I am considering an online msn in nurse education from Western Governor's University but have concerns. Will employers see this as a legitimate degree or are applicants with online degrees like this overlooked for applicants from more traditional schools? I just do not want to waste my time. Has anyone from one of these type schools had any luck finding a position?
Feb 27, '13
I have an Excelsior MSN, and have three part time teaching jobs. Worked for me.
Mar 1, '13
I got my degree from Texas Woman's University, MSN in nurse education. Program was all online, but the school itself is not. This is an accredited university. Just make sure whatever school you choose, it is accredited and the tuition coast is comparable to local schools. I know of two nurses that paid 2x more in tuition per semester than I did, and I attended a private university.
The reason why I went this route is because my hospital stopped paying tuition reimbursement for most online schools. And I also choose it because of the university's great reputation.
Last edit by Ivana RN-BC on Mar 1, '13
Mar 7, '13
I did my MSN from Walden university
Mar 11, '13
Finishing up my MSN-Ed from Grand Canyon University this spring.
Mar 11, '13
Mine is from Valparaiso University. It's not in education; it's in my specialty.
Hey, Tait. Do you know---------------? She was one of my instructors at Valpo, was dean there for awhile, and is an awesome lady. She went to Grand Canyon when she left Valpo.
My apologies for posting the name I posted. I didn't think posting the name of an awesome person would be a problem. Again, I apologise.
Last edit by Whispera on Mar 12, '13
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Mar 27, '14
Hello. @ Whispera. I am contemplating attending Valpo in May 2015. There has been SEVERAL not so good comments from Valpo's nursing dept. Can you provide any insight to someone looking to further their education in the nursing field? In any other words, can you provide the good, bad and the ugly regarding your experience with Valpo? How are the teachers, clincials, etc.?
Mar 28, '14
I have nothing but praise to give about the instructors I had at Valpo. I didn't have clinicals so I can't talk about them, since they weren't part of my MSN program.
The instructors I had were all people with doctorates in nursing, and they quite obviously were total experts in their fields.
They were helpful and encouraging every step of the way.
The classes were difficult, very difficult, and I like that sort of thing.
It's a relatively small school. Everyone knows everyone. That can be a huge benefit. I got my BSN from Indiana University. That was different--huge classes sometimes, and lack of a feeling of being cared for as a human being (sometimes).
I was a commuter. I didn't get any sort of campus social life. If that's important to you and you aren't going to live on campus, think about it. It's not the fault of the school, though. It's a problem with being a commuter.
The faith-based education is nice too. The specific faith of the university isn't pushed at all, nor were there any requirements related to it in my graduate program, but people are expected to maintain honor, trust, and honesty--moreso than might happen in a non-faith-based school.
Mar 31, '14
Hello. I appreciate you replying back to me re: the Valpo student experience. I will be doing the BSN accelerated program. You indicated that you recvd your degree from Indiana University. Was this at the NorthWest campus? If so, can you share how the instructors and clinicals were? ANY input that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy your day!
Apr 3, '14
University of Texas - HSC at Houston (in the Texas Medical Center): MSN in Nursing Education / CNS Critical Care. Wonderful environment - I was able to take elective classes at any of the schools in the academic consortium (3 Med Schools, Dental School, School of Public Health & 4 Universities with graduate & doctoral programs for nursing).
Very collegial, professional atmosphere. Student cohorts 'drove' the class schedules ... we were able to cluster all of our classes & other 'in person' activities on Wednesdays - for the entire program.
Apr 6, '14
I wouldn't worry about it. If your looking at teaching, there aren't exactly a line of people quing up for the positions. As long as it's accredited. Programs like WGU are hard. They don't just hand out their diploma's.
If you looking for a big name school like say Emory or something, you want to start developing a portfolio of projects and the like. Start networking now and while your in school.
UoP graduates find jobs so I wouldn't worry.
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