WGU So Cal August Cohort - page 5

I just submitted my application for the August cohort. I will be coming from San Diego, so will do my clinicals in Orange County. If you're applying for August in So Cal, feel free to pop in and... Read More

  1. by   JD2RN
    Quote from CenterCourtRN
    Did you ever hear back?
    Just got the email that I did not get into October.
  2. by   CenterCourtRN
    Quote from JD2RN
    Just got the email that I did not get into October.
    Oh no, im so sorry. Seems like the CA cohorts for WGU are getting smaller. When is the next one after the Oct?

    Are there other schools that you are looking at?
  3. by   JD2RN
    Quote from CenterCourtRN
    Oh no, im so sorry. Seems like the CA cohorts for WGU are getting smaller. When is the next one after the Oct?

    Are there other schools that you are looking at?
    The next cohort isn't until May. Thanks for your encouragement, but I think I am done trying.
  4. by   CenterCourtRN
    Quote from JD2RN
    The next cohort isn't until May. Thanks for your encouragement, but I think I am done trying.
    Give up on WGU I understand. Please don't give up on being a nurse, there are plenty of schools out there!
  5. by   JD2RN
    Quote from CenterCourtRN
    Give up on WGU I understand. Please don't give up on being a nurse, there are plenty of schools out there!
    I am almost 44, and homeschool two children. This was the only program that was going to work for me. I already turned down another program for Fall 2018. It's just not meant to be.
  6. by   caliotter3
    It is a shame that after all this time in the area, WGU is so 'restrictive'. Cedars should not be allowed to use WGU as a degree 'mill' for its employees. Giving preference to 50% of each class, or better yet 25% of each class, could be seen as fair. But to commandeer every cohort that goes through Cedars does a great disservice to area personnel who do not have the good fortune of having been hired by C-S.
  7. by   JD2RN
    Quote from caliotter3
    It is a shame that after all this time in the area, WGU is so 'restrictive'. Cedars should not be allowed to use WGU as a degree 'mill' for its employees. Giving preference to 50% of each class, or better yet 25% of each class, could be seen as fair. But to commandeer every cohort that goes through Cedars does a great disservice to area personnel who do not have the good fortune of having been hired by C-S.
    I spoke with WGU this morning, and the admissions advisor confirmed that every person accepted into the cohort was a Cedars employee. I never had a chance, which would have been nice to know before I spent the money to retake the TEAS. The next cohort isn't until May 2019.

    To put this in perspective, I graduated magna cum laude/phi beta kappa from a top 10 undergrad, have a law degree from a top 3 school, had a 94.7 on my TEAS, a 3.25 in science, including 3 MSN level courses in patho and pharma, volunteered for 2 years at Planned Parenthood and in the ICU and ED of a major teaching hospital, am a veteran, speak several languages, and had letters of recommendation from employers and grad level nursing faculty, and I still couldn't get in.
  8. by   kellymarie1537
    I'm sorry JD2RN! I'll be applying for the May Cohort if I don't get into any LVN to ADN programs at any JCs. I think that it's unfair that there is a bias towards Cedar's employees. I get it from Cedar's perspective, but it doesn't give anyone else outside of Cedars a fair shot. I hear ELACC has a good program, have you looked at them?
  9. by   SurfCA40
    Quote from caliotter3
    It is a shame that after all this time in the area, WGU is so 'restrictive'. Cedars should not be allowed to use WGU as a degree 'mill' for its employees. Giving preference to 50% of each class, or better yet 25% of each class, could be seen as fair. But to commandeer every cohort that goes through Cedars does a great disservice to area personnel who do not have the good fortune of having been hired by C-S.
    I agree it's unfortunate, but I'd imagine the school is powerless in it. If they disagree, then Cedars could just pull their contract for clinicals and then no one gets to go. I spoke to the California director months ago and she told me how they were having a hard time obtaining clinical spots and that the board of nursing is biased against the "hybrid" style of learning and have thus made it hard for WGU to get more clinical spots at different hospitals.
  10. by   JD2RN
    Quote from SurfCA40
    I agree it's unfortunate, but I'd imagine the school is powerless in it. If they disagree, then Cedars could just pull their contract for clinicals and then no one gets to go. I spoke to the California director months ago and she told me how they were having a hard time obtaining clinical spots and that the board of nursing is biased against the "hybrid" style of learning and have thus made it hard for WGU to get more clinical spots at different hospitals.
    I agree that they are at the mercy of their clinical partners. I guess that I am just frustrated because I was led to believe since February that I was going to get into this program (so much so that I turned down another program and already have all the books).

