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Frequently Asked Questions about the BSN Program

What is the TEAS test and when should I take it?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test is a proctored online multiple choice exam that measures entry-level skills and abilities of applicants to nursing programs. The TEAS measures science, math, language, and reading knowledge and skills. Prospective students must score at the Proficient, Advanced, or Exemplary level to be eligible for admission. Visit our TEAS Test page to learn more about testing locations and deadlines.

What is the admission criteria for the BSN program?
Visit our Admission Requirements page to learn about admission criteria.

Why are 50 hours of paid or volunteer experience required for admission and what type of experience counts toward this requirement?
The goal of the experience is to have a better understanding of the role of professional nurses in healthcare. All volunteer/paid experiences should be in the last 3 years. Applicants must complete 50 hours of paid or volunteer experience; note that these experiences cannot include caring for family members.
Sample of approved experiences:

  • Long-term care agencies
  • Formal hospital volunteer programs
  • Camps for disabled/chronically ill children (e.g., diabetes)
  • Special Olympics involvement
  • Homeless shelters with a healthcare clinic
  • Free health clinics
  • Volunteer with school nurse in health-related activities
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Emergency Nurse Technician
  • Outreach programs or health-related missions
  • Volunteer at First Aid stations

If you have other experiences that you think could count, please contact your nursing advisor.

How should I track my volunteer or work experience and how do I submit this information to the college?
Track your volunteer or work experience using the experience log form, completing it and having your mentor sign it. Upload the TEAS Test Individual Student Performance with your NursingCAS application.

What are the WSU College of Nursing prerequisites and University Common Requirements (UCORE)?
All students and transfer students must complete the WSU College of Nursing prerequisites and University graduation requirements. Information regarding which requirements must be completed prior to admission to the BSN program can be found on the UCORE requirements and Nursing prerequisites page.

What computer skills are required?

  • Microsoft Office – Word and PowerPoint
  • Internet and email

How often are students admitted?
WSU College of Nursing admits students to the BSN program for the fall (beginning in August) and spring (beginning in January) terms.

How do I apply?
The College of Nursing uses an electronic Centralized Application Service (CAS). All students applying to the BSN program apply through the NursingCAS. Visit our Steps to Apply page for more information.

When do I apply to the College?
Applications are accepted for only a limited time each term. Check our BSN Application & Admission timeline before you apply.

When is the application deadline?
We admit students twice per year for fall and spring semester. The application for fall (beginning in August) semester opens October 1, and the application for spring (beginning in January) semester opens May 1.

BSN Deadlines to Apply:
Fall: December 20
Spring: July 10

How much does it cost to apply?
The CAS application fee is $50.

Should I include a letter of recommendation with my application?
WSU College of Nursing currently does not review or accept letters of recommendation or essay responses. The student’s GPA is the primary factor in determining who moves on to the interview stage.

If I meet all the admission criteria, will I be admitted?
Since the number of applications to the College of Nursing frequently exceeds the number that can be admitted, there is no assurance that everyone meeting the admission criteria will be selected. Nursing prerequisites and overall grade point averages are weighted heavily in our admission decisions. This information is factored into a weighted formula and prospective students are invited to complete an in-person interview. All interviews are conducted in Spokane with 3 faculty members of the College of Nursing. Admission is determined by the combined GPA and interview score. For transfer students, the average cumulative and nursing prerequisite GPA is 3.8.

How do I know if my courses will transfer?
If you want to determine whether courses will apply towards the College of Nursing’s prerequisite requirements, you can reference the WSU Transfer Clearinghouse website. The Transfer Clearinghouse website is a tool that helps transfer students determine unofficial course equivalencies and request course evaluations. Students should note that official assessment of transfer course work is completed at the time of application to WSU.

What is the WSU Junior Writing Portfolio?
The Junior Writing Portfolio is a mid-career diagnostic to determine if students’ writing abilities have advanced in ways that can handle the writing demands of upper-division courses and courses in their major. Specific submission guidelines and forms are online and available for download as pdfs. They include step-by-step instructions on how to complete the writing portfolio. Visit WSU’s Junior Writing Portfolio page for more information.

How do I learn more about Kaplan?
Refer to our Kaplan web page for more information on the Kaplan program.

Do all WSU students have to complete the writing portfolio?
Successful completion of the Junior Writing Portfolio during the junior year is a requirement for graduation at Washington State University. The writing portfolio may not be required if you have already earned a bachelor’s degree from another institution.

Where do I get my books?
Order your books from WSU’s Official Campus Bookstore.

  • Select Spokane campus for Spokane/Yakima and online courses.
  • Select Tri-Cities campus for Tri-Cities and Walla Walla courses.