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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.:coffee3: 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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That's awesome! Congratulations. :)
 

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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!
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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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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That is great! I was just looking at their elementary ed program- just wonder how it is viewed by employers as compared to more traditional schools- is it the same? I took a couple of classes online with a state school last year to complete my degree and did very well- I liked online school. But just have always wondered how it is viewed...anyways, that is so great for you!
 

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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.
WGU is unique in that they are accredited by ALL FOUR regional accrediting agencies. The nursing program is dual accredited also. Their teacher's college is accredited in all 50 states.
 
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That is great! I was just looking at their elementary ed program- just wonder how it is viewed by employers as compared to more traditional schools- is it the same? I took a couple of classes online with a state school last year to complete my degree and did very well- I liked online school. But just have always wondered how it is viewed...anyways, that is so great for you!
I belong to a non-WGU sponsored forum of WGU students. The teacher program is HUGE, and you might want to ask students in that program your question. From what I gather, they have no problem getting DT time and the like.

www.wgustudents.com
 

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Got my OFFICIAL notice this morning right before I went to bed - I have completed the BSN part of the program (I started this degree 30+years ago). So, officially, my signature is now:
Mary Carney, BSN, RN. How cool is that?
 
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