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DEGREES & PROGRAMS

Bachelor's Degrees in Nursing and Healthcare Designed for Better Patient Outcomes

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Online Nursing & Healthcare Bachelor's Degrees

Nursing (RN-to-BSN Online) – B.S.

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

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

  • Time: 77% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $3,475 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 23 total courses in this program.
  • Transfers: Students can transfer up to 90 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 are an RN ready to earn your BSN, this program will help you accelerate to earn your degree.

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.

Health Services Coordination – B.S.

An online health degree program for students passionate about value-based...

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

  • Time: 61% of graduates of similar programs finish within 16 months.
  • Tuition: $3,475 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

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.

Health Information Management – B.S.

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

A program designed for future leaders in HIM.

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition: $3,475 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

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

Healthcare Management – B.S. Business Administration

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 37 months.
  • Tuition: $3,575 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 40 total courses in this program.

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.

Nursing (Prelicensure) – B.S.

A one-of-a-kind nursing program that prepares you to be an RN and a...

A one-of-a-kind nursing program that prepares you to be an RN and a baccalaureate-prepared nurse:

  • Locations: Due to in-person clinical requirements, students must be full time residents of FL, IN, TX, MO, or UT to enroll in this program. The coursework in this program is offered online, but there are in-person requirements 
  • Tuition and fees: $5,930 per 6-month term.
  • Time: This program has a set pace and completion time of 2.5 years

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.

Time to Graduation

2.5 Years

The average time to complete a bachelor's degree with WGU is 2.5 years, proving that WGU students are motivated and use the opportunity to control their speed to graduation.

Nursing Graduates

16,000+

In 2020, more than 16,000 nurses completed WGU's bachelor's in nursing (RN to BSN) degree program. 

 

Transfer Average

34 Credits

Students transfer an average of 34 credits to bachelor's of business programs at WGU, helping them move through their degree program even faster.

HEALTH AND NURSING BACHELOR'S DEGREES

An Online Healthcare Degree that Prepares You to Make a Difference


 

Nurses and healthcare professionals are constantly needed as the healthcare industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. The right degree gives you skills and credentials that allow you to impact patient outcomes, influence the industry in a positive way, and make a real difference in your community. Join the force of healthcare workers who are changing lives with a bachelor's degree in nursing or healthcare from WGU. These bachelor's degree programs in nursing and healthcare are designed to fit your life and focused on preparing you for a meaningful and rewarding career. Whether you're just entering the field or looking to enhance your credentials, a bachelor's degree in nursing or healthcare from WGU can help you meet your goals.

Accredited and Recognized

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree programs in nursing at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

The B.S. Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). These accreditations ensure that your degree is valuable to your employer and colleagues. 

WGU has partnered with The DAISY Foundation to honor WGU nursing faculty with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty. As a partner, WGU will be able to award faculty in its College of Health Professions with this distinguished recognition for their meaningful contributions as nurse educators. Faculty members who are awarded The DAISY Award become lifelong honorees.

Online. Nonprofit. Affordable.

Using Your Existing Knowledge and Experience on the Path to Helping Others

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 unique educational approach, you won’t have to spend unnecessary time studying the concepts you already know. You'll prove you know the material through carefully designed assessments under the guidance of a dedicated mentor. There are no class rooms, no need to log-in at a certain time, and no due-dates for assignments. WGU’s programs are designed to fit the demanding schedules of busy workers like you.

COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION

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

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

AT YOUR OWN PACE

At WGU, you are in charge of setting the pace. Spend time on areas where you need more understanding and accelerate in subjects where you already have knowledge.

 

Celebrating Nurse Leaders with a Special Scholarship

One thing the pandemic has shown us is just how much America needs nurses, especially nurse leaders. 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. 

Online Coursework & 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). 

Clinical Rotations with Local Partners

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 on your schedule and do not require a specific schedule of attendance.

What Students Are Saying About WGU


 

Our students say it best. See why their WGU experience means so much to them, and what makes us different.

“I'm still amazed at how much I was able to accomplish with so little time. And at how much fun I had during the process. WGU was a great experience for me."

—Rhonda
B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) grad

"It is so easy to do while being a nurse, since it’s online you can work on your classes whenever you can. Not only that, it’s super affordable and I actually finished the BSN program in just one year!"

—Alyssa Wilkerson
B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) grad

“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) grad

Where WGU Nursing & Healthcare Graduates Work

Bachelor's Degree FAQs

Most Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs take four years to complete. Some universities, like WGU, have a course format that allows students to finish coursework more quickly and graduate in less time.

A bachelor's degree in nursing is often referred to as a BSN which stands for Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A bachelor's degree requires more schooling than an associate degree. While an associate degree can be earned in fewer than two years, a bachelor's degree can take as long as four years.

There are many healthcare bachelor's degrees including:

  • Healthcare management
  • Health services coordination
  • Health information management
  • Nursing

These are just a handful of the degrees you can get, and specializations may get even more specific. Jobs you can get with specific healthcare degrees include physical therapist, occupational therapist. medical librarian, nurse manager, and more.

Yes! A bachelor's degree in nursing is a great pathway to a rewarding career as a nurse. Nurses with a BSN see a positive impact on patient outcomes, improving patient satisfaction and lowering mortality rates. They may also see higher salary and better job stability. 

There are several jobs you can get with a bachelor's degree in healthcare. While the available jobs vary depending on the specific degree you earn, here are some of the possible jobs:

  • Nurse
  • Physical therapist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Health services coordinator
  • Healthcare consultant
  • Health records manager