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College of Health Admission Requirements

Admission to our Online College of 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 by program:

There are no requirements beyond the general college requirements for the B.S. Health Services Coordination degree program.

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate IT, healthcare, or business experience either through one of the following: 
    • Option 1: An associate degree in an allied health field, information technology, business administration, or from a CAHIIM-accredited, or AHIMA-approved (prior to 2006) Associate degree HIT program
    • Option 2: Current active HIM or Revenue Cycle industry certifications or a WGU pathway credential such as MCCAP, MACCP or approved WGU Academy pathway
    • Option 3: A résumé showing one year of administrative healthcare-related work experience within the last three years, or an active healthcare-related certification, or three years of information technology experience or healthcare business management experience.
      • *Escalation to Program Chair for review 

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • Possess an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution or state board of nursing approved program.
  • Possess an active, unencumbered RN license in your state of residence or your state of employment. (Some license holders may be granted a waiver if they are not licensed in their state of residence or employment.) RN licensure in your state of residence or employment is required to successfully complete clinical experiences. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence. Click here for more information about compact licenses.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check through American Databank.

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • Possess a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) from an accredited institution or state board of nursing approved program. 
  • Possess an active, unencumbered RN license in your state of residence or your state of employment (though you are not required to be working as an RN at the time of enrollment). Some license holders may be granted a waiver if they are not licensed in their state of residence or employment. RN licensure in your state of residence or employment is required to successfully complete clinical experiences. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence. Click here for more information about compact licenses.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check through American Databank and provide proof of current immunizations. Additional fees apply.

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • Possess an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution or state board of nursing approved program.
  • Possess an active, unencumbered RN license in your state of residence or your state of employment. (Some license holders may be granted a waiver if they are not licensed in their state of residence or employment.) RN licensure in your state of residence or employment is required to successfully complete clinical experiences. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence. Click here for more information about compact licenses.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check through American Databank and provide proof of current immunizations. Additional fees apply.

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and experience in healthcare or healthcare-related industry.
    OR
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and obtain MHL program chair approval.

Up to 8 competency units of graduate-level coursework may be accepted as transfer credit.

To be considered for a post-master's certificate program, you must:

  • Possess an M.S. in Nursing from an accredited institution or state board of nursing approved program.
  • Possess an active, unencumbered RN license in your state of residence, or your state of employment. (Some license holders may be granted a waiver if they are not licensed in their state of residence or employment.) You must be licensed in the state in which you will complete your clinical experience.

Learn more about what is required.

Special requirements for the B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) program:

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:

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.

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  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. See below which immunizations are required of you.
  • Proof of meeting the specific physical requirements in accordance with the core performance standards of the nursing profession. 
  • 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.

Pre-nursing students will required to submit evidence of all of the below to be considered for admission to the nursing program.

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccination
  • Measles vaccination or Titer
  • Mumps vaccination or Titer
  • Rubella vaccination or Titer
  • Varicella Zoster vaccination or Titer
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or Titer
  • TB testing
  • Seasonal flu vaccination
  • H1N1 flu vaccination or signed declination form)

It is necessary to have the ability to:

  • Walk the equivalent of five miles per day
  • Reach above shoulder level
  • Hear tape recorded transcription and emergency monitors
  • Distinguish colors
  • Adapt to shift work
  • Grip
  • Sit for periods of time
  • Climb stairs
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Lift 50 pounds
  • Perform CPR

If you are looking to become an RN and live within these states, this program is for you. Available in Texas, Florida, Indiana, and Utah—WGU has partnerships with healthcare employers who provide practice sites and clinical coaches to help teach and inspire you on your path to becoming a nurse.

Admissions into the B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) program is open 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.

Questions about these requirements?

Special requirements for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program

To be considered for this program, you must:

  • Possess a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) from an accredited institution or state board of nursing approved program. NOTE: Students that hold an MSN will not be eligible to apply for the MSN-FNP pathway.
  • Possess a current, active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license from AND a permanent residence in an approved state. Students must complete the internships in their state of residence/license and intend to obtain initial APRN licensure in that state. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence. (The FNP is currently not available for students in California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington.)
  • Submit to a criminal background check through American Databank. Additional fees may apply.
  • Submit a cover letter and professional resume or CV outlining your academic, professional, and service history.  
  • Submit a letter of intent. You must submit a 1-2-page student statement detailing your experience in nursing and explaining why you want to become an FNP. This document helps us understand your unique situation and personal goals.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from: 
    1. A supervisor or manager who directly supervised you in a clinical setting.
    2. A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record.
    3. A Board Certified practicing healthcare provider (APRN, NP, PA, MD, DO) who has served as a mentor or whom you have shadowed, preferably in the specialty to which you are applying. Note: A registered nurse cannot serve as the practicing provider for this recommendation source.
    Note: Access the Letter of Recommendation request form through your enrollment portal.
  • Have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the following 5 courses OR hold a BSNU degree from WGU:
    - Anatomy / Physiology I  w/lab (equivalent to 4 semester hours)
    - Anatomy / Physiology II  w/lab (equivalent to 4 semester hours)
    - Statistics (equivalent to 3 semester hours)
    - Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (equivalent to 3 semester hours)
    - Pharmacology (equivalent to 2 semester hours)
    Note: All courses must be awarded a C- or above to meet this requirement. At this time, WGU is not accepting transfer credit for the Master of Science - Family Nurse Practitioner program.
  • Have one year of clinical experience and be actively working as an RN at the time of application. *This requirement is strongly preferred, as these will be competitive factors in the admission decision-making process.

