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Prelicensure Nursing Application Essay

Application Essay

The purpose of the application essay is to demonstrate to the Prelicensure Admissions Committee your understanding of the Registered Nurse role, and how the WGU B.S. Nursing Prelicensure program might prepare you to meet the healthcare needs of your local community or population of interest. This is an opportunity for you to communicate directly with the admissions committee, highlighting how your life, professional experiences, along with your attributes have prepared you for the transition in your current role to that of a Registered Nurse. 


Use the information from your own personal and professional preparation to answer the following questions in your application essay for the B.S. Nursing Prelicensure program:   

  • How have your life and professional experiences prepared you for the WGU B.S. Nursing Prelicensure program? 
  • Previous experience 
  • Educational background 
  • Community involvement 
  • How can the WGU nursing program prepare you to deliver and/or support healthcare to the community in which you live? 
  • Tell us about the characteristics, abilities, and skills you would bring to the nursing profession. 
  • Reflect on your decision to become a nurse and tell us about any concerns that surfaced and how you overcame those concerns.      

The B.S. Nursing Prelicensure program is writing intensive, and this essay will give you the opportunity to represent your writing skills to the Nursing Admissions Committee.  As you answer the questions above, we will examine your application essay to ensure your writing meets the following criteria: 

  • Plagiarism will result in an automatic decline during the competitive selection process.  
  • Originality and uniqueness are expected. Writing is self-reflective, creative, innovative, and diverse. 
  • Writing directly addresses all four application essay questions. 
  • Writing is clear and appropriate for the purpose of the assignment.  
  • All evidence and examples are used effectively and are specific and relevant.  
  • Ideas are coherently and logically organized with well‐developed paragraphs and effective transitions.  
  • All sentences are well written with varied sentence structure and are free of errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.  
  • Maintains appropriate tone, diction, and vocabulary for various modes of writing.  
  • Work demonstrates clear understanding of the target audience.   


  • Name, Title of Document (Application Essay), Date 
  • Include header/page numbers   
  • 2-3 pages (main body), double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font