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Bachelor of Science Nursing (Prelicensure) CCNE-Accredited

  • One program to become both an RN and earn a BSN.

    If you are looking to become a registered nurse and live in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, or Utah, this nursing program could be for you. In areas where this program is available, 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.

    Quality and respect.

    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing / master's degree program in nursing at WGU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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  • WGU has discontinued BSPRN enrollment in California.

    WGU has made the difficult decision to discontinue all future enrollments to the California Prelicensure Nursing program. We will no longer be admitting new students to the program in California. If you have already applied for this program—your application will be closed as this program is no longer offered.  There will be no exceptions.  Students currently enrolled will be able to complete their program. All other WGU programs will continue to be offered in California. If you would like to consider a different undergraduate health degree from WGU please visit https://www.wgu.edu/online-nursing-health-degrees.html. We are grateful for your interest in our programs and wish you the best in your educational pursuits. 

  • Daytona Beach

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • AdventHealth Daytona Beach
    • AdventHealth Deland
    • AdventHealth Palm Coast
    • AdventHealth Fish Memorial
    • AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach
    • AdventHealth Flagler

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Daytona Beach area.

    Florida students, please note:

    • WGU’s Prelicensure BSN Program is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.
    • State of Florida requires the FDLE Level 2 Background Check.
    • Florida law requires nonpublic colleges, universities and schools licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education to inform students at orientation and on its website of the existence of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) sexual predator and sexual offender registry website and toll-free number.  The FDLE website and toll-free number aforementioned are as follows: https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/sops/home.jsf  FDLE toll-free number – 1-888-357-7332 for TTY Accessibility - 1-877-414-7234
    View program snapshot

    Sarasota

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Sarasota area.

    Florida students, please note:

    • WGU’s Prelicensure BSN Program is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.
    • State of Florida requires the FDLE Level 2 Background Check.
    • Florida law requires nonpublic colleges, universities and schools licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education to inform students at orientation and on its website of the existence of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) sexual predator and sexual offender registry website and toll-free number.  The FDLE website and toll-free number aforementioned are as follows: https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/sops/home.jsf  FDLE toll-free number – 1-888-357-7332 for TTY Accessibility - 1-877-414-7234
    View program snapshot

    Kissimmee

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Poinciana Medical Center

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Kissimmee area.

    Florida students, please note:

    • WGU’s Prelicensure BSN Program is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.
    • State of Florida requires the FDLE Level 2 Background Check.
    • Florida law requires nonpublic colleges, universities and schools licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education to inform students at orientation and on its website of the existence of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) sexual predator and sexual offender registry website and toll-free number.  The FDLE website and toll-free number aforementioned are as follows: https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/sops/home.jsf  FDLE toll-free number – 1-888-357-7332 for TTY Accessibility - 1-877-414-7234
    View program snapshot

    Tavares

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • AdventHealth Waterman

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Tavares area.

    Florida students, please note:

    • WGU’s Prelicensure BSN Program is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.
    • State of Florida requires the FDLE Level 2 Background Check.
    • Florida law requires nonpublic colleges, universities and schools licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education to inform students at orientation and on its website of the existence of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) sexual predator and sexual offender registry website and toll-free number.  The FDLE website and toll-free number aforementioned are as follows: https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/sops/home.jsf  FDLE toll-free number – 1-888-357-7332 for TTY Accessibility - 1-877-414-7234
    View program snapshot
  • Indianapolis, Indiana

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many respected hospitals, such as:

    • Ascension St. Vincent Health
    • Community Health Network
    • Eskenazi Health
    • Roudebush VA

    NOTE: Labs are held at Ivy Tech Lawrence Campus and Ascension

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Indianapolis/central Indiana area.

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    Evansville, Indiana

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Deaconess System

    NOTE: Labs are held at Good Samaritan - Vincennes

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Evansville area.

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    Springfield, Missouri

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals. ...

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals. ...

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Mercy Hospital - Springfield

    NOTE: Labs are held at the WGU Simulation Lab in Houston, Texas. 

