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Has anyone done the WGU online RN to BSN program?

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CrunchRN has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health.

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I have been considering this also.

Can anyone tell me how much it cost them to get their BSN through this program?

Any scholarships that you found?

Thanks very much for any info.

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christy78 has 10 years experience and specializes in icu,er,w/c.

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Yes, still in it! I am finishing up BSN portion this month and will start on MSN stuff. That's a BSN in 4 months. I am not going to lie; it's hard work and requires determination but anyone can do it if they want to. the grades are pass or fail and on the official transcript it states at the top all "pass" grades are equivalent to a traditional "B" all credits are issues as stated.

I will be transferring to UTA for their post master's FNP program and have checked with them multiple times and it will transfer just like any other MSN. I also have spoken to 2 other students that have already transferred to a FNP program and did not have any issues either.

Hope that helps.

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CrunchRN has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health.

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Christy,

Congrats! How much did it end up costing you for the BSN portion?

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mtsteelhorse has 16 years experience and specializes in Correctional Nursing; MSN student.

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What about statistics? Did you take that at WGU? How hard is it? Would you say the program is hard or requires a lot of time? I'm not sure what to do at this point. They are still waiting on my transcripts. The admission counselor has not been very good. So my initial impression has not been favorable. It's between WGU and Ohio Univ. Thanks for all the detailed info! I have a BS and ADN but it appears I will need some courses besides the nursing curriculum unless they are generous with credit transfers.

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christy78 has 10 years experience and specializes in icu,er,w/c.

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Cost is same for BSN and MSN, 3250.00 per semester (6months) and a 1 time 450.00 nursing fee with the first semester. Plus the cost of any books u may need. They tell u what books you will need and depending on how competent you are in that subject you decide which book/books to buy. I only bought 1 book (so far)and got it off half.com for 18.00 but others have needed to buy all recommended textbooks and will only buy from university which will cost hundreds, so it's up to you what you want to spend.

I did not have to take statistics it is not a required pre-req for WGU. Sorry you got such a bad enrollment counselor; mine was incredible. I think though that is what pushed me to this school if it had been an awful experience I might never have enrolled.

They have a generous transfer policy. Check out the website.

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mtsteelhorse has 16 years experience and specializes in Correctional Nursing; MSN student.

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Christy78, thank you for so much great information. I wish the enrollment counselor I'm dealing with would know as much. I'm pretty confident they told me I needed stats as there are a bunch of requirements to meet aside from nursing courses. I'll delve into this a bit further. Thanks for all your input. The meat and potatoes of a program is what we gain an understanding of on this site. You're a tremendous help!:yeah:

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Thanks, Christy, for being so specific. I would like to encourage any other WGU students to write a more thorough description of their experience including dates and time lines, fees, counselors, books, tests and all the other things that other students are going to ask about anyway.

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Also, Christy, about how long do you think it will take to get your MSN?

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I am also in the process of enrolling at WGU for the RN to BSN, maybe the MSN, if all goes well. Took the pre-admission test the other day. Counselor says 3-5 days to see how I did. They haven't asked for any transcripts yet.

It sounds as if there are an awful lot of papers to write. I was under the impression that it was studying course material, then taking a test. Would really like to know. I write well but hate it. Can you shed some light on which courses would be essay, which testing?

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Hi,

I absolutely love WGU! I'm finishing up my statistics class and, although it's very challenging, I find that if I pace myself and do the homework assignments it's not all that bad. I was all set to go to University of Phoenix until the director of the ER/ICU where I work told me about WGU. She actually graduated from U of P but found out about WGU from the ICU lead nurse, who went to WGU and earned her BSN in 8 months. Of course, not everyone is going to go that fast, but you set your pace and if you have the time, you can finish a lot faster than what it would take if you were to go to a classroom setting university. WGU was started by 18 Governors and it's fully accredited. AND it's not for profit. U of P wanted 25,000 for a BSN degree.

I started my first class in January of this year and expect to finish in December of this year or maybe January of next year. It will cost me a total of 7,500. It's well worth it.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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christy78 has 10 years experience and specializes in icu,er,w/c.

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Also, Christy, about how long do you think it will take to get your MSN?

Hi VINSTER, sorry for the late response, I do not get the chance to check this site much but you can always reach me via private email. To your question my goal is complete the MSN portion in 1 term, 6 months. I know that's a bit extreme and in reality it will probably take 2 terms 1 year. I completed the BSN portion in 4 months, so with a little hard work and determination anything is possible. I love WGU, fits my lifestyle perfectly. I am very busy and WGU allows me to do my work on my time schedule. Hope that helps.

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I am planning on doing WGU, I looked into Excelsior, but it takes too long. I hope I can do it in 4 months or 6. I hope to start April 1. I will be on the phone with them tomorrow. I am motivated by this.

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