Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Informatics (BSN to MSN)
Western Governors University
Technology is transforming the healthcare industry and patient care. As a result, dynamic new job fields require knowledge and expertise in technology and research as well as in healthcare. In response, WGU has developed a specialized new master’s degree in nursing informatics.
WGU designed this online program to prepare nurses for advancement opportunities. The curriculum develops knowledge and skills in nursing science, computer science, and information science. Graduates of WGU’s M.S. in Nursing Informatics will learn how to combine information and communication technologies to improve healthcare with data-driven decision-making, how to apply nursing informatics to real-world situations, and how to coordinate care across multiple settings.
Students have a choice of two academic tracks to the master’s degree in nursing informatics, both designed for working nurses who want to become experts in healthcare information technology:
• The RN to MSN option, designed for registered nurses (RNs) with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and a current RN license.
• The BSN to MSN option, designed for RNs with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and a current RN license.
WGU is an accredited, nonprofit university committed to providing accessible, affordable, high-quality education that meets the needs of working adults. Visit wgu.edu for details.
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accelerated Degree: Yes
Accreditation & Licensing
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
This program consists of 36 competency units (CUs, our equivalent to the traditional credit hour), including a capstone project.
Applicants must be registered nurses (RNs) with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and a current, unencumbered RN license who wish to move into nursing informatics.
This degree is not authorized for residents in the following state(s): Tennessee and Washington.
In Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, through partnerships with these states, WGU operates as WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington respectively. Students who live in these states will receive information from and ultimately enroll in these state universities.
WGU offers over 50 degree programs in teacher education, business, information technology, and healthcare (including nursing). These programs are best suited for individuals with at least one year of college experience.
Online degrees based on your skills and knowledge
At Western Governors University—a private, nonprofit, online university—your competence is the ultimate focus of every degree program. By emphasizing mastery of essential skills and knowledge as opposed to accumulating credit hours or seat time, WGU’s innovative approach to online learning rewards focused, hard-working adult learners. Progress toward your degree is based on passing rigorous assessments (such as tests, projects, assignments, etc.) which measure your skills and knowledge in your field of study. We call it competency-based learning.
WGU’s rigorous yet flexible learning model gives the university a unique advantage over other online programs.
Here’s what the WGU advantage means to you:
Flexibility and Affordability. Our competency-based approach to learning allows for extensive personalization of your degree program. With assessments determining your success instead of credit hours or seat time, you’ll enjoy an education that can fit into your schedule. In most cases, you will access course material or study independently at the time and place you choose. Also, if you come into your program with years of knowledge and experience, you may be able to complete your assessments faster. Since you pay for tuition at a flat rate per six-month term, you’re paying for the time you need to complete your assessments. The faster you finish your assessments, the more money you can save.
Credibility through Accreditation. WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Teachers College at WGU is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)—the first exclusively online teacher education institution to achieve this distinction. WGU’s nursing programs are also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036).
Commitment and Support. As a WGU student, you’ll have the support of a team of mentors committed to your success. You will work with a dedicated student mentor as well as course mentors who will support you every step of the way through your degree program. You’ll also interact with an online learning community of students in your same program, so you’re never alone.
If you’re an organized, independent learner willing to devote at least 20 hours a week to your studies, but require flexibility in time and place to complete your education, WGU could be the smart choice. As a nonprofit institution, WGU does not rely on state or federal funding and is not subject to review from funding agencies.
Note: In Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, through partnerships with these states, WGU operates as WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington respectively. Students who live in these states will receive information from and ultimately enroll in these state universities.
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