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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.

  • 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!

    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

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

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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.

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, while also directly working with patients who need help.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Time: 72% of graduates of similar programs finish in 1½–4 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.


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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, $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.

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: $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.

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, $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.

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: $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.

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, $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.

 

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: $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.

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: $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.

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.

Prepare for a career leading private or public healthcare organizations.

  • Time: 79% of grads finish in 11–24 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.

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. 

Nurse leaders change lives.

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

Leadership In Nursing Resources

Admissions to our online College of Health Professions degree programs.

All of the degrees offered by WGU’s College of Health Professions focus on mastery of the skills and knowledge that are essential to success in this vital and high-demand field. Below are admissions requirements specific to College of Health Professions programs that are in addition to WGU’s general admissions requirements.

Special requirements by program:

Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Demonstrate IT, healthcare, or business experience either through one of the following:

  • Option 1: An associate’s degree from a CAHIIM-accredited health information technology program (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable).
  • Option 2: An associate’s degree in information technology or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable).
  • Option 3: An associate’s degree from an allied health program (A.S or A.A.S. acceptable).
  • Option 4: An associate’s degree in business administration (A.S or A.A.S. acceptable).
  • Option 5: Transferable certifications earned within the last five years.
  • Option 6: A résumé showing three years of information technology work experience or strategic business management experience or one year of healthcare-related work experience or a healthcare-related certification (e.g., medical assistant, EMT, paramedic).

See more about the B.S. Health Information Management degree program.

  • Must possess an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing.
  • Must possess a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.
  • Must submit a resume and be actively working as an RN at the time of application and enrollment.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check through American Databank. California residents are also required to provide proof of current immunizations. Additional fees apply.

See more about the B.S. Nursing degree program.

  • Must possess a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN).
  • Must possess a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.
  • Must submit a resume and be actively working as an RN at the time of application and enrollment.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check through American Databank. California residents are also required to provide proof of current immunizations. Additional fees apply.

See more about WGU's master's degree programs in nursing

  • Must possess an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing.
  • Must possess a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.
  • Must submit a resume and be actively working as an RN at the time of application and enrollment.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check through American Databank. California residents are also required to provide proof of current immunizations. Additional fees apply.

See more about WGU's master's degree programs in nursing.

Submit a transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution.

Demonstrate healthcare experience through at least one of the following methods:

  • A bachelor's degree and recent leadership experience in healthcare or a healthcare-related field, including nursing, policy, legal, military, pharmaceutical, biomedical, or related healthcare associated industry.
  • A bachelor's degree and a clinical graduate degree (M.D., Pharm.D, MSW, etc.).

See more about the Master of Health Leadership degree program.

Learn more about what is required.

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Special requirements for the B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) program:

Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the required nursing sciences to be considered for enrollment into the pre-nursing program. Successful completion of a nursing program admission exam is required prior to enrollment. Enrollment in the university and in the pre-nursing term does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical nursing program. Applicants are required to submit and/or complete the following items:

Note: Preference will be given to those individuals with a prior college degree. All prerequisites must be complete before an application for enrollment can be considered. Applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to take appropriate tests of language proficiency.

Enrollment into the Pre-Nursing Curriculum and admission into the Clinical Nursing Program is competitive. Students must first be accepted and enrolled into the Pre-Nursing Curriculum. Students who are successful in the Pre-Nursing Curriculum will be allowed to apply for admission for the Clinical Nursing Program. Enrollment in the Pre-Nursing Curriculum is not a guarantee for admission into the Clinical Nursing Program. You must be at least 18 years of age before beginning the application process or participating in clinical experiences. Students enrolled in the Pre-Nursing Curriculum must successfully pass the Foundations in Nursing Skills performance exam  during the pre-nursing term in order to be considered for admission.

