The M.S. in Nursing—Leadership and Management (BSN to MSN) is designed for RNs with BSNs who are seeking a master’s degree to become effective leaders and managers in a variety of nursing settings. This challenging program incorporates competencies that are consistent with the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) standards for nurse administrators. Along with the rigorous online curriculum, this program requires completion of a 40-hour practicum in nursing management.
Note: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), 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.
Accredited—Western Governors University is 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.
The program requires the completion of 36 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.
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.
WGU is the first online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). WGU's nursing programs are CCNE accredited (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
This degree is not authorized for residents in the following state(s): Washington.
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