    Program dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Springfield area.  

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    Vincennes, Indiana

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Good Samaritan Hospital

    NOTE: Labs are held at Good Samaritan

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Vincennes area.

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    Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Lutheran Health
    • Parkview System

    NOTE: Labs are held at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Fort Wayne area.

    View program snapshot

    St. Louis, Missouri area

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Mercy Hospital – St. Louis
    • Mercy Hospital – Washington
    • Mercy Hospital – Jefferson (Festus)
    • SSM Health (St. Mary’s location) – St. Louis

    NOTE: Labs are held at the WGU Simulation Lab in Houston, Texas. 

    Program dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the St. Louis area.  

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    Elkhart/South Bend, Indiana

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Lutheran Health – KCH in Warsaw
    • Elkhart General Hospital 

    NOTE: Labs are held at Ivy Tech - Fort Wayne Campus

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Elkhart/South Bend area.

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    Other/Rural Locations, Indiana

    WGU has clinical affiliations with many smaller and rural...

    WGU has clinical affiliations with many smaller...

    WGU has clinical affiliations with many smaller and rural hospitals throughout the state.

    An Enrollment Counselor will be able to advise you of potential facilities in your area.

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  • Abilene

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals.

    Hospital placement for students is handled by WGU, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Eastland Memorial Hospital  (pending June 2022)

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Abilene area.

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    Bryan/College Station

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Bryan/College Station area.

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    El Paso

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals.

    Hospital placement for students is handled by WGU, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Del Sol Medical Center
    • Hospitals at Providence

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure program in the El Paso area.

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    Lake Jackson

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals.

    Hospital placement for students is handled by WGU, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • CHI St. Luke’s Health – Brazosport

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Lake Jackson area.

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    San Antonio/Central Texas

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    Hospital placement for students is handled by WGU, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Connally Memorial Medical Center (Floresville)
    • Baylor Scott and White Medical Center  (Marble Falls)
    • Texas Vista Medical Center

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the San Antonio area.

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    The Woodlands

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with CHI St. Luke’s the Woodlands hospital.

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in The Woodlands area.

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    Baytown

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Baytown area.

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    Dallas

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many respected hospitals, such as:

    • Lake Pointe Baylor Scott and White Medical Center
    • Sunnyvale Baylor Scott and White Medical Center
    • Plano Baylor Scott and White Medical Center
    • Crescent Medical Center
    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    • Select Specialty Hospital

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Dallas area.

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    Graham/Vernon

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals.

    Hospital placement for students is handled by WGU, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Graham Regional Medical Center
    • Wilbarger General Hospital

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Graham/Vernon area.

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    Lufkin

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals.

    Hospital placement for students is handled by WGU, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Woodland Heights Medical Center

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Lufkin area.

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    Texas City

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many respected hospitals, such as:

    • HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Texas City area.

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    Alamogordo/Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many respected hospitals, such as:

    • Gerald Champion Medical Center 
    • MountainView Regional Medical Center 

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Alamogordo/Las Cruces area.

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    Brownsville/Edinburg/Harlingen

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals are performed in area partner hospitals.

    Hospital placement for students is handled by WGU, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Knapp Medical Center

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Brownsville/Edinburg/Harlingen area.

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    Decatur

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many respected hospitals, such as:

    • Wise Regional Health Center

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Decatur area.

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    Houston

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many respected hospitals, such as:

    • Houston Methodist Medical Center
    • Memorial Hermann Southeast
    • Memorial Hermann Greater Heights
    • Shriners Hospital for Children
    • St. Luke's Health Sugarland Hospital

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Houston area.

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    Midland/Odessa

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    Hospital placement for students is handled by WGU, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Midland Memorial Hospital

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Midland/Odessa area.

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    Waco/Temple

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many respected hospitals, such as:

    • Baylor Scott and White Medical Center Hillcrest
    • Providence Healthcare Network Central Texas

    NOTE: Learning lab sessions held in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Waco/Temple area.

