Western Governors University Reviews of Master's in Nursing

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72% of 37 students said this degree improved their career prospects
62% of 37 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Master's in Nursing

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connie
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"THE WGU experience was great in proving my potentiality. A BSN and MSN in nursing was achieved. The online experience is not for everyone and the individual has to be committed to hard work, long hours, creativity, and submission to Mentors. Utilization of the Mentors, professors, IT Dudes/Dudetts, Student Services and the Library staff was the success of my completion. Everyone was always eager to help and assist in my success. The Math Team that assisted with the statistic course was the best! I look for the WGU way in everything I do. I want more and am awaiting for more creative programs to come. The professors were highly qualified and instrumental for success. Taskstream was an interesting tool and eventually mastered and appreciated. Truly loved the capstone project and the Resource Team assigned. I talk the WGU talk to every adult that wants to go back to school. Of course, it was very affordable. Success is dependent on giving 100% of one's self, seeking 100% from the resources, never give up and Always Always Listen to the Mentors. If the Mentor doesn't click, request a new one. Thank you WGU."
BS
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"WGU allowed me to obtain this degree with great flexibility regarding schedule. I could not have graduated from a program with hard deadlines due to my demanding job. I found course mentors to be variable, just like any other school. Some were terrific, others...meh. The content of courses is very similar to what my colleague got at a brick 'n mortar, high profile school here in Michigan, I am very grateful I don't have her loan! It is possible to pass without doing much reading, but I have learned this is true for non-clinical MSN's at other schools too."
Katie
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"HORRIBLE SCHOOL!!!!!! WGU is an absolute nightmare and a joke of an education. They have serious technical issues with their software that need addressed immediately. On 2 separate occasions technical difficulties interrupted my exam which caused me to lose the entire thing. I could have bursted out in tears when it happened. I spent nearly two hours working on a Statistics exam when this happened. The follow up I received was that it was a Bandwidth problem on my end. Sorry but I am not buying that crap both times it happened was when I was nearly finished with an exam. I have excellent high speed internet service through Fios and a brand new laptop it is not my issue. The course mentors must be taught to delay students to re-take an exam, I am assuming it is a financial thing since the cost of the school goes by term and not courses. My course mentor for Statistics would not let me re-take the exam for weeks until I received 100% on the "re-mediation plan". The course mentor sends you all of this material that isn't even required to complete. WGU's hours are not friendly to people who work on their course work and exams in the evening hours. Think twice before enrolling in this school, the bad reviews about this school unfortunately are correct. They claim the school is accredited but the creditors aren't even well known. Pathetic!!"
Sally MSN
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I can not possibly say enough GOOD things about my academic experience at WGU! I enrolled in 2012 into the RN to MSN Education program, and with the gentle guidance of several student mentors along the way graduated as planned. The program offered rigor, relevance and relationships to real world settings and problems of practice. I have a Masters in Education from a brick and mortar university so I am able to compare apples to apples, and WGU's nursing education tract was heads and shoulders above in innovation, student-centered focus, advancement of professional practice for both nursing and education and evidence-based practice than my MA Ed program was. WGU offered the MOST academically rigorous program I have ever earned.....fostering independent life-long learning skills and critical thinking based on relevant research based evidence. The program opened my eyes to view my professional practice not as a static, fixed skill but as a dynamic, inter and intraprofessional collaborating, developing and evolving profession which relies on research, expertise and relationships. WGU afforded me opportunities to delve deeply into subject matters and apply ivory tower theories and academic concepts to solve real individual's, family's and community problems. I am appreciative of the WGU team's skill, dedication and ability to deliver such an innovative, dynamic and individualized professional development platform at such a minimal cost. If you are thinking of advancing your nursing education, I at the tender age of 60 and 30 years after completing my AAS Nursing degree, am living proof that YOU CAN DO IT!"
mommymaryRN
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"College work online is very flexible. I am 50% of the way through, and so far so good. I am very pleased with the online experience, the cost, and education experience. At the collegiate level of nursing (BSN, MSN) no one cares where you obtained your degree, only that you received it. It does not make sense to pay thousands of extra dollars on an MSN, when an excellent program that is inexpensive is at your fingertips!"
