Western Governors University Reviews - Master's in Nursing

3.63 out of 5 stars
(79 Reviews)
75% of 79 students said this degree improved their career prospects
68% of 79 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Carla - 5/3/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"I really enjoyed the BSN to MSN Nursing Leadership and Management program. There were alot of papers with weekly calls from my mentor. The fact that you can work at your own pace is a PLUS! Under 10,000 for my degree and possibly could have completed in one semester. The semesters are 6 months long. This program teaches you to not procrastinate. The heavy research of the papers prepared me alot! If I had to do it all over again WGU is at the top of the list! Cons competency based. So there is no letter grades. Pros there are alot of colleges that accepts WGU classes. I had no problem with my classes transferring. No regrets! Future AGPCNP"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jessica - 2/28/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"WGU is a great school. The classes are online and organized well. The classes are rigorous and require a lot of work. The program is self-paced, so you are able to graduate sooner if you can finish the classes faster. The standard MSN program takes two years."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Disappointed in Idaho - 11/15/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"My daughter used WGU for a masters in business. She completed the course in six months and loved it. She persuaded me to finish my masters in nursing education. I have only a couple of classes left to complete and wonder what I am doing. None of the classes have provided me with the information on how to teach nursing students. I am given theory but no examples of practical application. I have written papers and more papers that have taken a great deal of time and effort. I have read every word of every chapter or article that has been assigned. I was committed to learning and this education. Now so close to the end I am considering dropping out. How can I teach when I have not been given the tools to do so. I feel like I have been given a huge heavy tool box but when I open it there is nothing inside. It is not because I have not chosen to learn. I spend around 35-40 hours a week studying, reading and writing. Still I don't feel I could teach nursing students. I don't mind the assessment process other than it is much too long. Three days for a working nurse is just too long. My mentor was great at the beginning but I have not talked to her but once in the last 8 weeks. When I would email a question I would get the standard response of I am out of the office your questions are important to me. I will get back with you. Then nothing or you get the standard call student services or the writing desk. No effort was taken to find out what the problem really was. To say the least I am disappointed and would not recommend this program."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lora - 7/7/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have mixed feelings about WGU's program. I have attended other online education which require posting to boards, but this has a mentor call you and they want to contact you weekly. That has proven difficult with my current role. I am greatly disappointed with the curriculum however. This program provides education for advanced practice nursing more than leadership and management. My mentor tells me that more leadership comes in the final classes, but literally what I read, what the instructors say during cohorts is that this will help me as an advanced practice nurse. I already have worked as a nurse manager and director, so I know what education would be helpful. The APN information is not. Financial information would prove far more beneficial for me personally. Based on curriculum for people who want to be nurse leaders, I would not recommend this university."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Nurse Mngt - 4/16/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"I have attended traditional brick and mortar universities as well as taken online classes. I would never recommend anyone to WGU. The MSN program is based on mostly writing papers. The rubrics and evaluations are solely based on answering very specific questions. I have altered my writing style to make sure I answer only what is being asked so that the evaluators give credit for very section. Any creative processes you might have should be thrown out of the window. The coursework is repetative and they may require a paper and a video assessment discussing the paper's content. I can accept feedback so the task evaluations don't bother me but having to rephrase the same sentences to receive credit does. I never, not once, read any of their material or assignments. The program allows you to open a course and write the paper to receive credit. The Mentors are basically cheerleaders and if you require someone to motivate you and have scheduled phone meetings for a degree at this stage in your career that's sad. Talking to your Mentor is required and I spent 5 minutes biweekly saying "everything is good and no help is needed", seemed like a waste of resources and time. WGU is preferred if you just want the MSN after your name. Dont expect to learn any6and definately be prepped for frustration over coursework and redundancy. There is a Health Assessment course that refers to you as the APN for a patient. Not sure why I had to pretend to be an APN and do a head to toe. A pharmacology course that asks during a test questions specific to being an APN and writing orders. It felt like they pieced classes together to make up a MSN program."
5.0 out of 5 stars
LOVE it! - 3/19/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"I absolutely love WGU! It's competency-based model is perfect for students who already have a foundation in the area of study. It cuts out all the unnecessary time spent studying something you're already competent in, plus it's super affordable! I completed my BSN in 2 terms (12 months) and then completed my MSN in 1 term (6 months)."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nurse - 1/13/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"I enrolled in the Master of Nursing Education based on the affordability and a few verbal recommendations from coworkers. I found the program to be very unorganized and did not find any of the promises of having so many resources available to me true at all. The grading of the papers was a complete joke. They must be written to answer the questions from the rubric in chronological order. There is no flow whatsoever. I found this style of writing extremely odd and unconventional. I withdrew from the program and did a lot more research finding another program which I currently am enrolled in and find much more organized. I found WGU to be very frustrating. My mentor did not know how to answer many of the questions I had and she had been mentoring for several years. If you want the degree without learning ways to become a great instructor, then this program is for you."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jason Holland - 12/20/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"Outstanding program overall. There are issues with graders, who don't work for WGU, contradicting each other within the same paper and triggering a revision on APA rules that don't exist. But overall the content is well thought out and focused well for an MSN in Leadership and Management. I have a significant background in this area and felt the coursework tied in well to what I was doing at work at the time. The grading process can be frustrating which I think causes a lot of the negative reviews on this website. There is some redundancy within assignments which could be improved on. The web interface works well, as do the online books and their library. For the money, WGU can't be beat. I got far more out of it than what I paid."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Psych Nurse - 12/1/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"I am not new to online learning. I received my BSN online from a very reputable state medical college which prepared us to go into their MSN program. WGU has been a major headache from the very beginning. I am self pay so I was not held up starting due to financial aid. I was held up in the beginning due to incompetence of the enrollment counselor or having to do more than one person should be doing. The MSN program has been a joke. An instructor does not grade your work. An evaluator grades your work. If you do not say exactly what is on their sheet of paper to grade by, your paper will be returned for revision. Any papers you write would not be accepted anywhere else. If you do a PowerPoint, you still have to write an essay in the speaker notes. Speaker notes are for the speaker and is not supposed to be an essay. The redundancy in the projects is ridiculous. A paper will never flow correctly. Being required to turn in crappy work has been one of my biggest pet peeves. I learned WGU evaluators do not consider a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to be human. I still have not figured that one out. One evaluator does not comprehend that mental illness is an illness and the lack of available beds is a community problem. When you get to the end of the program, there are no words for the frustration and stupid I have run into. Would I recommend WGU? NO I will be happy to be finished very soon. I will then be able to go back to writing correctly, doing a presentation correctly, and preparing business reports and proposals correctly. If my grammar is poor or there is redundancy please forgive me. I have written too many papers for WGU courses lately."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kayla - 11/20/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"I did the Master's degree in Nursing Informatics in 6 months, spent about 6 hours a day doing it and 8 hours on the weekends. For me it worked well and I enjoyed the content. I felt it was very organized and I always had prompt reply with any issues or questions. I would recommend this school to everyone. With this degree I am now excepted into a DNP program. Thanks WGU!"
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