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- by PeachesFNP Sep 15, '12Hello all,
I have started Walden University in the FNP program. I could not find many consumer reviews regarding their student satisfaction. Only that they have a 29% retention rate? Are there any do's or dont's that I should keep in my while progressing this program. I am a critical care nurse that works 36 hours a week. I just want to be sucessful. I appreciate all insight, opinions, and two cents that anyone would like to give.
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- Oct 9, '12 by NurseKen79A friend of mine and I will begin the program as well beginning 3Dec2012. I have yet to find out any information. I also wanted to know if anyone knew how to go about getting certified in one of the states that doesn't recognize Walden as an accredited school. I live in a state that does, but may possibly move to a state that does not ... Can anyone help??
- Oct 12, '12 by mtsteelhorseDoes the Walden website list those states? I've wondered what kind of reputation Walden has. What made you choose them?
- Oct 14, '12 by myelin29% retention rate? How is this program even accredited?
- Oct 14, '12 by myelinQuote from mtsteelhorseNo, I already knew that it was a degree mill, I just didn't realize how bad its attrition rate was. I can't believe that program is accredited anywhere. They accept everyone who applies. It's kind of a brilliant business plan. You accept everyone who applies, don't even have to provide them with training (make the students set up their own clinicals), and then you get to rake in the cash while the student is on the line for paying back the loans. No accountability whatsoever. This is the reason why other professions trash the NP field.Hmmm...that's pretty darn low. I also read where they have like a 96% acceptance rate. I don't know which program that is for but that doesn't sound very selective.
Programs like these also glut the market, which is problematic for obvious reasons. Also, employers are starting to smarten up and grads from these programs that have a "take anyone who is breathing" policy have a hard time getting hired. Anyway, if I were you I'd look at the area I'm interested in practicing in, and then attend the program that has the best reputation among employers. Do not waste your money on a program that doesn't set up your clinical training for you. Only look at programs that are from real universities.
- Oct 14, '12 by mtsteelhorseUnfortunately most online NP programs don't arrange your clincals. This doesn't mean they aren't good programs. I have to attend online but fortunately the two programs I've applied to are well respected brick and mortar institutions...and by no means diploma mills. I agree though, Walden has red flags big time. US News & World Report is a good resource for evaluating colleges.
- Oct 19, '12 by ecarlileI started in the FNP program in September. Is that the class you are in? So far I think things are going ok. I feel the instructor is quick to answer questions. Still trying to figure out clinical sites. How's it going for you?