WGU MSN degrees appropriate for a Post-MSN FNP program???

  1. I'm a Navy Nurse and am trying to figure out options for obtaining my FNP while on active duty. I plan on separating from service in 2017 and with my current work/deployment schedule I feel it would be very difficult to complete a program with a lot of clinical coursework. After doing some research, a better option for me now may be to obtain an MSN (leadership or education) then complete a post-MSN FNP certificate program. While on active duty my Tuition Assistance (TA) would cover most of my expenses without incurring more commitment to the navy. Then I can use my GI Bill when I get out to finish the FNP certificate.

    With that being said, would the MSN programs that WGU offer be eligible for most state university programs for a post-MSN certificate? I'm a little concerned because they use "Comeptency Units" instead of credit hours. I do see that they are CCNE accredited so that is reassuring. Has anyone used an MSN from WGU to enter a post-MSN FNP program?? I'd love to hear ur experience!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   liberated847
    I'm curious about this as well
  4. by   TheCommuter
    My program mentor brought this issue up during our last phone appointment. She says, to stay on the safe side, do not complete any of WGU's MSN degree programs if you later aspire to obtain a post masters certification for FNP, ANP, PNP, GNP or PMHNP. She did not elaborate on the reasons.
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    I know that there are many post-MSN programs who HAVE and continue to accept WGU's MSNs for admission. Esp. with the recent changes to the programs that include the all-important 3 Ps.

    I think Commuter's mentor is erring on the side of caution- to potential student's detriment IMHO.
  6. by   anchorRN
    Oh wow I wonder what the reasoning for that would be?
  7. by   anchorRN
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I know that there are many post-MSN programs who HAVE and continue to accept WGU's MSNs for admission. Esp. with the recent changes to the programs that include the all-important 3 Ps.

    I think Commuter's mentor is erring on the side of caution- to potential student's detriment IMHO.
    Do u know any specific schools that do accept? And what would be the reason for not accepting their MSN? This university is very military AND budget friendly which is why it is very appealing to me. I've emailed an enrollment counsellor and hoping to hear back some good news.
  8. by   meanmaryjean
    Search the threads here- there is one that has posts from people accepted into such programs. I'd do it but I'm headed to bed after night shift!
  9. by   DisneyRNMSN
    The only time you run into an issue is if you are applying to a program that requires a higher GPA. Since all of WGU's CU's are equivalent to a 3.0, if you are applying to programs that require a 3.5, for example, you wouldn't make the cut. I know of several students, including one who recently was accepted into a CRNA/DNP program.
  10. by   MsvolsRN
    University of Tn-Knoxville will accept a WGU graduate into their FNP program even though their GPA requirement is 3.3 BUT you have to take the GRE and have an "acceptable" score.
  11. by   chrty_knox
    I am interested in this as well. I have heard from a few WGU graduates who went on to post Masters NP certificate and the only issue is the GPA from what I understand. Although quite a few found programs that accepted them without issue. I am currently in the ADN to MSN program at WGU and the new curriculum includes the 3p's. I am considering a post masters PMHNP and looking into USA University of South Alabama
  12. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I know that there are many post-MSN programs who HAVE and continue to accept WGU's MSNs for admission. Esp. with the recent changes to the programs that include the all-important 3 Ps.
    What do people mean when they refer to the three Ps?
  13. by   AZMOMO2
    Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology
  14. by   Kciccone
    Meanmaryjean- Can you tell me which post MSN programs you found? I completed the WGU MSN program for leadership and management and hope to find an online FNP or DNP program

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