M.S. in Nursing Leadership (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
Communications Foundations2
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology3
Human Physiology3
Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory2
Themes in U.S. and World History1
Applications in U.S. and World History1
Language and Communication: Essay2
Language and Communication: Presentation2
Literature, Arts and the Humanities2
Literature, Arts and the Humanities: Analysis and Interpretation2
Clinical Microbiology Laboratory1
Behavioral Science Survey6
Issues in Behavioral Science3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
Care of the Older Adult3
Health Assessment3
Nutrition for Contemporary Society3
Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing3
Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing Field Experience2
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership3
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
Principles of Organizational Performance Management2
Principles of Healthcare Business and Financial Management3
Strategic Leadership and Future Delivery Models2
Nursing Leadership and Management Field Experience2
Nursing Leadership and Management Capstone4