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    Lightbulb Progress Report: Online Master's Degree

    Well kids, I am 12 weeks into my first term, and have completed 12 credits! Eleven more credits and I will enter the actual MSN phase of the program. (The work I'm doing now is considered a 'bridge' because my original BS degree is not in nursing.) The work at your own pace is very appealing to me, as I can pour it on for a week and complete an entire course, then take a few days off to switch gears and relax a bit.

    I'm shocked at how much I've been able to accomplish - but working overnight shift in a homecare environment REALLY helps. so does the coffee!

    From the pace I've been able to sustain, it looks as though my entire program will cost me less than $15K. AND I should be done by the time DS and DD#4 are in college simultaneously.

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    wow you are doing great congrats !!!
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    Can I ask where you are doing your online MSN degree? Do you have to do any clinical hours, or is it totally online? I'd love to get a masters, and online sounds more manageable.

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    You go girl!

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    That's awesome! Congratulations.
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    It's through Western Governors University and 100% online. Can't say enough good things about this school. They also have a teacher's college, business and IT degrees as well.
    here's the link
    Online University | Online College | Western Governors University

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    YOU GO GIRL!! Keep up the good work....you are doing great!

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    Progress report: As of last night, I've completed 20 credits since September 1st, and I have only three projects to complete before I am awarded my BSN degree. I'm actively looking for scholarships to help fund the next term, and if I have to, I'm applying for the AARP scholarship (hate to admit how 'qualified' I am for that one).
    31 more credits, and I will have earned my MSN degree.

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    Western Governors is such a great school! DH is enrolled in Elementary Education.

    I'm considering Early Education. You can't beat their tuition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debt Ninjette View Post
    Western Governors is such a great school! DH is enrolled in Elementary Education.

    I'm considering Early Education. You can't beat their tuition!
    No kidding!!! NOWHERE else could I have completed this degree for under $4k - and I anticipate the MSN portion to be around $15k including books.

    Gov. Mitch Daniels has made WGU an official Indiana university, and WGU Indiana held it's first graduation ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda last fall.

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    Congratulations! the progress you're making is awesome!
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    Submitted the LAST project today towards my BSN degree - as soon as it's graded, I will have completed 23 credits in 23 1/2 weeks! Just to be symbolic, I took my laptop out to my favorite recliner before I hit the 'submit' button! Nothing like a college education with your feet propped up!
    Taking a couple months off to raise $$ for the next term, I think I can realstically complete the MSN degree in 3 terms. But for now, I'm looking for a new, better paying job - hopefully one that offers tuition reimbursement! That would just totally rock my world right now.

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    MC = a true inspiration!! Congratulations for all your hard work paying off!!

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    Holy wow! You're doing awesome. Keep up the good work.

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    thats so awesome to hear you are doing well! how do you know for sure they are accredited? Thanks I am in Michigan.

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