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  • Salt Lake Valley

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Mountain West Medical Center
    • St. Mark’s hospital
    • Salt Lake Regional
    • Shriners Hospital for Children
    • Primary Children’s Hospital
    • Intermountain Healthcare (IHC)*

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Salt Lake Valley area.

    *Enroll hospital employees only.

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    Mesquite, Nevada

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Mesa View Regional Hospital

    NOTE: Labs are held at the WGU Simulation Lab in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Mesquite, Nevada, area.

     

    View program snapshot

    Fallon, Nevada

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals....

    Clinicals take place in area partner hospitals.

    WGU provides hospital placement for students, and we are proud to partner with many reputable hospitals, such as:

    • Banner Churchill Community Hospital (Fallon)

    NOTE: Labs are held at the WGU Simulation Lab in Houston, Texas.

    Program start dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Reno, Nevada, area.

     

    View program snapshot

 

 

If you don't live in one of the states listed above, there is an alternative route for patient care through our Bachelor's of Science in Health Services Coordination degree. This degree allows you to still be involved with patients by working to help with insurance, payments, and other details of healthcare that can be confusing and frustrating. If you want to work with patients, but our nursing degree isn't feasible, consider the Health Services Coordination degree instead.

WGU's prelicensure nursing program snapshot available for download.

How it works, who it's for, and what you need to know.

Program at a glance: Start your journey here.

The BSN (Prelicensure) program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for aspiring nurses looking for a path to both their registered nurse (RN) license and a BSN degree. It's also unique among WGU online degree programs—with some things to consider as you think about applying for admission. Please check out the BSN (Prelicensure) Program Snapshot, a great place to start your research on the nursing program.

Watch: The basics of the BSN (Prelicensure) program.

NOTE: The California location of the B.S. Nursing Prelicensure program has been discontinued.

Watch: Terms, time commitment, and clinical calendar.

Watch: The two-part admissions process.

Watch: Getting started—how to apply for admission.

Prerequisites and admissions requirements.

Academic prerequisites.

To be considered for enrollment, students must have completed the following prerequisite courses or transfer equivalents. These courses must be completed before enrolling at WGU:

  • English Composition I
  • Survey of United States Constitution and Government
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab)
  • Clinical Microbiology (with lab)

Completing your prereqs.

If you are missing any of the prerequisite courses required for admission into this program, you can complete them at any of a number of third-party institutions or providers. The link below offers a list of options and other information about transfer credits.

Other admissions requirements.

Please click wherever you see the + sign to see important, detailed information that is critical to your understanding the requirements of the B.S. Nursing Prelicensure Program.

Enrollment into the First Term is competitive. Students must first be accepted and enrolled into the First Term before they have the opportunity to progress into Term 2.  You must be at least 18 years of age before beginning the application process or participating in clinical experiences. 

Applicants must have a combined minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the required nursing sciences (Anatomy/Physiology I w/lab, Anatomy/Physiology II w/lab, Microbiology w/lab) to be considered for enrollment into the First Term . Enrollment in the university and in the First Term does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical nursing program. Applicants are required to submit and/or complete the following items:

  • Take and pass the ATI TEAS Exam with a minimum total score of 60% and a reading subtest score of at least 60.
  • Submit a professional resume. Please provide a professional resume outlining your academic and professional history.
  • Submit a letter of intent. You must submit a 1-2-page student statement detailing your exposure to nursing and explaining why you want to become an RN. This document helps us understand your unique situation and personal goals.
  • Submit one professional letter of recommendation. As an applicant, you will be required to submit one professional letter of recommendation. This letter should come from a supervisor at your current or former place of employment. This letter should indicate what attributes the individual believes you have that will make you a great RN. The letter can be addressed to “Nursing Director”.
  • Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions that show completion of required prerequisites.

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.

As admission is competitive, the GPA of the applicants admitted is usually significantly higher than the minimum 2.5 required.

The higher your TEAS scores, the more competitive your file will be. WGU allows two attempts in a 12-month period. TEAS scores are valid for five years.

