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ONLINE NURSING & HEALTHCARE DEGREES

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. 

Browse and compare our online nursing and healthcare degree programs to find the best fit for your needs.

RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE

WGU has been named a 2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

ACCREDITED AND RESPECTED

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree programs in nursing at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

RECOMMENDED

95% of WGU alumni would choose to go to WGU again, according to a 2021 Harris Poll. In nearly 2,000 reviews on Trustpilot, students and graduates rate WGU 4.7 out of 5.

Nursing & Health Bachelor's Degrees Online

Nursing (RN-to-BSN Online) – B.S.

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

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

  • Time: 77% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $3,998 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 23 total courses in this program.
  • Transfers: Students can transfer up to 90 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 are an RN ready to earn your BSN, this program will help you accelerate to earn your degree.

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

Health and Human Services – B.S.

An online health degree program for students who are committed to making a...

An online health degree program for students who are committed to making a difference for patients in a variety of ways.

  • Time: 95% of students finish similar programs faster than the traditional 4 years.
  • Tuition: $3,650 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 29 total courses in this program.

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.

Health Information Management – B.S.

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

A program designed for future leaders in HIM.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition: $3,998 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

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

Nursing (Prelicensure) – B.S.

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

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

  • Locations: Due to in-person clinical requirements, students must be full time residents of FL, IN, TX, MO, or UT to enroll in this program. The coursework in this program is offered online, but there are in-person requirements 
  • Tuition: $6,430 for the 1st term, $7,616 per 6-month term for the remaining 4 terms.
  • Time: This program has a set pace and completion time of 2.5 years

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 in Health and Human Services instead. This degree allows you to work inside the healthcare industry, while also working directly 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:

Compare with B.S. Health Information Management

  • Time: 73% of graduates finish within 37 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

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.

Nursing & Health Master's Degrees Online

Nursing – Leadership & 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 who are ready for additional career opportunities.

  • Time: 68% of grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $4,367 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350
  • Courses: 15 total courses in this program.

This program is ideal for current RNs who have a BSN and are ready for the next step in their education.

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

  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Quality Director
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Project 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.

Compare degrees

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

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

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

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: $3,998 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,367 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350
  • Courses: 32 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Quality Director
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Project Manager

If you're driven to lead, this online nursing degree will provide you everything needed to make that career a reality. This program is ideal for current RNs who are interested in earning both their BSn and MSN in an accelerated program.

Compare degrees

This program is not the only degree WGU offers designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership 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 nurses with BSNs.

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

  • Time: 64% of grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $4,367 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 15 total courses in this program.

This program is ideal for RNs who already have their BSN and are ready to progress in their career.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Program Director
  • Academic Clinical Nurse 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 BSN program...

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: 73% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,998 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,367 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 32 total courses in this program.

This program is ideal for current RNs who are looking to earn both their BSN and MSN in a single, accelerated program.

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

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Program Director
  • Academic Clinical Nurse 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.

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

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

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

  • Time:  72% of grads finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition: $4,367 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 14 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
  • Informatics Director
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Informatics Analyst

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 with a BSN and MSN...

A nursing program that empowers data-driven nurses with a BSN and MSN component, allowing them to go from RN to MSN.

  • Time:  67% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 36 months.
  • Tuition: $3,998 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,367 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 31 total courses in this program.

This program is ideal for currently licensed RNs who are looking to earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree at an accelerated pace.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
  • Informatics Director
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Informatics Analyst

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

Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S. Nursing

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

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

  • Locations: Due to the clinical requirements of this degree program, the FNP is currently NOT available to students who have a permanent residence in the following states: California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington.
  • Time: 2½ years.
  • Tuition: $5,925 per six-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 16 total courses in this program.

Students must have a permanent and active license from a state that is not listed above, must complete the internships in that state, and intend to obtain initial APRN licensure in that state. See more state-specific information related to nursing licensure. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence. More about compact licenses.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S. Nursing

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

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

  • Locations: Due to the clinical requirements of this degree program, the PMHNP program at WGU is currently NOT open to students who have a permanent residence in the following states: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.
  • Time: 2½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $6,350 per six-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350
  • Courses: 17 total courses in this program.

This program is for current RNs who have earned their BSN and are ready to move forward in their career. This MSN program prepares students to become licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in select states. 

