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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Launch your nursing career with your BSN

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares you for a lifelong career in nursing practice. With the largest program in the state, WSU has a history of graduating competent, compassionate nurses ready to practice in all health care settings. With access to innovative practice labs and technology, interprofessional simulations, world-class researchers and faculty, WSU provides you with the solid foundation to begin your career.

Multiple campus locations

The BSN is offered through WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and Yakima.

Program delivery

The BSN program prepares you with a blend of course work, skills practice, simulation, and clinical experience. You will learn foundational skills and theories in class. Critical thinking and nursing skills are developed in the practice lab working with preceptors in a safe, controlled environment. Simulation – either using high-fidelity mannequins or staged with real people – allows you to learn clinical skills, plus lessons in communication, teamwork, and crisis management. In addition to hours in the practice and simulation lab, you will log more than 950 hours in clinical settings outside the college, all in preparation for a successful nursing career.


All BSN students attend class full-time on campus. Part-time study options are not available. View courses and plan of study.

Pre-Application Requirements

Before applying to the College of Nursing, you must have junior standing and have completed nursing prerequisites and general university requirements (UCORE) at Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, Washington State University, or any institution offering equivalent courses. Visit our Steps to Apply page to learn about other pre-application requirements and the admission process, or contact a BSN pre-nursing advisor

Already a RN?

Visit our RN-BSN page for information on earning your BSN. Full- and part-time study options are available for this degree program at all campus sites.

Career Options

The BSN program qualifies you for practice in all health care settings including:

  • Acute Care
  • Critical Care
  • Outpatient Care
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health

Careers include:
Hospital nurse, including working in various departments:

  • Hospice
  • Pediatrics
  • Med/surg
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Operating room
  • Emergency room
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
  • Working in Skilled Living Facilities
  • Working in outpatient health care clinics
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are many resources available for nursing students. Visit our Scholarships & Financial Aid page for more information.