West coast university online rn to bsn

  1. Hello all. I'm about to graduate from an ADN program and I'm planning on pursuing my bachelors degree in nursing and wanted to do an online RN to BSN to have more time to work. A representative from west coast university came to our school and it seemed enticing. It would be a 12 month online only program and cost around $18,500+ (but I'm looking at $20k+ realistically). I got a call back from an admissions rep and was able to ask some questions. But I also want to know what other people who have been in this program feel about it and is it worth it. Also, if anyone can give me an idea of what the typical workload looks like and anything I should know before I take on some more loans lol.
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  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Online University | Online Degree Programs | WGU is an NLN Center of Excellence, 100% online, fully accredited, non-profit and costs $3250/ 6 month term, books included.

    West Coast is an expensive, for-profit.

    Choice is yours. Even if you don't choose WGU, do some research before you decide. West Coast PAYS to do these presentations to unsuspecting students.
  4. by   Buyer beware
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    Online University | Online Degree Programs | WGU is an NLN Center of Excellence, 100% online, fully accredited, non-profit and costs $3250/ 6 month term, books included.

    West Coast is an expensive, for-profit.

    Choice is yours. Even if you don't choose WGU, do some research before you decide. West Coast PAYS to do these presentations to unsuspecting students.
    @dennis8,
    Thr marketing of the for-profits underlies their true intentions which is always to increase their enrollment numbers.
    Since they are beholding to "stakeholders" profits are important. This why they budget at least 2:1 if not more towards relentlessly trolling the schools and internet to find folks like you.
    As you have said the pitch is enticing. That's because these ladies and gentleman are practiced marketeers. They are nothing if not about "numbers" and that would be you.
    So since you are already steeped in the lingo of nursing, online RN-BSN would be fine for you. I just think that the school that has been pitched to you does not have YOUR best interests in mind.
    Additionally, they will require you to sign an arbitration agreement which negates your day in court if you find they have deceived you.
    Most for profits do this and they should stand behind their product without you having to give up your rights to be heard by a jury of your peers.
    I agree with the prior poster that there are schools extant that will give you a a solid education at a reasonable price and without the predatory, smile in your face jive.
    Last edit by Buyer beware on Sep 10, '16 : Reason: w
  5. by   dennis8
    Thank you for the replies guys. I was actually looking into WGU but one of the nurses I was working with at clinicals said that her friend had trouble getting a BSN position job here in California. Something about the way they do their classes (like varying amount of subjects per term based on how fast you can complete it.) I have no solid evidence of this, all of it was hearsay so it discouraged me. I'm willing to give WGU a shot if it can save me time and money and still get a BSN position job in the future. The only reason I was considering West coast was because I graduated from a for-profit ADN program and its a partner school with west coast meaning all my credits will transfer plus there's a 15% discount (but still expensive lol). I already did the application but I can still withdraw until 7 days after the program starts (which is nov. 7 still). I will do alot more research til then. Again I appreciate the replies!
  6. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from dennis8
    Thank you for the replies guys. I was actually looking into WGU but one of the nurses I was working with at clinicals said that her friend had trouble getting a BSN position job here in California. Something about the way they do their classes (like varying amount of subjects per term based on how fast you can complete it.) I have no solid evidence of this, all of it was hearsay so it discouraged me. I'm willing to give WGU a shot if it can save me time and money and still get a BSN position job in the future. The only reason I was considering West coast was because I graduated from a for-profit ADN program and its a partner school with west coast meaning all my credits will transfer plus there's a 15% discount (but still expensive lol). I already did the application but I can still withdraw until 7 days after the program starts (which is nov. 7 still). I will do alot more research til then. Again I appreciate the replies!
    Definitely hearsay about WGU. Full disclosure: I am a faculty member. BUT we have hundreds and hundreds of BSN and MSN grads in California. We also have a very highly rated pre-licensure nursing program in Cali with a 95% NCLEX first time pass rate.
  7. by   dennis8
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    Definitely hearsay about WGU. Full disclosure: I am a faculty member. BUT we have hundreds and hundreds of BSN and MSN grads in California. We also have a very highly rated pre-licensure nursing program in Cali with a 95% NCLEX first time pass rate.
    Thanks for the reply. I was going to send you a private message but I don't have enough posts in order to use the feature yet. I was wondering if you could answer a few questions I had regarding WGU. If you deem it inappropriate to respond here please just ignore this post haha. I did some research from the website but I'm still confused about a few things.

