Western Governors University Reviews - Master's in NursingSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
I had to write a review for WGU. I attended WGU from 2017 through 2019, and I just achieved my MSN degree in Leadership and Management two weeks ago. I am so grateful that obtaining an advanced degree is possible through an online track. I earned my initial Associates Degree in 1999 at a brick and mortar program in Texas, and also attended the University of Texas at Austin for the majority of my Bachelor's of Science Nursing. Due to a cross country move, my degree pursuit at UT was cut short by two classes. Ten years later, I decided to finish. I attended CTU to finish my BSN and WGU to finish my MSN. I was very happy with WGU's program. Their program was relevant to my career, and fully supportive of students. Each student is assigned a program mentor who follows the student through the entire program. I can not say enough for this added student support. My PM was more than helpful when it came to keeping on track. WGU also has a very helpful group of writing professionals that will help you with APA and articulation. The Library search engine gives options for narrowing down searches to your specific criteria and exporting citations to multiple different citation managers. The final selling point was the tuition! Tuition is charged per six month semester, and you can take as many classes as you can fit into your schedule without extra charges. Truly, I would be surprised if there was a more flexible and worthwhile program out there. If you know you can not self motivate to save your life, generally avoid all online programs. But, if you are motivated enough to withstand the rigor of an online program; I definitely recommend this University.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
I have been in the MSNed program for 7 months and so far I have been very pleased with the quality of the coursework and the resources provided. If you are new to online classes, you may consider taking an online class through your community college first to see if they are right for you. Keep in mind that WGU is competency based learning so even in comparison to other online course work, this is much more independent. You dont do a lot of discussion groups or assignments through out each class. You are basically reading the course material and then doing a paper, project, or sometimes a test. It is self paced so you have to be motivated and get things done. It is also great for people who have jobs and families and need to be able to work on school work around life. I always see nurses complaining that they dont learn anything when going back for a BSN or MSN. If you arent learning, it is your fault! You will get out of these assignments what you put into them. If you seek out new information you will learn!
I would not recommend WGU. This school sounds great at first based on price and time. That's what I thought at first however, no one told me how unorganized and how inappropriate the amount of work there is. First they begin you with a leadership communication class that everyone is mandated to take, it is a live cohort class that meets every week, twice a week for two hours and the only available times are based off the instructors schedule. This means it can vary from each week. It is not geared towards full time employees, they don't take in consideration of the time zone changes. this is just the very first class, might I add how they also claim to be designed for full working/ family men and women. This is untrue they are very strict and not flexible with hours. Most of the "credits" or CUs do not transfer to any other school which they claim they do. Also, once you get into the real courses the instructions are very unclear and most are hidden within the course that makes you find them. They aren't teaching you be better writers, they have your numerous papers sent to a third party to "unbiased" grade it. They literally have a rubric in front of them and they are skimming your paper to look for keywords. If those keywords are clearly stated (which they aren't in the task instructions) they will reject your paper. It's frustrating because you're not being graded on the content of your paper rather than the keywords. these aren't just 3-4 page papers either, these are 15 page research that require so much time and hard work and it doesn't matter. Plus I think the amount of these papers are disproportionate especially at the undergrad level.
I'm only a third of the way through the program and the only reason I'm struggle through trying desperately to finish is that my hospital is picking up most of my tuition. This program is only for those who need the letters after your name, nothing else. You would think this program is still in development by the inconsistencies and general vagueness that all communications from the university and course documents are written in. The first course alone had 3 different instruction sets for the final paper, which really cannot be define as a paper but rather 4 writing assignment chopped together with an introduction and a conclusion, and then it had a totally different set of parameters being used to grade it on the grading rubric. Everything within the course of studies for the classes are hard to find and unorganized, and this is somebody whose taken online classes before for higher certifications. Other colleges may require more discussion boards and time consuming busy work, which WGU does not, but I would still say explore those other options.
I cannot award enough praise to WGU and the online program offered. It is defin the best bang for your buck and in addition you can go as slow or as fast of a pace as you wish/have time for! The Program Mentors can be described best as your coach or cheerleader throughout the program. You will get the sense that you are the most important student to them. The Class Instructor Mentors were wonderful, approachable, knowledgeable and very helpful in any situation. They offer Webinars that feel like you are in class when you actually are sitting home all cozy in your jammies! Oh yes, and the Webinars are optional. You can choose to watch recordings of them anytime at your leisure. I gave them 5 stars because they offered great payment plans. Again, financial department excellant, library excellant.....you get the idea. :-)