WGU Prelicensure (former WCU student)

  1. Hey folks.

    I attended WCU for a bit over a year. Did all my prerequisites and started in the first clinical term. However, I've been battling with depression for many years and it unfortunately got the better of me for a while there, and so I ended up leaving school. I've been working in my previous field, in which I have two other degrees, for the last year, but some folks around me have been pushing me to give chasing my nursing career another chance.

    Financially, I would be fine. The GI bill will pay for tuition and I would continue working to support myself and my kiddo. Mercifully, I walked away from WCU with minimal debt.

    Can any other older working folks who have done the WGU program speak to what life is like during the program? For example, managing competing demands on your time, how the lab and clinical times are structured, what your assignment schedules and timelines look like, and so on. Basically, I'm looking for a real-world overview of what to expect so I can make a good decision as to whether it could be a good fit for someone like me.

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  3. by   meanmaryjean
    First question is do you live in a state where it is offered? (IN, TX, UT, CA, and FL)
  4. by   cjsiege
    Yes. Los Angeles, CA.
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    California is VERY difficult to get into unless you work at a partner hospital.
  6. by   NursingHopeful95
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    California is VERY difficult to get into unless you work at a partner hospital.
    This is extremely unfortunate for those of us who don't work at partner hospitals Any idea why California is doing this? I heard that there are more than enough partner hospital employees to fill each entire cohort. Essentially there is no room for outside applicants. I was very discouraged when I got this news. I'm a mom & this program was just So ideal for me.
  7. by   hopefulkim99
    Which partner hospitals? Cedars?
  8. by   VioletKaliLPN
    Can this program be done in another state if one is willing to travel?
  9. by   chellacam
    I have heard of students doing this. I think in the Indiana cohort they had a student from Chicago that would travel. I asked my enrollment counselor about doing it because I am in Ca and it is extremely competitive here and she said no. But you could always ask and see.