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

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

*2020 Harris Poll

Flexible.

go to school on your terms.

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

82% of WGU students work while earning their degrees.*

* 2020 WGU Annual Report
  • Get the credentials to be part of a life-saving team.

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

    Accredited

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

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95%

Recommended.

a school students love.

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

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

*2020 Harris Poll

Flexible.

go to school on your terms.

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

82% of WGU students work while earning their degrees.*

* 2020 WGU Annual Report

Compare Bachelor's Degrees

Nursing (RN-to-BSN Online) – B.S.

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

An online BSN degree program for registered...

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

  • Time: 66% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,795 per 6-month term, plus a 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 FL, IN, TX, and UT only.
  • Tuition and fees: $6,575 per 6-month term.

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

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

Health Services Coordination – B.S.

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

An online health degree program for students...

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

  • Time: 60% of graduates of similar programs finish within 3 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term, plus a 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: 70% of graduates finish within 35 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

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

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

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

Health Information Management – B.S.

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

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

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:

  • Time: 60% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

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

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

Compare with B.S. Business – Healthcare Management


Compare Master's Degrees

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

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

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

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

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

  • Time: 80% of grads finish within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,385 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

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...

This MSN – Education online nursing program for...

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

  • Time: 74% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,385 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

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.

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 24 months. 
  • Tuition and fees: $4,385 per 6-month term.

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

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

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

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

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

A nursing degree program that empowers...

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

  • Time:  72% of grads finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,385 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

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 to go from RN...

A nursing program that empowers data-driven...

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

  • Time:  90% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,385 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

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.

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: Graduates can finish within 12 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,675 per 6-month term.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Time: 82% of grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,385 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Time: 75% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,385 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Locations: This degree program is offered in only the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.
  • Time: 2½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,250 plus $1,395 in fees, per six-month term.

WGU graduates loved their experience earning a healthcare degree.

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

Sara Wuelfing
September 13, 2021

Cannot say enough good things about WGU!

I feel that the education that I received online was more in depth than other programs that I have taken in person. I feel that my time was more fully spent on my personal learning instead of being tailored to meet the needs of others in my class. The courses were challenging, thought-provoking and immediately applicable in my current job. I am recommending that my children go here when they are of age.

Randi Nelson
September 12, 2021

I was very impressed with my last…

I was very impressed with my last instructor, Pat Alpert, she was the most helpful and insightful professor I had at WGU. Pat Alpert took as much time with me as I needed, even though she has a very busy life herself. Most of all, I hope all WGU's mentors are like Lindsay Bridges, she was an absolute Godsend for me. She could not have been more supportive. I have been recommending WGU. I would say an improvement WGU could make, to include specific directions for technology associated with classes, and also, include examples with assignments.

A. Smith
September 10, 2021

I enjoyed my experience at WGU

I enjoyed my experience at WGU. You have to be self motivated to complete your studies. The course instuctors offer scheduled appointments and are helpful when you have questions on an assignment. I only ran into one speed bump throughout my time here and the department head was extremely helpful in helping me find a resolution. I am considering coming back for my master's.

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Personal support from faculty that understand.

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

A degree that delivers.

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

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

of WGU graduates are employed in their degree field.

—2020 Harris Poll Survey

Top Ranked for ROI

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It's important to be thoughtful before investing in a degree. Comparing the cost of the program and the ROI you'll get is key in determining if a program is right for you. WGU programs rank extremely highly when it comes to ROI and competitive tuition. Learn more about how we rank when it comes to post-graduate debt and salary levels.

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.

I got a $2,500 Back to School Scholarship

You could too. Choose WGU for your bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Going back to school is a huge investment in your future—which is why you should choose your alma mater wisely. At WGU, you get a respected, accredited degree for about half the cost of other universities. You also get a flexible program where you can complete courses, take tests, and even graduate on your own schedule. And when you factor in numerous available scholarships like our $2,500 Back to School opportunity, it just adds up. Get started on your future today.

Celebrating nurse leaders with a special scholarship.

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

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

Margaret McClure Scholarship

Nurse leaders change lives.

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

Leadership In Nursing Resources

Going global.

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

Jeff Solheim's WGU experience

Stronger than any obstacle.

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

Sarah William's WGU experience

Nursing and Healthcare Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, 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. The total cost for tuition with fees is $32,875.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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