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RN-BSN FAQs

What is the admission criteria for the RN-BSN program?
Visit our Admission Requirements page to learn about admission criteria.
What is the Border Bill as it relates to WSU?
The State of Washington’s Border Bill is a program that allows Oregon residents who live in specified counties to attend WSU Vancouver and/or WSU Tri-Cities part-time (8 credits or less per semester) and pay resident tuition rates for the courses taken through these 2 WSU campuses ONLY. Contact an RN-BSN advisor for details.
Tri-Cities Border Bill
Vancouver Border Bill
What are the WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE)?
All RN-BSN students are transfer students and are now admitted through UCORE requirements. WSU requires UCORE courses be completed prior to application. Contact an RN-BSN advisor regarding an unofficial evaluation of previous college work to determine which pathway to completing these requirements is best. An associate of arts (AA) degree may satisfy the UCORE requirement.
What are the College of Nursing prerequisites?
Visit our WSU UCORE and Nursing Prerequisite Courses page for the list of requirements.
What computer skills and technology are required?
  • Microsoft Office – Word and PowerPoint
  • Internet and email
  • Blackboard software (WSU will provide instruction)
  • High-speed internet
How often are students admitted?
WSU College of Nursing admits students for the fall (beginning in August), spring (beginning in January), and summer (beginning in May) terms.
How do I apply?
Applications must be obtained from an RN-BSN advisor at your anticipated site of application and registration.
When is the application deadline?
We admit students twice per year for summer, fall, and spring terms. Contact an RN-BSN advisor at the campus location you plan to apply to for additional information and for assistance with the application process or visit our steps to apply page.

RN-BSN Deadlines:
Summer & fall: January 15
Spring: August 20

How do I know if my courses will transfer?
Visit the Transfer Course Information page located on the myWSU website. Contact an RN-BSN advisor for further assistance.
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 majors. 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.
Do all WSU students have to complete the writing portfolio?
No. Students with a previous bachelor’s degree are excused from the writing portfolio.
Will I need to obtain a College of Nursing photo ID?
Every student is required to have a Photo ID Badge to wear in the clinical site.

  • Spokane Students: send an electronic photo (headshot only) to srblair@wsu.edu. Your student account will be charged $10.00 and your badge will be mailed to you at your current address.  If you need to update your address, please email Susan Blair at srblair@wsu.edu.
  • Tri-Cities & Walla Walla Students: you will have your photo taken on the first day of orientation and your ID badges will be ordered for you. Once they are available, you will be notified.
  • Yakima Students: you will have your photo taken during orientation and your ID badges will be ordered for you. Once they are available, you will be notified.
  • Vancouver Students:  (follow these steps AFTER you have registered for classes).
    1. Go to Student Services between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. any week day.
    2. Your photo will be taken and you will be issued your free WSU student ID (“Cougar Card”).
    3. Order and pay for your photo nursing badge—$10 cash or check.
    4. Pick up your nursing badge from Kathleen in Nursing (VLIB 210) 2-3 days after ordering.
Where do I get my books?
Order your books from WSU’s Official Campus Bookstore.

  • Select Spokane campus for Spokane and Yakima courses.
  • Select Tri-Cities campus for Tri-Cities and Walla Walla courses.
  • Select Vancouver campus for Vancouver courses.
  • Select WSU online for non-nursing electives available online.
Where do I find the videostreamed courses?
All RN-BSN non-clinical class meetings are available live on campus and archived for later viewing. Live and archived videostreams are posted within Blackboard for each course.
Will I need to wear a uniform for my clinical courses?
No. School uniforms are not required. You will need to wear attire appropriate to your clinical setting.