Pros/Cons of a Western Governors degree

  1. 0 Can anyone tell me the pro/cons of a Western Governors degree. I've heard conflicting views and don't know what to believe.
  2. Visit  bbothwell profile page

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    Joined Apr '13; Posts: 5.

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  3. Visit  klone profile page
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    Why don't you tell us what you've heard, and we can verify or refute.

    There is a LOT of basic (and very detailed) information about WGU in this forum - have you read through any of the other threads?
  4. Visit  LoveToHike profile page
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    I feel like the pros and cons are different for everybody and will depend on what's important to you. For myself, I was looking for a school that didn't require group work, was affordable, and I could do at my own pace. WGU fit all those so they are my pros. Cons? Graduating with is a 3.0 is a con for me, but it doesn't bother others. I was also concerned that since it's competency based, I wasn't going to learn anything new but that hasn't been the case.

    After being in the program for just 2 months, I have to say I'm thrilled with WGU and I'm glad I chose it. My mentor is fantastic, I'm learning things, and I wish I hadn't spent so much time making up my mind about WGU! (my stumbling block was the 3.0 GPA)

    I tell everyone I know about WGU because I'm so happy with it.
  5. Visit  Trenata profile page
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    LoveToHike, are you in the clinical part of the program or in the non-clincal first 6 months of the program? If you are in the clinical part, are you located in Texas? I would love to ask some questions! I really like the sound of WGU and glad that I found allnurses to find out more!
  6. Visit  jeli42 profile page
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    Quote from bbothwell
    Can anyone tell me the pro/cons of a Western Governors degree. I've heard conflicting views and don't know what to believe.
    I was looking into their pre-licensure program as well. But the biggest con for me as that at the most I would graduate with a 3.0. Since becoming an NP is my end goal, this did not seem feasible. I called a few colleges and they said that a 3.0 might not be competitive enough to get into an MSN program depending on how strong the applicant pool was. I didn't want to take that chance so I've applied to other programs instead. However, if you just want to get your Bachelors, I think it's a great program!
  7. Visit  NurseNightOwl profile page
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    A lot of people seem concerned about the 3.0 conversion due to plans for a higher degree... Maybe down here where I am things are different, because a 3.0 would be acceptable for future programs (except CRNA of course).
  8. Visit  Trenata profile page
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    I hope WGU will change this if enough people express concern!
  9. Visit  jeli42 profile page
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    Quote from kissmyasn
    A lot of people seem concerned about the 3.0 conversion due to plans for a higher degree... Maybe down here where I am things are different, because a 3.0 would be acceptable for future programs (except CRNA of course).
    I don't know where you live but I live in Southern California (Los Angeles) where it is VERY competitive. We are talking about average GPA for getting in is at least a 3.4-3.5 but more likely around a 3.7. Unless you have over 5 years of RN experience the 3.0 might not matter but I definitely would not want to wait that long. Even then it's not a guarantee.
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  10. Visit  jeli42 profile page
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    Quote from TWiersch
    I hope WGU will change this if enough people express concern!
    Me too!! It's a very good program and recognized by a prestigious hospital (Cedars Sinai). My friend who works at Cedars said it is well known at their hospital but due to the untraditional grading system, he decided to go to Azusa Pacific instead because he also might want to continue past his Bachelors.
  11. Visit  klone profile page
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    Quote from TWiersch
    I hope WGU will change this if enough people express concern!
    Changing it would go against their "competency based" philosophy. They do not measure degrees of competency. Either you have the competency or you do not. That's why it's pass/fail. I do not foresee that changing.
  12. Visit  jeli42 profile page
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    Quote from klone

    Changing it would go against their "competency based" philosophy. They do not measure degrees of competency. Either you have the competency or you do not. That's why it's pass/fail. I do not foresee that changing.
    True. Their whole system is based on that so come to think of it, you're right. It won't change.
  13. Visit  Trenata profile page
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    I realize they are competency based. However, I wonder if there is some way that they can make a change in the outgoing GPA seen by other universities. It is the greatest disadvantage I can see at WGU. I still plan to go there even though I had possibly hoped to become and NP.
  14. Visit  jeli42 profile page
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    Quote from TWiersch
    I realize they are competency based. However, I wonder if there is some way that they can make a change in the outgoing GPA seen by other universities. It is the greatest disadvantage I can see at WGU. I still plan to go there even though I had possibly hoped to become and NP.
    I was told by the representative that because they are competency based there is no way of judging what is an A or B. For example, there are multiple times you are able to take a test (I think about 3) and that is why they cannot give A's or B's. She was very honest and warned me that depending on the school, this could pose a problem for people who seek past a Bachelors. I don't think it'll be a problem for people who live in the Midwest but for myself who lives in California and am planning on applying to California schools, this would definitely be a problem.

    To add to that, I spoke with Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Azusa Pacific Master programs and they said a 3.0 is not competitive at all. It is actually their bare minimum when applying. HOWEVER, if you have years of experience, this could outweigh their decision. Hope this helps anyone in Cali!

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