Admissions to Our Online Health Professions Degree Programs

All of the degrees offered by WGU’s College of Health Professions focus on mastery of the skills and knowledge that are essential to success in this vital and high-demand field. Below are admissions requirements specific to College of Health Professions programs that are in addition to WGU’s general admissions requirements.

Special requirements for WGU’s B.S. in Nursing or M.S. Nursing (RN to MSN Option) programs

  • Must possess an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing.
  • Must possess a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.
  • Must submit a resume and be working in a position that requires use of nursing knowledge at time of application and enrollment.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check through American Databank ( California residents are also required to provide proof of current immunizations. Additional fees apply.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more about what is required of you.

Special requirements for WGU’s M.S. in Nursing (Education or Leadership and Management) programs

  • Must possess a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN).
  • Must possess a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.
  • Must submit a resume and be actively working as an RN at the time of application and enrollment.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check through American Databank ( California residents are also required to provide proof of current immunizations. Additional fees apply.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more about what is required of you.

Special requirements for WGU’s B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) Program

NOTICE: There are limited clinical opportunities available in select hospitals in California, Texas, Florida*, Indiana and Utah. Because of limited clinical opportunities, this is a highly selective program.

* Florida students please note: Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free number (888) 224-6684.

WGU is now opening admissions to aspiring nurses in these select areas who have completed all prerequisites as outlined below. Enrollment into this program is conducted in two phases of admissions: Pre-Nursing Curriculum and the Clinical Nursing Program.

Pre-Nursing Enrollment Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the required nursing sciences to be considered for enrollment into the pre-nursing program. Successful completion of a nursing program admission exam is required prior to enrollment. Enrollment in the university and in the pre-nursing term does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical nursing program. Applicants are required to submit and/or complete the following items:

  • Take and pass the ATI TEAS V Exam at the “Proficient,” “Advanced,” or “Exemplary” Level. Click here to learn more about the TEAS V Exam.
  • Submit a professional resume.
  • Submit a letter of intent.
  • Submit at least two professional letters of recommendation. It is strongly recommended that one letter of recommendation come from a current or former employer either on the form provided or in a letter; the second letter must come from a professional colleague and be completed on the form provided. Applicants who are current employees of clinical partners must include a letter of recommendation from the clinical partner.
  • Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions that show completion of required prerequisites.

Note: Preference will be given to those individuals with a prior college degree. All prerequisites must be complete before an application for enrollment can be considered. Applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to take appropriate tests of language proficiency.

Prelicensure Clinical Nursing Program Admission Requirements:

Enrollment into the Pre-Nursing Curriculum and admission into the Clinical Nursing Program is competitive. Students must first be accepted and enrolled into the Pre-Nursing Curriculum. Students who are successful in the Pre-Nursing Curriculum will be allowed to apply for admission for the Clinical Nursing Program. Enrollment in the Pre-Nursing Curriculum is not a guarantee for admission into the Clinical Nursing Program. You must be at least 18 years of age before beginning the application process or participating in clinical experiences. Students enrolled in the Pre-Nursing Curriculum must successfully pass the Foundations in Nursing Skills performance exam (click here to view) during the pre-nursing term in order to be considered for admission.

Approximately 60 days after enrollment into the Pre-Nursing Curriculum, if you qualify, you must apply for admission into the Clinical Nursing Program. To be considered for admission, the following support documentation must be provided by you as part of the application process:

  • Proof of health insurance†.
  • Proof of successfully passing of a criminal background check*.
  • Proof of successfully passing a urine drug test*.
  • Proof of a current immunization record and current negative TB test. Click here to see what immunizations are required of you.
  • Proof of meeting the specific physical requirements in accordance with the core performance standards of the nursing profession. Click here to see examples of physical requirements.
  • Participation in an interview with an admissions committee comprised of two or three committee members including the State Director of Nursing or designee.

† Note: Student malpractice insurance will be provided by WGU at no cost to you.

* Note: Starred items are required to be completed no sooner than 90 days prior to beginning the clinical portions of this program.

Application and acceptance into the program is based on available clinical space, successful completion of all pre-nursing term course requirements, and numerical ranking of the above items, including a WGU pre-nursing term mentor recommendation.

Steps and Deadlines for Enrollment into a Health Profession Program

Below is the list of steps and their respective deadlines required for enrollment into an online healthcare degree program. Click here for a printer-friendly version of the Health Professions enrollment checklist.

Apply for admission and pay the application fee

You may apply for admission at any time once you’re ready. The application fee is $65. You can pay online using a credit card or by mailing a check or money order. You must pay the application fee for your application to be fully processed.

Send in your official transcripts

Transcripts of your prior college experience are required if you are seeking transfer credit or if you are looking to enroll into a graduate program. You should submit official copies of your transcripts by the 1st of the month prior to your intended start date for evaluation (or confirmation of receipt of a bachelor’s degree).

Please make arrangements for the official copies to be sent to:

Western Governors University
ATTN: Transcripts Department
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533

Click here to learn more about transferring credits

Complete the Readiness Assessment

The WGU Readiness Assessment is a three-part online test designed to determine your likelihood of success at WGU. This assessment is not required for admission to graduate degree programs or for undergraduate applicants who possess an RN license. Your Enrollment Counselor can answer questions regarding this assessment.

Complete the Financial Aid application process (if necessary)

If you intend to use federal financial aid to cover your tuition expenses, you will need to complete WGU’s financial aid application process and be certified as eligible to receive aid no later than the 22nd of the month prior to your intended start date. An Enrollment Counselor can answer any questions you may have about the financial aid process.

Click here to learn more about financial aid

Complete your Intake Interview

The Intake Interview is a 20- to 30-minute phone-based interview that finalizes your enrollment and officially sets your program start date. This call is conducted by your Enrollment Counselor to ensure that you’ve developed accurate and appropriate expectations of WGU and of your program. This step must be completed by the enrollment deadline (generally the 15th of the month prior to your start date).

Make tuition payment arrangements

Tuition payment arrangements must be made by the 22nd of the month prior to your start date.

Click here to learn more about paying tuition

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