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Western Governors University

Degrees RN to BSN
Western Governors University


To Learn more about the program and apply to WGU Click Here.
(Do NOT actually apply to WGU until you have been approved to participate in the BHMT RN to BSN program.)



Westie King
Phone: 385-428-7135


Angie Millet
Phone: 385-428-7677


Program Highlights
WGU is an accredited, innovative and affordable online university. Our unique approach to education includes:


  • Accredited programs—designed with input from industry experts, our nursing degree programs are CCNE-accredited*. You can be confident your WGU degree will be respected wherever you go.
  • Accelerated progress—our competency-based degree programs let you use knowledge you already have to advance through courses faster. As soon as you prove mastery of the material you can move on to your next course.
  • Affordable tuition—about half the cost of other online universities, our flat-rate tuition is about $6,500 per year.
  • Unparalleled flexibility—our online degree programs allow you to study whenever and wherever works best for you, allowing you to keep your existing work and family comments while you earn your degree.
  • Personal attention—work one-to-one with a dedicated mentor from enrollment through graduation.


*WGU’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).


Delivery Type:  Online/Distance
States:  CA, HI, OR, WA, CO, MD, VA, GA
State Requirements:  California, the program includes the courses needed to be eligible to apply for the California Public Health Nurse Certificate.
Accreditation:  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Regional Accreditation, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Units for Nursing Core:  30
Units Required for BSN:  120
Residency Requirement:  30 units. All courses are available online
Length of Program:  12-18 months
Cost:  Total program cost depends on time to completion. The average cost is $10,048

Pre-Admission Process

  • Diploma or Associates Degree in Nursing
  • Submit to a criminal background check through American Databank –
  • California residents are required to provide proof of current immunizations
  • Have a current, unencumbered RN license.
  • Must be working in a position that requires use of nursing knowledge


Admission Process

  • Complete an online application—$65 application fee is waived for this program
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Complete your Intake Interview
  • Submit program specific information: nursing license, background check, and proof of employment. CA Residents require proof of current immunizations


Graduation Requirements
The student must request and complete a graduation application form, and return it to the Student Records office. Students cleared for graduation will be mailed a diploma, and two copies of their transcripts within 10 working days of receipt of the form, assuming they do not have any outstanding financial obligations or state licensing requirements.


WGU holds in-person national graduation commencement ceremonies at least twice yearly.


General Education
The RN to BSN degree program includes 120 Competency Units (credit equivalents). Many of the general education requirements can be met through transfer credit from the student’s previous nursing program. 50 credits are awarded for an unencumbered RN license. Individuals with an ADN receive an additional 20-30 transfer credits. The maximum number of transfer credits accepted is 90.





Please check the Ben-U Transfer Guide to see if any courses will satisfy some of the General Education requirements for WGU.


Do prerequisites have to be taken within a certain amount of time?   Statistics course needs to be completed within 5 years or must be completed at WGU
Do you require a diversity education course?  No
Does the school provide free transcript evaluation?  Yes, the cost is included in the application fee and waived for this program.
International transcripts:  Prospective students who wish to submit for consideration college-level academic coursework completed outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by an Educational Credential Evaluation Service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICES®).Students can also have their evaluation performed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ (AACRAO), International Education Services or the Credentials Evaluation Service of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).


For more information:


Student Questions
Enrollment:  Westie.King,
Billing questions:


Prep and Computer Skills Prior to Applying
Students should be able to use one of the four web browsers:

  • Windows Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari


Students need a basic working knowledge of:

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheet application
  • Online presentations (such as Powerpoint)
Program Details

The WGU RN-to-BSN degree program is evidence-based, with an online nursing curriculum developed according to the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice from the American Association of Colleges and Nursing.


Earning a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree adds theoretical and policy depth to the practical knowledge you have as an RN. WGU’s nursing curriculum is developed with input from program councils—industry experts who know exactly what it takes for a graduate of a top-notch BSN program to be successful contributors to critical healthcare teams.


Total Program: 120 Competency Units (credit equivalents), less any competency units waived through transfer of prior college credits. 50 credits are awarded for an unencumbered RN license. Individuals with an ADN will receive an additional 20-30 transfer credits. The maximum number of transfer credits accepted is 90; number of transfer credits accepted is dependent on prior transcripts and degrees.


The WGU RN to BSN program is self-paced so the student determines the time required to complete the program. The average time to completion is 18 months (three six-month terms), with the total cost for Kaiser Permanente Employees being $10,402. Many students complete the program in 12 months (two six-month terms), resulting in a total cost of $7,051. Some students take a little longer and complete the program in 24 months (four six-month terms). The total cost for these students is $13,752. Students who stay focused and efficient in completing the program requirements can save substantially on tuition.


WG Nursing Core    
Course Name Units Cost
Professional Leadership and Communication for Healthcare 2 $638
Care of the Older Adult 3 $957
Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research 3 $957
Health Assessment 3 $957
Information Management and the Application of Technology 3 $957
Health and Wellness Through Nutritional Science 3 $957
Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing 3 $957
Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing Field Experience 2 $638
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership 3 $957
Professional Roles and Values 3 $957
Leadership and Professional Image 2 $638
Total Credits: 30  
Kaiser Permanente Discount:   ($478)
Total Tuition*:   $9,092


* Total based on 18-month program completion.
RN to BSN Courses (available for transfer credit)    
Course Name   Units
Applied Healthcare Statistics   4
English Composition I   3
Introduction to Communication   4
Anatomy and Physiology I   4
Anatomy and Physiology II   4
Introduction to Psychology   3
Introduction to Humanities   3
Introduction to Sociology   3
Clinical Microbiology   4
Survey of United States Constitution and Government   3
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan   3
Biochemistry   3