I am currently in WGU’s RN-MSN program with the BSN option. I did tons of research and found this school to be the best choice for me. I applied and had been accepted with transcripts evaluated within 1 week. Tuition was discussed up front but I was also informed it wouldn’t be due until 30 days after start of program. I was very pleased with the enrollment counselor. Then came my personal mentor and I couldn’t be more happy! I started October 1st and haven’t slowed down yet. I also wanted to know "how" it worked before I signed up, so I will try to help-
To answer a few questions from the previous post they do require all essays to be in APA format but give us many resources on how to do so. (webinars, websites, sample papers)
They also give a huge transfer policy for pre-reqs basically all RN’s get a requirement met and are only required to complete the nursing portions of the RN-BSN or RN-MSN program.
All BSN courses can be completed from your own computer. I know one class “organizational systems” says it is an objective exam but it is not I just turned it in November 2nd and it consisted of 2 essays. Only 2 or 3 MSN program classes have to be taken at a center, (local college or sylvan learning center) If you can't go to a center they send you a free webcam so it can be completed from home.
All tasks consist of essays, power points, graphs, different projects to show you understand, once completed you submit them for evaluation and they come back within 3 days either labeled as “meets requirement” or “needs revision” (with an explanation of what needs revised)
Each COS (course of study=class) Comes with a list of required learning resources (textbooks) that can be purchased anywhere to aide in completion of the required tasks for that COS. Each COS also has extra material available at no cost, FYI; I didn’t purchase text books for my first 2 classes and passed without any problems.
The mandatory EWB class has to be taken by all students (it’s a review of how the college works) and they give 20 days to complete it. I did it in 2 days and started my first real class on day 3.
For undergrad status (BSN) they place 12 credits on your list at a time and when you have completed those; then they add more. For the graduate(MSN) they place 8 credits at a time. For instance I started 10/1/2010 and it said;
EWB required completion date 10/20/2010
class #1 required completion 11/26
class #2 require completion 12/30 and so on.
Each class has a standard timeframe to complete it, BUT you move as fast as you want I certainly have!
So since October 1st I have completed 3 courses and working on 4th (Yes, that’s a total of 13 credits so far!!) I will have my BSN in less than 6 months and working on my master’s
Don't get me wrong it's hard work and takes devotion but anything worth having is worth working for!
Good Luck! Please feel free to email me privately for any other WGU related questions.