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Named a "Best Value School" by University Research & Review for four consecutive years.

You change lives. We'll change yours.

Experience plus education make an outstanding nurse. Nursing pioneer and “Mother of Magnet” Margaret McClure championed that idea. WGU seeks to help more nurses achieve the excellence that comes with a BSN or MSN degree and offers the Margaret McClure Scholarship to make a degree more affordable.

Why do you need your BSN or MSN? And why earn it at WGU?

  • Patient outcomes. Hospitals and facilities with more baccalaureate-level nurses often see much better results for their patients, including lower mortality rates.
  • Employability and job security. More and more hospitals are participating in the 80/20 Magnet movement—an effort to see 80% of their RNs achieve BSN status by 2020.
  • A smarter path. WGU programs are CCNE-accredited and competency-based, so you’re in the driver’s seat—but with personalized faculty support from your own Program Mentor.
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Because you care, earn a nursing degree.

Gain the comprehensive knowledge you need to become an expert in the field.

“Western Governors University students are truly versatile, able to learn efficiently and effectively, able to master change at the same pace as their company, and are self-motivated.”

John Steele,
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

“Our collaborative partnership with WGU, and its innovative nursing programs, is an important addition to our programs to prepare individuals to enter the nursing profession.”

Linda Burnes Bolton,
Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer
Cedars-Sinai

"WGU is about fundamental change in the way higher education is delivered. It's right, it's real, and it's efficient. It's what higher education will require to succeed in the future."

Michael O. Leavitt,
Former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services
Former Governor of Utah

"WGU helped pioneer competency-based education. Coupling this with online courses has resulted in a nimble, contemporaneous education process that prepares its graduates to succeed while aiding the rapid evolution of the delivery of healthcare."

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Paul Handel, M.D.
M.D., Member of the Board of Directors
Medicision, Inc.

“Western Governors University students are truly versatile, able to learn efficiently and effectively, able to master change at the same pace as their company, and are self-motivated.”

John Steele,
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

“Our collaborative partnership with WGU, and its innovative nursing programs, is an important addition to our programs to prepare individuals to enter the nursing profession.”

Linda Burnes Bolton,
Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer
Cedars-Sinai

"WGU is about fundamental change in the way higher education is delivered. It's right, it's real, and it's efficient. It's what higher education will require to succeed in the future."

Michael O. Leavitt,
Former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services
Former Governor of Utah

"WGU helped pioneer competency-based education. Coupling this with online courses has resulted in a nimble, contemporaneous education process that prepares its graduates to succeed while aiding the rapid evolution of the delivery of healthcare."

Paul Handel headshot
Paul Handel, M.D.
M.D., Member of the Board of Directors
Medicision, Inc.

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