Western Governors University is a private, nonprofit, accredited online university with corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT. As a competency-based school, WGU has no academic requirements for admission beyond an admissions exam. WGU receives no state or federal funding, sustaining on tuition and corporate and non-profit grants, and has won numerous awards as an online university. WGU’s mission is to provide high-caliber online education for motivated students, and all academic operations are online.

The Western Governors University College of Health Professions offers courses designed with the workplace in mind, to prepare students for the demands of working in the health care industry. WGU offers a number of CCNE-accredited online nursing programs at the bachelor and master levels, including Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), Nursing (Prelicensure), and Health Informatics, as well as Master of Science in Nursing Education or Leadership and Management (for RNs with BSNs), and Education or Leadership and Management for RNs without the BSN already.

Admissions to WGU include:

  • Application
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor to determine “fit” with WGU’s expectations

WGU charges tuition at a flat rate per term, often coming to as little as half the cost of other online programs. Tuition for nursing programs is $3,250 per six-month term. WGU student qualify for federal loans and grants, as well as some state grants and scholarships. As a Military Friendly College (ranked by Military Advanced Education Magazine), WGU offers many tuition incentives for military personnel and veterans.