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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!
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.
WGU is a fantastic institution for the motivated college student. When I first heard about this school, I was honestly surprised by the low tuition and flexibility. Competency based learning makes sense. One of the nice features about this school is that every course works differently, and it's up to you how you want to use the learning resources. Some courses I was able to finish in a few days by completing the projects (i.e., Spreadsheets, Communication), and others I had to invest a lot more time (especially my certification exams). You have to be accountable for your own and put the time in. One thing I cannot stress enough is if you are struggling, then ASK FOR HELP. The school has over 100,000 students, so you need to vocalize when you need help. There are tons of resources that are available for WGU students, which I think are underutilized (i.e., student communities, course instructors, and other optional resources). It's also up to you as to whether you would like to participate in discussions/cohorts. The instructors were really helpful here for some of the more difficult courses. WGU has tons of large groups/communities where you can ask for help with needed. My Program Mentor was also a big help. Every student is paired with an Mentor (who is usually is a past professor, or specialist in their field of study), and mine was great. We checked in every 1-2 weeks. Some days, I didn't need much support but it was nice knowing he's there when I needed. Long story short, I transferred in 32 CUs and graduated in 4 terms. My first two terms I completed close to half of my degree, but towards the end, I slowed down a bit because well, life happens. Now that I'm finished, I have my BS degree as well as six IT certifications. I was working as help desk technician for a credit union in my area, but I've recently moved onto an analyst position with a marketing company. This school really helped open some doors. Some classes challenged me more than others, but overall, I think it's been a great experience. As a FT worker with a busy life outside of my job, WGU really helped provide the flexibility and features I was looking for. I'm considering going back for my Masters early next year in Data Analytics, or I'm considering an MBA. The only drawbacks I experienced was sometimes it would take some time for projects to be graded because of the high amount of projects to be graded (WGU uses a service called TaskStream to submit papers). The Career Services department was also helpful for looking at my resume,, but they can't help much with internships. (Apparently they are working on this, but it will take some time due to having students from all over the country). I was able to network with WGU alumni/current students and get ideas for other companies to apply for (which ended up working out favorably). Do your research. Give WGU a chance if you are motivated, and you'll be pleasantly surprised with how fast you can earn your degree. Just recognize that this school probably isn't for everyone (younger students, part=time students, or students who don't have much time to commit. Also, make sure that you communicate with others as much as possible. It may be an online school, but they don't want students to full disconnected.
WGU gets it! It was designed for working adults who are serious about obtaining a college degree. The program is set up so that you can focus on learning and advancing through the courses. Everyone is assigned a mentor to assist throughout your program. The ease of having one person who can answer questions and help you through any problems saves a lot of frustration. The courses are well structured and you have numerous tools available to best suit your learning needs. They have text books, labs, practice tests, videos, course mentors and a variety of resources to assist you in learning the material. Courses last as long as it takes you to learn the material. Some, I had sufficient knowledge and experience that I was able to review and pass the class in a day. Some took several weeks, but was mostly dependent on my efforts. WGU is focused on knowing the course material, not on how long you sit in a classroom. It is a school that has embraced the 21st century and is not stuck in how things have been done in the past. They understand that not everyone wanting a degree is 18 years old, with no experience or other responsibilities. The flexibility and the student support makes it a great school for working adults. I would recommend for anyone who is serious about obtaining a degree and willing to work for it.
After reading some of these reviews its clear people need a lot of hand holding. Let me clear some stuff up for future students or current students 1) This institution is competency based- that means you dont get credits that transfer. Once youre in the program, thats it. Does that suck sure it does, but it shouldnt be an issue If you finish. 2) As an online school they have to verify your attendance so you talk to a mentor every week. They help steer you through classes and set goals. Goal setting is paramount is success. If you cant handle goal setting, maybe school isnt for you. 3) Its a bargain. 3.7K for a semester is ridiculously cheap for a master program. And now other things to keep in mind 1) Ive been to multiple online universities this one by far is more invested and caring than Ive been to. Its why I switched. You can literally set up a time to speak with your instructor any time you want. 2) It has truly self-paced learning for your lifestyle (see personal goals setting). 3) You will learn what you need to. I recommend this place to all of my working friends. I
I LOVE WGU! It's not easy and takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline. I appreciate my mentor tons. She and I talked once a week at up to now, where I'm nearing the end and don't need as much support. She was pragmatic, clear, motivating, and supportive. But all the work comes from the student. This requires a lot of stick with it ness and hard work. But you can get a degree with less financial hardship! That's great! I would suggest a "team" of people who you know are also doing the program. It helps motivate when a friend just turned in a paper or when they feel bad with you when you are slogging through a tough assignment. It's definitely isolating if you don't proactively find ways to connect with other Owls. Or, you may like the isolated approach. I am REALLY looking forward to completing the program in December. I will finish in a year. It's been tough with full time work as a teacher and being a mom, but I'm so glad I did it! Thank you, WGU, for being awesome!
I think it's funny reading some of these reviews from students who came from ITT Technical University. When I enrolled it was right around the time ITT go shut down and I remember my advisor telling me all about some of these students and what they expected WGU to be. Well a couple years later I've graduated and what can I say about WGU? Unlike ITT or many other illegitimate schools it is very much a legitimate university that is accredited to the same level and by the same bodies as many other respected public universities and is non-profit. I also had years of experience as a Senior Information Systems Engineer and I still found many of the courses to be quite challenging and rigorous. WGU is no joke and if you expect to just go to WGU and slack off to get a degree you've come to the wrong place. It is very self-driven and self-paced, so if you're not a motivated person -- it will not work for you. Overall I would highly recommend WGU to anyone looking for a flexible, affordable, and respectable degree program that will give you entirely valid skills for the workforce.
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.