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CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation

RESPECT

in your profession is key.

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1.

INDEPENDENCE:

Motivated students are highly successful in WGU programs.

86% of WGU students are working full time.  86% say they were satisfied with the academic support we provide. And 95% who attend WGU say they would choose us again2.

  • Overview

    Continuing education is a healthy career habit.

    In the fast-growing, dynamic healthcare industry, a bachelor's or master's degree program can be key to your success. But you're also busy—too busy for school done the old-fashioned way. That's why WGU offers highly relevant online degree programs that are also highly flexible. You complete coursework on your schedule, and when you're able to learn material faster, you can finish ahead of schedule!

    Center of Excellence

    With quality as a focus, WGU is proud of its NLN Center of Excellence 2015-2019 recognition.

    NLN National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education 2015-2019 recognition
  • Bachelor's Degrees

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

    • Time: 84% of graduates finish within 24 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,545 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.

    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: $5,445 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.

    A program designed for future leaders in HIM:

    • Time: 72% of grads earned this degree in 18–48 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

    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.

    You can become a healthcare industry leader:

    • Time: 81% of grads finish in 10–24 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,370 per 6-month term.

    Careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

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

    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.

  • Master's Degrees

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    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: 89% of RN-to-MSN grads finish in 1–4 years.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $3,945 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

    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.

    A master's in nursing education program for nurses with BSNs, this degree will prepare you to teach the future generation of nurses.

    • Time: 77% of grads finish in 11–26 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,945 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

    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.

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

    • Time: 89% of RN-to-MSN grads finish in 1–4 years.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $3,945 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

    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.

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

    • Time: 91% of grads finish in 14–32 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,945 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

    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.

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

    • Time:  89% of RN-to-MSN grads finish in 1–4 years.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $3,945 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

    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.

     

    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:  93% of grads finish within 15 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,945 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

    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.

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

    • Time: 68% of grads in similar programs finish in 6–24 months. 
    • Tuition and fees: $3,945 per 6-month term.

    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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    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.

    Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare organizations.

    • Time: 79% of grads finish in 11–24 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,945 per 6-month term.

    Careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

    • President and CEO
    • Vice president
    • Administrative director
    • Chief financial officer
    • and many 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 designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees by clicking the button below.

CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation

RESPECT

in your profession is key.

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1.

INDEPENDENCE:

Motivated students are highly successful in WGU programs.

86% of WGU students are working full time.  86% say they were satisfied with the academic support we provide. And 95% who attend WGU say they would choose us again2.

New and popular programs.

The healthcare industry demands more from employees than ever before, driving nurses and health professionals to earn additional credentials. WGU's online health and nursing degree programs are developed to address those market needs. These are just a few of our most popular healthcare online degree programs.

B.S. Nursing

(RN to BSN)

B.S. Health Information Management

Master of Health Leadership

Special offers, available for a limited time.

WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship. Apply by June 30.

In celebration of National Nurses Week 2019, we’re offering the $2,500 WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship! This scholarship can be applied toward any bachelor’s or master’s degree from our College of Health Professions—and 300 scholarships are available.

Apply by June 30.

WGU Loves Nurses scholarship available.
Women in Leadership scholarship available.

Women in Leadership Scholarship. Apply by June 30.

For a limited time, the $2,000 Women in Leadership Scholarship can help you achieve the flexible, affordable, respected bachelor’s or master’s degree that will get you closer to your place at the top. 

Apply by June 30.

97%

overall student satisfaction at WGU

—Harris Poll
87%

of WGU grads are employed in their degree fields

—Harris Poll
94%

of employers said they would hire another WGU graduate

—Harris Poll
$12,600

is the average annual income increase within 2 years of graduation

—Harris Poll

Accredited. Recognized. Respected.

Accredited

Bachelor's and Master's Nursing degrees and programs are accredited by CCNE, the university is accredited by NWCCU


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).

 

Paired with WGU's university-wide accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), these accreditations assure your degree will be highly respected.

Respected

Our partners are among the leading healthcare organizations, including HCA, Tenet, Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, and more. Knowing the quality education their employees will receive at WGU and the level of preparedness their baccalaureate and master's-prepared nurses bring to work, these partners trust WGU to support the future of their workforce. 

Recognized

Online Learning Consortium Digital Learning 2018 Innovation Award

The Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award competition recognizes exemplary faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware. WGU has improved student outcomes by implementing a specialized course that focuses entirely on the affective domain—the soft skills—of learning.

Accredited

Respected

Recognized

"Healthcare is changing."

Yovaletta Sullivan tells all of the nurses she works with, "It's time to go back to school, and WGU has an option for you where you can really do it."  She understands why facilities want baccalaureate-prepared nurses and found WGU made going back to school completely doable for her—even as a full-time working mother. Hear the reasons why Yovaletta chose WGU first for her BSN, and again for her master's degree.

Nursing leadership.

Inspiring, helpful resources for aspiring and current nursing leaders.

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College of Health Professions FAQs.

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 is online coursework, 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, and a program for those who hope to become a nurse. Not only is flexibility offered, but current nurses may use their experience to help them move through the program faster 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 $27,225.

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 schools. Tuition and fees for WGU nursing programs are outlined here: https://www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuition/tuition-nursing-health-degrees.html

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.

WGU offers online BSN and MSN options:

  • BS Nursing (Prelicensure) for those who want to become a RN (offered in 5 states only: CA, UT, TX, IN, FL)
  • RN to BSN  for working RN’s.
  • RN to MSN and BSN to MSN options in Education, Leadership/Management, and Nursing Informatics.

To ensure our online nursing programs and health programs are consistent with the expectations of today's healthcare strategists, transformational leaders, innovators, and employers, we develop our courses with input from councils composed of nationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Council members offer guidance on key competencies to be expected from successful WGU graduates.

"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.

"Should you choose WGU to prepare you, know that this is the university of the future: It is affordable and flexible, and it offers learning based in competencies rather than just class time.”

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Brenda Cleary, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Adjunct Faculty
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

"WGU focuses on preparing students not just for the current market demands, but also for the exciting positions that will be required in the near future to solve complex healthcare industry problems."

Dale Prestipino headshot
Dale Prestipino
Principal
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

To ensure our online nursing programs and health programs are consistent with the expectations of today's healthcare strategists, transformational leaders, innovators, and employers, we develop our courses with input from councils composed of nationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Council members offer guidance on key competencies to be expected from successful WGU graduates.

"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.

"Should you choose WGU to prepare you, know that this is the university of the future: It is affordable and flexible, and it offers learning based in competencies rather than just class time.”

Brenda Cleary headshot
Brenda Cleary, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Adjunct Faculty
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

"WGU focuses on preparing students not just for the current market demands, but also for the exciting positions that will be required in the near future to solve complex healthcare industry problems."

Dale Prestipino headshot
Dale Prestipino
Principal
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

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EXPLORE DEGREES
1. CCNE is located at 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
2. Results from a 2018 Harris Poll Online survey of 1,374 new college graduates nationwide with a survey of 1,147 WGU graduates.