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Bachelor's degrees in healthcare and nursing.

Your online path to a highly respected undergraduate degree.

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest-growing career generators in the country, and qualified healthcare professionals are in high demand. A bachelor's degree in nursing or healthcare from WGU will prepare you to take advantage of new opportunities in the health industry. Whether you’re entering the field or looking to enhance your credentials, earning your healthcare degree online at WGU can work to your advantage. A WGU bachelor’s degree will allow you to achieve your career goals without rearranging your life or compromising your current position.

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

  • Time: 81% of graduates complete their BSN degree in 6–22 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,510 per 6-month term, plus one-time Clinical Placement Fee of $350.
  • Transfers: On average, students transfer 81 credits.

With over 20,000 BSN alumni, this is one of WGU's most popular 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: $5,395 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: 61% of grads earned this degree in 2–4 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

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.

A program for future healthcare leaders:

  • Time: 83% of graduates finished in 6–16 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Health information manager
  • Clinical manager
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Medical records manager
  • Community service manager

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 17% job growth in this career over the next few years, much larger than average.

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

WGU was named a Center of Excellence™ in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN) for 2015–2019 for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development. This prestigious award has only been given to 45 colleges and universities nationwide and is a result of a rigorous review process by an external team who examined WGU’s nursing programs and outcomes before extending the recognition through 2019.

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CCNE and CAHIIM accreditation.

WGU's nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). The B.S. Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Measuring what you know—so you can learn it, prove it, and move on.

If you already have extensive experience as a nurse or healthcare professional, the last thing you want is to spend more time sitting in a classroom (physical or virtual) relearning things you already know. But now you need a bachelor's degree to take the next step in your career. Your experience is a valuable asset at WGU. To complete your degree, you must demonstrate you understand and can perform the necessary skills and knowledge the healthcare industry demands. With WGU’s competency-based approach, you won’t have to spend unnecessary time studying the concepts you already know. You'll have to prove you know the material through carefully designed assessments under the guidance of a dedicated mentor. There are no traditional classrooms; no seat time requirements. WGU’s programs are designed to fit the demanding schedules of adult learners like you. 

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Demonstrated knowledge, skill, or ability required to advance in a degree program.

At WGU, course competencies are defined by an expert council, including employers.

For this course, there are 3 areas you need to prove competency in.

Competency Areas

First, let's take a pre‑assessment.

Determine what you already know from previous work and education experience, and where you need to focus your studies. Prove your competency in 3 areas in this exercise.

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Click on the free learning resources created by education experts that will help you master the competencies.


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Online coursework and hands-on field experience.

WGU’s healthcare degree programs are an innovative mix of online, competency-based coursework and hands-on, real-world experience. While most of your coursework will be completed online, post-licensure nursing programs include some field experiences that you’ll complete either where you work or in a nearby facility (where WGU will help to place you). Prelicensure nursing students complete the clinical requirements with clinical partners in the local area. Undergraduate College of Health Professions students complete one interprofessional course that requires scheduled computer engagement for up to six sessions over the course of a month. Most other courses can be completed at your own pace and do not require a specific schedule of attendance.

“WGU's approach to online learning is like being in a live classroom, except you can do it in your bed at 10 o'clock at night, covered up with a laptop. With the job schedule that I had, I didn't really have time to sit through a traditional class. But by doing it through WGU, with the cohorts being recorded, I could do that whenever I wanted. I could send in questions beforehand, and actually hear them answered in the cohort. And if I needed to stop halfway through and go back and finish it the next day, I could do that.” Christina Carey
B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN)