14 Reviews on Western Governors University (WGU)

Western Governors University (WGU) is an online driven university for nursing and medical professionals. WGU has over 70,000 alumni across the nation and offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

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  1. Visit AJJKRN profile page
    May 23, 8:52 pm by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: RN-to-MSN, MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Manager

    My Experience

    I wish I had known about WGU for my RN to BSN but am thankful I found out for my BSN to MSN. Not having to live by a structured course timeline or silly discussion posts puts WGU high up above most other online schools...along with being a fully accredited and non-profit school that provides a well rounded education at an affordable price with letting the student maintain autonomy on their coursework. The only frustration I have had (and minimal at that) has been not being clear on a few of the rubrics expectations. I work nights so it can be a challenge to try and reach out to staff to clarify at 4 am :-).

    About The Staff

    So far, and I almost done with my degree mind you, I have only come across extremely polite, helpful, and caring staff. My student mentor is one in a million and my course mentors have been great as well.

    Things To Know

    Thank you WGU!!!

  2. Anonymous
    May 23, 3:52 pm by Student
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: RN-to-MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2018

    My Experience

    Good quality, affordable education. Classes concentrate on what you need to know as a nurse and not the fluff around it.

    About The Staff

    Mentors are supportive and attentive. Never have I had to wait long for an answer to a question in any department.

  3. Visit Thiambu profile page
    May 23, 10:36 am by
    Overall: 5.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2015

    My Experience

    Great School, the content was challenging but presented in a way that was easy to understand.

    About The Staff

    The staff were friendly and easy to work with.

  4. Visit cherieanne5 profile page
    May 21, 12:17 pm by Pro
    Overall: 5.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: BSN, MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    I had a great experience getting my BSN, so I went on to get my MSN.The classes are very intuitive and I like that you work at your own pace and can compete as many classes as you can within the 6 month period. This allows you to get more for your money.

    About The Staff

    The staff check in on a regular basis and promptly respond to emails. You can make appointments for phone advice. They are very accessible, knowledgeable, and helpful.

  5. Visit featherzRN profile page
    May 8, 4:08 pm by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: BSN, MSN, Other
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    I love WGU! I have three degrees from WGU - BSN, MSN, and MBA. All were completed in one term each, but realize that this is not typical.
    Classes can be completed at your pace and for the most part there are no group projects and thankfully no required discussion boards or required class times.

    About The Staff

    I have been lucky - all three of my student mentors have been awesome! Course mentors are also very helpful when needed.

    Things To Know

    You do need to be working to go to WGU (at least for nursing) and yes, the school is pass/fail which equates to a 3.0. If this is not a problem for you, this is the place to be.

  6. Anonymous
    May 8, 1:04 pm by Employee
    Overall: 5.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN
    Classes: Online

    My Experience

    I am both a two-time grad AND a current faculty member.

    About The Staff

    I wish to correct a previous review. Taskstream does NOT utilize 'third-party' evaluators. Every evaluator is a full WGU faculty member, all have a minimum of Master's degree (many have doctorate), all are in the US.

  7. Anonymous
    Apr 30, 7:53 pm by Student
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: RN-to-MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Educator

    My Experience

    I am finishing the RN to MSN program and am very happy with my experience at WGU.

    About The Staff

    My student mentor is wonderful.
    One or two course mentors have been unhelpful, but overall I have gotten what I needed from them.

    Things To Know

    I highly recommend WGU for the following reasons:
    - The program is very flexible
    - There is no group coursework or required postings on blackboard
    - The quality is great - you do come out with a very good education
    - Inexpensive
    - Competency-based learning allows you to progress at your own pace
    The one caveat I have is that you must be very self-motivated and self-disciplined to be successful at WGU. If you require a fair amount of structure and need hard deadlines, then WGU would not be the right program for you.

  8. Visit Visions1012 profile page
    Apr 26, 6:54 pm by
    Overall: 3.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 3 stars
    Academics: 3 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: Entry-Level BSN, BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    I attend WGU Texas Pre-licensure nursing program.

    WGU is constantly changing to improve the program which I appreciate, they are raising their standard. My tuition stayed the same throughout my program. The program is do-able and flexible for the working adult. Failure was not the end with WGU they gave me the tools I needed to succeed and pass exams. Everything was not perfect but I am overall satisfied with the program.

    Course Materials-books and learning resources are included in the tuition but are available online only.

    Courses are scored using a pass or fail scale. Some courses require an objective assessment(s), others require a performance assessment and some courses require both. Performance assessments are written essays called tasks. Task are graded using Taskstream (3rd party graders). Most courses have only one objective assessment in the form of an ATI test, WGU exam, or simulation lab exam. WGU exams can be taken at home using Proctor U and can be scheduled at any time, very convenient for the working adult. ATI exams must be taken at a testing center. There are a variety of testing center locations and each center has their own hours. There are cut scores for objective exams usually in the level 2 range.

