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WGU offers online learning at your pace

Mission Health registered nurse and diabetes educator Janice Hovey is back in school, online. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

"I can click to my degree plan."

Mission Health registered nurse and diabetes educator Janice Hovey is back in school, online.

"I wanted to kind of advance my career, and it's really recommended to at least have your bachelor's in nursing," said Hovey.

In fact, she's simultaneously pursuing her B.S. degree and a master's degree through Western Governors University -- a different type of online learning.

"Starting in kindergarten and on up through higher education, your progression is through seat time," said WGU Chancellor for NC Catherine Truitt. "The credit is based on time in the class, not on master and competencies."

"So, it is competency based," Hovey added. "So, if you have that knowledge base , (then) you can move through those classes fairly quickly and get to the stuff you really need to learn."

Hovey recently met Truitt. The chancellor explained the program aims to improve the quality of the healthcare workforce while meeting students' needs.

"What WGU allows is someone like Janice to continue working while she is furthering her education," Truitt explained.

The tuition is $6,500 per year.

Time frames vary.

Hovey expects to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree after some two years of online study.

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