There are costs outside of tuition and fees involved with creating your compliance account early in your first term and purchasing uniforms and supplies by the end of the term. These costs will vary based on each item along with geographic location/provider.

Students who are successful in Term 1 will be eligible for progression into Term 2. The following must be completed in order to be considered for progression into Term 2:

  • 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.
  • Proof of meeting the specific physical requirements in accordance with the core performance standards of the nursing profession.
  • Participation in an interview.

Students in Term 1 will be required to submit evidence of all of the below to be considered for progression into Term 2: 
Immunization Requirements

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccination
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccinations and Titer
  • Varicella Zoster vaccination and Titer
  • Hepatitis B vaccination and Titer
  • TB testing
  • Seasonal flu vaccination

It is necessary to have the following physical abilities for the Clinical portion of the program:
Essential Performance Standards/Clinical Nursing

  • 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 and stand for long periods of time
  • climb stairs
  • lift 50 pounds
  • perform CPR

If you have any questions about these required immunizations and physical requirements, please speak with an Enrollment Counselor.

† Note: Student malpractice insurance will be provided by WGU at no cost to you.

Courses and curriculum: Your 2.5-year nursing prelicensure program.

You will work with your WGU Program Mentor and Instructors to prepare for rigorous assessments, virtual-reality simulations, and high-fidelity simulations. Once you've successfully completed those, you will qualify to attend your agency-based clinical rotations. Expect to spend at least 30 hours or more per week on your studies, and in the completion of clinical rotations and simulation labs.

This program has a standard path and a set pace, with a completion time of 2.5 years.

Additional courses in term if not accepted for transfer:

  • Biochemistry (if not accepted for transfer)
  • Pharmacology (if not accepted for transfer)
  • Applied Health Care Statistics and Analysis (if not accepted for transfer)
  • Information Management and the Application of Technology
  • Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan I
  • Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan I Clinical Learning
  • Physical Assessment
  • Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan II
  • Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan II Clinical Learning
  • Care of Adults with Complex Illnesses
  • Clinical Learning for Complex Illnesses in Adults
  • Professional Roles and Values
  • Care of the Older Adult
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health Clinical
  • Care of the Developing Family
  • Nursing Care of Children
  • Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing
  • Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing Field Experience
  • Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing Clinical Learning
  • Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership
  • Professional Nursing Role Transition
  • Nursing Clinical Practicum

Top-notch nursing curriculum designed by experts and employers.

The curriculum in WGU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is designed not only to make you a nurse, but to make you an outstanding nurse, ready to contribute to a strong team and better patient outcomes.

The WGU B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) curriculum was designed and is regularly updated with input from the experts on our Nursing Program Council, ensuring you learn what you need to know and master the skills you need to excel as a nurse and play your part on a vital team.

Prerequisites

To be considered for enrollment, students must complete the following program admissions prerequisites or transfer equivalents. These courses must be completed before enrolling at WGU:

  • English Composition I
  • Survey of United States Constitution and Government
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab)
  • Clinical Microbiology (with lab)
Resources for satisfying prerequisites

Program Coursework

Approximately 60% of this program is online coursework, with the remaining 40% as hands-on clinical time. The following areas of study are a sample list of the coursework you will complete online:

  • Introduction to Nursing Arts and Science
  • Health and Wellness Through Nutritional Science
  • Organizational Systems: Safety and Regulation
  • Medical Dosage Calculations
  • Pharmacology
  • Applied Healthcare Statistics
  • Information Management and the Application of Technology
  • Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan
  • Physical Assessment
  • Care of Adults with Complex Illnesses
  • Professional Roles and Values
  • Care of the Older Adult
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • Care of the Developing Family
  • Nursing Care of Children
  • Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership
  • Professional Nursing Role Transition
  • Biochemistry
Download the program guide

Clinical Experience

This program includes intensive clinical rotations, scheduled for 2-3 weeks in each 12 segment of the program. Preparation will be completed online under the guidance of a WGU Program Mentor and through mandatory attendance of high-fidelity clinical simulation learning labs.

