English Proficiency Requirement for Admission to Nursing Programs

The National Council for the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) recommends proficiency in written and spoken English as a criterion for RN licensure. As a WGU nursing student, you will be expected to communicate clearly in writing and during conversations with WGU faculty and staff, clinical staff, and patients/clients in all care settings. Accordingly, the TOEFL exam is required of all candidates for nursing admission who have not successfully completed a high school or associate degree at an accredited U.S. high school, college or university and who are not born in the U.S. regardless of whether English is a first language.


Individuals described above must submit proof of a qualifying score on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Prior to enrollment in any WGU nursing program, a passing score of 80 or better plus a minimum score of 80 for the reading comprehension subsection on the TOEFL iBT exam is required. Applicants who do not meet or exceed these scores will not be considered.


The TOEFL iBT tests the four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Please access the TOEFL iBT Information and Registration Bulletin for information about test dates, locations, and fees.


Please ensure that WGU receives your TOEFL iBT results by entering the WGU institution code 3949 when registering to take the TOEFL iBT.


Because the TOEFL iBT is the only TOEFL test that measures speaking skills, WGU is unable to accept results from other TOEFL tests.


Candidates who accidently answer ‘no’ to the question, “English your native language?” on their application can appeal the TOEFL iBT test if sufficient documentation (i.e. US birth certificate, or high school or community college transcript) is provided to the admissions department. Documents should be sent to admissions@wgu.edu, Subject: TOEFL Appeal. Candidates will not be allowed to begin their program unless this requirement is satisfied.




Article Number: 20509, 2836

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