Pros/Cons of a Western Governors degree - page 3

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Can anyone tell me the pro/cons of a Western Governors degree. I've heard conflicting views and don't know what to believe.... Read More


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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    My only complaint with WGU is that they don't have an RN to MSN program. Those RNs with associates degrees have to ask themselves if they want to comeplete (at the very least) 21 credits to comeplete their BSN and then about (at least) 36 credits to comeplete their MSN when they can earn the MSN directly with 44 or so credits.
    On the other hand WGU is very affordable and it might be worth the extra work do do 13 more credits to save a lot of money.
    They actually do have an RN to MSN program. My counselor was actually talking to me about doing that, but I told her I just wanted to get a BSN through them.
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    Yes, they do have an RN-MSN program. I like that, unlike many other programs, you still earn your BSN as you go through the program. Sometimes unexpected things happen, and if for some reason you cannot finish the program, at least you still have a BSN to show for all the work you have invested thus far.
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    Quote from klone
    Yes, they do have an RN-MSN program. I like that, unlike many other programs, you still earn your BSN as you go through the program.
    *** That is not an RN to MSN program inspite of what they call it. I was well aware that WGU offers a path to MSN for RNs when I stated the fact that they do not offer an RN to MSN program.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** That is not an RN to MSN program inspite of what they call it. I was well aware that WGU offers a path to MSN for RNs when I stated the fact that they do not offer an RN to MSN program.
    Why is it not an RN to MSN program? There are benefits to it that you do not get if you enroll in the RN to BSN, and then the BSN to MSN, separately.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    I know a number of nurses who got accepted to, and graduated from CRNA school after getting their BSNs through WGU. Several of them good friends of mine.
    Did they go to a school in California? And how many years experience did they have when they got accepted? Would also love to know how recent this was. Thanks!
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    Quote from jeli42
    Did they go to a school in California? And how many years experience did they have when they got accepted? Would also love to know how recent this was. Thanks!
    *** No, none went to schools in California. All went to schools in Minnesota or Wisconsin and one went to a school in IL and one in FL. Years of ICU experience varied between 2 and (I think) 10 years. Over the last 5-6 years, including some who have been accepted recenty but their school hasn't started yet.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN

    *** That is not an RN to MSN program inspite of what they call it. I was well aware that WGU offers a path to MSN for RNs when I stated the fact that they do not offer an RN to MSN program.
    I'm confused? I started with an ADN and I'm in the RN-MSN Education track. I received my BSN in January and will hopefully have my MSN by January of next year.
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    Quote from RN*mommy
    I'm confused? I started with an ADN and I'm in the RN-MSN Education track. I received my BSN in January and will hopefully have my MSN by January of next year.
    *** There are RN to MSN programs where one goes from ADN to MSN and does not have or earn a bachelors degree a long the way. There are also RN to BSN to MSN like at WGU where one goes through all the steps but some graduate credits are used to meet undergrad requirements, thus saving the student (usually) about 9 credits at the undergrad level.
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    Actually, it is an RN to MSN program. I think you're getting hung up on semantics. If a school does not offer an RN to MSN program then you MUST have a BSN to enroll. WGU offers ADN RN's the opportunity to enroll directly in the MSN program, and yes, it s a bit shorter than the time/classes. And what is nice, and didfferent from some ADN RN to MSN programs, you actually do have the option to receive your BSN as well as the MSN.
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    Quote from gypsyatheart
    And what is nice, and didfferent from some ADN RN to MSN programs, you actually do have the option to receive your BSN as well as the MSN.
    *** Oh I did not realize that and stand corrected. I didn't realize that recieving the BSN was an option as you say. I was under the impression from their web site, and people I know who have competed their degree at WGU, that it was required to earn a BSN enrout to the MSN. I will try to find the no BSN option on their website. That would indeed make is am RN to MSN program.


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