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Online nursing programs and healthcare degrees.

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Flexible.

go to school on your terms.

Because you can complete most coursework any time or place that works for you, you won’t have to choose between your job and your education.

73% of WGU students work while earning their degrees.*

* 2019 WGU Annual Report
  • Get the credentials to be part of a life-saving team.

    America needs talented, qualified healthcare professionals now more than ever. Maximize your past experience and motivation to improve the quality of care, and take the next step in your career—faster. At WGU, you can earn an accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree on your schedule. With 24/7 access to our online programs, a degree from WGU can fit into even the busiest schedules. Join our nearly 75,000 College of Health Professions grads. Get started today!

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    The bachelor's and master's nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Western Governors University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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Recommended.

a school students love.

95% of WGU alumni would choose to go to WGU again.*

In nearly 2,000 reviews on Trustpilot, students and graduates rate WGU 4.7 out of 5.

*2019 National  Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Flexible.

go to school on your terms.

Because you can complete most coursework any time or place that works for you, you won’t have to choose between your job and your education.

73% of WGU students work while earning their degrees.*

* 2019 WGU Annual Report

Compare Bachelor's Degrees

Nursing (RN-to-BSN Online) – B.S.

An online BSN degree program for registered nurses (RNs) seeking...

An online BSN degree program for registered...

An online BSN degree program for registered nurses (RNs) seeking the added theoretical depth, employability, and respect that a bachelor's degree brings:

  • Time: 66% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,225 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Transfers: On average, students transfer 81 credits.

With over 35,000 BSN alumni, this is one of WGU's most popular online degree programs. View our RN to BSN degree guide.

If you don't currently have an RN and don't qualify for your nursing prelicensure program, consider getting our Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Coordination instead. This degree allows you to work inside the healthcare industry in a unique way.

Nursing (Prelicensure) – B.S.

A one-of-a-kind nursing program that prepares you to be an RN...

A one-of-a-kind nursing program that prepares you...

A one-of-a-kind nursing program that prepares you to be an RN and a baccalaureate-prepared nurse:

  • Locations: offered in CA, FL, IN, TX, and UT only.
  • Tuition and fees: $5,925 per 6-month term.

WGU offers the prelicensure program in areas where we have partnerships with healthcare employers to provide practice sites and clinical coaches to help teach you and inspire you on your path to becoming a nurse.

If you don't live in one of our prelicensure states or don't qualify to apply, consider getting our  Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Coordination instead. This degree allows you to work inside the healthcare industry, while also working directly with patients who need help.

Health Services Coordination – B.S.

An online health degree program for students passionate about...

An online health degree program for students...

An online health degree program for students passionate about value-based care and dedicated to helping others.

  • Time: 60% of graduates of similar programs finish within 3 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,225 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Sample careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Care coordinator
  • Patient advocate
  • Health services coordinator
  • Patient educator
  • Community health educator

This degree allows you to work inside the healthcare industry, while also directly working with patients who need help.

Healthcare Management – B.S. Business Administration

You can become a healthcare industry leader:...

You can become a healthcare industry leader:...

You can become a healthcare industry leader:


Compare with B.S. Health Information Management

  • Time: 73% of graduates finish within 30 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,370 per 6-month term.

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Health information manager
  • Community service manager
  • Clinical manager
  • Medical records manager
  • Social service manager

The online courses in this career-focused business degree program will prepare you with management-level skills and an up-to-date understanding of our healthcare delivery system.

Health Information Management – B.S.

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:...

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:...

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:

  • Time: 60% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of informatics
  • HIMS chief
  • Information systems auditor
  • Outpatient coder
  • Health records manager

This CAHIIM-accredited program makes you eligible for the RHIA exam. 

Compare with B.S. Business – Healthcare Management


Compare Master's Degrees

Nursing – Education (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S.

A master's in nursing education program for nurses with BSNs....

A master's in nursing education program for...

A master's in nursing education program for nurses with BSNs.

This degree will prepare you to teach the next generation of nurses.

  • Time: 80% of grads finish within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,135 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor of nursing
  • Programs director
  • Nursing instructor
  • Clinical educator

Hospitals and other facilities need nurse educators. Earn your MSN – Education and step into a role inspiring and empowering caregivers.

Nursing – Education (RN-to-MSN) – M.S.

This MSN – Education online nursing program for RNs includes a...

This MSN – Education online nursing program for...

This MSN – Education online nursing program for RNs includes a BSN program component and is a substantial leap forward for an aspiring nurse educator.

  • Time: 74% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,135 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Sample careers and jobs this online nursing degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse educator
  • Professor of nursing
  • Programs director
  • Nursing instructor
  • Clinical educator

Given the growing nurse educator shortage, earning your MSN with a focus in education is both a rewarding decision and a solid career move.

Master of Health Leadership

A master's focused on managing comprehensive, value-based care,...

A master's focused on managing comprehensive,...

A master's focused on managing comprehensive, value-based care, directly in line with innovations in health and healthcare.

