MS in Nursing Education (RN to MSN Option) Courses

WGU offers degrees, not classes. As a competency-based online university, progress through your degree program is determined by demonstrating your competence through carefully designed assessments and completion of a capstone project. As a student in this program, you will complete the courses listed below in order to graduate. These courses are required. Each course contains a study guide and recommended learning resources for you to use. Your assigned mentor will help guide you through the process.

For ease of understanding, WGU has assigned competency units to each of its courses as indicated below. A competency unit is equivalent to a semester credit hour of learning. WGU terms are six months in length. During a typical term, students will be expected to complete at least 8 to 9 competency units. Grades are assigned on a Pass/Not Pass basis; a “Pass” at WGU is equivalent to a letter grade of “B" or better.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for more information about these courses.

CourseCompetency Units
Advanced Standing for RN License50
Foundations of College Mathematics3
English Composition I3
Anatomy and Physiology I4
Anatomy and Physiology II4
Survey of United States Constitution and Government3
Elements of Effective Communication3
Introduction to Humanities3
Clinical Microbiology4
Introduction to Psychology3
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan3
Introduction to Sociology3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
Care of the Older Adult3
Health Assessment3
Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing3
Nutrition for Contemporary Society3
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership3
Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing Field Experience2
Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology3
Advanced Professional Roles and Values2
Professional Presence and Influence2
Translational Research for Practice and Populations2
Pathopharmacological Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Contemporary Pharmacotherapeutics2
Comprehensive Health Assessment for Patients and Populations3
Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice Field Experience2
Organizational Leadership and Interprofessional Team Development3
Policy, Politics, and Global Health Trends3
Foundations of Nursing Education3
Facilitating Learning in the 21st Century2
Future Directions in Contemporary Learning and Education2
Nursing Education Field Experience2
Nurse Educator Capstone4

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