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When I decided to attend WGU to complete my Bachelor's I pretty jumped in both feet first on an whim. I applied, sent everything in, had funding set up and was ready to start courses in less than a month. I already had an associate's so I had nearly half my classes finished. At first, I hated meeting with my mentor every week (first term), but... I soon found I only hated it because she kept me accountable. She was kind and always listened, but I didn't find our calls very helpful. The month after, I found out that I was pregnant with our second child. Quite a surprise and not ideal timing. I didn't begin to find out calls as helpful until my second term. The newness wore off, I was working full time, taking care of my family and was entering my last trimester in my already complicated pregnancy. I quickly found I needed my mentor. She became a source of encouragement when I thought I couldn't continue. She was not pushy, but was so motivational and just there for me. Being an adult, working full + time, raising a family with home chores and more is exhausting. Add going to school full time (and then some) and it can become quickly overwhelming. There were about three classes throughout all of mine that I felt were too much information for an introductory course. WGU already reviewed and changed one of them. They do listen. If you are motivated and really want the degree, this works.
WGU is an exemplary University. I have achieved so far 3 degrees (one bachelors and 2 masters) from this university. They are technologically very savvy, when it comes to online education. They are truly a best fit for all the full time employees, who wishes to pursue their degree online. On that same note, they are definitely for students who are self motivated and with good study ethics.They are extremely reasonable on their fee structure and you have the ability to advance at your earliest pace. I was able to finish my masters in nursing within less than 6 months, and my MBA less than 1 year. I am just disappointed that they don't have any doctorate program in nursing. Their education is superior, just because the student can advance faster, does not mean the education is any easier. Because of WGU, I am able to excel in my career. The mentors, whether it be student mentors or course mentors, they are extremely helpful and understanding. They are never condescending or short with the student. I recommend this University for everyone that are dedicated, self motivated, and has good study ethics. Thank You WGU, Please consider Doctorate programs.
Transferring to WGU after ITT shut down was one of the biggest blunders of my academic career. I was intrigued by the competency model and distance learning. Unfortunately, I did not realize the impact that it would have in the staff. I spent a year and a half at this school trying to make it work. There were no readily available teacher to assist me in any of my classes. If I was finally graced with an answer from a teacher it was 2-3 weeks later. I was forced to withdraw from many classes due to this. I have reported WGU to the Department of Education for taking financial aid money and not providing an adequate education. I do not recommend this school to anyone!
After I finished my Bachelors I went straight into my Masters with WGU. Throughout the program I had the suppord of my mentor who I spoke to weekly as well as the course Mentors. You can think of your mentor as your "Human Deadline". Their job is to help when you need it, but more importantly to keep you moving forward. The importance of having someone you are accountable to when your not going to a physical campus cannot be understated. If you need help on a course you speak to a course Mentor. I underutilized this function and suggest to anyone who attends WGU to use it liberally. Every time I spoke with a course mentor I got the help I needed quickly, and I never felt talked down to. Every course mentor showed great respect to me as they were helping. I only had to ask IT for help one time, but the one time I did they walked me through what I needed to do in less than 5 minutes. Overall I cannot suggest WGU anymore highly.
This might not be the best choice for younger students. You have to have self-discipline, drive, and dedication. I personally LOVE IT! I can work, take care of my family, volunteer for Special Olympics, and be proud of my accomplishments. Taking a final at 4:00 am is not unusual. Go Owls!
The amount of misinformation in this thread is ridiculous. Someone said that the university is not accredited. All you have to do is look on their webpage to see that the university itself is regionally accredited (which is the kind of accreditation that is valid...it's what state schools have). In addition to regional accreditation, the programs/colleges within the university are accredited by the respective accreditation organizations for their field. Also, it has been mentioned that the teachers college programs don't lead to certification in certain states. Also not true. If a student is unable to get licensed, it's likely because they did something wrong in the licensing process. I know several people in different states who now have their teaching licenses. Many are recommending that you do your research. I would agree. Don't take anyone else's word for it. Look into the school...any school...that you are thinking of attending closely, but don't rely SOLELY on what is essentially social media posts like these to determine what to do. Check into these claims and you will find that many of them are just plain incorrect.
I left this school to go back to my alma mater. I liked how cheap it was but the low cost is very understandable. There are no professors. This is a correspondence school. The people that you talk to don't grade work or even know what exactly is expected. This place was very creepy. There were no actual textbooks. They have poorly made photo copies of parts of books that they want you to read. This isn't a normal school in any way. I would recommend to someone that hates weekly work and doesn't like having an actual professor. Most people would not like this setup.
