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Walden University Reviews of Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

23 Reviews

Locations:   Minneapolis (MN) 

Annual Tuition: $12,180

42% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Student Reviews - Master's in Nurse Practitioner (Family)

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Unprofessional, Avoid at all costs

Reviewed: 11/1/2022

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Avoid at all costs. It’s next to impossible to secure preceptorships as many students addressed below. The reputation of instructors varies greatly to some of the best to the absolute worst. Students are held to the highest standards whereas teachers are given extended deadlines to grade or give feedback. Not to mention the grading scales. One professor will grade the same paper with an A as then next will grade as an F. There is NO STRUCTURE and poor communication throughout the department. Keep... Read More

Kimberly R. Titus, APRN-CNP

Reviewed: 5/11/2022

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Walden University has offered me so many opportunities of change and has allowed me to grow over the years. The team members are always looking for opportunities to help you move forward in your career and to promote positive change. I have received four degrees from Walden over the years and cannot say enough about the mentoring and successful path they have provided for me. Even after graduating, the university is still offering support and continued resources to allow me to grow and succeed.

Jenna Hoffman

Reviewed: 1/9/2021

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

I will say that the course work and expectations at Walden are very reasonable. My career altering issue is that after completion of the program, testing and job searching, it has been difficult to get privileges in certain areas. I have had jobs decline me from working with them because of a huge lack of response and communication between employers and the program directors. I believe I would have went a different track had I known my abilities would be limited from the schooling I received. Very... Read More

2020 grad

Reviewed: 1/7/2021

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

I am a very self motivated student and I feel like Walden was a great fit for me. I think with any program, the curriculum includes the bare minimum of what you need to know. While the educational materials and learning experiences at Walden were great, I had to do the work to really read and study on my own. I also looked for learning opportunities in practicum and sought out information. If you’re not self motivated this program won’t work for you. I had a positive experience, passed boards 1st... Read More

Madison McKenzie

Reviewed: 9/27/2020

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

I do NOT recommend Walden, you will NOT be prepared to practice as an NP! I am a Pediatric NP and have precepted many students over the years. I am in a busy pediatric practice with 6 providers and we usually have 5-6 students come through our practice each semester. The students from Walden University usually have their pediatric practicum their second to last semester of the program and all I can say is WOW! I have never seen students who are so close to graduating that have absolutely no clue... Read More

Traci Miramontes

Reviewed: 3/8/2020

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Just a follow up from my earlier review. I saw a review by another student that stated that Walden students do not have to perform assessments in the FNP program - that is absolutely NOT true. I had to record an entire head to toe assessment with signed consents from my “patient” and submit it. It had rigid requirements attached to it in the rubric. As a matter of fact I didn’t meet the requirements the first time and had to do the whole thing over again and resubmit. Another thing the review referenced... Read More


Reviewed: 3/8/2020

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

I’ve just completed my degree and am preparing to test. I’ve heard/read things over the last two years that I want to speak out strongly against: 1.) I was required to complete a full year - 4 rotations 11 weeks in length each at 160 hours per rotation as well as didactic work to new the clinical component of the degree. This was my second year of the degree, during the first year it was entirely didactic. The entire program is rigorous and time consuming - very time consuming. It requires commitment... Read More


Reviewed: 2/13/2020

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

I am a second year student at Walden University working toward my MSN-FNP. This program is absolutely no joke. The professors are all working in the field, and provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their students. Each of my professors have been available via phone, and email. Questions and concerns are oftentimes addressed within minutes to a few hours (during the work week). I study and complete my weekly class work in about 36 hours each week, and it’s paid off. I am extremely satisfied... Read More


Reviewed: 8/11/2019

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Walden is an excellent school. I graduated in 2018. I had no problem getting a job and I am doing well. I am a single parent, with a full-time job and 3 children. Yes, you have to work hard and it is a very rigorous program. I have a friend who studied at Dukes online NP program and the curriculum matched almost identical. She did not have to find her own clinical's, but she also paid twice as much to get a degree from Duke. Walden never said they would help find my clinicals. My admissions counselor... Read More


Reviewed: 5/23/2019

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Not what I am expected. I was told many promises and school did not deliver. No help from administrative office during program. Are there any other dissatisfied students? I believe I am due all of my money back!! .......................................


