What to expect from WGU, RN-BSN

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by RDelgadoRNOCN RDelgadoRNOCN, ASN, BSN, RN Member Nurse

Specializes in Oncology. Has 8 years experience.

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AriaRN

AriaRN, ADN

Has 11 years experience. 99 Posts

I'm another September 1sr starter! I'm so nervous! But, I'm so thankful for the guidance from this thread! 

Bell13

Bell13, ASN

Has 10 years experience. 77 Posts

Hey congrats!! I am a bit confused though. Can you clarify? One term is 6 months, you had to take 37 units? Is a unit considered a credit because I see you said you had 6 classes. Also how did you finish some classes so quickly? Interested in signing up for the RN to BSN and not spending the next 2 years of my life in school! 

RDelgadoRNOCN

RDelgadoRNOCN, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 8 years experience. 16 Posts

Correct.

One term=six months.

unit=credit

You begin with 4-6 classes. Depends on your mentor. One class being a super easy communication class and it’s only one unit. Once you pass those assigned to you THEN you can add on more classes. You can take as many as you can in one term.

Money is a motivating factor for me. I did NOT wanna pay for two semesters so I finished all of them in one term (about 3 months to be exact). If you apply yourself it can be done. This is not a traditional school.

lalarn2018

lalarn2018

4 Posts

Hello. Congratulations!

Just wondering if you did any preceptorship r/t community health. Did you take a political science course as a requirement before graduation? Thank you.

RDelgadoRNOCN

RDelgadoRNOCN, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 8 years experience. 16 Posts

Thanks! 

Due to COVID we didn’t have to do many hours. Most of the stuff was online. We got credit for working during a pandemic. I live in CA and there are special rules. I highly suggest making an appt with the clinical instructor you are assigned to. There is a course instructor and a clinical instructor. Speak with them first. It’s sooooooo confusing which is why I call it a dumpster fire.

As far as poli sci I took that class many moons ago at a junior college. I’m not sure if it’s required for this school.

lalarn2018

lalarn2018

4 Posts

Thank you. And just to clarify, there’s no discussions or any group work. Is that correct?

RDelgadoRNOCN

RDelgadoRNOCN, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 8 years experience. 16 Posts

The only “discussion groups” per se is for the communication class. You are on zoom with some other students but you could not say a single word to anyone and pass. I had people in my group who didn’t speak. 

scerrn90

scerrn90

Specializes in ER. Has 6 years experience. 7 Posts

Thank you for this! I’m waiting to hear back about my acceptance to WGU. I have disciplinary action on my license for a year and am enrolled in an alternative to discipline program for the next 4 years (got arrested twice and now have been sober a year). My case has to go to the admissions committee and I find out soon whether they said. I’m still researching to be prepared 

Rionoir, ADN, RN

Specializes in Mental Health. 638 Posts

I started in August and have finished 24/43 units in 3 months working at a pretty lazy pace considering I haven't taken a day off in 6 weeks with all the bonuses and overtime places are offering lately. ? I work 8-hour days though in psych and have an office, so I usually stay late 2-3 hours and study/put together flashcards then take a test when I'm through all my cards.

I'M SO GLAD I SWITCHED TO WGU! I started with another university and the discussion forums made me want to kill myself. Post on Wednesday, reply to two other completely awful posts by Friday... blech. Pass!

RJ_rn

RJ_rn

Specializes in Emergency Department. 1 Post

I'm so glad I found this! I am having to decide between WGU and a traditional college. I was worried about biochem and you have put my fears to rest. 

RDelgadoRNOCN

RDelgadoRNOCN, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 8 years experience. 16 Posts

You will be fine. Not a “real” biochem class. Good luck! Make sure you watch the videos on 1.5x speed. Makes a HUGE difference!

petitekitt3n

petitekitt3n

41 Posts

Hi- I was wondering how many classes you needed to do field experience ? how many hours? Does the capstone also require field hours? I am currently taking a global and population health class that requires us to work in the community… I am trying to finish the program within the next two months since I am off on maternity leave but wondering what the time commitment is with the required field experience. Because of the current rules, I can only do one class at a time (I finished the 9 classes in 2 months and only have 3 left) so I can’t see what the requirements are for the emerging professional practice as well as the capstone class. Thank you in advance!