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Western Governors University Offers Two New Master's Degrees in Nursing

RN to MSN Program Allows Registered Nurses with Associate's Degrees to Earn Their Master's

SALT LAKE CITY, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CCNE-accredited Western Governors University,, has launched two new master's degree programs in nursing, the RN to MSN in Nursing Education and the RN to MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management. The degree programs, which are online and competency-based, are designed for registered nurses who have an associate's degree or diploma in nursing and wish to advance directly to a master's degree.


WGU's RN to MSN degree programs incorporate the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice and the Essentials of Master's Education for Professional Practice established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The RN to MSN--Education degree coursework, which is based on the standards established for Nurse Educators by the NLN and the ANCC, will prepare students to become accomplished nurse educators. Students who select the RN to MSN--Leadership and Management program will graduate with the competencies needed to become a valuable leader and manager in a variety of healthcare settings and will complete the exam required to earn the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Nurse Executive Certificate.

About WGU's Nursing Degree Programs

Western Governors University offers six online, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing, all developed to help address the growing shortage of qualified registered nurses in the U.S. and to make nursing education accessible to working adults. WGU's nursing programs have been developed in collaboration with major healthcare employers, government agencies, and key accreditation organizations to ensure that graduates emerge with the skills and knowledge they need to fulfill their roles in patient care, nurse education, and leadership. Degree programs include:

For more information on WGU's nursing programs, go to or call 1-866-225-5948 (866-CALL-WGU).

About Western Governors University (WGU)

"[WGU is] the best relatively cheap university you've never heard of."

- TIME magazine (Nov. 2008)

WGU is the only accredited online university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs. The private non-profit university has been a leader in online education for more than 10 years. WGU is the recipient of the USDLA 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning for 2008, awarded in recognition of WGU's success in expanding access to higher education. WGU has been honored as one of the 2008 Top 20 Military Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine. WGU sponsors the Online Student Survival Guide, a blog that addresses many of the questions and daily concerns online students from any online college or university face.

Now serving more than 13,000 students, WGU was founded by 19 U.S. governors, and is supported by more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, BearingPoint, Dell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, HCA, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, Sun Microsystems, and Zions Bank. WGU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions, with students in all 50 states. More information is available at

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