  • Cutting-edge clinical simulations, including virtual-reality and high-fidelity simulations to develop clinical skills.
  • Agency-based clinical rotations in hospitals and other key healthcare sites.
  • One-on-one guidance, supervision, and support in a busy, contemporary clinical setting with a Clinical Coach—an experienced staff nurse and clinical expert.
  • You will complete multiple clinical rotations each year, both in-hospital and community-based.
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$645 per-term program fees include a Resource Fee of $145 (covers all e-books and learning resources, saving you thousands) and a $500 Program Fee. Tuition and fees are as of August 1, 2021.

Other student responsibilities:
ATI TEAS Exam: $115 at PSI Testing Centers; cost differs at other sites
Uniforms: Approx. $150 plus shipping, handling, and applicable taxes
Lab kit fees: Approx. $265
Drug screen, background check, and immunization tracking system: $94, which includes one alias search; there will be a separate charge for each additional alias search, and due to expenses associated with accessing court documents, the fees for students in the following states will be as follows: MI ($10), NV ($12). All fees are subject to change.


You may also be required to pay for a doctor’s visit for a physical examination and immunizations to fulfill specific admissions requirements. Please speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more about what is required of you.

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Realize your dreams of being a registered nurse.

Caring for others in their time of need has been your lifelong passion. It’s your heart and soul—it’s why you feel called to be a nurse. WGU’s nursing programs are designed around a philosophy and a conceptual model of nursing that recognizes the nurse’s diverse roles as detective, scientist, and healer.

We’re committed to our mission of forming “confident, caring, and competent professional nurses prepared to meet emerging healthcare needs of diverse populations.”   

The accreditation you need, plus industry respect and recognition.

Healthcare and nursing employers want employees with the credentials that prove they can help improve patient care while streamlining facilities and strengthening their reputations. An important measure of a health degree’s value is whether it comes from an accredited university with programs that have been recognized for excellence by leading healthcare organizations. WGU’s commitment to quality has been recognized:

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In addition to WGU's regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791).

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“What we need are people who are truly versatile, able to learn efficiently and effectively, folks who are able to master change at the same pace as their company, and folks who are self-motivated. Those are the kind of people [who] represent graduates of Western Governors University.”

John Steele
Senior Vice President of Human Relations, HCA Healthcare

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A BSN program designed by healthcare and nursing experts.

Program consists of:

21 Courses

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WGU designs its curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—in other words, to make sure your degree is proof that you really know your stuff.

Every course focuses on mastering the skills and knowledge it takes to be an outstanding nurse. Your nursing degree requirements are carefully developed to give you high-level competence in a variety of patient care settings, including chronic care, geriatrics, pediatrics, etc. Excellence is at the heart of WGU’s B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) curriculum.

That means that what you learn in school will serve you well in your practice as a nurse—and as you continue to move forward in your healthcare career, whatever your goals and aspirations may be. It’s all about real-world applicability so every moment spent studying is time well-spent.

 

Plan to work hard: Program requirements and expectations.

The B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) program requires that you work closely with WGU faculty and clinical coaches. You will be expected to complete all required competency units assigned each 6-month term.

The first person you speak with at WGU will be your Enrollment Counselor, an expert in your program who can explain all the requirements and expectations in more detail. You can also read more about each course in the Program Guide.

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Special requirements for this program:

You will work one-on-one with a clinical coach (under the guidance of a clinical instructor) to complete several “intensives” of clinical rotations. Your clinical coach is an experienced staff nurse trained to help you throughout the duration of your rotations. Together with your Program Mentor, you will decide when you are ready to complete course assessments. Assessment of your clinical competence will be conducted by clinical instructors.

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Quality you can trust: Curriculum developed with guidance from healthcare employers and experts.

To ensure our degree programs are consistent with the expectations of today's healthcare strategists, transformational leaders, value innovators, tactical managers, and analysts, we develop our courses with input from councils composed of nationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Council members offer guidance on key competencies to be expected from successful WGU graduates.