    1. Do you need an RN license to do the RN to BSN program? I'm still studying right now to take the NCLEX.

    2. Are there any clinical rotations I would need to complete while in the program? From what I understood its 100% online

    3. Are there any required logon times or is it work at your own time?

    I already asked for more info from the website I'm just waiting for the call now (probably tomorrow since it's Sunday). Thank you and sorry for asking so many questions
  8. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from dennis8
    Thanks for the reply. I was going to send you a private message but I don't have enough posts in order to use the feature yet. I was wondering if you could answer a few questions I had regarding WGU. If you deem it inappropriate to respond here please just ignore this post haha. I did some research from the website but I'm still confused about a few things.

    1. Do you need an RN license to do the RN to BSN program? I'm still studying right now to take the NCLEX.

    2. Are there any clinical rotations I would need to complete while in the program? From what I understood its 100% online

    3. Are there any required logon times or is it work at your own time?

    I already asked for more info from the website I'm just waiting for the call now (probably tomorrow since it's Sunday). Thank you and sorry for asking so many questions
    You must be an RN. ALL RN-to-BSN programs are like this.
    The only 'clinical' is community health, and it is extremely flexible. You basically research a public/ community health issue to get hours.
    NO required log on times, NO GROUP PROJECTS, NO discussion postings!
  9. by   mo.rn
    Hi dennis8,

    Did you end up choosing the online RN to BSN at West Coast? If so, how do you like it? I am trying to decide between there & Chamberlain.

    Thanks!
  10. by   centercourt2015
    My friend from california is doing her RN-BSN at CSU San Marcos: RN to BSN Online Program - CSUSM Online about $12,000.
  11. by   nardykonjo
    Hello Dennis8 yes please do your research more I was in WGU program it is not for everyone the program is set up for you to stay there longer and spend more money. There is no enough explanation how to do your assignments. When you take exam it is monitored by web camera that is a total distraction it takes anywhere 30 -60min to start the exam process by that time you already out of your exam taking mood due to the frustration of starting the exam they system always has a problem. Another thing to look in to they don't give you credit it is only pass or no pass so it is hard to transfer to other school. on the top of that if you have some problem and you drop your classes they will let you take a break but they will put your classes as non pass and you transcript will be totally messed up so you can't go to any other program if you want to continue your education.

    I feel like I been a scam victim I have to exit the program and start another school. They have a lot of students start in the program and exit but you don't see no former students review b.c they delete them and only their stuff review is present that tells you some thing is not right. Their graduation rate is very low no students graduate from their program.

    It is better to spend money and get the needed education and not to waste time as well as money. I spent 7000 plus at WGU for nothing and a year so make sure you make your decision very wisely good luck. hope you will read this review before they delete it.
  12. by   featherzRN
    I have three degrees from WGU and am not an employee. @nardykonjo, your experience is not typical with WGU. I completed each of my degrees in under a term(which admittedly, is also not typical) and did not experience any of your issues. It is not a scam.

    Have never taken that long to start an exam - if there are that many problems with setup, there are also testing centers as a viable option.

    It IS pass/fail, but even transferring out of a school that gives grades will likely present transfer issues.
  13. by   smartnurse1982
    Quote from nardykonjo
    Hello Dennis8 yes please do your research more I was in WGU program it is not for everyone the program is set up for you to stay there longer and spend more money. There is no enough explanation how to do your assignments. When you take exam it is monitored by web camera that is a total distraction it takes anywhere 30 -60min to start the exam process by that time you already out of your exam taking mood due to the frustration of starting the exam they system always has a problem. Another thing to look in to they don't give you credit it is only pass or no pass so it is hard to transfer to other school. on the top of that if you have some problem and you drop your classes they will let you take a break but they will put your classes as non pass and you transcript will be totally messed up so you can't go to any other program if you want to continue your education.

    I feel like I been a scam victim I have to exit the program and start another school. They have a lot of students start in the program and exit but you don't see no former students review b.c they delete them and only their stuff review is present that tells you some thing is not right. Their graduation rate is very low no students graduate from their program.

    It is better to spend money and get the needed education and not to waste time as well as money. I spent 7000 plus at WGU for nothing and a year so make sure you make your decision very wisely good luck. hope you will read this review before they delete it.

    I agree with the bolded.

    I am a current student and trying to make it work,and like you i spent about $9500 so far.

    My main gripe with WGU? I do not know why they keep changing the course requirements.
    Some used to be OA but are now PA. It is a mess. The nursing courses are now all PA's that do not make any sense.

    I think the school was ok before 2016,but now.....

    WGU is getting sued by some goverment agency because apparently their classes are set up as correspondence classes. They may be required to pay back 700,000,000 in Federal Student Aid.

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