RN-BSN in 6 months is DOABLE! - page 2

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Hi all, just wanted to give encouragement that it is possible to complete your RN-BSN in 6 months! I received word today that my last task was graded and passed! I started the program August 1st and my term ends January 31st. I... Read More


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    What are the pre requisites to the program? I'll be graduating with my ADN next January with close to 90 credits. Also, how much is the tuition?
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    Quote from RN*mommy
    Hi all, just wanted to give encouragement that it is possible to complete your RN-BSN in 6 months! I received word today that my last task was graded and passed! I started the program August 1st and my term ends January 31st. I completed 35 credits over the last almost 6 months. I had four prereqs; a writing class, biochem, math and nutrition. Also about halfway through the program I switched to the RN-MSN education track. That made one of the classes I had taken useless and I lost another BSN class and picked up 2 classes that are technically MSN but geared towards completion of the BSN. I work part-time, but did pick up a second job in November. I also have 4 kids all 10 and under. I loved the program and as happy as I am having completed all the coursework for my BSN, I'm also excited to be continuing my journey with WGU.

    Just thought I'd share and let you all know it is doable and worth the effort. I've learned so much!

    Good luck to you all!


    How many hours a week did you put into your classes? Did you have clinical hours ? I would love to hear more about your classes and assignments. I've checked them out online and can't get a grasp of what the course load would look like. I work full time w/ some on call responsibilities and also have a family...really need to be sure I can do it before I jump in!! Congrats to you!! Thanks
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    I would like to give another thumbs up, shout out, or recommendation for Western Governors University as well! I also finished my BSN from them in six months while working full time with a young family. I finished in September of 2011, and I am currently in my third semester of a CRNA program.

    WGU is great! They are very lenient with their credit transfers. I never had to repeat a course I had taken previously! I got two friends to sign up and one finished in 9 months. The other is in another field...

    It is hard to say how many hours/week I spent on school.. i would estimate 20-25...

    Clinical hours are minimal and may depend on where you work. I never stepped foot into a hospital, clinic, or anything (talk about a time saver).

    Each degree is very personalized due to different prereqs, and req courses at your nursing school, and you go at your own pace. You do have to make "progress" but of course we all want to do that!

    You have one mentor that helps you through the whole program and then each class also has instructors to help you.

    Tuition is not per credit hour, you pay a flat tuition fee each six months.

    You can start any time and achieve as many credits in that six month period as you like.

    For basic info:
    RN to BSN Online | Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree Program | WGU College of Health Online
    For more info: (page 7 has a list of required courses, remember very generous transfer policy)
    http://www.wgu.edu/wgu/prog_guide/BS_NUR.pdf
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jan 20, '13 : Reason: ToS
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    What are the pre requisites to the program? I'll be graduating with my ADN next January with close to 90 credits. Also, how much is the tuition?
    The only prerequisite is an RN license. They give you 50 or 60 credit hours automatically ( I can't remember which number) just for having an RN license. Then other courses you took in your ADN program may transfer in as well to cover many of the other classes you need to take. Tuition is $3000 for every six month session. Go to wgu.edu to learn more about it.

    Keep in mind, they have a pass/fail system, so you end up with a 3.0 GPA no matter what. That is the only disadvantage I see with their program.
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    Hi RN*mommy,
    So good to hear about your success. Congrats! I'm still plugging along, one more test left to go. And 9 more classes!! I will be taking a term break due to some health issues, but I look forward to hearing more about your MSN journey. Oh, and 4 children under ten, WHAT?! How in the world do you do it all? I bow to you!
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    That is great news! I'm going to start in March for IT. I wish I would have known about WGU when I completed my bachelors. I'm trying to convince my aunt to attend WGU to complete her bachelors. She is super nit picky and by the time she is done researching and comparing it to every other online school in the US I will be done with the IT program. I wanted to start sooner but my one school just sent off my transcripts last Friday. I've been telling everyone about WGU.

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    How many hours a week did you put into your classes? Did you have clinical hours ? I would love to hear more about your classes and assignments. I've checked them out online and can't get a grasp of what the course load would look like. I work full time w/ some on call responsibilities and also have a family...really need to be sure I can do it before I jump in!! Congrats to you!! Thanks
    In the beginning I devoted at minimum 2-3 hours an evening mixed in with a few full days (6-8hrs) to class work. As I got a good grasp on what was expected of me and fell into a good pattern, I was able to slow down a bit...but I made sure I did something every day, even if it was only for an hour. I remember the first few tasks I would submit then hold my breath waiting for them to be graded. I think that's normal because my thought was "I don't want to start on something and then find out I'm doing it all wrong". Once I figured out what was expected of me I could work on multiple tasks at a time.

    Most my assignments were papers, but there are a few tests in the program. They are proctored, well most are, by school supplied webcam or going to a testing center. I never used the webcam...they are pretty strict about noise and such and with my kids here I figured it would be best all around to head to a center.

    Some classes have up to five tasks (my biochem prereq comes to mind there) and some only have one. The average seemed to be about 3 tasks (papers, Powerpoints, etc) for many of the nursing classes. If you're good at writing papers, you'll do well in this program.

    There is no "clinical" persay, but there is a 90 hour community practicum. Depending where you live the rules can change. I'm in Wisconsin and it's a "non-regulated" state...meaning I didn't have a preceptor but I had to put in my 90 hours and document them for my paper. My practicum took 6 weeks for me to get all my hours. I did this last in my line up and that was good.

    You work with your student mentor and they call you weekly. They are your cheerleaders, information sources and have excellent recommendations. I love my mentor...she's amazing.

    I hope this helps a bit! I do agree talking to an admissions counselor is best. There have been recent changes to the program and they have the latest information.

    Best of luck in your decision!
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    Quote from rakcna
    What are the pre requisites to the program? I'll be graduating with my ADN next January with close to 90 credits. Also, how much is the tuition?
    The exact cost is $3395...I just got my bill for my next term. That's per term, or 6 months. So I paid that amount for 35 credits. Not bad at all!
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    I also completed my BSN at WGU in May and started my MSN in Nursing Education in August. I absolutely love this school. It makes it completely doable for busy parents and those who work. My husband recently started school in a more traditional style and it reminded me how much better WGU works It's GREAT.
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    RN-Mommy when you say that you did your practicum unattended, what does that mean? Where did you go and what did you have to do?


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