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Nursing at Western Governors University

If you plan to study nursing, take a look at what Western Governors University has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

WGU is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and has a total student population of 136,139. Of the 9,573 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University in 2019, 9,573 of them were nursing majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Nursing section at the bottom of this page.

WGU Nursing Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • Master’s Degree in Nursing

Online Classes Are Available at WGU

Don't have the time or the flexibility in your schedule to take traditional classes? Online courses may be the perfect solution for you. They allow independent learners to study when and where they want to while offering the rigor of in-person classes.

For those who are interested in distance learning, WGU does offer online courses in nursing for the following degree levels:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree

WGU Nursing Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the nursing progam at WGU compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The nursing major at WGU is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Nursing. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Online Nursing Schools 1
Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 1
Most Popular Nursing Schools 1
Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 1
Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 3
Most Popular Nursing Master’s Degree Schools 3
Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools 21
Best Value Nursing Schools 36
Most Focused Nursing Master’s Degree Schools 64
Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 100
Most Focused Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 119
Most Focused Nursing Schools 234
Best Nursing Schools 236
Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools 315

In 2019, 3,259 students received their master’s degree in nursing from WGU. This makes it the #3 most popular school for nursing master’s degree candidates in the country.

How Much Do Nursing Graduates from WGU Make?

The median salary of nursing students who receive their bachelor's degree at WGU is $73,300. This is 20% higher than $61,050, which is the national average for all nursing bachelor's degree recipients.

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Nursing Student Demographics at WGU

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the nursing majors at Western Governors University.

WGU Nursing Bachelor’s Program

90% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 9,573 students who earned a bachelor's degree in Nursing from WGU in 2018-2019, 10% were men and 90% were women.

WGU Gender Breakdown of Nursing Bachelor's Degree Grads

About 73% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in nursing at WGU are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Western Governors University with a bachelor's in nursing.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Majors at Western Governors University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 459
Black or African American 707
Hispanic or Latino 825
White 6,997
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 578

WGU Nursing Master’s Program

92% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,259 students graduated with a master's degree in nursing from WGU. About 8% were men and 92% were women.

WGU Gender Breakdown of Nursing Master's Degree Grads

Of the students who received a nursing master's degree from WGU, 75% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Western Governors University with a master's in nursing.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Majors at Western Governors University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 174
Black or African American 262
Hispanic or Latino 196
White 2,457
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 168

WGU also has a doctoral program available in nursing. In 2019, 0 student graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within Nursing

If you plan to be a nursing major, you may want to focus your studies on one of the following concentrations. The table shows all degrees awarded in this field awarded for all degree levels at Western Governors University. A concentration may not be available for your level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
Registered Nursing 9,573
Nursing Administration 3,068
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 191

Careers That Nursing Grads May Go Into

A degree in nursing can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for UT, the home state for Western Governors University.

Occupation Jobs in UT Average Salary in UT
Registered Nurses 21,700 $65,670
Medical and Health Services Managers 3,560 $104,770
Nurse Practitioners 1,380 $105,840
Nursing Instructors and Professors 240 $78,360
Nurse Midwives 80 $106,590

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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