Students must have a permanent and active license from a state that is not listed above, must complete the internships in that state, and intend to obtain initial APRN licensure in that state. See more state-specific information related to nursing licensure. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence. More about compact licenses.

Master of Health Leadership

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

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

  • Time: 81% of grads finish within 24 months. 
  • Tuition: $4,240 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 12 total courses in this program.

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.

Compare degrees

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

MBA Healthcare Management

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

Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare organizations.

  • Time: Graduates can finish within 12 months.
  • Tuition: $4,530 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 11 total courses in this program.

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.

Compare online business degrees

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.

Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology– M.S.

The M.S. in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology from WGU...

The M.S. in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology from WGU is for instructional designers tasked with creating engaging and immersive virtual learning experiences that can substitute for on-ground instruction.

No teaching license required.

  • Time: 73% of grads finish similar programs in 18 months
  • Tuition: $3,665 per 6-month term
  • Courses: 12 total courses in this program.

This program includes two tracks for students to choose from:

  • The K-12 Learning Designer pathway
  • The Adult Learning Designer pathway

Careers you will be prepared for after earning this degree include:

  • Instructional coordinator  
  • Instructional designer 
  • Curriculum developer
  • Instructional technologist
  • Learning engineer
  • Learning architect
  • Instructional design coordinator
  • Academic technologist
  • Learning experience designer  
  • Distance education administrator 
  • Director of instructional design 
  • Online course designer
  • Online course developer
  • Corporate training

Develop training and instruction expertise to help you in the classroom, in educational settings, or in corporate world.

Post-Master's Nursing Certificates Online

Nursing Education – Post-Master's Certificate

A specialty certificate in nursing education for nurses with MSNs....

A specialty certificate in nursing education for nurses with MSNs.

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

  • Time: 12 months.
  • Tuition: $4,367 per 6-month term, plus a one-time Health Professions Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 8 total courses in this program.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Program Director
  • Academic Clinical Nurse Educator

Hospitals and other facilities need nurse educators. Earn your Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education and step into a role inspiring and empowering caregivers. This program will prepare you to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Executive (CNE) exam.

Nursing Leadership and Management – Post-Master's Certificate

A certificate for registered nurses with a master's degree in nursing who...

A certificate for registered nurses with a master's degree in nursing who are ready for greater responsibility in a leadership and management role.

  • Time: 12 months.
  • Tuition: $4,367 per 6-month term, plus a one-time Health Professions Fee of $350 The cost to sit for the NAHQ Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) exam is included in tuition.
  • Courses: 8 total courses in this program.

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

  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Quality Director
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Project 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.


Education that Helps You Change Lives


 

WGU health and nursing programs are designed to fit demanding schedules, allowing you to continue serving patients while furthering your education. Our commitment to flexible scheduling is why 82% of WGU students can keep working while earning their degrees.* Beyond just a flexible schedule, you'll also have an individual Program Mentor who understands the uniquely demanding schedule a healthcare worker faces. They’ll keep you on track, offer encouragement, and ensure you're never on your own.

* 2020 WGU Annual Report

Program Mentors

Flexible Schedule

WGU vs. Traditional Universities
Compare the Difference

Traditional Universities

 

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$12,112*

$7,452

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$22,913**

$7,842

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

A counselor you have to schedule time with

An individual Program Mentor who knows your goals and schedule

EXAMS

Scheduled time

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

*According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
**According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics

Traditional Universities

 

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$12,112*

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$7,452

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$22,913**

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$7,842

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

TUITION STRUCTURE

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

A counselor you have to schedule time with

SUPPORT

An individual Program Mentor who knows your goals and schedule

EXAMS

Scheduled time

EXAMS

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

SCHEDULE

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

*According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
**According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics

See a Breakdown of Course Costs

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What Nursing & Health Alumni Are Saying


 

People love their WGU experience. See why it means so much to them, and what makes us different.

"My community health classes from WGU have opened my eyes to what is going on around me in my community, so I can help better serve the underserved populations in my community."

— Sarah Williams, B.S. Nursing grad

"Earning my MSN degree from WGU means everything to me. It was not easy, but having the support of some dedicated program mentors and professors made me feel like I was never alone, and for that, I am thankful and proud to be a Night Owl!"

