Western Governors University Reviews - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kelli Locke - 9/27/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Western Governors University is an university that is invested in the success of their students. I did not think that I would do well with taking online classes because I was so used to sitting in class and taking notes. It has been over 10 years since I have been in a classroom. I was afraid that I would just be a faceless number and get lost in the shuffle if I did not understand any of the material in class. I took an online class in the past and my experience was not positive. The class was streaming live but you could not ask any questions during the class. All questions were answered during the instructor's office hours. This system was difficult for me because once I had a question I could not follow the rest of the lecture. Then the office hours for the instructor did not occur on the same day, so that when I had the opportunity to ask my question I could not understand the notations that I wrote to ask a question. This made me despise online learning. I thought that online learning was only for the younger generation and not for me. I have been proven wrong! The university's instructors are so helpful and setting up one on one office time with your class instructor is a breeze. It takes just 2 minutes to get online and go to your course's page to sign up for predetermined times that fit your schedule. I also like the fact that as a new student I was assigned a mentor to help me navigate signing up for classes and figuring out how to plan my courses to successfully complete my degree. Now that I have experienced online classes with WGU, I have to confidence to pursue my education in a way that is convenient for my busy life!"
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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Rouse - 3/27/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I gained significant knowledge of the nursing profession through the BSN program at Western Governors University. Despite having been a nurse for nearly a decade, it was easy to return to school. The program allows for a good school/work/life balance. However, you must be self motivated. It is easy to fall behind if you cannot hold yourself accountable for the work that needs to be completed."
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."
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