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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Program Details

The B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN) is designed for RNs with associate’s degrees or diplomas in nursing who are seeking a bachelor’s degree to ascend the ranks. This challenging program expands student knowledge and skills beyond the clinical aspects of nursing to give background in evidence-based practice, patient safety, and technology integration, as well as healthcare systems and policies. Along with the rigorous online curriculum, this program requires a minimum of 90 hours of mentor-guided clinical experience in a qualified community health services setting.

Note: Applicants must hold an unencumbered RN license and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

Western Governors University is:

  • Challenging—The ideal student is a motivated self-starter who can commit at least 15 to 20 hours per week to their studies.
  • CCNE Accredited—WGU nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791). WGU is also regionally accredited.
  • Affordable and Nonprofit—Tuition is less than half the cost of other reputable online universities. Your tuition goes toward your education, not to shareholders.
  • Competency Based—An innovative learning model, designed for adult learners like you, that measures learning, not time spent in class.
  • Respected—Your degree coursework is relevant and up-to-date because it’s designed and developed in collaboration with industry experts.
  • Flexible and Online—With no set class times, you can log in and learn anytime, anywhere.

Requirements

Degree completion requires a minimum of 120 competency units (equivalent to traditional credit hour), including from 50 - 90 transfer credits awarded for RN licensure and prior college credits.

  • 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.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)