Bachelor of Science Nursing (Prelicensure)
This one-of-a-kind program differs from other WGU programs. Check out this infographic for an overview.
Want to become a nurse? Now is the perfect time to become a Registered Nurse (RN). WGU’s B.S. in Nursing (Prelicensure) degree program prepares you with the content knowledge and extensive clinical experience to earn your bachelor’s degree and prepare you to sit for the NCLEX licensing exam.
Your clinical education also includes learning skills and patient care competencies in simulation labs followed by agency-based clinical “intensives” where patient care competencies can be honed and mastered. These “intensives” take place in hospitals and other key healthcare facilities under the guidance of expert staff nurses who provide coaching and clinical learning opportunities.
You will become a technologically proficient, caring, bachelor’s degree-prepared nurse who is ready to preserve, promote, improve, and maintain the health and well-being of individuals and families in your community.
Prerequisite General Education and Science Courses
To be considered for enrollment in the program, students must complete the following program admissions prerequisites or transfer equivalents:
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)
This program includes the following areas of study plus intensive clinical rotations for each clinical area of study:
Introduction to Nursing Arts and Science
Health and Wellness Through Nutritional Science
Organizational Systems: Safety and Regulation
Medical Dosage Calculations
Applied Healthcare Statistics
Information Management and the Application of Technology
Caring Arts and Science Across the Lifespan
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
This program consists of 120 competency units (our equivalent to the traditional credit hour), less any competency units waived through transfer of prior college credits and prerequisites.
Inter-Professional Leadership & Communication in Healthcare
This program includes one course that is unlike any other you will complete at WGU. Inter-Professional Leadership & Communication in Healthcare requires participation in online group meetings with faculty and fellow students. Multiple group options are available, so you will work with your enrollment counselor or mentor to determine the group whose schedule works best for you. Learn more about this unique course and how to prepare for it >>