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I am enrolling in WGU and determining my start date this coming week. I will have to complete 34 units which I am hoping to do in 2 terms or less. I was curious if anyone has any insight on how they scheduled their courses and in which order they completed their courses?

I know many of you intend to or have completed the program quite quickly and I am hoping to find some pointers on the best way to complete the courses to do that. I am not worried at all about the difficult of the nursing courses. I am actually only worried about the Stats and Biochem classes. Are they difficult? Do any BSN nursing courses have pre-reqs that I need to make sure I take in the first term?

I have looked through the threads and I see people posting their plans randomly in replies but I dont see an actual topic on the matter. I think it would be very helpful for us all to share our plans with eachother. :)

Thanks ahead of time :)

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

IMO, it doesn't really matter the order. Just focus on the task at hand and don't procrastinate. Each class is its own discrete entity, with the exception to the public health courses (HAT, HGT - not sure if they've been renamed). Good luck to you!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I will have to complete 34 units which I am hoping to do in 2 terms or less.

I started WGU's RN-to-BSN program in May 2014. I also had 34 credits to complete.

I started with Care of the Older Adult (DPV1) and completed that on May 12th. I was also working on Biochemistry simultaneously and had that course officially completed on May 16th. Then I vacationed out of state in late May and completed one of the tasks for the Organizational Systems course during my trip.

I did mostly nothing during June, with the exception of completing the Organizational Systems course at the end of that month. I completed the Health Assessment course and the Nutrition class in July. In August I completed Professional Roles/Values and the Information Management course.

So, I have earned 21 credits during the time frame from the beginning of May to the end of August. I am now enrolled in Community Health (C228) and a Statistics class. Community Health should be done by the end of this week if/when I pass my OA, and I'll hopefully have Statistics done before my first term concludes at the end of October.

@TheCommuter

Thank you for all your information. That is so awesome! That's really reassuring to know is doable. I'm so nervous about Biochem and Stats but it's seems doable. Would you say any of the courses were harder than others? Or do any have pre-reqs so that I know which is important to take first? I'm planning to complete 18 units per term. How many hours per week would you say you commit to your program? Thanks again!! I really appreciate it!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Would you say any of the courses were harder than others?
The Information Management course challenged me, but the cut score for the final exam is rather low, so I passed it on my first attempt after two weeks of studying. I enjoy writing, so all of the courses that required essays or writing assignments have been easy to me. However, one who dislikes writing may think these courses are difficult.

Or do any have pre-reqs so that I know which is important to take first?
WGU allows RN-to-BSN students to take any needed prerequisite courses throughout the program as corequisites. I entered the program in May 2014 needing biochemistry, statistics and health assessment. I completed biochemistry in mid May, health assessment in July, and statistics is currently in progress.
I'm planning to complete 18 units per term. How many hours per week would you say you commit to your program?
I probably devote an average of 20 hours of study time into the program weekly. Since I work 12 hour shifts and have four days off per week, I sometimes force myself to go to the public library on my days off to study for several hours straight.

AZMOMO2

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

I just started Sept 1 and had a bunch of pre-reqs to do including: History which is two parts, Humanities which is two parts, Speech, Biochem, Stats, Nutrition, and the regular BSN classes like Care of the Older Adult, Health Assessment, and the Community Health sections.As of today... I have completed 4 classes (9CUs) including both parts of History (GKE/GKT),Humanities OA, and Care of the Older Adult OA... I have the Humanities PA left and Biochem as my "semester" but I will be completed with Humanities this week and will tackle Biochem after that and hope to have the first task on that one turned in by next week. My mentor is pretty good about keeping classes open and will add another one to my semester as soon as I finish the Humanities project ... my semester ends in Feb, so I think I'll have at this rate, everything except my Community Health sections finished in one semester. At this point it's taken me two days per task to do, and I just took the Pre-Assessments for the OA classes and if I scored high enough I scheduled the tests and used the coaching reports to look over anything that I may have gotten stuck on. So far I am really liking this. I'll probably have completed about 23-25 CUs this semester.

That is so awesome good for you. It's super encouraging to know that ya'll are doing so well. I'm super excited. I'm just waiting on some final things for enrollment. I'm hoping my start date will be Nov 1.

ashleyisawesome, BSN, RN

Specializes in LDRP.

I started August first. So far I have completed 16 credits in this order:

Care of the Older Adult

Professional Roles and Values

Language and Communication (speech)

Themes in US&World History

Apps in US&World History

Biochem

Nutrition

I am now working on the first part of Community Health (C228).

I work the weekend program, and I have M-F off, so I have been working on school a lot during the week. I also took a week off for vacation mid august!

My mentor is the one who is basically planning the order of which courses I take. I started with care of the older adult and then moved onto biochem, it seems that most people do these first and then the rest varies. my last course I finished was C228 (community health) and I was planning on moving on to RUP/RUC (professional roles and development), but my mentor emailed me and they are changing the course to a new plan. I think this will be a good thing, as usually when they change a course it's because they have listened to other students concerns about the class and modified the course.

Thank you for the info. It's awesome :) I'm so excited just waiting on my Nov 1 start date!!

I am curious about the pre-req courses the RN to BSN students take. Do they make you do them through StraighterLine or do they offer them actually from the school?

I know pre-licensing we already have to have them completed in which I have done but I was just curious about that because they always say they don't have those courses through the school.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

All classes are offered through the program, including any prereqs (nutrition, A&P, micro, biochem, etc).

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I am curious about the pre-req courses the RN to BSN students take. Do they make you do them through StraighterLine or do they offer them actually from the school?

I'm currently enrolled in WGU's RN-to-BSN program. I was missing three prerequisites (biochemistry, health assessment and statistics) at the time of enrollment, and was allowed to take them as corequisites alongside the actual BSN courses.

I started in May 2014. I finished biochemistry in May, health assessment in July, and I'm currently working on probability & statistics. Since May I've completed 24 credits.

Cool. So no straighterline.com courses. That is awesome. I wish they did the same for the pre-licensing. It would have made things so much easier. :-)

Hi, I'm starting Dec 1st. I'm really nervous about writing papers! It's been 20 years. How extensive are the papers you write?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Hi, I'm starting Dec 1st. I'm really nervous about writing papers! It's been 20 years. How extensive are the papers you write?
The papers are not terribly extensive, but I might be biased because I love to write. I've only had write about five or six essays during the entire program.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

I HIGHLY recommend anyone who is starting the program invest $30 and get PERRLA.

It will make your paper writing SO much easier, as all papers are required to be in APA format.

featherzRN, MSN

Specializes in Outpatient/Clinic, ClinDoc. Has 30 years experience.

I HIGHLY recommend anyone who is starting the program invest $30 and get PERRLA.

It will make your paper writing SO much easier, as all papers are required to be in APA format.

I second this. Wrote everything with PERRLA as does my hubby (who is in the IT program) and it made it so easy - I haven't written a paper in umm.. 25 years.. :) and was never dinged on APA.