Competency-based Program Offers Flexibility Nurses Need in a Degree Completion Program SALT LAKE CITY -- Western Governors University (www.wgu.edu) has created a new bachelor's degree program designed to help working nurses make career progress in the most accessible and cost-effective way—online, through WGU's competency-based model. The new online nursing degree, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, comes at a time when the nation's nursing shortage is dire and the need is high for existing nurses to acquire more academic credentials and further competence in their chosen field. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum incorporates the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The degree program, in WGU's College of Health Professions, will help expand nurses' knowledge beyond the clinical aspects of nursing, with study in patient education, health promotion, technology integration, and healthcare systems and policies. This nursing degree program is designed for nurses who have an associate's degree or diploma in nursing and hold a current unencumbered registered nurse license (no suspensions, revocations, or investigations). Students must be actively working in the profession. WGU's unique online competency-based model provides flexibility and convenience for working nurses who need to obtain a bachelor's degree while continuing to work and meet family commitments without travelling to a traditional campus. Most students will be able to complete the program in 12 to 18 months, although completion time is determined by the student's pace and can certainly be accelerated. Tuition for the degree is $2,790 per term or $ 5,580 per year, which is less than half of what many other reputable online universities and traditional universities charge for a similar online nursing program. For more information about B.S. Nursing program eligibility requirements and application, go to: www.wgu.edu/nursingbachelors or call toll-free 1-866-225-5948.