The program is very intensive, and the clinical hours continue to increase with each rotation. I know at least two of the six gals in my co-hort maintain employment..although to the best of my knowledge they have made arrangements for a leave of absence towards the end of our two year curriculum.
I hold a degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette so I can say with confidence that comparing WGU to a brick and mortar school is like comparing apples to oranges....so don't even try!
In my opinion, WGU and the Pre-Licensure program is progressive, innovative, current, and absolutely geared towards fostering competence and leadership in their nursing students.
I have never, not once had an issue with Financial Aid.
This program is CCNE accredited, and I love, love, love it. Seriously. Check it out! Give 'em a call, and you'll have a better idea as to whether or not the school will be a good fit for you, what classes transfer, etc.
My last thought? During rotations, you work 1:1 with a staff nurse during their scheduled shift! (For me the first few rotations are at the VA Hospital in Indy.)
I cannot say enough about the value of this experience.
So...there ya go. Sounds like you've got two people already in the program telling you to explore WGU a little further!