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Satisfying prerequisite requirements for B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) program.

In pursuit of admission to the WGU B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) program, each student must have completed a total of 10 required prerequisites, along with other admission requirements, in order to qualify for consideration.

WGU does not offer individual courses. To satisfy the required prerequisites, we rely on transfer credit from other institutions. For guidance on transfer credit, please see below.

  • Courses must be college-level courses from an institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as nationally or regionally accredited. For a list of USDE-recognized accrediting agencies, see: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/agencies.aspx.
  • Student must have been awarded a grade of C or better for the course.
  • Courses may not be ued to fulfill more than one course of study.
  • Courses must meet the competency unit and content equivalency requirements.
  • In order to qualify for consideration, student must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 in Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology with Labs.
  • International credit: WGU is unable to accept international transcripts directly for evaluation. These transcripts must first be evaluated independently by a third-party organization that evaluates international credits against U.S. equivalencies. You can find accepted evaluation services through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Please contact the organization of your choice and ask the organization to conduct a course-by-course evaluation. Once a report is provided by this service, we can then accept the report for further evaluation at WGU.

Below is a list of the 10 prerequisites all students must complete in order to qualify for consideration for this program. Along with each prerequisite, you will find the criteria reviewed by the transcript department to determine the award of credit. To aid you in the process of satisfying the prerequisite courses, listed below are online courses offered by other institutions that have been preapproved by WGU. This information is for your convenience only and does not represent a special endorsement. Courses from other regionally or nationally accredited colleges and universities may also meet the requirements. For more information, contact an WGU Enrollment Counselor at (866) 225-5948.

Satisfied by one course in English Composition, equivalent to 3 semester hours, excluding business writing. Satisfied by a bachelor’s degree.

Satisfied by one course in Communication or Speech, equivalent to 3 semester hours.  Satisfied by a bachelor’s degree.

Satisfied by one course in U.S. History, World History, Political Science, Government, Economics or Geography (excluding Physical Geography), equivalent to 3 semester hours. Satisfied by a bachelor's degree.

World History

United States History

American Government

Satisfied by one course in the humanities (i.e. literature, visual and performing arts, music, theatre, philosophy, ethics or religious studies), equivalent to 3 semester hours. Satisfied by a bachelor’s degree.

General Humanities

Art

Music

Philosophy

Religious Studies

Ethics

Literature

 

Satisfied by one course in Human Growth and Development, equivalent to a minimum of 3 semester hours. Note: Course(s) accepted for human development transfer must address human development throughout the entire lifespan. Child development or adolescent development will not meet this competency.

Satisfied by one course in psychology, equivalent to 3 semester hours. *Courses eligible to satisfy Human and Growth and Development Across the Lifespan are not eligible to satisfy this requirement.

 

Satisfied by one course in Sociology or Anthropology, equivalent to 3 semester hours.

Sociology

Anthropology

 

 

Satisfied by one course, equivalent to 4 semester hours, in Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, or Anatomy with Lab.

 

 

Satisfied by one course, equivalent to 4 semester hours, in Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, or Physiology with Lab.

One course, equivalent to 4 semester hours, in Microbiology that includes lab component. 

 

*Course is a prerequisite for enrollment. Applicants must have a cumulative minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the required nursing sciences (API w/lab, APII w/lab and Microbiology w/lab) to be considered for enrollment into the pre-nursing program.

Additional transfer credit potential.

In addition to the 10 prerequisite courses required to qualify for admission, we will accept credit for Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Applied Healthcare Statistics. Students will take these three courses to earn the B.S. Nursing degree. Transfer policy for these three courses is detailed below:

Satisfied by one 3-unit equivalent course in Biochemistry. *Course is not required as a prerequisite and can be taken through WGU. Only stand-alone courses titled “Biochemistry” are eligible for transfer.

Satisfied by one course, equivalent to 2 semester hours, in Pharmacology. *This must be taken within the past 5 years to be considered for transfer credit. Course is not required as a prerequisite and can be taken through WGU.

Satisfied by one course in statistics. *This must be taken within the past 5 years to be considered for transfer credit. Course is not required as a prerequisite and can be taken through WGU. A 3-credit college level statistics course will waive the requirement.