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BS in Nursing (Prelicensure), Program Support


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 Nursing Advisory Committee consists of the following members:

  • Patricia Allen, Ed.D., RN, CNE, ANEF
    Professor and Director, Center for Innovation in Nursing Education, Texas Tech University
  • Kathy Apple, RN, MS, CAE
    CEO, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • Geraldine (Polly) Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN
    CEO, GDB and Associations; Former CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Visiting Professor, Australian Catholic University
  • Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN
    Former CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York
  • Brenda Cleary, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Center to Champion Nursing in America
  • Margaret McClure, EdD, RN, FAAN
    Retired Professor and retired CNO, NYU Medical Center

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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.

Program Details

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