Master of Science in Nursing / Education (RN to MSN)
Western Governors University

Program Details

WGU’s online Master of Science in Nursing–Education (MSNUED) degree program prepares nurses who hold a current RN to be a skilled leader in the field of nursing education. Designed in collaboration with healthcare’s foremost leaders, the MSNUED program focuses on nursing theory and practice, nursing science, context-based student-centered learning, curriculum design and development, and assessment and evaluation strategies for measuring student learning. Students will earn their HQ Principles certification in addition to their BSN and MSN degrees. Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach nursing students, patients, schoolchildren, communities, and more.

WGU offers low, flat-rate tuition for the MSN Education degree program that’s about half what students pay at other online universities. Our online programs deliver unparalleled flexibility, allowing students to complete coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedules. Students also benefit from our 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. 


The program requires the completion of 150 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Applicants must hold an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

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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