Each state Board of Nursing determines the specific requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse. At minimum, all states require completion of an accredited nursing program, passage of the NCLEX-RN, and completion of a background check.
In addition to WGU’s regional accreditation through Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the BS Nursing (Prelicensure) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
WGU students are eligible to sit for the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) upon graduation from BS Nursing (Prelicensure) program. Students must follow the registration instructions in the nursing licensure student handbook articles for the state in which they will practice:
A criminal background, including a misdemeanor or felony, or a history of mental illness or substance abuse may render the graduate ineligible for licensure through the board of nursing, regardless of whether the graduate has met all requirements for graduation. Student questions regarding eligibility for licensure related to background checks/drug screens should be directed to the state board of nursing. Students are encouraged to make this inquiry early in their program.
Students should begin the licensure and exam application process at least two weeks prior to graduation and are encouraged to begin during the Role Transitions course – except for students in Utah, who must wait until graduation to begin the process. Graduates should schedule the exam soon after graduation. Studies show that graduates who take the NCLEX-RN shortly after graduation are more likely to pass on their first attempt.
Students must follow the registration instructions in the nursing licensure student handbook articles for the state in which they will practice:
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides students with exam preparation information, tips for what to expect on the day of the test, and other resources. Students can access the website at www.ncsbn.org (opens new window).
Article Number: 20520, 2492