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Transfer Guidelines for the Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Information about Transcript Evaluation

A transcript evaluation is completed once official transcripts from all previously attended institutions have been received by WGU. Please note that transcripts must be sent to WGU directly from the issuing institution to be considered official. WGU does not perform unofficial evaluations or accept unofficial transcripts. The guidelines below will provide a good indication of the expected transfer credit. Official transcript evaluations will occur in the month prior to your start. Transcripts are processed in the order they are received. Please contact your Enrollment Counselor if it has been more than 15 business days since your transcripts have been received and you have not received an evaluation. Transfer credit will not be awarded for transcripts received after your first term start date. All transfer credit is specific to your current degree pathway. Should you decide to change programs at any time a new evaluation will be completed, and the appropriate credit will be awarded for the new program. 


  • Must be college level from an Institution accredited by an Institutional Accreditor (as listed by the U.S. Department of Education). For a list of USDE Institutional Accreditor agencies, see: Click here for a list of USDE Institutional Accreditor agencies.
  • Must have been awarded a grade of C- or better (Pre-licensure Nursing program and business courses must have a grade of C or better). 
  • May not be used to fulfill more than one course of study. 
  • Must meet the competency unit and content equivalency requirements. 


  • Where transfer credit does not apply, courses may be satisfied by degree. 
  • Courses can be satisfied by an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science from a Regionally or Nationally accredited institution. (Accrediting agency recognized by The U.S. Department of Education) 
  • In certain cases, the degree must be in a specific field of study. 
  • Satisfied by degree does not apply to all courses or programs at WGU. A change in majors at WGU may result in the removal of credit.

Important: The courses listed below are eligible for transfer credit; refer to your program guide for a complete listing of program requirements.

General Education

The group below cannot be satisfied by a degree unless otherwise stated in the transfer requirement. 

Transfer Requirement(s)
collapse Group : Communication ‎(2)
D269Composition: Writing with a Strategy3

One course, equivalent to 3 units, in English composition. Excluding business writing and technical writing.

D268Introduction to Communication: Connecting with Others3

​One course, equivalent to 3 units, in speech or communications. The course presented must clearly demonstrate an oral speaking component.​ Cannot be satisfied by degree.

collapse Group : History and Humanities ‎(2)
D198Global Arts and Humanities3

​One course, equivalent to 3 units, in the humanities (literature, visual and performing arts, music, theatre, philosophy, ethics, or religious studies).

D266World History: Diverse Cultures and Global Connections 3

One course, equivalent to 3 units, in U.S. history, world history, political science, government, economics, or geography (excluding physical geography).

collapse Group : Mathematics ‎(1)
C784Applied Healthcare Statistics4

​One course, equivalent to 3 unites, in statistics. This course must be taken with the past 5 years. Course is not required as a pre-requiste but may be transferred into program. Cannot be satisfied by degree.

collapse Group : Sciences ‎(6)
D202Human Growth and Development3

One course, equivalent to 3 units, in human growth and development. The course must address human development throughout the entire lifespan. Child development or adolescent development will not meet this competency.

D312Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4

​One course, equivalent to 4 units, in Anatomy & Physiology I with lab component.

D313Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4

One course, equivalent to 4 units, in Anatomy & Physiology II with lab component.

D311Microbiology with Lab: A Fundamental Approach4

​One course, equivalent to 4 unit, in microbiology with lab component.


​One course, equivalent to 3 units, in Pathophysiology, or with pathophysiology in course title or course description. This course must be taken within the past 5 years. Cannot be satisfied by degree.

C180Introduction to Psychology3

One course, equivalent to 3 units, in psychology (anthropology, psychology, or sociology). *Courses eligible to transfer C217 cannot be used to fulfill the psychology component for this section.  ​

collapse Group : Social Science ‎(1)
C273Introduction to Sociology3

​One course, equivalent to 3 units, in sociology or anthropology. 

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Additional Transferable Courses

Courses Satisfied by Transfer Credit

The group below cannot be satisfied by a degree unless otherwise stated in the transfer requirement. 

Transfer Requirement(s)
C494Advanced Standing for RN License50

To receive transfer credit and be admitted to the program, you must provide evidence of a current and unencumbered RN license.

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Non-Transferable Courses

Courses Not Satisfied by Transfer or Degree

The group below may not be satisfied by transfer credit or degree. 

D219Scholarship in Nursing Practice3
D222Comprehensive Health Assessment3
D223Healthcare Policy and Economics3
D226BSNU Capstone3
D235Interprofessional Communication and Leadership in Healthcare 2
D218Intrapersonal Leadership and Professional Growth3
D220Information Technology in Nursing Practice3
D221Organizational Systems and Healthcare Transformation3
D224Global and Population Health4
D225Emerging Professional Practice3

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