Walden University Nursing
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I suppose that there are programs at Walden University that are very good. I wouldn't know. I am a student in the PMHNP program. I have earned 2 degrees from Brick and Mortar schools and one degree online. Never have I faced issues with unprofessional treatment or fraudulent advertising as I have with this school. The enrollment specialist was so very kind, which is why I chose Walden in the first place. The professors have been exceptional, and the coursework is very similar to other online programs, as I have learned from my coworkers.
On the website, Walden promotes the program by offering a "Practicum Pledge", which is laughable. They do NOT offer assistance finding a preceptor, and even after the student has done all of the work, they can't be bothered to review the application. If you attempt to contact the "Field Office Representatives," be prepared to be met with a defensive, annoyed voice on the other end. The only response you will receive is a blanket email stating that your "application is in submitted status and is in the queue for review". What you don't know is that the "queue for review" is infinite.
The student has very strict guidelines and deadlines to follow. You are given a printable version of an approximately 200-page document to read through to make sure you choose an appropriate preceptor. You will then be reminded repeatedly of the deadlines. After you complete all of your onboarding and find a preceptor.....Crickets. Evidently, per two of the school's representatives, they have until three days AFTER the start of the Practicum to approve/review the application. So unless you have no job, no commitments, and no schedule, and your preceptor doesn't mind a last-minute phone call three months after they, too, have filled out all of the paperwork ....Don't put yourself through the agony.
CastleBranch is the company they use to provide background checks and to credential the students for their Healthcare clinicals. Among the employee reviews of CastleBranch, my three favorites were: "I feel sorry for the students who have to use our service"...."The phones are not answered (confirmed)" and there were multiple comments regarding the major PRO for working at the company...."Free Beer Wednesday". I hope this helps someone, even one person, make a wiser decision than I did.
I am a Walden alumni and returned for my post-master's in PPMHNP and they have made one mistake after another. They put a hold on my financial aid because of a bursar hold for my Walden transcripts and I graduated with my MSN in 2015 then went back for my BSN which I got in 2018. They could find my ADN transcripts from 1995 but not my Walden transcripts. The different departments at Walden cannot contact each other per financial aid. The Meditrek and Castlebranch they use for practicums are a joke also.
I have referred many of my friends to Walden and will never do that again. I will be transferring to another college as soon as I finish the class I am stuck in because it is too late to get a refund. After dealing with many issues through the field office to get my practicum site, I finally go approved on 1/3/23 for my site only to get another email today 1/6/23 stating my Meditrek approval was "rescinded due to a registration restriction on your account preventing course registration". I have spoke to many employees in enrollment, financial aid, and nursing field office and no one can fix this problem. DO NOT GO TO WALDEN UNIVERSITY!!!
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It is true about this program only being interested in keeping students’ loan money flowing in by delaying EVERYTHING and pretty much handing you a catalog and saying, “good luck” but not meaning it. You are at the mercy of a school that will not even pretend to care about your academic progress. Don’t expect to have ANYONE in your corner along the way. You can do everything you’re supposed to - excel at the coursework, keeping up with the fast pace, and still find yourself being held back due to sheer administrative incompetence, with no recourse. Even the class action lawsuit & buyout did not change how the school operates, because they are doing the EXACT same things named in the lawsuit.
1. You will be assigned chapters to read in a book. At times, 30+ chapters per week are assigned.
3. You will have no help finding preceptors.
4. Your program requirements will be changed to make it even more difficult to find preceptors.
5. You will experience near-constant apprehension over finding your own preceptors and will live in fear that you cannot complete the program.
6. You will spend an exorbitant amount of money and will only have learned how to teach yourself.
7. This school will provide you with no resources or assistance whatsoever.
Completing the actual DNP program may take you 2 years, but obtaining approval for your capstone project is a painful and costly joke. For a school whose mission is promoting social change, you spend about 6 months trying to get your committee to approve a project, you are assigned 3 members. One tells you everything looks great, the next one makes revisions, and the third comes back and denies even the revisions made by their colleagues. It feels like a circus and you are in the middle of it.
