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Online healthcare degrees designed for aspirational caregivers.

CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation

RESPECT

from employers and peers.

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1, ensuring your degree is highly valued by your employer and colleagues.

Flexibility

You can go to school on your terms.

83% of WGU students are working full time. 88% say WGU emphasized providing academic support. And 96% who attend WGU say they would choose us again2.

  • Prepare to influence decisions and improve patient outcomes.

    A bachelor's or master's degree in healthcare or nursing will prepare you to impact patients, the healthcare industry, and your entire community. A degree from WGU is key to ensuring you have the skills and credentials to influence this dynamic field. Combine the science of success and the art of care with a degree that is designed for working professionals. You don't have to quit your job or leave your responsibilities behind when you earn a healthcare degree from WGU.

    Accredited

    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).

    CCNE Accredited
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation

RESPECT

from employers and peers.

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1, ensuring your degree is highly valued by your employer and colleagues.

Flexibility

You can go to school on your terms.

83% of WGU students are working full time. 88% say WGU emphasized providing academic support. And 96% who attend WGU say they would choose us again2.

Popular programs.

More than ever before, healthcare employees are seeking additional credentials and degrees to help them improve patient care and make a positive impact on the healthcare industry. WGU's online health and nursing degree programs are developed to help nurses and health professionals do just that. 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

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 directly working 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 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.

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. 

Compared with B.S. Business – Healthcare Management


Compare Master's Degrees

Nursing – Education (BSN-to-MSN Program) – 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 future 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 Program) – 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: 84% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 24 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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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 – Nursing Informatics (BSN-to-MSN Program) – 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 Program) – 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:  84% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 24 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
  • 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.

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

 

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 by clicking the button below.

Compare Similar Degrees

Nursing – Leadership and Management (RN-to-MSN Program) – 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 nursing leader.

  • Time: 84% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 24 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.

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 by clicking the button below.

Compare Similar Degrees
Margaret McClure Scholarship

Lead the way to revolutionary healthcare.

Margaret McClure Scholarship. Valued at up to $5,000.

As an RN, you know that nursing is a career based on constant learning, growth, and development. With a Margaret McClure scholarship, your BSN or MSN program at WGU can be more affordable than you imagined. And now is the perfect time to get started. 

Programs begin the first of each month.  And our flexible, online format lets you complete most coursework any time or place that fits your schedule. 

Take the next step in your career.

WGU is ready to help with the Back to School Scholarship. Our costs are about half that of other universities. With our already low, flat-rate tuition, the scholarship may be the missing piece you need toward earning a degree that’s accredited, recognized, and respected. 

We offer over 60 degree programs that let you graduate as fast as you learn. What are you waiting for? New terms begin the first of each month.

Back to School Scholarships available.

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, his determination, and his hard work all helped him transform his life into something he could never have imagined. See how an online nursing degree changed his life, and how it could change yours too.

Jeff Solheim's WGU experience

WGU BSN (Prelicensure) grads outscore the national average on NCLEX.

Graduates of WGU’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program achieved a 96.7% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in 2019, compared with the national average of 91.2%. These online nursing degree students are prepared for the NCLEX and for the daily rigors of nursing.

  • California: 97.9%, compared with 91.7%
  • Florida: 90%, compared with 88.8%
  • Indiana: 93.7%, compared with 91.5%
  • Texas: 100%, compared with 94.4%
  • Utah: 96.7%, compared with 89.2%

“Our nursing graduates continue to demonstrate a high level of competence,” said Dr. Jan Jones-Schenk, Senior Vice President of WGU’s College of Health Professions. “We are committed to advancing access to our high-quality prelicensure nursing education because we know that our students go on to positively impact the health of the communities in which they work and live.” 

Read more about the success of WGU online nursing graduates who take the NCLEX.

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, as well as an online nursing program for those who hope to become a nurse. Not only is flexibility offered, but current nurses may use their experience to help acclerate through their nursing program 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.

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 RNs.
  • RN to MSN and BSN to MSN options in Education, Leadership/Management, and Nursing Informatics.

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

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."

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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

Online. Nonprofit. Surprisingly affordable.

Discover which WGU program is the path to your unique career goals.

EXPLORE DEGREES

WGU graduates loved their experience.

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

Suzanne
August 3, 2020

Just do it! Jump in! Don’t look back, you’re not going that way!

Completed my BSN after 14 years at bedside. Was very intimidating to go back to college in my 40’s. After all said and done, I don’t know why I was so scared and wish I wouldn’t have waited. The application process was smooth, transcripts transferred was easy, my mentor was amazing! I was so happy with my experience and the drive to continue learning that I continued to pursue my MSN. WGU all the way. Highly recommend. Just do it!

Tracy
July 24, 2020

WGU BSN program

Overall my time at WGU was excellent. I believe one of the strengths of the program is the mentor that is assigned to you for the duration of your program. My mentor was excellent and got me through the tough times of my program. I would encourage anyone thinking of going back to school to take the plunge. In my case I was a nurse working full-time and after many years decided to obtain my BSN. My only regret is having waited so long. Another strength of the program is the support service. WGU has a writing center, math center, IT support to name a few areas available to assist with any questions and tutoring. I am so glad that I can now say I am an alumni of WGU.

Karen Graham
July 17, 2020

I am a 56 year old graduate of the BSN…

I am a 56 year old graduate of the BSN program. I pride my success on hard work and the special help and attention of the instructors and my mentor. They kept me motivated and on track towards my vision to gain my BSN degree. I have gained such pride upon completion and now contemplate gaining my MSN. Studying and hard work is required for any program but WGU offers the guidance and support needed to complete your dreams.

Rose
July 10, 2020

Great BSN program!

Great BSN program!

Robin
July 8, 2020

THANK YOU…

I can't say enough about WGU and the support I received while completing my BSN. Someone was always available in the time of need. I truly felt that they wanted me to succeed. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

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.