Great program if you are self-motivated and can teach yourself! The observation and student teaching experiences were easily the best part of the program. Student mentor was very supportive, and the course mentors were also very helpful. The program was challenging, but great. I was well-prepared for the state certification exam (Texas), and got my certification right on schedule. Best part? Got my first teaching job the next fall!!! Thank you WGU!!!!
I earned my BSN and my MSN at WGU. I have also attended South University Online for 1 year for FNP. Comparing the two schools--WGU is awesome. It is a teach yourself school but there is lots of support to help you cross the finish line. All of my course mentors and student mentors were knowledgeable about their fields. Comparing the WGU experience to SU, at SU I had to post responses every 1-2 days to a discussion board. Much of the work was "busy work" at SU which I detest. However, my time at SU taught me how to set short term goals and deadlines for myself with helped me to gain the impetus to finish my courses through WGU faster. I never felt unsupported at WGU. I wish WGU offered and FNP program, a post-masters NP program and a Doctoral program. I would sign up immediately!!!
Update. I passed the NCLEX. My test stopped at 85. The Nclex has a minimum of 75 and a maximum of 265 questions. You have to answer 60% of your questions correctly to pass. If the test stops early, then either you did really good or you did really bad. I have only participated in WGU online nursing school. So I can't compare it to other Nursing programs. The other college experience that I had was at a traditional university, I did graduate from both. WGU is a TEACH YOUR SELF program. WGU gives you a list of courses and objectives that you have to test competent" in order to pass to the next level. "WGU gives you assess to online books to aid you in your studies. They are basically the same across all colleges. WGU uses an online course called ATI to provide skills modules, study material, and quizzes. I feel as if WGU did not buy the ATI program. I say this because I, alot of the times I used google to better understand a subject only to find a link to ATI that WGU did not give me assess to. There is a lot of reading. I would not suggest reading word for word and to also look at the charts and diagrams for understanding. All students are assigned a course mentor (Teacher) and a like a program mentor (guidance counselor). The course mentors are not very helpful for the most part. They do not do the grading if it is a Taskstream assignment or ATI test, which makes up a majority of the test and assignments. If you do not understand instructions for Taskstream, my unprofessional advice is just to google it. For the most part, it seems that all nursing programs and colleges get the same assignments that just differ a little from program to program. Worst comes to worst submit the assignment and let Taskstream reject it to get clarification about how to complete the assignment. The program mentor is a little worrisome. I really did not need someone to constantly remind me to complete assignments. Other students did. But I actually likes my program mentor. The step of the program where i needed constant monitoring ad guidance was completing the Boards of nurse paperwork, and back ground check, the nursing jurisprudence, and applying for the NCLEX exam. The instructors were tedious. A lot of people missed steps or could not find links. The links did not work. Over all this really stressed me out. There was no one to answer my questions at the university. I never really new who to call for help. WGU was really UNLESS in this department. I would suggest that you buy a Nclex review book ASAP to start understanding the language of the test makers. I personally used Hurst. But buy the book so that you can take it everywhere. The online Hurst makes you submit like some type of security questionnaire every time you sign in from a different computer. A real pain. I read the book cover to cover. A felt like WGU did not teach me, "what to do if..." and Hurst did. WGU does provide the Hurst review as part of their program. The NCLEX exam ask questions like "what to do if...".For example, I thoroughly understand ABG's. But I did not learn what to do if a patient is in Resp Acidosis. I had learn how to correct the problem on my own for NCLEX. WGU is inexpensive in comparison to other programs. This is great. WGU taught me a lot about patience and respecting the client. I feel like the culture sensitivity topics in the books need some updating. But just learn it for the quiz. I learned skills during clinicals which WGU does provide for you. This is great. Not every school provides you with a place for your clinical rotations. Some on the clinical rotations are rude (not to me personally) and as a WGU student you get the leftovers. Even some of my preceptors noted the same behavior. Its because WGU is a newcomer to the field. Remember this is a competency program not a GPA program. Your competency level is calculated to a 3.0 GPA. This has not really been a problem for me when it has come to getting a job and moving on to Nurse Practitioner college. I would remove any pictures that you have of yourself attached to your google account. I had problems with 2 instructors. One I went as far as to report her. I have never had a problem with instructors or anyone with authority in the pass. They monitor your student email account for cheating. A lot of the financial aid offers are spam. do not give them for information.