B.S. in Nursing (Prelicensure) Courses

WGU offers degrees, not classes. As a competency-based online university, progress through your degree program is determined by demonstrating your competence through carefully designed assessments and completion of a professional portfolio, capstone, or both. As a student in this program, you will complete the courses listed below in order to graduate. These courses are required, though you may be able to clear some of these requirements through a course-by-course transcript analysis. (Learn more about transferring credits.) Each course contains a study guide and recommended learning resources for you to use. Your assigned mentor will help guide you through the process.

For ease of understanding, WGU has assigned competency units to each of its courses as indicated below. A competency unit is equivalent to a semester credit hour of learning. WGU terms are six months in length. During a typical term, students will be expected to complete at least 12 to 13 competency units. Grades are assigned on a Pass/Not Pass basis; a “Pass” at WGU is equivalent to a letter grade of “B" or better.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for more information about these courses.

CourseCompetency Units
Foundations of College Mathematics3
English Composition I3
Anatomy and Physiology I4
Anatomy and Physiology II4
Survey of United States Constitution and Government3
Elements of Effective Communication3
Introduction to Humanities3
Clinical Microbiology4
Introduction to Psychology3
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan3
Introduction to Sociology3
Biochemistry3
Introduction to Nursing Arts and Science3
Nutrition for Contemporary Society3
Organizational Systems: Safety and Regulation1
Medication Dosage Calculations1
Pharmacology2
Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
Information Management and the Application of Technology3
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan Part I4
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan Part I Clinical Learning2
Physical Assessment4
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan Part II4
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan Part II Clinical Learning2
Care of Adults with Complex Illnesses3
Clinical Learning for Complex Illnesses in Adults3
Professional Roles and Values3
Care of the Older Adult3
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing3
Psych/Mental Health Clinical2
Care of the Developing Family4
Nursing Care of Children4
Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing3
Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing Clinical2
Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research3
Critical Care Nursing4
Critical Care Nursing Clinical Learning2
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership3
Professional Nursing Role Transition3
Nursing Clinical Practicum4