Jd
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Attended WGU for one term for MSN (edu). This school teaches nothing and was a waste of my time and money. After that term I left and went to a real school eastern ky university for my degree. Needless to say they didn't accept any of my transfer classes. You have one assignment per class and you just keep redoing it until you pass. The learning is a page with different page numbers to read in your books. Mentors call and talk about their lives, so if you need a friend and a degree that you don't learn anything with, this is the place! Example of how this works: I turned in a paper, got returned and certain sections needed to be redone, one to be exact. I corrected and turned in again, meanwhile another teacher mistakenly graded it too, she picked completely different sections said they were wrong and the one that the original teacher said was, she said it was perfect?! Stay away!!!!"
Must be a self learner
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"I nicknamed this school Western Google University. I felt like I went through my program in some sort of vacuum. Each class assigns tasks that must be completed before you can move onto your next class. My first session I sailed through each task with a simple "Pass" Never any comments, good or bad. Towards the middle of my 2nd semester I began getting wrenches thrown in my way. I would not get a Pass on my assignments but I would also be left guessing what deficient in men assignments. No comments or brief one word comments. I was told at that time by my advisor that I was moving too fast through the program and they would be losing money on me if I finished in 1 year and that the goal is to complete the program in 2 years. At the end of my first year I was completely finished with my course work and my masters thesis (Capstone) but the process of grading ground to a halt making me have to re take my last class the next semester. At that time I was assigned a" new" grader who wanted me to take my Capstone a completely different directions. It was so frustrating. I got through that nightmare only to have the same thing happen at the end of that session. I just stopped hearing from anyone from the university when it seemed I was going to finish my capstone in three sessions. ( I was actually told that my capstone advisor had left the country and would therefor not be able to validate my Capstone and listen to my defense. ) I basically had to get very assertive and call every day to get myself a new advisor to approve my completed project, but I still was not given a day to defend my master, which is basically a powerpoint of your research. I called that morning to state I had absolutely no intention of paying for another semester and low and behold at about 4 pm I received an email stating to be ready with my Power point at 5 pm ( they game my one hour to get home form work and get organized .) Miraculously, I made it and gave my beautiful power point online to a silent, invisible committee who had absolutely nothing good or bad to say about by Capstone that I had worked so very hard on. In addition you really have to be a self learner to get through this program. Most of the source material supplied really did not help me and I found the chat rooms to have very old entries. The instructors are non - existent."
lmar
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Just putting on my resume that I am attending a MSN program in nursing. I have found the work challenging, rewarding, and completely doable. In some ways I have been learning more than I was able to attending a brick and mortar school. I was able to listen to all of the different heart murmurs online. I remember when I originally went to nursing school we had to line up at the bedside to get a few seconds of listening to one type of murmur. There is so.....much more that we are able to do via the internet. you actually get more one on one attention, and you can focus on the areas that you are having more trouble understanding. BTW their IT department is efficient and on spot helpful."
Rene Morse
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I am in my first term of the MSN-Education program ay WGU. So far, I have nothing but great things to say about the school. My student mentor is terrific and financial aid has been outstanding. The program is not easy, the courses include exams along with multiple page papers to demonstrate your knowledge of the subject area. I LOVE that the school is regionally accredited and affordable. All books and other resources needed for your courses are included in the cost of tuition making WGU a great choice for motivated students. If you are one to procrastinate - WGU is not for you. You need to be highly motivated and be willing to dedicate 15-20 hours a week toward your school work. It is not impossible, but it is challenging. Lastly - In the job interview I had for my current position, the DON immediately asked me about the MSN in progress at WGU on my resume. We discussed the program briefly and I was offered the position on the spot with no experience in this area of nursing."
Tami W.
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"WGU Indiana has thought of the whole picture for working adults. Books, links, libraries, etc are all at your finger tips. No hidden costs. Student mentor for you through the whole program. Course Mentor for each course. 24/7 Tech support and many more venues for every student. Career center and resume assistance for those near graduation. Very personable. You are definitely not a student number you are recognized as a student, by your Name! I completed 2 degrees with WGU Indiana (BSN and MSN)! I would love to work for them someday!"