  • Time: 78% of grads finish within 18-24 months. 
  • Tuition and fees: $4,485 per 6-month term.

Examples of careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Managed care executive
  • Director of integrated care management
  • Health center manager/clinic manager
  • Director of integrated facilities

Your rich experience in a health-related field can mean more when you bring a master's level of understanding to the problems that organizations need to solve.

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Nursing – Nursing Informatics (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S.

A nursing degree program that empowers data-driven nurses who...

A nursing degree program that empowers...

A nursing degree program that empowers data-driven nurses who already have a BSN but seek the success only a master's can bring:

  • Time:  72% of grads finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,135 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Clinical analyst
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Director of clinical informatics

The trajectory of data and informatics in healthcare will continually open opportunities for nurses who take this path.

Nursing – Nursing Informatics (RN–to–MSN) – M.S.

A nursing program that empowers data-driven nurses to go from RN...

A nursing program that empowers data-driven...

A nursing program that empowers data-driven nurses to go from RN to MSN, earning their BSN along the way:

  • Time:  90% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,135 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of nurse informatics
  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Nursing informatics analyst

The trajectory of data and informatics in healthcare will continually open opportunities for registered nurses who take this path.

MBA Healthcare Management

Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare...

Prepare for a career leading private or public...

Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare organizations.

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,325 per 6-month term.

Some careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • President and CEO
  • Vice president
  • Administrative director
  • Chief financial officer
  • Other executive-level roles

Healthcare is big business in today's complex economy.  Steer your career with this specialty MBA.

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This program is not the only online business degree WGU offers that is designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees by clicking the button below.

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Nursing – Leadership and Management (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S.

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree who are ready for...

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree...

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree who are ready for greater responsibility:

  • Time: 82% of grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,135 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Sample careers and jobs this degree program will prepare you for:

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Department director
  • Regional director
  • Case manager
  • Nurse manager

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of medical and health services managers to grow 17% by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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This program is not the only degree WGU offers designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees by clicking the button below.

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Nursing – Leadership and Management (RN-to-MSN) – M.S.

This program for RNs includes a BSN component and is a...

This program for RNs includes a BSN component and...

This program for RNs includes a BSN component and is a substantial leap toward becoming a nurse leader.

  • Time: 75% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,135 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Department director
  • Regional director
  • Case manager
  • Nurse manager

If you're driven to lead, this online nursing degree will provide you everything needed to make that career a reality.

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This program is not the only degree WGU offers designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees by clicking the button below.

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Family Nurse Practitioner – M.S. Nursing

This program for BSNs who have an active, unencumbered RN...

This program for BSNs who have an active,...

This program for BSNs who have an active, unencumbered RN license prepares you to become a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

  • Locations: This degree program is offered in only the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
  • Time: 2½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,000 plus $1,395 in fees, per six-month term.

WGU offers the FNP program in areas where we have partnerships with healthcare employers to provide practice sites and clinical coaches to help teach you and inspire you on your path to earning your degree.

WGU graduates loved their experience earning a healthcare degree.

Hear from WGU Health College graduates and see how they feel about their education experience. 

Natalia
November 24, 2020

Excellent!!!

I just graduated from BSN program and very happy with my WGU experience! They offered great resources and support systems including mentor and course instructors, and technical support to assist in my learning. I absolutely love WGU!!! I learned a lot! Of course, I have to study hard, but, before I had no idea school experience could be that amazing, and I enjoyed every minute of that! Thank you WGU!!!

Alicia
November 24, 2020

Excellent program

I felt supported in my WGU RN to BSN journey by the staff, educators, and my program mentor, Carmela. i would not change anything about my experience at WGU.

Flamingo_pink
November 20, 2020

Older students shouldn't shy away from this!

(Bachelor of Science in Nursing) I'm an older student and was nervous to do everything online, although that's my learning style. I ran into a few glitches but there were so many resources to help me out that I was never stuck for very long. My student mentor was my cheerleader and the course instructors were friendly and helpful. I'm really proud of myself, this was something I've wanted to accomplish for a long time!

1. CCNE is located at 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
2. Results from a 2019 Harris Poll survey of 1,437 new college graduates nationwide with a survey of 1,247 WGU graduates.

Personal support from faculty that understand.

Though our programs are online, you’ll never be on your own. Every student is paired with a dedicated mentor—a personal guide who not only knows the ins and outs of your specific program, but also has worked in the healthcare industry. Your faculty mentor will be there to support you, cheer you on, answer questions, and help you achieve your goals from the day you enroll until you graduate.

A degree that delivers.

One of the best ways to measure the success of a degree program is the employment opportunities its graduates enjoy. This includes our nursing students who boast a 97% NCLEX pass rate, compared to a 91% national average. WGU’s College of Health Professions is proud to have graduates who have worked or are currently working at notable organizations, including:

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Synergy Home Health
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Primary Children’s Hospital
  • ARUP Laboratories
  • Langley Air Force Base
  • Kaiser-Permanente
  • Ascension Health
  • UCLA Health System
  • U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

of WGU graduates are employed in their degree field.

