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As an online, nonprofit university, WGU offers accredited, competency-based degree programs in health professions (including nursing), business, information technology, and teacher education.
Western Governors University’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). An autonomous accrediting agency supported by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), CCNE’s mission is to ensure the quality and integrity of U.S. baccalaureate and graduate degree programs that educate nurses. CCNE is one of two national nursing accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
WGU was named an Center of Excellence™ in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing (NLN) for 2015-2019 for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development. This prestigious award has only been given to 45 colleges and universities nationwide and is a result of a rigorous review process by an external team who examined WGU’s nursing programs and outcomes before extending the recognition through 2019.
Western Governors University’s Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
WGU is a nonprofit online university. What does this mean for you? Very affordable tuition. In fact, WGU is half the cost of other online universities.
While our low, flat-rate tuition is designed to make a college degree affordable, there are times responsible borrowing is still a good choice. WGU is approved to offer federal financial aid to those who qualify.
WGU also maintains a robust scholarship program through the generosity of corporations, foundations, and special government appropriations. Visit the scholarship page to see a current list of open scholarships.
WGU's rigorous, competency-based approach is ideally suited to self-directed learners ready to earn a degree and advance their career. Unlike traditional and other online universities, WGU doesn’t award degrees based on seat time. Instead, you earn your degree by demonstrating your competence in your field. Through independent study and the use of learning resources, you master the essential skills and knowledge necessary for success.
If your schedule demands flexibility, WGU is for you. In most cases, you will access course material and study independently at the time and place you choose. You can progress at a pace that enables you to earn a college degree while managing your career, your family, and life’s other challenges. Our self-paced approach allows for extensive personalization of your program so it fits into your busy schedule.
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