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
Pauline K - 10/30/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I wanted to try other areas in nursing but a BSN was required . I am 58 years old and graduated with a diploma certificate in 1981. I am an adult critical care nurse presently in the ED for 26 years. To go back to school was a huge decision but as I started WGU and had my first course I fell in love with the program. I stayed enrolled and completed each course on time and learned so much of nursing that I actually never knew! I made this my goal to complete each task and course, and the 2 years flew by. Graduation was my goal and it was fabulous in Salt Lake City. Now I am starting my new job as case manager in the ED! WGU makes it possible for adult learners to succeed! Try this school , you will love it!"
3.6 out of 5 stars
MJTerry, BSN, RN - 10/21/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"Mentor was great she called me every week for almost 2 years. I had some health issues and worked part time. If I was not sick I could have finished earlier. One word I would use to describe the person that does WGU is DISCIPLINED. Like I already saw from one reviewer, no one is holding your hand , but always help when needed. It is affordable, accredited and accelerated if you do it. I am very PLEASED with my RN to BSN education at WGU."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Marc - 8/22/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"Completed my BSN early 2016. I have nothing but positive things to say about WGU. The mentors were very responsive and helpful. Great program for working professionals who want to advance their career. Very affordable compared to other online programs. Looking to start my MBA program with WGU in the fall. Highly recommend this WGU! :)"
2.8 out of 5 stars
Susan - 8/2/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I choose WGU Nursing program because of few of my coworkers studied there. The main attraction was the affordability. You could go through classes as fast as you can, paying the same fixed amount for the semester. My friends completed the BS in Nursing ( on top of associate) in 12-18 months. So, if you are able to handle non-stop extensive paper writing, supplied by the very minimum of confusing directions, and inability to get straight responses from mentors, this program is for you. Weekly phone calls with your counselor will make your feel imprisoned and schooled, but that's how they keep you hooked. Some of the student counselors don't even care what are you talking about, they just need to indicate the fact of the conversation. Study materials is not easy to follow! For me, the most useful info was obtained from course chartrooms. Where other poor souls like you exchange their pains and aches. Taskstreem that WGU chose for submitting and grading student papers is a separate story. You will get how it works, eventually...... sometime by the end of your program. The most "amazing" thing on Taskstream is originality report section. All of your previously submitted papers would appear as plagiarism, if you attempt to re-submit it. WGu could invest some pennies into purchasing more student friendly program. Their evaluators work like slaves, grading hundreds student papers a month. No wonder they get emotional in writing reviews. There is no human interaction with evaluators, so they take a full advantage of hiding behind the screen anonymously. If you want to be belittled and scolded on your school papers, this program is for you. I would not recommend WGU BS Nursing program to my friends. There are other better places, like Grand Canyon, for example."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Charlie - 6/26/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I absolutely loved my time at WGU. The mentors were helpful, easy to get in contact with and support was there time and time again. I did the degree for my employer requiring it for Magnet status. I have since been able to move to a management role. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to complete there BSN. I cannot speak in regards to the other programs."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Ty - 6/22/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"This school has very little to no guidance. They pretty much say here is the outline of the course read the book. They have contradicting information with the books they provide. I have taken many online courses and this is probably the worst. There is very few things to help and guide your studies. No videos, No study guides, pretty much no help. You are on your own with hundreds of pages to read and absolutely no guide with what to hold onto for testing. The only thing I liked about this school was there labs they had great instructors."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ronna - 5/15/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am one year of two years into my BSN degree through WGU. While I agree there are courses they could have accepted (i.e.: Nutrition) from my Diploma Nursing program, I was pretty happy to receive the credit I did, especially since I haven't been to school since 1984! I have a nurse co-worker who finished the two year program in 5 months! She works and has two small children. All the comments about WGU holding up the progress of the student can be challenged by the example of my friend. I appreciate the relationship I have established with my mentor. I do not mind the weekly calls. She is supportive and encouraging. I just finished my second semester 2.5 months early and am going to enjoy the summer with my family, especially my 18 year old daughter before she heads off to college. I love pacing myself to give me this opportunity! And there is nothing to complain about, in regard to costs. Yes, it is a very self-motivated program. I spend a ton of hours studying each week! Some of the activities are a lot of busy work, I will agree. The course mentors have been less beneficial for me, but I don't contact them unless I need them. I would encourage WGU to require the entire course site to be up-to-date for each student. I have found opportunities for WGU course mentors to eliminate old information which is no longer applicable. Proctor U does need to offer to "turn on" the items they "shut off" on my computer before disconnecting. But I have not had any issues with my computer after an assessment. I just have to remind them, each time. There are glitches...but in talking with my mentor, I am able to resolve issues. My experience with the IT employees has been very helpful. I have not had but a couple of issues with getting on the site...but what computer system doesn't have that issue at times? I have never had any of my tasks or papers sent back to me to improve or correct. And when I pass my assessments, my family and mentor are there to say, "hurray!""
4.1 out of 5 stars
BSN Student - 5/12/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I received all the support I needed from my mentors to help me succeed in this program. Parts of it were really challenging, but I learned a lot of hands-on community health, leadership and communication skills. I feel more prepared as a professional nurse after completing this program, it was a very valuable experience. I think you must have an internal drive, a lot of self-motivation to complete this program. There are resources to contact course mentors and other students, but the responsibility lies with you to work hard and stay motivated to complete this program. There is a lot of reading and papers, but also real world projects that give you hands on experience."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Great BSN Program - 3/23/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I was able to cut off 9 months because my experience helped me to get through classes I already understood faster. The projects they make you do really prepare you to be a leader and advocate, I have gained so much experience and confidence in the research, project and community health role. One of my projects was used by my work to update a patient care policy. I have learned and gained so much from this program. The concepts align with the standards of magnate status hospitals. At home proctored testing, the online format, and support from course mentors made this program convenient for my lifestyle. Although, you must be extremely self motivated to study and stay on track."
4.9 out of 5 stars
MSN Student - 2/11/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"WGU is an amazing school. Students do need to be self motivated in order to accelerate through the program. Love the support that I received from WGU. I am almost finished with my MSN, but gradated with my BSN last year. This school is affordable as well making it possible to obtain both my BSN and MSN without the use of student loans. The only con was getting my transcripts approved. This was a long process, but once I was in, I have had no problems at all."