—2019 Harris Poll Survey
Margaret McClure Scholarship

Celebrating nurse leaders with a special scholarship.

One thing this year has shown us is just how much America needs nurses, especially nurse leaders. So we’re celebrating the “Year of the Nurse” with a special scholarship honoring a lifelong nurse leader. 

Named for Dr. Margaret McClure, the catalyst for today’s magnet hospital program, this $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one recipient each quarter who has demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes. Apply by December 31, 2020.

Nurse leaders change lives.

Be prepared for your future as a nurse leader with the help of WGU.

Leadership In Nursing Resources

Going global.

From emergency room nurse to owner of a multi-million dollar company, Jeff Solheim's story is one that even he didn't see coming. His Master of Science in Nursing - Education degree from WGU's, his determination, and his hard work all helped him transform his life into something he could never have imagined.

Jeff Solheim's WGU experience

Stronger than any obstacle.

Though Sarah Williams's youth had more challenges than most, when the inspiration to become a nurse sparked, she had the courage to follow it. Earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing has not only opened doors in Sarah’s career, it has allowed her to provide real help to underserved people in her community.

Sarah William's WGU experience

Nursing and Healthcare Frequently Asked Questions

Yes and no. WGU offers a prelicensure bachelor's of nursing program for students who want to become a registered nurse. While 60% of the program's coursework is online, the other 40% is hands-on clinical time at one of our partner medical facilities. Because we have specific clinical partnerships, this degree is only offered in 5 states: CA, UT, TX, IN, and FL. Students will complete a total of 900 clinical hours in order to graduate with their BSN, and to qualify to take the NCLEX RN exam after graduation.

Yes. In addition to WGU’s regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791). These programs specifically prepare you for work as a nurse, and our students pass the NCLEX exam at exceptional rates.

WGU! We have designed our nursing programs to be the best by offering flexibility for current nurses who tend to work long hours, as well as online nursing programs for those who hope to become a nurse. Not only is flexibility offered, but current nurses may use their experience to help accelerate through their nursing programs in areas they already know, allowing them to graduate faster.

The BS Nursing (Prelicensure) program is set to be completed in 2.5 years and cannot be accelerated. The total cost for tuition with fees is $29,625.

WGU’s other nursing programs for current RN’s offer tuition at a flat rate every six months, not per credit hour. You’re simply paying for time you need to prove your competence. The faster you progress, the more you save – a big incentive to work hard, and a benefit you won’t find at other major nursing schools. Tuition and fees for WGU nursing degree programs are outlined here.

WGU offers fully online nursing programs for current RNs, and a mostly online prelicensure program for those who hope to become a nurse. Speak with an enrollment counselor in our Health Professions college to help you get started.

There are many types of nursing degree programs you can choose from including:

  • Prelicensure. These nursing programs prepare students for an RN license and a BSN at the same time.
  • RN to BSN. These nursing programs are for current RNs who want to add a BSN to their résumé.
  • RN to MSN. These nursing programs are for current RNs who want to earn both a BSN and MSN in a singular program.
  • BSN to MSN. These nursing programs are for current RNs who already have a BSN, and are hoping to boost their credentials.
  • MSN programs. MSN nursing programs can have a specific specialty such as leadership, education, or informatics.

License requirements vary by state. Check here for more info about nursing license requirements for each state and some U.S. territories.

Admissions requirements will vary by college. For most schools you'll need to do the following:

Most nursing schools will require prerequisite courses to ensure you are able to keep up with the nursing curriculum.

Yes and no. WGU and similar schools offer a prelicensure bachelor's of nursing program for students who want to become a registered nurse. At WGU, 60% of the program's coursework is online and the other 40% is hands-on clinical time at one of our partner medical facilities. Students will complete a total of 900 clinical hours in order to graduate with their BSN, and to qualify to take the NCLEX RN exam after graduation. It's important to do your research and find an accredited school that can help you earn your RN online.

When it comes to becoming a nurse there's really not a short cut. You'll need to plan to devote time and effort. Most online BSN courses that prepare you for your RN will take at least 2.5 years because of clinical requirements.

WGU! We have designed our nursing programs to be the best by offering flexibility for current nurses who tend to work long hours, as well as online nursing programs for those who hope to become a nurse. Not only is flexibility offered, but current nurses may use their experience to help accelerate through their nursing programs in areas they already know, allowing them to graduate faster.

There are many schools to choose from when picking where to get your nursing degree. It's a good idea to research and find a degree that works for your lifestyle. WGU offers fully online BSN programs to help current nurses pursue their education while continuing to work.

If you're looking for a nursing school that you can begin quickly, WGU is a great fit. Current RNs can apply today and get started as soon as next month. WGU doesn't have extensive requirements, prerequisites, or entrance exams—most current RNs will find the application straightforward and simple.

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