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WGU....requires RN to BSN student to work at least part time???

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by gia_89 gia_89 (New) New

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Hi, I am looking for some insight. I was told by an admissions counselor at WGU that I was required to work at least 20 hours a week in order to complete the RN to BSN program. This is first I have ever heard anything like this. I did see that the admission requirement was to be working as an RN, which is fine and understandable. I do work, but only one 12 hour shift a week. I haven't come across another school with these kind of requirements yet. Any suggestions, insights, or alternative schools comparable to WGU would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance :) !

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pmabraham has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

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I was told the requirement was to volunteer or work as an RN; I was not told there was a minimum number of hours per week. The only time I heard "20 hours" was related to the amount of time they want you to put into studying. The volunteer/work requirement is so that we don't have to do clinicals.

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Hmmm, this is why I called and talked to a second admission counselor, lol. Just to double check that the first one was giving accurate information. And again I was told I had to be working, in a RN position, for at least 20 hours a week in order to be accepted. And yes this was in place of actual clinical time. I have researched dozens of schools and no one has implemented this form of obtaining 'clinical hours'. I am kind of bummed because I really wanted to attend this school, but being required to work two days a week, full time school, and homeschooling; it's just not in the cards :( .

Thanks for your response!!!!

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NurseRoRo has 16 years experience and specializes in Med Surg, Case Management, OR.

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I am in the process of applying to WGU for RN-BSN program. The info I read and the enrollment counselor I spoke with both stated the requirement of having an active RN license and working a minimum of 20 hrs in a job as a RN. I am planning to use my employer's school reimbursement benefit, too, which requires a minimum of 6 months of employment with them, a minimum of 20 hrs per week active work, as well as having no write-ups before or during the time I'm asking to be reimbursed.

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AJJKRN has 6+ years experience and specializes in Medical-Surgical/Float Pool/Stepdown.

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I was told the requirement was to volunteer or work as an RN; I was not told there was a minimum number of hours per week. The only time I heard "20 hours" was related to the amount of time they want you to put into studying. The volunteer/work requirement is so that we don't have to do clinicals.

I can see where the "so we don't have to do clinicals" part comes to your mind but the work requirements as an RN should be because the classes are competency based. This is how it was explained to me anyways when interviewing my background for contingent acceptance.

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