Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Western Governors University

Program Details

WGU’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program adds theoretical and policy depth to the practical knowledge nurses who hold a current RN already possess. Designed in collaboration with healthcare’s foremost leaders, the BSN program focuses on community health and population-focused nursing, evidence-based practical application, organizational systems and quality leadership, and information management and the application of technology. Graduate will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to take on more responsibility, increase job security, and help their organization qualify for magnet status. 

WGU's degree programs deliver unparalleled flexibility, allowing students to complete online coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedules. Students also benefit from a competency-based learning model, which lets them complete most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation, and beyond.

*WGU cannot currently accept applicants who are residents of California. 


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.

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

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.

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