Good-bye UT-A. Hello WGU.

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SweettartRN

661 Posts

Has 1 years experience.
Welcome, fellow GSU student!

Sweettart - I'm doing nutrition right now. It's an objective assessment (test, rather than essays/papers) so even though I just started, I've requested to take the exam next week. I figure I have three chances to take the exam, so if I don't pass it next week, I'll just take it again in a few weeks.

I also have to do Biochem, and then I'll be onto the core nursing courses. That's ambitious for you to try to do it in one term! I'm giving myself two full terms (which would put my graduation at the end of June).

Klone, thanks for the info.

After finding out that only 10 of my 250 college/university/graduate credits would apply towards UT-A's RN-BSN program . . .

I had a similar same issue with UT-A: They seemed to randomly and arbitrarily choose what credits they would accept. One small example - they accepted my Dev Psych class but not my Intro to Psych class. When I questioned it - pointing out for example that it was a pre-req for the Dev Psych course they'd accepted - and asked for the reasoning behind the decision, the advisor simply stated that her ruling was that that she would not accept it and I'd have to take it again. End of story. This pattern continue to repeat and as I've since found both out on the UT-A thread and through posts like yours, is apparently a common theme at UT-A. The cynic in me thinks that this is their way of simply trying to maximize their revenue (they also recently raised their tuition quite a bit, but it still is far less than many schools).

So I threw in the towel - after completing over 300 credits and earning 3 degrees, including a grad degree, I'm not willing to put up with such nonsense - and opted instead for the OU program. While I'm still waiting for my final evaluation, my advisor (someone who unlike her counterpart at UT-A, doesn't act like I'm wasting her time when I phoned to ask about the evaluation) has indicated that she believes I've satisfied all their pre-reqs.

I'm sure UT-A is a good school but I want nothing more to do with them.

KrysyRN, BSN

285 Posts

Has 32 years experience.
KrysyRN -- good grief, I've finally met someone with more credits than me!! LOL. 220+ and counting. :D Good for you for making the leap -- I did the same thing when I was doing my BSN, when the school I was looking at started making all these credit demands ... ummm, nope.

Everyone on the Distance forum really seems to enjoy WGU, and I hope you do as well. :)

Thanks, Lunah.. Add me to the people who really like this school so far :)

KrysyRN, BSN

285 Posts

Has 32 years experience.

Chuckster, I read all of your posts about UT-A before I applied there. I was hoping for better luck, and I was feeling certain they'd accept just about all my general ed/required related courses, and the only prereqs I'd need to take would be the Government and History courses (3 classes). Oh how wrong I was. It doesn't make ANY SENSE that I would be required to retake nearly every prereq at UT-A, especially when I had aced these classes at 2 other universities and 1 college. The classes were match-for-match classes. I'm with you on their financial motives..

In the past, I worked at a hospital where UT nursing students had their clinicals, and the students were the most professional and prepared that I had worked with. I think there were at least 4 or 5 different schools that trained on my unit at the time...

BetterMeRN

720 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg Nurse, Homecare, Visiting Nurse. Has 4 years experience.

So, I'm just waiting for my credits to be evaluated to see how many classes I have to take. I want to start ASAP, but I guess I'll have to wait until October.

Does anyone know what to expect, how many papers? I read somewhere for 18-20 papers total.

Has anyone heard from Lisa1980? Did she get her BSN degree?

klone, MSN, RN

14,572 Posts

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 17 years experience.

Lisa did turn in her last paper for her last class a couple weeks ago. I believe it took her 4 months total to finish the program.

You should plan on 3-6 papers for each of the core nursing classes.

I've got to say, after being at Frontier Nursing University for three terms, so far I'm finding WGU to be pretty easy. I had to work HARD (and I consider myself a very strong writer) to get A's on my papers at Frontier, and so far, the stuff I've turned in at WGU, I haven't considered it my best efforts by far, but I'm still getting "Very well written!" comments from the evaluators. So I guess I'm glad that I started at Frontier, because the paper-writing thus far for me has been fairly straightforward and relatively easy.

BetterMeRN

720 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg Nurse, Homecare, Visiting Nurse. Has 4 years experience.

How long after taking the assessment test did you get the results? It's been a week, I haven't heard anything. My credits haven't been evaluated yet, it seems like the process has slowed down drastically. I want to start the BSN program asap, I really thought this school was one of the better schools as far as the process of getting things done timely.

KrysyRN, BSN

285 Posts

Has 32 years experience.
How long after taking the assessment test did you get the results? It's been a week, I haven't heard anything.

I'm still waiting too.. Hopefully very soon!

kcdunlap

183 Posts

Guess I was the lucky one. After holding out for UT-A for a long time and straighten everything out the only thing I need besides the nursing classes I only have to take one Math statistics class..... All and all compared to the other college I was excepted to there were many more nursing classes that they required; so I was very happy to see the evaluation my UT-A that I didn't need to take a million classes...

RNTriathlete

95 Posts

Guess I was the lucky one. After holding out for UT-A for a long time and straighten everything out the only thing I need besides the nursing classes I only have to take one Math statistics class..... All and all compared to the other college I was excepted to there were many more nursing classes that they required; so I was very happy to see the evaluation my UT-A that I didn't need to take a million classes...

How long did it take the UTA nursing department to get back to you after your transfer evaluation from the University was done? I am still trying to figure out the best RN to BSN program and I am curious how long it will take.

Thanks!

kcdunlap

183 Posts

How long did it take the UTA nursing department to get back to you after your transfer evaluation from the University was done? I am still trying to figure out the best RN to BSN program and I am curious how long it will take.

Thanks!

My academic evaluations were emailed on Aug 11 and the RN-BSN emailed me the first MAP on Aug 31. There were 2/3 classes I thought they should have accepted so I called the evaluator and she looked again and got back to me on Sept 1 with a MAP that only included the nursing classes and the statistics class....

UT-A takes for ever to put you through there system. And to top it off I was put on hold because of a previous enrollment and nobody picked up on that I was no longer active for a long time. So, I'd say with UT-A apply because even if you get accepted you have like a year to register for any classes....