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Bachelor of Science

Nursing (Prelicensure)

OVERVIEW

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, Ohio, 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.

Where This Program is Available

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

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

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

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

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
  • Henry Community Health—New Castle

NOTE: Labs are held at Ivy Tech Lawrence Campus.

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

 

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:

  • 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.

 

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:

  • 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.

 

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:

  • 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.

 

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:

  • Lutheran Health
  • Parkview System
  • Adams Memorial Hospital

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.

 

WGU has clinical affiliations with many smaller and rural hospitals throughout the state. Hospitals such as:

  • Schneck Medical Center – Seymour, IN
  • Decatur County Memorial Hospital – Greensburg, IN

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

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:

  • Mosaic Life Care—St. Joseph

NOTE: Labs are held in Houston, Texas. 

Program dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Kansas City, Missouri area. 

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.  

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.  

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:

  • Mount Caramel Medical Center—Columbus, OH
  • Premier Health—Dayton, OH

NOTE: Labs are held in Indianapolis, IN

Program dates vary. Enrollment Counselors have more information for those interested in the prelicensure nursing program in the Columbus/Dayton—Central OH area. 

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 Health (AKA Bon Secours Mercy Health)

NOTE: Labs are held in Indianapolis, IN

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

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.

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:

  • 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.

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.

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. 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.

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:

  • 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
  • JPS Health Network

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.

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:

  • 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.

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 nursing program in the El Paso area.

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.

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:

  • 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.

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.

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.

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:

  • 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.

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:

  • 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.

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:

  • 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.

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:

  • 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.

Clinicals are performed 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.

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.

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:

  • Presbyterian Healthcare Services 

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 Albuquerque area.

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.

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)

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

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

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

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.

This program has a set pace and a completion time of 

2.5 years

You will be expected to complete all required competency units assigned each 6-month term.

Tuition per six-month term is

$7,616

Tuition charged per term let's you know at the start of your degree what the total cost of your nursing degree will be.

 

Expect to spend about

30 hours/week

on your studies, assessments, and in the completion of clinical rotations and simulation labs.

 

Ready to Start Your WGU Journey?

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.

Watch: Terms, time commitment, and clinical calendar.

Watch: The two-part admissions process.

Watch: Getting started—how to apply for admission.

COURSES & COMPETENCIES

Nursing Prelicensure Courses

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.

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.

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

“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

PREREQUISITES AND EXPECTATIONS

Academic Prereqs

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)

Clinical Experience

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..

Program Coursework

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.

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized. 

 

COST

Unbelievably Low Tuition

By charging per term rather than per credit, WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees.

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. 

Costs for Pre-Nursing (1st Term)

$6,430

Tuition for 1st term

The first term of the prelicensure program consists of pre-nursing courses, and the tuition is slightly lower than the rest of the program. There is an additional e-books and resources fee of $200 per six-month term.

Costs for Clinical Nursing (4 Terms)

$7,616

Tuition per 6-month term

At WGU, tuition is charged every six months. There is an additional e-books and resources fee of $200 per six-month term.

A Prelicensure Nursing Bachelor's Degree Is Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2019 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.
 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES

A Hands-On Nursing Preparation Program

Approximately 60% of this program is online coursework, with the remaining 40% as hands-on clinical time. 

Students must be available for three-week clinical windows for each clinical course. 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.

"I've always wanted to become a RN. I took the longest route to get here and now I'm 27 and finally accomplished my dream! All thanks to WGU for making a program that I could work and get my school work done.”

—Brittney Burns
B.S. Nursing, Prelicensure

CAREER OUTLOOK

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. 

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.”   

Return on Your Investment

7%

Employment of nurses is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

WGU's BSN Grads are Working in Diverse, Fulfilling Roles

Our 20,000-plus Bachelor of Science Nursing alumni have great jobs and satisfying careers:

Job Titles

  • Staff nurse
  • Flight nurse
  • Nurse case manager
  • Public health nurse
  • Forensic nurse

Diverse Industries

  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Doctor’s offices and clinics
  • U.S. military
  • Public health departments
  • Nonprofit organizations

Major Employers

  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Synergy Home Health
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Peace Health

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

Hospitals and clinics around the country know the benefit of a bachelor's degree from WGU, so your nursing degree is valuable.

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Requirements Unique to This Nursing Degree

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.

Get Your Questions Answered

Talk to an WGU Enrollment Counselor.

More About Prelicensure Nursing

Common Questions About the Prelicensure 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.

WGU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply using the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. WGU’s FAFSA school code is 033394.

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