They have this policy where each committee member takes 14 days to complete their review of your paper, by the end of a 3 credit semester and $2500 dollars later, you are stuck in the same spot where you started and have to sign up for another bogus 3 credit class where you do nothing but wait for approval and pay another $2500. Although you are done with the actual DNP program, you have to keep re-enrolling until you complete your project. You can't switch schools at this point, and complaining to the program director is a waste because all you get is "be patient with the process" Potential DNP Students BEWARE.
The enrolling was stressful but when is it not? I've found this program easier than most and had no problem with it. In conclusions, it was all very standard stuff to help me learn what I need to get my degree. Would most likely use again.
Enrolling was pretty easy. Taking the class wasn’t hard because I could work at my own schedule. I liked the fact that I didn’t have to get up early and walk in the cold to a class. I also liked that I could sit in my bed instead of a hard desk. However, engaging could be hard like when there were group projects for example. In a physical class you have a professor to teach you the material. In the online classes there might be a video sometime but you are responsible for much of your own learning. Despite that, you still get graded just as harshly as if you were in a physical class. And despite being harder than a physical class it was still helpful.
Life changing opportunity. I loved the campus. It was always lively and well put together. And most of the classes were tolerable. The courses have helped me very much, there is nothing more I could of asked for as far as what I got out of the program. I was able to retain what I had learned very well as well. I loved the professors. They were great at connecting with us 1 on 1. But I was not as pleased with a few who tended to favor some students while not so willing to help others.
From my individual experience there are many positive attributes of this online program. I like that the program is: Self propelled, self driven, flexible to meet the demands of my daily life. It also has excellent resources. I found the online platform to be well thought out and user friendly. Course work criteria thoroughly described. Degree pursuit algorithm laid out clearly and advancing through courses easily tracked online. Overall I am satisfied with my experience but it can be improved by providing ancillary resources to help meet the demands of furthering education while work and raising a family.
I like the availability, affordability and budget of courses. They offered a very large variety of courses of live interactive scheduling and pricing. But I wish they would offer a wider schedule for working parents and housewives through interactive programming. More individualized courses based on your real life and work experiences. It is also much easier to participate in a physical class daily and weekly. Listening and seeing a presentation makes it much easier to process information.
Walden University Nursing author review by ConsumerAffairs Research Team
Walden University provides registered nurses with the convenience of advanced online nursing degrees. Students can choose from multiple options of undergraduate and graduate degrees from advanced certifications to a doctorate in nursing.
Nursing programs: Walden offers 12 programs in the nursing field. Students can choose from three advanced nursing certificates, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), eight different Master of Science in Nursing programs and two doctoral programs. Each master's program has its own specialty, including Leadership and Management, Nurse Practitioner Acute Care, Nurse Practitioner Adult/Gerontology, Nurse Practitioner Family, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Accreditation: Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Their nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Tuition: The tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program is around $17,000 total with fees. The tuition for the Master's of Science in Nursing degrees differ based on the specialty, if it's a BSN track or RN track and if the student can transfer credits. Students can expect tuition for master’s degrees to be anywhere from $23,000-$40,000 total with no transferable credits and $12,000-$20,000 total with the total amount of transferable credits. Tuition for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is around $38,000 with no transferable credits and $22,000 with the total amount of transferable credits. Tuition for the Ph.D. program is $64,000 with no transferable credits and $35,000 with the full amount of transferable credits.
Admissions: To apply, candidates can go online and create a MyHomepage account, complete their profile and attach appropriate documents. Walden will evaluate students’ prior credits for free to determine which ones are eligible to transfer. Students have the option to test out of courses by taking certain exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST). Candidates can also speak with a counselor about getting credit for life experiences.
Financial Aid: Walden helps students find financial assistance through enrollment and financial aid advisors. According to Walden, two-thirds of their students receive some type of financial aid.
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