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

1.0 out of 5 stars
Lies - 1/30/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"Words can not describe how dissapointed I am with this, so called college. First off, the main Web site as well as a few of the admission councilors maintain that students "Go at your own pace" is a load of BS. This institution goats on the fact that you can take as few classes or as many as you want. These terms are 6 months in duration, of which one has to carry a full load of coursework. Each class is packed with tons of content and requirements which make it difficult for an RN who already works a full time job, to complete. Don't believe what this institution stands for. It is not for anyone who works 40+ hours per week. If you don't complete all 4 to 5 classes they force on you within each 6 month term, it is an automatic FAIL!!!!! There is no such thing as "go at your own pace and take as many or few classes you want!!!! I am almost done with the RN to BSN program and have had the worst time of my life going through it. Future WGU student, BEWARE! !!!!!!"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Kieu - 12/5/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"It is true that WGU costs less than traditional school, but I went through hell with the program at WGU. Instructions for the projects are not very clear. Projects are extremely time consuming. And worst of all, grading is unfair. My portfolio course which I submitted on time but does not get graded until 3 days after my term ends. I misunderstood the instruction and attached an IHI certificate of completion for Quality and Safety module instead of certificate of completion for the entire 16 modules and received a "not pass" on my transcript. It was useless trying to explain to them because they didn't care. Making me pay for the course again when in fact I resubmitted the correct certificate and already received a "pass" that same day my work was sent back for correction. No other school will fail its students for something that minor after they already went through explaining the situation and the circumstances. I am more than heartbroken because I now have a "not pass" on my transcript which will be my permanent record. No other schools will admit me to a Master's program because "passing" at WGU is equivalent to a "B", and a "not pass" is of course an "F". Even though I completed my course of study and received a degree, it served no purpose. There is no one at the school to contact besides your student mentor, who will not be on your side because she would say something like "it is up to the student to be accountable for their actions", like I did not hold myself responsible. I understand it is my fault for submitting the wrong IHI certificate, but the instruction under Quality and Safety specifically told me to submit "A" certificate of completion. That was the only reason I'd chosen to submit a certificate that I completed for the Quality and Safety module. This is killing me. How I wished I'd never enrolled at WGU."
4.9 out of 5 stars
full time nurse/mom - 11/6/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"I love WGU. I recently completed my BSN in 18 months, but could have finished sooner if I wasn't such a procrastinator! You must be a self starter to do this program. Did I have kinks, sure! What program doesn't? Overall, this was the best choice for me in terms of flexibility, and affordability. I was able to work full time, raise two kids, and finish my degree on my terms, at my pace. If you want a brick and mortar degree, go to a brick and mortar college."
1.0 out of 5 stars
MJ JINADU - 9/28/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am transferring to another program- as this program lacks so much! They did not accept any of my sciences from my state university where I earned my AS in Nursing. Very disappointed I spent 4 months at this school! I encourage fellow nurses to investigate before committing any money to this program!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
KCR - 7/7/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"Like everyone else, I did tons of research before deciding on WGU for my BSN in Nursing. My HR department at the hospital where I work also researched it before allowing me to use their employee tuition assistance program. My mentor was wonderful and if it wasn't for her, I don't know if I would have finished, You definitely need to be self motivated to work, be a wife and mother and still stay on top of your studies. But I am happy to say that as of yesterday, I am finished! I was so happy with this school that I am considering continuing with them for my Masters. I attended community college for my Associates degree and did several classes with other well known brick and mortar schools, these classes were every bit as challenging and I loved the acceleration option. College is all about self-learning, and WGU provided an excellent experience for me."
5.0 out of 5 stars
JoAnne - 2/20/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014
"Great college for the working adult. This is my 3rd degree that I have received. My first two were in a brick and Mortar school and this one was partly online at WGU. I can tell you hands down this was the best education I have ever received. I scheduled my Nclex right after I graduated and passed it the first time. I had to take eight competency test for my current job. I passed each test the first time with an average score of 94 percent on my first attempt. I walked into a high paying job with only room to grow. During school I was assigned a RN preceptor that was trained from WGU through out all of my clinic rotations. I never had to share my preceptor with another student. That WGU moto 1 on 1 training. I loved it because I learned so much during my clinical rotation. You may find this interesting. Out of 500 schools looked at WGU for nursing ranked 19th according to NursingJournal. org. http://nursejournal.org/articles/americas-best-nursing-schools/ You can't go wrong with WGU. It's a tough program but well worth it."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jessica - 1/19/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"RN to BSN program was perfect for full tim working mom of two. It was challenging and by no means easy, but it was very flexable and go at your own pace. I finished my BSN in 13 months."
2.0 out of 5 stars
NightOwlAlum - 9/22/2014
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013
"The RN-BSN program is a cakewalk. I would give "0" stars if I could for quality of instruction if I could because WGU does not employ instructors- rather "course mentors" that did not truly help and seemed to only monitor the student message boards and post the rare Q&A to attempt to involve students. My degree helped my career and I would recommend it to others because it was so easy and cheap. It was basically a series of CLEP tests compared to a full 16-week semester at a regular university. Very few stars given overall because I honestly don't feel as if I learned any new information other than becoming the APA formatting queen. Will be going elsewhere for my Master's degree for a more challenging education"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Review WGU 17 - 6/6/2014
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"Currently I am in the BSN program and it's a total waste of time and money. The "course mentors" (teachers/instructors) are usually 20-30 something years old and have spent the majority of their short lives in degree programs with little to no work experience to have as a reference point. So far, it has been a disappointing experience dealing with a bunch of kids calling themselves "course mentors" that are masquerading as experienced RN's. I think I was expecting something much more out of this program than what was delivered. But since I'm already thousands of dollars in to this and no where else to go, I basically just need to hold my nose and finish this "program". The bigger issue is there is a real danger in the sense that most facilities are now buying in to the "requiring BSN's" nonsense. The danger is evident when these newly minted 20 something year old RN's with a "Masters" degree in nursing starts taking care of critical patients. I have witnessed more than one bad outcome from these young kids. The old proverb, knowledge does not equate to experience...........that applies here. It truly frightens me to know that this is the trend education is going. To have a bunch of kids teaching and they don't even have grey hair yet was laughable when I was in my 20's. When I was in my 20's and 30's you were selected by people who had a masters degree because they had truly mastered the field. When you received your masters degree it meant something to you because you had been recognized by other well respected people in the field as having matured and grown as an apprentice to have a skill set that was unique to a select few. With that skill set came a huge responsibility to your field and to the next generation. These young people have no idea of the impact this is having on the future of education and the next generation to come. When I see a these young people walking around hospitals with MSN on their name badge all I can do is shake my head and think of how cheap that word actually has become. With a computer, a pair of pajamas and money you to can become a "Master""
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kay - 8/17/2013
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year:
"Tell us about your college experience.I started school on June 1 and have made good progress through my courses. I am 28 years since my last college nursing course and even though I have lots of great experience, I am learning so much!! This way of finally getting my BSN is challenging mostly in part due to the technology, but I have been supported well by WGU's technical support. The course content up to this point has been stellar and the classes challenging. I was not sure I would be able to pass Statistics, but the course mentor goes above and beyond with his webinars, support and availability. Other nurses I work with have had to drop out of their online programs just because they could not pass their Statistics course. I really like the self paced part of this program and so appreciate not having a weekly deadline to submit "papers" like I know other courses make their students do. This is the perfect environment for learning.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I am a long term nurse who has avoided getting my bachelor's for far too long. This is the only course for me at this point.What advice can you offer other students?I tell young nurses all the time, get your BSN now!! There are so many options to doing this, just get it done!!"