Hello all. I wanted to give you guys some information and personal opinions on Walden. I apologize in advance for the length.
I have been attending Walden for a year taking one class at a time and my plans were to get a Master's then when I completed my MSN then return to another university for a post-master's because I have had an extremely difficult time passing the Math portion of the GRE. Now that Walden has the NP program, I don't have to do all that
I learned about Walden from my nursing instructor who had completed 2 degrees from Walden and was working on her PhD at the time. Also, I know 2 very close personal friends and my current unit manager who completed their MSN from Walden who has had no problems securing jobs after graduation. Walden is very reputable.
First I would like to give you some information on their accreditation.
Please make sure that they are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Here is the exact paragraph from Walden's website on their accreditation: "Walden is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. The North Central Association is one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (Walden, 2012).
The NP accreditation:Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
On their website, they spell out specifically what all schools state which is it is the student's responsibility to check with the accreditating body and the State Board of Nursing before enrolling. I have checked with Texas and they meet the criteria for endorsement after completion.
Next, I would like to explain to anyone who has questions about their new Nurse Practitioner programs. Their program is set up like any other school. I have attended 2 other schools in this pursuit of becoming an NP and this program is set up no different. Online programs are the basically what probably 85% of master's programs are. The clinicals are set up by the students meaning you are responsible for securing your own preceptor. There are guidelines that the preceptor must fall into but Walden will specify all that information prior to beginning clinicals.
The program is set up to be completed in 1.5 years if going full time and 2.5 if going part-time. Full-time consists of 10 hours per quarter (12 week sessions) and part-time is 5 hours per quarter.
Now, my opinion: Walden has been absolutely the BEST university of the 3 I have attended. I have attended the university in which I received my BSN degree from for one semester and I wasn't pleased combined with my challenge passing the Math portion of the GRE. I then transferred to St. Joseph's College of Maine. While their program was nice, the lack of having set deadlines for turning in assignments was prolonging me (procrastination) and they also made the GRE a requirement. Thus, I went back to the university I initially wanted to attend but whom did not have the program I wanted. I have been able to use the information I have learned from the core courses in my job on a daily basis. All the instructors at Walden are PhD educated, very easy to contact, and nice. I have yet to run into someone, in any department, who has been rude or gave me problems.
Hope all this information helps with questions about their program. I am extremely excited and can't wait to start classes even thought I am nervous cause the last time I took this many graduate hours I wanted to scream!! I will beginning September 4th start date.
Reference: Walden University (2012). Accessed 2 July 2012. Accredited Online University Degree Programs | Online College | Online School | Walden University