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

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... Read More

  1. Visit  alotusforyou} profile page
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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 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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  3. Visit  rnrules11} profile page
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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!
  4. Visit  DoeRN} profile page
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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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  5. Visit  RN*mommy} profile page
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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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  6. Visit  RN*mommy} profile page
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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!
  7. Visit  cortneyrileyRN} profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  Bruce_Wayne} profile page
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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?
  9. Visit  Stephalump} profile page
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    This is so great to know! I'm working on my ADN and realizing I may have made a mistake going this route over a BSN. If I find myself unemployed after passing the NCELX I'd like to get my BSN as quickly as possible before I "expire" so that's great to know!
  10. Visit  SleeepyRN} profile page
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    Biochemistry? The pre-reqs for that are inorganic chem I, inorganic chem II, Organic Chem I, and most often Organic chem II. Thats FOUR semesters of chemistry before you can even start biochem. That's 1.5 to 2 years on top of the months and months of nursing.
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    Biochemistry? The pre-reqs for that are inorganic chem I, inorganic chem II, Organic Chem I, and most often Organic chem II. Thats FOUR semesters of chemistry before you can even start biochem. That's 1.5 to 2 years on top of the months and months of nursing.
    Um...no. I had no college chemistry prior to enrolling in WGU's RN-BSN program. I was required to take Biochem. No other chemistry courses.
  12. Visit  RN*mommy} profile page
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    Quote from Bruce_Wayne
    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?
    Living in an unregulated state means I didn't have to have a set preceptor. Instead I visited many different community organizations and interviewed many people in the organizations from nurses, APNs, doctors, dieticians...I even interviewed a police officer who works for the community I focused on. I have to admit I thought the practicum would be easy, but in actuality it was not easy finding people to talk to. I had to jump out of my comfort zone and do drop-in's at some places. In the end it was so worth it though. I learned so much about my community.
  13. Visit  RN*mommy} profile page
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    Quote from klone

    Um...no. I had no college chemistry prior to enrolling in WGU's RN-BSN program. I was required to take Biochem. No other chemistry courses.
    Ditto to Klone. I did take general chemistry before being accepted into my ADN program, but that was because I never touched a chemistry class in high school. WGU had me do biochem, that's it.
  14. Visit  Bruce_Wayne} profile page
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    Quote from RN*mommy
    Living in an unregulated state means I didn't have to have a set preceptor. Instead I visited many different community organizations and interviewed many people in the organizations from nurses, APNs, doctors, dieticians...I even interviewed a police officer who works for the community I focused on. I have to admit I thought the practicum would be easy, but in actuality it was not easy finding people to talk to. I had to jump out of my comfort zone and do drop-in's at some places. In the end it was so worth it though. I learned so much about my community.
    Wow thank you for answering my question. Even after talking to an enrollment counselor, I didn't have a good idea of what people actually did for their practicum. What you described sounds pretty cool.


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