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Prerequisites & requirements

Please review this information carefully, as many frequently asked questions are answered here. For admission to the BSN programs, applicants must fulfill all Nursing prerequisites and the WSU Common Requirements (UCORE) prior to enrollment in the program. An Associate in Pre-Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) usually fulfills all admissions requirements for the BSN Pre-Licensure program, while an Associate in Nursing DTA usually fulfills all admissions requirements for the RN-BSN program.

Nursing Prerequisites

Below is the general list of the College of Nursing prerequisites for the BSN programs. For more detailed information of specific course equivalencies, please refer to the lists of common approved transfer institutions’ course work. If there are questions about course work not listed, please contact the Academic Advisor of the campus to which you are applying.

  • Anatomy and Physiology (Minimum two courses to total 8 semester credits or 10 quarter credits) Note: The two courses must be completed at the same institution to ensure full coverage of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Chemistry courses with labs to include inorganic, organic, and biochemistry (Minimum two courses to total 8 semester credits or 10 quarter credits) Note: Only one chemistry course with a lab is required for the RN-BSN program.
  • Growth & Development across the Lifespan (Minimum 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits) Note: Developmental Psychology will be approved only if it addresses conception through death. Courses only covering conception through adolescent development will not be approved, unless coupled with a course covering adulthood through death. This prerequisite is not required for the RN-BSN program.
  • Human Nutrition (Minimum 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
  • Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems (Minimum 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits) Note: Only course work specifically designated as a Sociology course covering Introduction to Sociology or Social Problems will be accepted.
  • Introduction to Psychology (Minimum 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
  • Microbiology (Minimum 4 semester credits or 5 quarter credits)
  • Statistics (Minimum 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)

If you are attending or have attended one of the below institutions, please reference the courses listed for your school that will satisfy our nursing prerequisite requirements.

Central Washington University
  • BIOL 305 and 306 or 355 and 356
  • CHEM 111, 112, and 113
  • PSY 313
  • NUTR 101
  • SOC 101 or 107
  • PSY 101
  • BIOL 322 or 323
  • MATH 311
Chemeketa Community College
  • BI 231, 232, and 233
  • CH 104, 105, and 106
  • PSY 237
  • NFM 225
  • SOC 204 or 206
  • PSY 202
  • BI 234
  • MTH 243 and 244
Clark College
  • BIOL& 241 and 242 or BIOL& 251, 252, and 253
  • CHEM& 121 and 131
  • PSYC& 200
  • NUTR& 101
  • SOC& 101 or 201
  • PSYC& 100
  • BIOL& 260
  • MATH& 146 or MATH 203 and 204
Community Colleges of Spokane
  • BIOL& 241 and 242
  • CHEM& 121, 122, and 123
  • PSYC& 200
  • NUTR 251
  • SOC& 101 or 201
  • PSYC& 100
  • BIOL& 260
  • MATH& 146
Eastern Washington University
  • BIOL 232, 233, and 234
  • CHEM 161, 162, and 163
  • PSYC 201
  • FNDT 356
  • SOCI 101 or 263
  • PSYC 100
  • BIOL 235
  • CSBS 320 or MATH 121
Everett Community College
  • BIOL& 231 and 232
  • CHEM& 121 and 131
  • PSYC& 200
  • NUTR& 101
  • SOC& 101
  • PSYC& 100
  • BIOL& 260
  • MATH& 146
Oregon State University
  • BI 231/241, 232/242, and 233/243
  • CH 121, 122, and 123
  • PSY 350
  • NUTR 240
  • SOC 204 or 206
  • PSY 201
  • MB 230
  • ST 201/202 or 351/352
Seattle-area community colleges (Including Bellevue, Edmonds, Green River, Highline, Lake Washington, Olympic, Pierce, Shoreline, Skagit Valley, Tacoma, Whatcom and Wenatchee Valley)
  • BIOL& 241 and 242
  • CHEM& 121 and 131
  • PSYC& 200
  • NUTR& 101
  • SOC& 101 or 201
  • PSYC& 100
  • BIOL& 260
  • MATH& 146
University of Washington
  • BIOL 118 and 119 and B STR 301
  • CHEM 120, 220, and 221
  • NURS 201
  • NUTR 200
  • SOC 110 or 270 (SOC 201 is not approved.)
  • PSYCH 101
  • MICROM 301 and 302
  • Q METH 201, STAT 220 or 221 (EdPsy 490 is not approved.)
Washington State University
  • BIOLOGY 251 and 315
  • CHEM 101 and 102 (105 and 106 are approved substitutions)
  • H_D 101
  • BIOLOGY 140
  • SOC 101 or 102
  • PSYCH 105
  • MBioS 101
  • STAT 212
Western Washington University
  • BIOL 348 and 349
  • CHEM 121, 251, and 375
  • PSY 230
  • HLED 350 (Approved at 3 quarter credits)
  • Sociology: WWU does not offer an introduction to sociology or social problems course at this time. Please consult with the Academic Advisor of the campus to which you are applying.
  • PSY 101
  • BIOL 245
  • MATH 240
Yakima Valley College
  • BIOL& 241 and 242
  • CHEM 109/110 and CHEM 209/210
  • PSYC& 200
  • NUTR& 101
  • SOC& 101 or 201
  • PSYC& 100
  • BIOL& 260
  • MATH& 146

WSU Common Requirements (UCORE)

A prior bachelor’s degree or approved transferable associate degree (DTA) automatically fulfill the UCORE, except for the Integrative Capstone (CAPS) to be completed at the College of Nursing. Without either of these degrees, applicants must complete a total of 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of approved transfer course work for junior standing. In addition, students must have equivalent courses that satisfy the Writing (WRTG), additional Writing or Communication (WRTG/COMM), Arts (ARTS), Humanities (HUM), and Diversity (DIVR) proficiencies. The Nursing prerequisites usually satisfy the remaining UCORE.

Visit the WSU Graduation Requirements page for a list of WSU UCORE courses. To determine if transfer courses fulfill a UCORE, please use the WSU Transfer Clearinghouse resources.