— Jennifer Powell, B.S. Nursing grad,
MSN - Leadership & Management grad

"Contributing to healthcare as a direct caregiver and the ability to excel in doing so. My WGU BSN and working as a charge nurse in an outstanding hospital and making a difference in helping others to reach that status."

— Malick Krubally, B.S. Nursing grad

Where WGU Nursing & Healthcare Graduates Work

Top Ranked for ROI

RN to BSN Program

The Bachelor of Science—RN to BSN program boasts 369% ROI, which is a two-year post-graduation earnings and student debt comparison, and is ranked #1 among other online colleges.
 

Relevant Degree

89% of WGU College of Health Professions graduates are employed in their degree field. Our industry-relevant curriculum is focused on helping ensure you are prepared for real-world scenarios in healthcare.

Join Our Alumni Network

WGU has over 75,000 healthcare graduates who are dedicating their careers to helping others. When you attend WGU, you join an impressive group of healthcare professionals who are committed to changing lives. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Health and Nursing Programs

There are several levels of nursing degrees including:

  • CNA (certified nursing assistant)
  • LPN (licensed practical nurse)
  • RN (registered nurse)
  • APRN (advanced practice registered nurse)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.

 

These are the top nursing schools based on ROI:

1. Western Governors University ROI: 369%
2. Excelsior College ROI: 359%
3. University of Phoenix—Arizona ROI: 297%
4. Colorado Technical University—Colorado Springs ROI: 264%
5. Arizona State University—Skysong ROI: 259%
6. Southern New Hampshire University ROI: 258%
7. Capella University ROI: 252%
8. Walden University ROI: 235%
9. Chamberlain University—Illinois ROI: 196%
10. Purdue University Global ROI: 183%

Some of the top schools known for their online nursing programs are:

1. Western Governors University
2. Arizona State University
3. Capella University
4. Eastern University
5. Misericordia University
6. Rutgers University—New Brunswick
7. Concordia University—Saint Paul
8. North Dakota State University
9. Vermont Technical College
10. Davenport University

While no nursing school is easy to get into, if you're looking for a nursing school that allows you to 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.

Yes, it is possible to complete most of your core nursing courses online. For instance, online degree programs like the ones found at WGU offer a prelicensure bachelor's of nursing program for students in select states who want to become a registered nurse. There, about 60% of the degree is earned online, while the other 40% is made up of clinical time at a medical facility.

Many online nursing programs are credible and offer accredited and reputable degrees. That said, be sure to research the school offering the program before enrolling, as some schools may not offer legitimate or respected degrees. Accreditation is critical for ensuring your online nursing program will be well-respected and will teach you the skills you need to succeed.

These are the top nursing schools based on ROI:

1. Western Governors University ROI: 369%
2. Excelsior College ROI: 359%
3. University of Phoenix—Arizona ROI: 297%
4. Colorado Technical University—Colorado Springs ROI: 264%
5. Arizona State University—Skysong ROI: 259%
6. Southern New Hampshire University ROI: 258%
7. Capella University ROI: 252%
8. Walden University ROI: 235%
9. Chamberlain University—Illinois ROI: 196%
10. Purdue University Global ROI: 183%

The cost of online nursing school can vary., and ranges between $25,000 and $80,000 total. It's important to do your research to find the most cost-effective program that works for you.

At WGU, for example, the BS Nursing (Prelicensure) program is set to be completed in 2.5 years and cannot be accelerated. Tuition is $7,616 per six-month term.

WGU’s other nursing programs for current RN’s offer tuition at a flat rate every six months, not per credit hour, allowing students to earn a degree for less if they finish coursework more quickly.

Several online colleges and universities have nursing programs that allow you to complete most of your coursework online. Clinical hours are completed in-person. To get a nursing degree online, apply and speak with a guidance counselor.

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, you can complete a large portion of your RN degree online. Much of your coursework can be completed online, but you will also most likely need to complete clinical hours in-person at a brick and mortar medical facility.

If you're looking for a quick route to becoming a nurse, an online degree program can be a great choice. You may be able to accelerate some courses if you are currently an RN, and even if you are looking to become an RN most online programs are designed to help you finish faster than traditional programs. For example, the online program at WGU can be completed in 2.5 years and will lead you to a BSN, rather than the traditional 4 years for a bachelor's degree.