Approximately 60 days after enrollment into the Pre-Nursing Curriculum, if you qualify, you must apply for admission into the Clinical Nursing Program. To be considered for admission, the following support documentation must be provided by you as part of the application process:

  • Proof of health insurance†.
  • Proof of successfully passing of a criminal background check*.
  • Proof of successfully passing a urine drug test*.
  • Proof of a current immunization record and current negative TB test. Click here to see what immunizations are required of you.
  • Proof of meeting the specific physical requirements in accordance with the core performance standards of the nursing profession. 
  • Participation in an interview with an admissions committee comprised of two or three committee members including the State Director of Nursing or designee.

† Note: Student malpractice insurance will be provided by WGU at no cost to you.

* Note: Starred items are required to be completed no sooner than 90 days prior to beginning the clinical portions of this program.

Application and acceptance into the program is based on available clinical space, successful completion of all pre-nursing term course requirements, and numerical ranking of the above items, including a WGU pre-nursing term mentor recommendation.

Pre-nursing students will required to submit evidence of all of the below to be considered for admission to the nursing program.

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccination
  • Measles vaccination or Titer
  • Mumps vaccination or Titer
  • Rubella vaccination or Titer
  • Varicella Zoster vaccination or Titer
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or Titer
  • TB testing
  • Seasonal flu vaccination
  • H1N1 flu vaccination or signed declination form)

It is necessary to have the ability to:

  • Walk the equivalent of five miles per day
  • Reach above shoulder level
  • Hear tape recorded transcription and emergency monitors
  • Distinguish colors
  • Adapt to shift work
  • Grip
  • Sit for periods of time
  • Climb stairs
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Lift 50 pounds
  • Perform CPR

If you are looking to become an RN and live within these states, this program is for you. Available in California, Texas, Florida, Indiana, and Utah—WGU has partnerships with healthcare employers who provide practice sites and clinical coaches to help teach and inspire you on your path to becoming a nurse.

Admissions into the B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) program is open to aspiring nurses in these select areas who have completed all prerequisites as outlined below. Enrollment into this program is conducted in two phases of admissions: Pre-Nursing Curriculum and the Clinical Nursing Program.

* Florida students please note: Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free number (888) 224-6684.  

If you don't meet the eligibility requirements for the Prelicensure program, you don't need to worry. Our Bachelor of Science in Health Services Coordination can be a great alternative. You still get the satisfaction of helping patients and being involved in healthcare. Additionally you are involved more directly in patient advocacy, helping with the often confusing elements of healthcare like insurance and payments, and are the go-to for organization in your hospital or clinic. Consider getting your bachelor's degree in Health Services Coordination as another path into value-based care.

Questions about these requirements?

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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.

Jeff Solheim's WGU experience

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 $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 schools. Tuition and fees for WGU nursing 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 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."

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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. 

Lilian
2019-11-17T21:47:42Z

WGU allowed me to be present to my kids…

WGU allowed me to be present to my kids and husband while finishing my Bachelor's in Nursing. I loved it so much that I am currently in the MSN program

Alejandra
2019-11-15T17:19:39Z

Excellent university

I had a great experience at WGU. Their flexible schedule allowed me to work and get my BSN at my own paste. I had great assistance through out from my mentor and instructor's.

Shye
2019-11-15T16:34:01Z

Great BSN program

WGU is great for having a family and a full time job. The BSN program provided just enough structure to keep me on track and get everything done... it’s adjustable if anything comes up and the tasks/exams/competencies are challenging. It was a lot of work, but WGU gives you the support you need to get though it.

Stephanie
2019-11-08T23:57:28Z

Loved the whole WGU experience

Loved the whole WGU experience! I'm so glad my sister in law encouraged me to apply here with here. I appreciate the whole process starting from applying to the RN to BSN program to applying for graduation.

jennifer powell
2019-11-02T15:08:31Z

An amazing experience overall!

Responsive staff throughout the organization able to quickly assist with questions, issues and tech support. The program mentor I had was phenomenal and truly the reason I was able to move swiftly through my coursework. There were struggles but she (Sylvia Zaki-Smith) got me through them with her support and vast knowledge of my learning style. The price cant be beat for BSN and I'm eagerly awaiting start of MSN program now!

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.