Any disadvantages to WGU? Considering the program
- 1Aug 14, '12 by vladi50I am a 48 y/o with ADN and am planning to finally start RN to BSN program. I am considering a couple of programs, and have been looking at WGU. The costs and time involved seem almost too good to be true. I hope to do this while working full time, and want to enroll in a program that is a good program, that will allow me to continue to work, and to have some family time too.
I welcome advice and opinions. Thank you!
- 0Aug 15, '12 by MedChicaI'm interested in knowing more, too. A nurse recommended this school to me. I can't do another FT school/FT work schedule situation.
I need to call and check matriculation agreements with other universities, but looking at the accreditation? Seems like credit transfer won't be as much of an issue.
- 1Aug 15, '12 by marycarneyI have my BSN and MSN from WGU - it is not too good to be true. It is the real deal.In fact, two of my co-workers are enrolled based on my recommendation. I am a 57 year old , full-time night shift PICU RN. I completed both degrees in three terms (18 months) for under $10K - including books!Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Sep 11, '12
- 0Aug 15, '12 by RN*mommyQuote from vladi50Hi,I am a 48 y/o with ADN and am planning to finally start RN to BSN program. I am considering a couple of programs, and have been looking at WGU. The costs and time involved seem almost too good to be true. I hope to do this while working full time, and want to enroll in a program that is a good program, that will allow me to continue to work, and to have some family time too.
I welcome advice and opinions. Thank you!
I just started the RN-BSN program two weeks ago, but I can tell you it was after a lot of research. WGU is definitely too good, but it is all true. I don't work full-time, but I'm a part-time nurse and full-time mom to four all 10 and under. WGU offers me the flexibility I need, and the resources to get the job done. I've had to contact my course mentors a few times already, and they always respond very quickly to my questions. My student mentor and our weekly check-in's ground me. I've already hopefully finished my first class (waiting on grades for 2 of the 5 tasks) and have started my next course. I couldn't be happier. With everything I'm being offered as a WGU student I almost feel as though the tuition is too low...but I'm not complaining! It was the perfect choice for me. Look through the curriculum and figure out if you think you can do their courses in 6 weeks (or less of course). Set up a time and really talk to a recruiter. I didn't feel pressured at all when I talked to mine. In fact, when I discussed my concern about doing the coursework while my kids were still on summer break my recruiter actually suggested waiting until September to start and we discussed that option.
All in all it has to be the right fit for you, but just don't discount WGU because they seem too good to be true. They are accredited and there is definitely a challenge to every class you take.
Good luck in your decision!
- 0Aug 20, '12 by marycarneyWhy are you starting a MSN program as a new grad? Their (WGUs) two tracks are leadership (you're a new grad - kinda unsuitable right now) and education (again, you're a new grad)
I would recommend a couple of years experience under your belt. And why not do the BSN program first? No sense jumping into a MSN program when you really have no experience.
- 0Aug 20, '12 by kloneWGU is fully accredited through CCNE. One disadvantage you should be aware of is that their grading system is pass/fail. On a transcript, this translates to a 3.0. So if you're planning on going on to a master's program afterwards, you should look at their enrollment requirements, and if they're particularly competitive, you may want to choose a different program.
Otherwise, I have no complaints. It's absolutely possible to finish the BSN program in 6 months (one term) if you're focused. Many, many people have done it (I'm not one of them, but that's certainly not the fault of the program). I have recommended the program to many people.