Finished my MSN this morning - ask me anything! - page 5

I completed the final oral defense for my MSN through WGU this morning. I also have my BSN from WGU. Completed RN-to-BSN in one, six month term, and the MSN in 11 months and five days (not that... Read More

  1. by   NURSINGHEART21
    Reading this entire post gets me super excited to start. I would love to keep in touch and be able to ask questions as I go throughout my program. How long does it take from the application process to when you get to start the actual program. I want to start the program by April. Would you suggest I start applying now? Also, I work at a hospital that is affiliated with WGU but I would like to do my hours at another hospital that is apparently also affiliated with the school. Am I able to choose?
  2. by   NURSINGHEART21
    P.S. I'd like to add I also want to do the MSN - Education track!

    Congratulations Mary!!!!!
  3. by   cannolis
    Wow!! Congrats!!

    How are the pre-reqs like for the rn-bsn?
  4. by   Barkow
    I want to finish my MSN in 12 months. Let's say I'm almost done by then but need an extra month to finish...

    1. Do you have to pay the entire semester tuition if you only have one class left?
    2. Can you graduate immediately upon finishing your work, or do you have to wait until the term ends?

    Thanks!
  5. by   SanDiegoCaliRN
    Yes, Barkow, you have to pay for another term and can't officially "graduate" until the end of that term. You may want to consider pulling out all stops and getting that one last class done this term (take PTO, lock yourself away in a hotel room away from kids and responsibilities, etc.). It'll be worth it! Congrats on this great accomplishment
  6. by   RN*mommy
    Is it different for the RN-BSN program regarding finishing and receiving the degree then? Just recalled my student mentor told me that if I held my practicum into the next term, I would only pay for that class and would receive my BSN upon completion of that class, not at the end of the term. I'm just curious not that it matters as I switched programs from the BSN to MSN track.
  7. by   klone
    Right, RNMommy - if you have to go into another semester and you just have one class and you finish with several months left, they will prorate the rest of the months you have left. AND, you receive your degree as soon as you're done with all your coursework, not at the end of the semester. I find it hard to believe the Master's program is different.
  8. by   klone
    Quote from Barkow
    I want to finish my MSN in 12 months. Let's say I'm almost done by then but need an extra month to finish...

    1. Do you have to pay the entire semester tuition if you only have one class left?
    2. Can you graduate immediately upon finishing your work, or do you have to wait until the term ends?

    Thanks!
    THe way it works in the BSN program (and I would be very surprised to learn it's any different in the MSN program) is that you still pay the tuition, but you would be prorated back any unused months of tuition. You graduate as soon as you are done, not at the end of the semester.
  9. by   Robins19
    Do you have any advice for a ADN new grad looking into WGU's RN-BSN course?
  10. by   klone
    Quote from AspiringNurse19
    Do you have any advice for a ADN new grad looking into WGU's RN-BSN course?
    What kind of advice are you looking for?
  11. by   tomsgirl42
    I am starting the RN to MSN Ed on February 1st, how is it going so far?
  12. by   janmisgil
    I have been researching schools for my MSN in education. I would like to start in the new few months. I actually started at a local college in Beaumont, Texas, but had to drop after three weeks due to my overloaded work schedule. If I am understanding everything correctly, there are no actual "deadlines" in the WGU program. You have six months to complete all attempted units. Is that actually correct? Did you start the program in January? If you did, how is it? I have no problem doing the work. I just want to feel like I am actually learning and not just doing "busy" work to fulfill the education requirements. Any information you have would be appreciated. If you are in the program, I wish you luck and success in your studies and future career choices.
  13. by   mtsteelhorse
    Interesting thread with lots of great information. I would love to get my master's. Here's my question: For the capstone project what if you don't work in a traditional health care setting? I work in a detention center. We are contracted by the county and the corporate office is 4 hrs away. How would one approach this in terms of a research project? Also, I am VERY interested in holistic nursing. Is it possible to incorporate your passion into the capstone? I'm not really clear on what the expectations are.

    Thanks and congrats to those who have graduated or are about to do so!

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