“My heart is with the Prelicensure BSN students who have chosen the noble profession of nursing as a career. Should you choose WGU to prepare you, know that this is the university of the future: It is affordable, it's flexible, and it offers learning based in competencies rather than just class time.” Brenda Cleary, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Adjunct Faculty
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

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WGU’s Prelicensure BSN program: Your path to becoming a nurse.

You need your RN license to achieve your goal of being a nurse. Becoming a bachelor’s-prepared nurse as well will open the door to many opportunities—whether you want to serve on decision-making committees at your facility or desire greater employability at hospitals seeking magnet status.  

Projected employment of registered nurses will grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

They're Prepared

95% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs

95% of employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.

They're Top Candidates

96% said they would hire another WGU graduate

96% of employers said they would hire another WGU graduate.

They Wow

98% of employers said WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations

98% of employers said WGU graduates met or exceeded expectations.

Source: 2020 Harris Poll survey of 300 employers

Explore career opportunities in nursing.

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Financial aid is available.

WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 
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Common questions about this program.

The WGU BS Nursing Prelicensure program does not offer a start date each month like our other programs. We have sporadic start dates throughout the year within each geographic region inside each participating state. The clinical hospital partners that we work with determine when our cohorts will begin and the size of those cohorts. We encourage applicants to diligently work on completing their entire application to ensure they are eligible to be considered for as many cohort start dates as possible in their geographic area. You will only be considered for one start date at a time. Your Enrollment Counselor can provide specific location details

Like most nursing programs, the BS Nursing Prelicensure program at WGU is competitive. We do not work off of a waiting list. WGU reviews a variety of factors when making an admission decision. WGU continues to focus on growth and this means obtaining new clinical hospital partnerships which allows us more space to enroll Nursing Prelicensure students. 

WGU reviews a variety of factors when making an admissions decision. Healthcare experience will be factored into the admission decision but experience in the healthcare realm is not a requirement for admission.

At this time, we do not allow individuals to set up their own clinical arrangements. Clinical arrangements require a great deal of legal approval and contracts. WGU is committed to the growth of this program and we encourage you to check back in the future to see if we have expanded to your geographic area. 

The BS Nursing Prelicensure program is set up to serve students that live in, or within, a commutable distance of our clinical hospital partnership. The required clinical and lab hours are demanding and the schedule offers very little flexibility. We find that our students are most successful when they live near our clinical hospital partners. You will want to have an in depth conversation with your WGU Enrollment Counselor regarding your commute or relocation to make sure you are making the best possible decision for your success. 

The BS Nursing Prelicensure program is set up to have the student complete the program in the state where they started the program. Once a WGU student, relocation to another state is not a guarantee due to cohort availability and competitiveness.

The BS Nursing Prelicensure program is not a traditional bridge program. Our program is for individuals seeking to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and obtain the clinical hours required to sit for the NCLEX exam to become a registered nurse.

BS Nursing Prelicensure students will be assigned a set schedule outlining their lab and clinical requirements that they will be expected to follow.  Every WGU Nursing Prelicensure student is assigned a Clinical Coach that they will work with one-on-one. Our Clinical Coaches are experienced RN’s and our students will be assigned to work the schedule of their Clinical Coach. This could include weekends, evenings and Holidays! Please review a copy of our sample clinical calendar to better understand the lab and clinical component of our program.

The BS Nursing Prelicensure program cannot be accelerated like our other WGU programs. It takes 2.5 years to complete. 

The BS Nursing Prelicensure Program has 10 prerequisite courses. These courses cannot be completed at WGU.  We require that our applicants successfully complete the prerequisites before they are eligible to be selected for admission. We do not have an age limit on previous course work.  An official transfer evaluation from our Transcripts Department will verify the completion of the 10 prerequisite courses. Talk with your Enrollment Counselor for information about online courses from other institutions that WGU has pre-approved to meet these required prerequisites.

License requirements vary by state. Check here for more info about nursing license requirements for each state and some U.S. territories.

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M.S. Nursing – Education (RN to MSN)

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