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  • Mar 25

    I'm finishing up my first semester now. 2 more classes. I am enjoying it and super excited to get into my actual CLINICAL classes this summer. The competency approach is a little unorthodox but it is working for me well so far. I've finished all my classes before the "soft " deadline they put in place.
    There's a ton of support, not much to complain about now. I'm working my tail off.

  • Aug 9 '16

    I'm 37 with 4 boys (14,6 and4 year old twins). I start the summer BSN program at USA. I think being older puts everything in perspective. When I was 18 and took my first A&P class I made a C. I took chemistry last summer and aced it. I had different priorities back then... I think we all did. Good luck everyone. We've got this!!!

  • Aug 9 '16

    I'm 27, I know I'm still pretty young. But I didn't attend college right after high school. I am now married with kids. I'll be starting school on May 31st. I've always dreamt of becoming a nurse. I do work hands on in patient care. It feels so good to actually have my dreams soon become reality. My husband works two jobs to provide for our family. I really would like to take the burden off of him. I felt sort of out of place registering for community college. Like I there was sign above my head, telling the world my age. I'm guessing do to the fact there were so many high school graduates registering. Needless to say, I'm overly excited.

  • Aug 9 '16

    43 years old here and just completed my first semester of Gen-Ed while working full time. You got this!! We'll have your back! (safety in numbers right??)

  • Sep 6 '15

    Fun fact: WGU has just been named an NLN Center of Excellence for Nursing Education.

  • Sep 6 '15

    Because you progress with a cohort. There is a single, six month pre-clinical term. You could (conceivably) complete all the work required in this term in just a few weeks. At the end of this term, you begin the clinical component. So, for example, first is CASAL I (med-surg). You complete all the didactic portion (6 weeks if I'm not mistaken) then spend two days in sim lab, then you have a two week long clinical intensive where you work 6, 12-hour shifts 1:1 with a practicing RN in the clinical facility. One CASAL I is complete, you begin this process again for CASAL II. There are a total of eight clinical intensives to be completed over four, six month long terms.

    MANY of my students hold down full time jobs during this program.

    AGAIN didactic is all online- you could complete this portion as quickly as you like.

  • Sep 6 '15

    I am currently in the pre-licensure program. I did most of my pre req's at my local community college. I had a lot of the classes anyways from my previous degree. I do work full time and I am in my first clinical rotation. It is not easy, but it is doable. You have to be completely free and flexible for the 2 weeks of clinical. This term we have two clinical rotations that are five shifts each. The labs are set and are on weekends. You have to attend lab. Not really any make up days for that. This term there are 7 lab days, all on the weekend. The first 6 months of the program are pre nursing classes, I flew those pretty fast and got done before the term ended. In the second term the classes are not as self paced. You do have hard date deadlines, but can move at a faster pace if you like. I have financial aid that has covered everything so far. Hope that helps. So far I really like the program.

  • Aug 11 '15

    I just found out this morning as well and I got accepted!! Congratulations on being #1 on the wait list. Hopefully you will get in. I am so excited to start in Oct.

  • Jan 13 '15

    Hey guys! I'm in the pre-nursing term for Cedars. I try to read all the posts and answer because when I was doing research, there was no information! Our cohort has 12 students and only 10 of us will proceed into the nursing program. We're hoping they'll take all 12 of us. Maybe when you apply next year they will accept more into the program. In the meantime, I recommend nailing the TEAS (shoot for over 95%), and make sure you have some kind of certification or healthcare experience or volunteer experience, or all three. PM me if you have questions. Good Luck!

  • Dec 27 '14

    I'm sorry, Shonda. What I said was unfair and not nice. I apologize.

  • Dec 6 '14

    So I been doing alot of research for WGU and reading these forums. They give me a good idea about the school but I was completely oblivious about the classes and how they worked. Im a visual learner so reading about how the classes worked wasnt clicking for me. So I asked questions but of course no one answered lol so I found some really good videos on good ol YouTube University lol you can learn how to do almost anything on there and I found some mentors showing how classes worked. Watching it made me feel a lot better and I can see this being totally do able. And om really excited to the school Thursday! Hope the video helps!

    WGU Course of Study Navigation: WGU Course of Study Navigation - YouTube

    Degreen Plan call and COS review: Degreen Plan call and COS review - YouTube

  • Nov 19 '14

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    Hi tsm007,

    Congrats on your accomplishments and I know that you will find a job soon. I just have a couple of questions. When did you start clinically? Did you start them in the beginning of the program? Also, I work Mon-Fri, how often will there be a need to take time off from work? And then one more question, approximately how long does it take you to complete each class? I know it's a lot but any help is much appreciated.
    There has been a couple program changes since I started (and they do seem to change the program rather frequently so always double check things). Anyway, the first 6 months do not have clinicals. Then about every 8-12 weeks you have clinicals which are done over 2 weeks. You also have 2 weekend labs before the clinicals and a 3rd weekend for testing. You have two clinical courses every 6 month term, but the spacing doesn't always work out to be perfectly every 3 months. The clinical rotations can be day shift, night shift, weekdays, or weekends. You don't get a lot of choice in this. You can make requests, but they don't always honor them. That is probably the only gripe I have is the scheduling process could greatly be improved.

    The clinical classes are not exactly self-paced. They soft of are, but you still have deadlines. The non-clinical courses you have some more flexibility on.

  • Nov 19 '14

    Awesome!! I also have 2 classes to complete.

    I am attending El Camino College for a Physiology Class with Lab to cover the portion I am missing.

    I took A&P 1 and 2 but the 2 was taught by the most horrible teacher whoever existed at National University. Just about everyone barely passed and have to retake it because the grade was not good enough. So I am taking Physiology with a lab to cover those credit.

    I also have to do a Psychology Life Span and Development Course. I am debating whether to CLEP It or take El Camino's Online Course.

    I have to also accomplish my TEAS Exam.

    I can't wait til its time to start the program. I am excited.

  • Nov 8 '14

    I have been hearing good things about WGU but mostly on the RN to BSN programs. If that program is getting good review I am assuming the pre-licensing is good and hearing alot from my enrollment counselor.

    I wish more Pre-licensing students were here.

  • Nov 8 '14

    Hey everyone,

    I am looking at possible attending WGUs Prelicensing.

    I have been between 2 schools but it is looking more positive with WGU than the other school. I have to retake my A&P 2 due to the Lack of quality instructors. The Professor we had was absolutely horrible and many of us in the class need to retake it due to low grades. I will have to wait til Spring and take it at a community college instead of where I took the last one. I am wondering how many other are planning to attend in 2015.

    Other than that I will have all I need to Apply. I am emailing my enrollment counselor and find out the upcoming dates that are out so far in 2015.

    I am gearing more towards WGU and having a group to work together and keep eachother motivated would be great. Let me know.