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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'm very disappointed by the negative reviews I have read about WGU. I really am glad that I found this program. I hated the way I saw traditional nursing programs instructor belittle and intimidate the students which I knew at my age I wouldn't be able to take. I also wouldn't be able to do a traditional program with my financial and family obligations. I initially had trouble but soon learn to navigate the program and rules. I found that, if I wanted to succeed then I must take control of my destiny. WGU is not a program for the weak or those who need constant hand holding. You must be a self starter and go getter! I have recommended the school to several people. It isn't easy but it can be done. I really enjoyed having a student mentor to talk with when it was needed.
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!
This school is nothing more than a degree mill acting as a non profit. Anyone who cannot notice how the main objective is money money money! I had the one terrible terrible enrollment counselor who lied about financial aid as they all seem to do. The scholarship are nothing more than bait on a hook to try to reel you in.
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!
Read the reviews, and you will quickly find one thing to be true, either this educational setting and structure work for you, or it does not. For me, it works, and it works amazingly. I have completed 45 credits in term 1 and plan on finishing my bachelor's degree this upcoming summer or possibly earlier. I was lucky enough to come across WGU while researching schools to use my Trade Act benefits that resulted from a layoff. Traditional brick and mortar colleges and universities would only allow me to get associates or trade certification with the time that Trade act allots to finish a program. After I found out that depending on how many credits can transfer in that TAA will allow you to sign up for WGU on an accelerated plan that I created myself and had to prove multiple times that I could complete even being an accelerated degree plan that WGU cannot guarantee. It worked, and I got in, and I love it. The classes have a wealth of information if you are willing to look. There is a whole virtual library that you can research from and pull data from beyond the class themselves just like any other university. The Course Mentors and my Student Mentor have always been a pleasure to work with and I even had a CM basically walk me through college algebra providing me support and weekly calls to make sure I was on task. I had requested these calls because of my ADHD and my struggle with sticking with math and then forgetting concepts. I know that I am getting long winded but what I am trying to get across is that WGU is a college that like many others, you will get out what you put in. There are numerous resources including a dedicated math and writing center as well as tutoring services that you do not have to pay for through Wyzant if you are struggling. I consider myself lucky and have never had to retake a test and have only had to do one revision for a paper because I had accidentally deleted a little section of my writing and missed it on editing. If you are a self-motivated person who is willing to take the initiative and drive to get what you want while using all available resources, then I strongly recommend you give WGU a call.
I have worked in IT for many years, now in management I went from an associates to B.S. and I can say after going through WGU I would never want to hire any person with this on their resume and advise anyone going there to transfer somewhere better. I would advise any manager in any position to question these degrees heavily. If you have a lot of knowledge in the field already, WGU will let you speed through courses to get a degree you already have the knowledge for but are lacking the paper. If the person does not have the work experience already, and only has a degree at WGU I will not hire them because I know the education they received has no real value and they are not ready to work in the field in anything above entry level that a few CompTIA certs would have worked just as well. There are several WGU alumni working here and every single one of them agrees that WGU lets you show what you already know, but their classes do not teach you anything useful in areas you do not know. TL;DR If you have knowledge in field and just need a degree on your resume but already can do the job, WGU is fine. If this exact scenario isn't you, then do not waste your time/money on WGU because you will learn nothing.
This school is more focused on students writing papers than them actually learning the material. You spend more time trying to write papers and making sure that you actually pass the grade without understanding anything. I absolutely hated my experience.
I had a great experience with this program. It was affordable at approx $3,700 a term. They break your terms up with 12 credits per term but you can easily pull up classes to your current term as you complete them. I did 46 credits in 1.5 terms, 9 months. Many do it in 6 months. Student mentor support is great. Course mentor support is average. Tutors/help are easily available and really helpful. You need to be very organized and self disciplined to accelerate through it at your own pace. The classes are well formatted. Student support is great. Peer support was wonderful on social media. I'm 58 years old and a nurse for 25 years. I work full time and have a life and managed this program easily. I loved doing this program sitting on my couch on the computer
I just graduated in May 2018 from the ADN to BSN program and these are my thoughts. There is a very steep learning curve and a lot of it is self study. The courses are pretty straight forward, but it's very paper intensive. My first semester was the hardest because it's different than my ADN program in terms of studying. You need to be very disciplined. Thankfully, my student mentor was VERY helpful with supporting me. That was the key to my success. There is a misconception that the online program would be easier but remember the Board of Nursing in CA sets the criteria for all the nursing programs. There was extra coursework for the CA BSN program.