plan to pursue my MSN and start in September. If you are going to commit the time you will be successful, the courses are hard, if you are not going to commit you will not succeed. I highly recommend this school if you are a motivated learner."
5.0 out of 5 stars
S.H. - 6/16/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Love Western Governors University! I wish all online programs could be as good as this one in terms of a quality education, cost-effectiveness, and self-pacing. Don't let the tuition fool you. You have to work hard for this degree! But being able to learn at your own pace and take tests and submit assignments at any time really helped me accelerate through this program. This is not for anyone who is not self-disciplined or needs a lot of spoon feeding. No disrespect meant, but you do need to be organized, focused, and self-disciplined. The student and course mentors respond very quickly and really want you to succeed. I can't say enough good things about this school. I only wish they had a nurse practitioner's program so I could continue with them."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Paulette S - 6/14/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"You have to be independent to do this program. No one is going to hold your hand or look over your shoulder. That was just the way that I wanted it. The cost was the most affordable that I found. The mentor program was perfect for me. The course mentors are there to clarify any questions that you may have (I seldom did) and the student mentor had great tips to help me over the few humps that I had. There were several classes that I never even spoke with a mentor; didn't need to! I love that you could test with very little study on subjects that you knew. That kept me from wasting my time in some classes. I work nights and, as a travel nurse, I change location every 3 months or so. This made a brick and mortar school impossible for me to attend. I did the bulk of my work during the night on my nights off. The courses are laid out with suggested schedules but you are free to work ahead. I went weeks at a time not doing any schoolwork when I was changing locations and then would triple up and do a month's worth in less than a week. If you need flexibility and affordability and can self-motivate, this is the school for you!"
1.2 out of 5 stars
Unsatisfied Student - 4/1/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Cash grab - that's all they are about. They all say that they are there to help you, but whenever you need help, they say there is nothing they can do. They charge you money every semester to take money to pay for tuition. In the nursing program, there is only 1 mentor for 99 students. She is useless and you have to talk with her weekly and get threatening emails from her if you don't. They do not unlock your classes on the first day of each semester, so you start off behind schedule, but they take your money on the first day. Highly unsatisfied!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
jschieffer - 1/11/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I love WGU! I enjoyed that I was able to pass some courses very quickly because I had experience in that area. This allowed me to focus more on the courses I wasn't as familiar with. When I met challenges in courses, I was able to easily find the answers I needed, usually within course chatter. My student mentor was extremely responsive. I have loved talking to her frequently and am going to miss our chats. She kept me on track, as it was sometimes easy to procrastinate. You really need to be very self-motivated to be successful, as your only deadline to complete everything is the last day of the term. I liked that I could do things as my scheduled allowed, and not when it is convenient for the instructors. I could do everything overnight. The learning materials were easy to use. Simple to turn in assignments. Never had a problem with taking tests. I recommend WGU to all of my nursing friends looking to further their education. Haven't had a single problem in a year and a half."