Has anyone done the WGU online RN to BSN program? - page 3

Has anyone taken any classes from Western Governors University, the RN to BSN program? It looks like a great program, but the classes are not your typical pay per class style. They go by a 6 month... Read More

  1. by   CrunchRN

    Congrats! How much did it end up costing you for the BSN portion?
  2. by   mtsteelhorse
    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.
  3. by   christy78
    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.
  4. by   mtsteelhorse
    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!
  5. by   Vinster
    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.
  6. by   Vinster
    Also, Christy, about how long do you think it will take to get your MSN?
  7. by   AroundtheBlockRN
    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?
  8. by   Caid

    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.
  9. by   christy78
    Quote from Vinster
    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.
  10. by   Erikadawn RN
    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.
  11. by   laRN1
    Thanks everyone. So far this has been the most informative thread about WGU. Thanks again and good luck with your studies!
  12. by   designer-mommy
    Yes, thanks for all of the information! I will definitely keep track of this thread. I'm seriously considering WGU, so I'd love to hear all I can about this program.
  13. by   purpledrop
    Hi Christy 78 and everyone else!!! I am also very interested in WGU. First I was considering a regular college (meeting in class, etc.) but thought I'd save a lot more time doing it online (no travelling, parking, lectures), especially if it is said on their website that RN-BSN can be completed in 1 year.
    I have a few questions,that noone asked before, if you don't mind.

    1.Does BSN diploma indicate that my degree is earned online? How soon do they mail you a diploma?

    2.WGU website says that if you hold AAS in Nursing then "You will likely be able to transfer all requirements except
    nursing BSN classes". College I graduated from and got AAS in nursing did not give us a chemistry, nutrition, biochemistry or literature classes, does it mean that I will have to take it for WGU on line or should I take it in regular college (I am not so great at Chemistry and won't be able to study on my own)

    3.What does WGU mean by these courses:???
    Language and Communications
    Quantitative Literacy
    Behavioral Science

    4.I am not looking to complete RN to BSN in 6 months, 1 year is fine with me. I am also very busy, smal children, full time job, approximately how many HRS a week I should study to complete my program in 1 year?

    5.Do they have theirdead lines for papers, projects, tests, etc? Or they credit you when they receive your work?

    6. Is it posible to ask the name(last name) or your advisor(since I see that many people would not go on with the program due to miscommunication with their advisor?

    Thank you very much for your help and good luck to everyone with their studies!!!
    P.s. Please forgive me for any mistakes , English is not my native language