has anyone done the WGU online RN to BSN program? - page 8

Hi All, Has anyone taken any classes from Western Governers Universuty, the RN to BSN program? It looks like a great program, but the classes are not your tyoical pay per class style. They go by a 6 month period, you pay a fee... Read More

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    I'm currently five months into my first 6 month term and my experience has been good on the whole. I needed 27 units to graduate and have completed 25 units in these five months. There was no secret to it, just gave up my entire social/family life for the past few months and do nothing but paper writing on my free time. My last class to complete is the 2 unit practicum and I can't start until the beginning of term 2, because it requires 90 'clinical' hours and I can't complete those in my last four weeks. My biggest, and actually only gripe is that I was deterred from starting the practicum earlier in the term when I requested, thinking I would finish all course work and be left exactly where I am now. One kind of useless month (where I'll have to reintroduce myself to friends and loved ones) until I can start the hours. I think if I had been more pushy and insisted on starting that class earlier, my volunteer hours may have counted toward this class and I could have graduated in one term, as planned.
    Otherwise, the school has been great and except this one area of annoyance, I've liked my mentor. They aren't pushy or sales-pitchy, which I hated about UofP. The price is really reasonable, especially if you are willing and able to put the work into the courses. Since I began in Sept 2012, I've heard from fellow ADN students I recommended the school to that the curriculum changed a lot, so I can only speak to my course load, which was really hard itself.
    Question though, I'm hoping to transfer to Frontier Nursing University after completion of my BSN and some more $ saving. Has anyone graduated WGU and successfully tranferred to FNU?

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    Quote from jessrae
    One kind of useless month (where I'll have to reintroduce myself to friends and loved ones) until I can start the hours.
    Are you sure? My understanding was always that as soon as you finished HAT Task 1, you could start accruing your practicum hours for HGT.

    I don't have an answer to your question - I actually did the opposite - transferred from FNU (although, it was FSMFN when I attended prior to the name change) to WGU.
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    Are their any Diploma RN's enrolling in WGU this spring? Did you have to take a lot of pre-reqs?
    Last edit by Cathy4836 on Jan 28, '13
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    Hey there everyone, I am a RN with a two year degree from Excelsior College, and I am seriously looking at enrolling with WGU. However living in Hawaii, I noticed there isn't much I can do with this degree at other universities, or learning institutions. My concern being that I would like to complete a NP program with focus on mental health delivery, anyone know what to do with this ?

    Thanks so much, also are there any nurses at WGU that graduated from Excelsior college ?
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    I graduated with excelsior. Know that you'll need to retake a/p/micro if you tested out with those from excelsior, as WGU will require labs. Other than that, loving wgu so far!
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    I started the RN-MSN program on March 1 and I am taking my final BSN class (my community health fieldwork) and have finished 2 MSN courses!! I have completed 9 courses and 23 credits so far. I will have my BSN as soon as I complete my fieldwork, so no later than August. That will be a 5 month BSN. I have a BS in Biology and an ADN so I started with a lot of satisfied requirements.
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    Glad to hear most comments are positive about WGU. I have my enrollment call with my mentor tomorrow, and have already completed the EWB. I too, am going to pursue an NP program. WGUs competency is equal to a 3.0, so I am hoping I won't have any trouble with applying to schools afterward. FYi, I need 37 credits- I am planning to take a year to finish it.

    The only thing I was a little annoyed at was having to take Statistics again. I took it appx 6 years ago, and one must have taken it within the the past 5 years. But, I think having it recently will help with interpreting data, especially in EBP classes. I took an EBP class 2 years ago, and was a little bit lost with forest plots etc.

    Anyway, Best Wishes to All!
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    Have there been any Canadian nurses take the Rn to Bsn at WGU? How did you find it? Any tips I should know?
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    If you are a diploma RN and going to get BSN is a smart move. The health and nursing industry is requiring RNs to have a BSN esp in the hospital insurance or case management setting. I got my Diploma RN after a year of hard core Med Surg nursing in the hospital I went on several interviews till a insurance managed care company hiring RNs would take me. The first 6 mths were hard learning computer programs and the medicare guidelines etc but it is a wonderful job going from hospital to hospital you work on a laptop and have your day to yourself to get your job done. I took off for about a year to do some personal stuff and then after that everyone hiring wanted a BSN and or you certification in Case Management which costs a lot to get. So do it now get the BSN done and after that you will have so many more options. You can get MSN for NPs or education and administration. Also having a BSN helps with getting these Case Management telephonic office or in home jobs. They are great jobs educating people so they stay out of the hospital or for you to schedule doctor appt or tests etc even schedule home health etc. hope this was helpful to all with the new healthcare bill we will be using more case manager telephonically so if youd like a job like that with average pay at 68k go for it.

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