Special requirements for the MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program

To be considered for this program, you must:

  • Possess a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) from an accredited institution. NOTE: Students that hold an MSN will not be eligible to apply for the BSN-PMHNP pathway.
  • Possess a current, active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license from AND a permanent residence in an approved state. Students must complete the internships in their state of residence/license and intend to obtain initial APRN licensure in that state. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence. (The PMHNP is currently not available for students in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.) 
  • Submit to a criminal background check through American Databank. Additional fees may apply.
  • Submit a professional resume or CV outlining your academic, professional, and service history.  
  • Submit an application essay. You must submit a 3- to 4-page student statement detailing your experience in nursing and explaining why you want to become a PMHNP. This document helps us understand your unique situation and personal goals.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from: 
    1. A supervisor or manager who directly supervised you in a clinical setting.
    2. A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record.
    3. A Board Certified practicing healthcare provider (APRN, NP, PA, MD, DO) who has served as a mentor or whom you have shadowed, preferably in the specialty to which you are applying. Note: A registered nurse cannot serve as the practicing provider for this recommendation source.
  • Have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the following 5 courses OR hold a BSNU degree from WGU:
    - Anatomy / Physiology I  w/lab (equivalent to 4 semester hours)
    - Anatomy / Physiology II  w/lab (equivalent to 4 semester hours)
    - Statistics (equivalent to 3 semester hours)
    - Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (equivalent to 3 semester hours)
    - Pharmacology (equivalent to 2 semester hours) 
    Note: All courses must be awarded a C- or above to meet this requirement. At this time, WGU is not accepting transfer credit for the Master of Science in Nursing–Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
  • Have one year of clinical experience and be actively working as an RN at the time of application. *This requirement is strongly preferred, as these will be competitive factors in the admission decision-making process.

Safety Notice

Applicable to All College of Health Professions Programs Except MHL

WGU and the College of Health Professions are committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all patients, community members, and key stakeholders that interact with WGU students at various clinical/host sites. Interactions might include direct patient interaction, observation experiences, laboratory experiences, project development, or conducting research. Standard compliance verification for students in applicable programs is required to protect the public, meet program expectations, reasonably assure compliance with state regulatory board requirements, meet WGU’s contractual and legal obligations with clinical partners, and support WGU’s mission to prepare students who will be qualified to enter their desired field. The Standard ComplianceBackground Check, and Drug Screen policies outline the procedures associated with these requirements. All College of Health Professions students are responsible for reading and complying with program policies. 

More About Background Checks

Background check verification for students in applicable College of Health Professions programs is required to protect the public, meet program expectations, reasonably assure compliance with state regulatory board requirements, meet WGU’s contractual and legal obligations with clinical partners, and support WGU’s mission to prepare students who will be qualified to enter their desired field. Criminal background check results will be reviewed by an appropriate WGU representative. All flagged background checks will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the student’s admission and placement eligibility.

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Steps and deadlines for enrollment in a Health Professions program:

Below is the list of steps and their respective deadlines required for enrollment in an online teaching degree program. Please note that at the present time, WGU is accepting applications only from individuals living in the United States.

The exceptions are U.S. active-duty military personnel and their families at overseas installations and individuals living in Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

International Applicants
Unfortunately, we have discovered we cannot always guarantee that the educational experience for students living outside the United States will meet our high standards for quality and convenience. It is our expectation that these problems will be solved in future years. An Enrollment Counselor has more information about which areas are eligible to submit applications.

1. 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 before your application will be processed.

2. Send in your official transcripts.

Transcripts of your prior college experience are required if you are seeking transfer credit, confirmation of sufficient background (for master’s licensure programs), or if you are looking to enroll into a graduate program.

Official copies of your transcripts must arrive by the 1st of the month prior to your intended start date for evaluation. For any MAT program, the applicant must have completed all the major-specific content.

Submit by mail or email:

Western Governors University
ATTN: Transcripts Department
4001 South 700 East, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533

transcriptinfo@wgu.edu

3. Complete the financial aid application process.

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.

4. Complete your intake interview.

The Intake Interview is a 20- to 30-minute telephone interview that finalizes your enrollment and officially sets your program start date. This call is conducted by your Enrollment Counselor to ensure that you have 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).

5. Make tuition payment arrangements.

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

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