    First, the April cohort gets cancelled and offers rescinded. People in limbo for months not knowing what is happening to them re their offers. Then, you are told by the director herself that there would be two cohorts in August (and I'm told not to bother retaking my TEAS, when I knew I could have scored better, because I was such a "strong candidate").

    Then, August turns out to only have one cohort, which is filled almost exclusively from the people whose offers were rescinded in April. Then, I am told that I am such a strong candidate (purportedly ranked second out of all the applicants), so to please apply for October.

    But then later, after being told that Cedars employees would get a "preference" in admissions, it turns out that I actually have zero chance of being selected for October because the cohort is *exclusively* for Cedars folks.

    Now they are saying that there won't be another cohort until May at Huntington because they've lost their clinical partner in OC (for the time being -- no one knows how long). Meanwhile, they are getting 350+ applicants for each cohort of 10-12 spaces, with each group not selected just rolled over to the next cycle to compete with the next 350+ applicants. It just feels futile, at this point, and people should really be aware of the exceedingly long odds in applying to the program.
  11. by   SurfCA40
    Quote from JD2RN
    I agree that they are at the mercy of their clinical partners. I guess that I am just frustrated because I was led to believe since February that I was going to get into this program (so much so that I turned down another program and already have all the books).

    First, the April cohort gets cancelled and offers rescinded. People in limbo for months not knowing what is happening to them re their offers. Then, you are told by the director herself that there would be two cohorts in August (and I'm told not to bother retaking my TEAS, when I knew I could have scored better, because I was such a "strong candidate").

    Then, August turns out to only have one cohort, which is filled almost exclusively from the people whose offers were rescinded in April. Then, I am told that I am such a strong candidate (purportedly ranked second out of all the applicants), so to please apply for October.

    But then later, after being told that Cedars employees would get a "preference" in admissions, it turns out that I actually have zero chance of being selected for October because the cohort is *exclusively* for Cedars folks.

    Now they are saying that there won't be another cohort until May at Huntington because they've lost their clinical partner in OC (for the time being -- no one knows how long). Meanwhile, they are getting 350+ applicants for each cohort of 10-12 spaces, with each group not selected just rolled over to the next cycle to compete with the next 350+ applicants. It just feels futile, at this point, and people should really be aware of the exceedingly long odds in applying to the program.
    You have every right to be upset and frustrated, and by no means did I mean to diminish your feelings. If I came across that way, I do sincerely apologize. You never know what is going to happen and if it is your dream, I say keep going, you're extremely qualified for it. Unfortunately, the WGU program seems to be falling apart right now.

    Remember though they had gotten approved by Placentia Linda hospital to have more cohorts there; however, it was declined by the CA BRN. You never know if and when the CA BRN could approve that contract. I had read posts on this forum of people getting called out of the blue with an offer of admission because they were able to start another cohort due to a newly acquired clinical partner.

    Keep your head up!
  12. by   caliotter3
    Disregarding any culpability on the part of WGU in any of the situations described by the OP, the very existence of all of this "flux" and, at times, misinformation, is one big reason why I turned away from the idea of continuing to deal with the school. And that decision was made years ago, when one could make an excuse for a new program having problems getting up and running.

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