BS in Nursing (Prelicensure), Program Support

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B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) Program Support

WGU has partnered with hospital and community health organizations to offer a prelicensure bachelor’s degree in nursing. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to sit for the national NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

This BSN program is made possible by a collaborative effort of WGU clinical partners, and the state workforce agency working towards an ultimate goal of a nationwide nursing education program.

Founding Clinical Partners

WGU assembled an impressive cadre of founding clinical partners to aid in the development and implementation of the B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) program. These partners include:

  • Cedars-Sinai Hospital - Los Angeles, CA
  • Hospital Corporation of America - HCA Healthcare Inc.
  • Tenet Healthcare
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Catholic Healthcare West
  • Universal Health Services

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National Advisory Committee

WGU’s National Advisory Committee consists of the following members:

  • Kathy Apple – CEO, National Council of State Boards of Nursing Colleagues
  • Brenda Cleary – Former Director, AARP Center to Champion Nursing
  • Maggie McClure – American Academy of Nursing
  • Bev Malone – CEO, National League for Nursing
  • Polly Bednash – CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Patricia Benner – Professor and Co-PI, The Carnegie Foundation on Teaching in Nursing

Honorary Co-Chairs:

  • Marilyn Chow – VP Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente
  • Linda Burnes-Bolton – CNO, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

State-Based Consultants:

  • Judy Papenhausen – Dean, California State University—San Marcos
  • Patricia Allen – Professor and Director, Center for Innovation in Nursing Education, Texas Tech University

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WGU Grants and Support

WGU does not accept annual state funding. WGU is completely self sufficient from student tuition. Grants in the form of one-time funding are used to develop new programs, while keeping student tuition low.

WGU ’s competency-based degree programs are supported by academic and industry leaders alike, offering their support through industry expertise and scholarships for program development.

  • California Workforce and Labor Development Agency — A grant to support program development and approval in California
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — A grant to be used to expand access to online nursing degree programs that address the nation’s nursing shortage.
  • Texas Workforce Commission — A grant to support program development and approval in Texas.
  • U.S. Department of Labor — A grant as part of a project aimed at expanding technology-based learning.
  • Indiana Nursing Workforce Development Commission — A grant to expand access to nursing degrees for working adults in Indiana.

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About Western Governors University

Western Governors University is an online university driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs. WGU is a national university, serving more than 30,000 students from all 50 states.

The university continues to open doors for adult learners who need flexibility to achieve their education and career goals. WGU’s innovative competency-based academic approach makes it possible, allowing individuals to fit their education into their lives, not the other way around.

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