Reviewed: 2/25/2019

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

I am not saying this is a bad school, but I do have regrets with this program. Initially everything was great, the admission process was a breeze and everyone was so helpful, my first year was also good, but then when it came to my practicum everything went downhill. I understand that I have to find my own preceptors, that is a given because every school is that way. The problem is that I have had multiple preceptors rejected, there is no wiggle room at all. I have friends who have attended Xavier... Read More

Practicing NP

Reviewed: 1/15/2019

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Rigorous online program. I felt prepared to take boards and passed easily a month post graduation. This the very minimum one should know anyway. I feel that Walden is large, its very easy to get lost in the shuffle and its imperative to have quality practicum sites set up prior to starting program. I wish that there was more help with practicum placement. I feel this was in line with brick and mortar schools and I am glad that I chose online education. Online education requires discipline to complete... Read More


Reviewed: 10/20/2018

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

This is the letter I wrote to the school when they asked for feedback: My experience at Walden has been well below the expectations of a university experience. The structure of the classes was clearly set up many years ago and little to no changes have been made to adjust to the healthcare field of today. As a masters student I was expected to use resources <5 yrs old, but the course itself did not. The pharmacology and pathophysiology courses and textbooks were a joke. They did not provide any more... Read More


Reviewed: 4/29/2018

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

I was attended Walden in May 2015, and I graduated in February 2018 and passed National certification in March. Walden is extremely helpful and rigorously education. I have nothing but positive experience and encourage everyone who works and studies to considering Walden University as an alternative to traditional school. thanks you walden


Reviewed: 11/8/2017

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

This school requires a commitment to be organized and self-responsible. You HAVE to own your assigned reading, discussion posts, responses, make sure you meet the grading rubric requirements, actively participate, stay on top of your schedule and your financial aid. If your education is not a top priority-or you lack strong self discipline-this is not the school for you. Im half way through my MSN degree with this university and have a 4.0 GPA. It has not been easy. Ive had incredible instructors... Read More


Reviewed: 6/7/2017

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Walden is a money making school.Be warned! No support,they register for classes without you knowing.They said it's your responsibility to check your email.Some of the professors don't return calls or email.At the end of the day,they give you a failing grade.The graduating students will tell all these lies just,to lure you into the program.Please be warned!

Margarita Soriano

Reviewed: 3/16/2017

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

The classes were well organized. The work load was appropriate. I feel like I could have been better prepared for the boards by a change of some assignment as some assignments really did not benefit the student. The papers took a long time to complete and other forms of assignments would have better benefited the learning process. Overall, it was good as far as the academical aspect. Now, the student support I cannot describe how horrible it was as far as advisors, financial aid, all the way from... Read More

a current suddent

Reviewed: 10/7/2016

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

Walden University is unorganized, the clinical portion of the school is a set up for students to fail. a lot of technical difficulties and IT does not help, they refer you to teacher and the teacher refer you back to the school. I would not advise anyone to go there.


Reviewed: 7/15/2016

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

After completing this program I have a diploma but I do not feel like I know what I need to be a entry level FNP. I attempted to pass my national certification and am now having to go back to learn material that was never covered in school. Save your time and money... Go to a school that will teach you what is needed for your boards and not wasteful data entry and other things that are not needed for your degree.

Herring, FNP-C

Reviewed: 2/8/2016

Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)

I originally signed up for the RN-MSN program and switched from Leadership & Management to Education. Closing in on my last year, the Family Nurse Practitioner program became available. I jumped at the chance to be in the inaugural class. I was very pleased with the variety that the different professors shared and I cannot say that I was disappointed with their response times as they were always prompt. Finding my own clinical instructors to me was not a terrible thing! I was able to concrete instructors... Read More


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