The Western Governors Pre-Licensure BSN Nursing program is no longer an "accelerated" program. It used to be a 2 year program, it has now been extended to 2 1/2 years. I believe the change was made about 1 1/2 years ago. Its unfortunate they extended it 6 months. Not only does it take longer to get through the program, it also costs about $4500 more. This brings the program cost up to ~$24,000, close to other traditional private BSN programs. I heard the reason for the length extension was to allow students to complete pre-reqs during the first few months and to extend the pediatric and obstetrics classes/labs/clinicals. Although this is still a good program, the extension was unnecessary. They could have taken one week away from other classes and added it to peds and ob.
Although WGU can't really be considered Accelerated and Affordable anymore at least it is still Accredited.
I believe it is beneficial for pre-licensures student’s to have an extra 6 months. You have to remember that pre-licensure means you are staring with no experience. The added 6 months help to teach basics such as taking correct blood pressure. Someone with no medical background would have no idea how to do this and how to tell if a patient is arrhythmic or has another other issues.
Here is another example of accelerated nursing, I work with a home health agency, we had an RN go out and open a case, I was assigned as the follow up LVN. I received report from the RN stating that the patient has a pacemaker. I schedule an appointment with the patient, go do my assessment and find that the patient has a port-a-cath not a pacemaker. I looked through his discharge paperwork nothing about a pacemaker. Then i called the MD just to make sure, and guess what no pacemaker. This RN went to a WCU cranked out in 2 years.
Nursing has become a sport to see who can finish first; it is a business especially in California. Private schools like WCU have over saturated the market with new grad RN’s. Most private school salesman like WCU convinces most new students to register by telling them that if they finish early they will make more money. Two of my friends fell for that line, they finished their BSN with WCU. Each paid around 95,000 they have been looking for hospital jobs for about 9 months. They have very little or no experience, just clinical experience, and cannot get hired. Two other RN’s that I work with at the home health agency, graduated from PCC with an ADN, they also cannot get find a job. They have been able to differ or change terms of their Sallie Mae loan but private loans they have to start paying. Yes there is a demand for nurses in California but no one says a demand for experienced nurse’s not new grads. That is why experienced nurses from other states and countries are shipped in.
I personally believe accelerated BSN schools should be no less than 3 years, especially if you are coming in with no medical background. The more education one receives the better.
I see from previous post you are in the WGU pre-licensure program, how are you liking the program? I will hopefully start this march.
If you know of another private school with a BSN program that is shorter or more important less expensive then WGU I would love the info, I’m all for saving money...
Last edit by Theone40 on Jan 10, '13