    Simulation Lab- Labs are held on weekends Saturday and Sunday from 8 am-5pm. At the time I attended we used a local universities labs and mannequins for practice and lab exams. You must purchase the required lab kit from a 3rd party, not included in the tuition. Labs are usually held every other month for courses that require clinical skills
    Clinicals - Depending on your cohort your hospital will be chosen and will remain the same for most clinical courses. During my time we had to go elsewhere for peds and psych because the hospital did not have those units.

    About The Staff

    WGU assigns you both a course mentor (instructor) and a student mentor (like an academic counselor). You will also have clinical instructors, clinical coaches, and lab instructors

    Student mentors- stick with you throughout your time at the university and approves your degree plan each term. Student mentor are there to offer support and help you reach your goals. Contact with your student mentor is a requirement for the pre-licensure program, every two weeks. Call times vary anywhere from 5 min or if you have much to chat about an hour.

    Course mentors- Some course mentors are helpful and some you may never hear from. Your choice if you'd like to reach out to them for additional help, they have good response time. You can also schedule phone conferences with them or chat via email. If you fail a performance exam you must speak with your course mentor and will have to complete a remediation plan (additional quizzes and readings located in your course of study). I have never attended or heard of course mentors hosting conferences or providing additional help such as power points but from maybe one instructor and that was for the more critical courses. I sometimes wished these were available to feel more connected, gain a better insight about the material covered in the courses, more ask questions, and hear from other students.

    Other staff available include student services I reached out to them for test anxiety and help to balance my work, school life, and mommy duties. The help is there you just have to reach out and demand the help.

    The program director is also very down to earth and chats with students via email and phone for any reason! Even just for a pick me up!

    Lab instructors- they go over lab assignments which are to be completed before attending and required readings. The lab instructors prepare you for your lab exams and clinicals. I liked that I was able to ask questions in reference to the material I read and be in a classroom setting. This time was critical to my learning and the instructors were always helpful.

    During clinical you have a and clinical instructor (from WGU who visits you maybe once or twice during your rotation.) You also have and a clinical coach (preceptor) employed by the hospital and works with WGU. You work one on one with your clinical coach and she will complete a skills check off and provide comments about your progression on a weekly basis. Some coaches are better than others some are burnt out and you can tell! Over all great experience during clinical I loved working with the nurses and staff during my clinical rotation.

  9. Visit QueenMangin profile page
    Apr 22, 12:28 pm by
    Overall: 4.5 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2015

    My Experience

    I completed the RN-BSN program in 2 years. I took some time off for personal reasons but I could have finished sooner. You set your own pace and the tuition is super affordable. Plus the school is Accredited which is very important. If you are going on to your Master's at another school, just check to make sure they accept your credits. Very easy access and 100% online. I'm somewhat competitive and had to get used to not getting a grade but rather a competency rating. Getting positive feedback from course instructors made me really feel good but not all of them do it. Some of the BSN courses were extremely challenging "the beast" and you really have to power through and self-motivate and others were a little easier but it's totally doable.

    About The Staff

    Staff was mostly helpful and knowledgeable. My mentor would not give up on me which really made the difference for me. I wanted to quit and she pushed me on; I'm very grateful for that. Some of the classes were very challenging but course instructors were responsive to requests in a timely manner.

  10. Visit bewitched profile page
    Apr 17, 4:21 pm by
    Overall: 5.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: RN-to-MSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2018
    Focus: Clinical Leader

    My Experience

    So far I have been very happy with choosing WGU for my RN-MSN degree. I have finished my first semester and am now working on my second. The school is one of the most accredited which was a huge part of my decision to choose WGU--I was skeptical of online universities after hearing such bad stories about some of them. However, WGU has stringent academic standards and I feel that my education has been higher quality so far than my actual nursing school courses to some degree. The cost is per 6 months, not per credit hours, and you can accelerate through courses you already have knowledge and experience in, which means you can technically finish much faster than you would with a traditional brick-and-mortar or pay-per-credit-hour education. The price is right, and they also have other degree offerings such as Healthcare Administration and teaching degrees with the same very reasonable pricing and ability to accelerate classes. My experience has been A+ so far, I recommend them frequently to nursing friends who are looking to go back to school.

    About The Staff

    My enrollment counselor was excellent to get started and my Student Mentor has been a great support and cheerleader as we talk each week, set my goals for the week, and gives me feedback whether I have room to grow or have done fabulously with a class. Also within each class you are assigned to a Course Mentor, whose availability by message board or email and by phone are very helpful to explaining difficult concepts or clarifying instructions for a task. If you are having any issues with any staff you encounter, including your Student Mentor, I am told that Student Services will absolutely change you to a different one who suits your needs/learning style etc.


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