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
Communications Foundations2
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology3
Human Physiology3
Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory2
Themes in U.S. and World History1
Applications in U.S. and World History1
Language and Communication: Essay2
Language and Communication: Presentation2
Literature, Arts and the Humanities2
Literature, Arts and the Humanities: Analysis and Interpretation2
Microbiology3
Clinical Microbiology Laboratory1
Behavioral Science Survey6
Issues in Behavioral Science3
Biochemistry3
Introduction to Nursing Clinical Skills1
Nutrition for Contemporary Society3
Introduction to Nursing Arts and Science2
Organizational Systems: Safety and Regulation1
Medical Dosage Calculations1
Pharmacology2
Applied Health Care Statistics and Analysis3
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 Skills1
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan Part I Clinical1
Health Assessment2
Applied Health Assessment1
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan Part II4
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan Part II Clinical Skills1
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan Part II Clinical1
Chronic Care of the Adult4
Chronic Care of the Adult Clinical Simulation1
Chronic Care of the Adult Clinical1
Professional Roles and Values2
Project in Professional Roles and Values1
Care of the Older Adult3
Psych/Mental Health3
Psych/Mental Health Clinical2
Care of the Developing Family3
Care of the Developing Family Clinical and Simulation1.5
Nursing Care of Children3
Nursing Care of Children Clinical and Simulation1.5
Community Health Practice3
Community Health Clinical2
Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research3
Critical Care Nursing4
Critical Care Nursing Clinical Simulation1
Critical Care Nursing Clinical1
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership3
Nursing Role Transition1
Nursing Role Transition Leadership Experience1
Professional Portfolio1
Nursing Clinical Practicum4