WGU-Texas B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) Graduates
- 0Jan 28, '12 by Annette32Hi,
Are there any graduates from WGU Texas who have completed the online program? How was your experience? Are the degrees recognised by employers?
I am considering enrolling into their program but I don't want to waste my time if I can't get a job. This is ideal for me as I am seeking a career change but not in the position to quit my current job. Any information would be helpful. Basically, would you recommend this program?
Thanks in advance!
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- 1Jan 28, '12 by WARNstudentI haven't been in the program but have done some extensive research into it due to my own interest. Something that tends to set WGU apart from most other programs is the prerequisite of biochemistry. Biochem requires organic chemistry which requires chem 2 which requires chem 1. So many prereqs! To answer your question, my understanding is that it is impossible to have a full time job and extremely difficult to have a part time job during that program. Although the classes are online, they are very challenging and you have to attend clinicals in person at the time they schedule you for. Also, the classes being online notwithstanding, you attend in a cohort and must progress with them. If you fall too far behind you have to wait for the next cohort and reapply. If this is something that you truly want to do you need to prepare to be owned for the next two years regardless of which route you take. As far as WGU goes, it looks like a very good school and I am still strongly considering it. Good luck!
- 0Jan 31, '12 by HIMtoRN2bQuote from WARNstudentThat is not completely accurate, although some schools likely do have those requirements for biochemistry. WGU can provide you with a list of approved biochemistry courses. None of them require previous chemistry. It is one course in chemistry and as far as chemistry goes it is one of the easier ones.Biochem requires organic chemistry which requires chem 2 which requires chem 1.
WGU has a partnership with Straighterline and Straighterline does offer biochem with no prereqs. It is $99 a month to enroll in Straighterline and then a $40 fee for the biochem course and you need to buy a lab kit that is $98. Straighterline can be transferred to some schools, but that is a bit of a gamble. If a school works with ACE for credit evaluations, it may transfer. It will absolutely be accepted by WGU though. If you contact a WGU pre-licensure advisor they can provide you with a list of approved biochem class and many of them are online.
I would recommend WGU, based on what I have seen so far, if you are extremely disciplined and can complete your work on your own at home. I have extensive previous online learning experience and can tell you that online learning is not as easy as it sounds. You have to be very very self-motivated. Yep, learned that the hard way! If you struggle to keep a schedule or manage time at home then WGU might not be for you.
In my area the clinicals are scheduled for working adults except for the last part of the program that is clinical intensive. Your clinicals will mostly be evenings and weekends at first but towards the end you'll need to be a lot more flexible. This is what I have been advised by nursing admissions in my area, your mileage may vary. I have to work while going to school, but I'm already in an intense program and making that work. It just means 3 hours of sleep a night and very little family time. I am screwing around on the internet this morning because I am burned out. Very. Burned. Out.
- 0Jan 31, '12 by HIMtoRN2bI realized after posting that I was mistaken and biochem from Straighterline is not currently accepted. A&P I and II with lab are, as are nutrition, psychology, sociology, pharmaco, and math and some general ed stuff. However, on the list of accepted biochem courses there are several that have no prereqs. I'll be taking it from Weber State, which is on the list, and there are no prereqs. Sorry about the confusion. For some reason I had put it in my notes that biochem from Straighterline was approved but it is not on the list of approved Straighterline courses my advisor sent me. Either it has changed recently or I was mistaken and it is probably the latter.
- 0Mar 3, '13 by txnurstudSo, has any of you been accepted into the program? If so, how is the first semester? Or you all enrolled in the DFW area of Texas or in another city of Texas? Do you have any additional insight on getting admitted into the WGU DFW Online BSN program?
I really appreciate any insight you all can share!