BSN New Student Requirements

Newly-admitted students will receive a detailed onboarding packet, complete with instructions and deadlines, for each incoming cohort. A more general list of requirements is below. Please feel free to use this as a basic preparation list of what you will need, while resting assured that you will have more specifics once you are admitted to the program. Accordingly, we do not recommend starting the process until you have heard from us.

BSN students will be required to have:

  • CastleBranch account, registered to their WSU email address
  • A national background report
  • A Cougar Card and photo badge
  • CPR Requirement/Basic Life Support (BLS)
    A Healthcare Provider Certification from an American Heart Association Course (AHA) is required.  A course from another organization that states they meet AHA guidelines does not meet our agencies requirement.  It must be renewed every two years with no lapse in certification.
  • CPNW Learning Modules
    All students must complete the clinical learning modules to meet clinical agency requirements.

Required Forms

Authorization to Release Information

Students are asked to sign a consent that will allow for the release of their immunization or background information to clinical facilities upon request from the agency.

Photo/Media Release Form

Students are often photographed on campus, during class, during clinics, etc. We ask all students to sign a release form allowing for their photographs, and/or video/audio recordings to be used for teaching and communications purposes or for informational/marketing publications, which may also include distribution over public, commercial, cable television, and/or online mediums.

Liability Insurance

All clinical agencies require nursing students to have Professional Liability Insurance to perform internships at their facilities. Students can purchase the WSU Insurance which covers them the entire academic year for $15.00.

If students elect not to purchase WSU Liability Insurance, they must provide proof that they are insured by another carrier as a student. The coverage caps required by WSU are $1 million per occurrence and $3 million aggregate. If you choose to purchase your own policy, it MUST state the coverage is for student experience not professional experience. This is option is more expensive than the WSU Liability policy.

Criminal History Disclosure Form:

Washington State University College of Nursing enters into affiliation agreements with hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and other licensed providers to allow students to obtain clinical experience necessary to complete their academic program. The affiliation agreements between the training sites and Washington State University require the University to obtain comprehensive background checks for nursing students/faculty who will provide direct services, or have unsupervised access to, or direct contact with certain vulnerable populations as defined in the Washington State Child and Adult Abuse Information Law RCW 43.43.830-842. Charge(s), conviction(s), and or/ criminal history information, including information regarding certain court and administrative determinations, must be disclosed and verified before an applicant or student/faculty can be considered for placement at a clinical site. A conviction/criminal history record does not necessarily disqualify an individual from placement at a clinical site. However, certain criminal convictions and certain court administrative determinations may preclude assignment to a clinical site and thus, completion of the program of study. Your clinical site will also require you to provide it with a satisfactory criminal background check before you begin your clinical assignment or may require you to undergo a criminal background check of the agency’s choice prior to beginning a clinical experience in that agency. Your assignment to a clinical training site will be conditioned upon receipt of the disclosure form and report that is satisfaction to Washington State University College of Nursing and to the training site.

Immunization & Compliance Requirements

Immunizations are an important part of your nursing school attendance, and they are required by the College of Nursing and clinical facilities you will be attending. Immunizations must be current at all times. A delinquent immunization may affect your clinical attendance. Personal record-keeping of your documents and dates will help you remember when an immunization needs to be updated BEFORE the expiration date. If you would like additional information on any of the below required Immunizations, please reference the Centers for Disease Control website. 

Hepatitis B

3-step series followed by a titer to confirm immunity. If you have had the Hepatitis B series previously, you can have a titer to prove immunity. If you are immune, you have completed the requirement. If you have a titer that is negative (not immune) you can EITHER start the series again OR get a booster and re-titer 4-6 weeks later.

  • First immunization
  • Second immunization – 1 month after the first immunization
  • Third immunization – 5 months after the second immunization
  • Have Blood Titer Drawn – 1 month after the third immunization to confirm immunity (Positive titer).
  • If you do not have a Positive Titer – please refer to the CPNW Passport instructions for more information.
  • If the second titer does not confirm immunity, you are considered a “non-responder” and you have met the requirement. If you are a non-responder, you must provide documentation from your healthcare provider.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella

Submit a titer evidencing immunity for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (must have all 3 titers), or submit evidence of appropriate vaccinations (2 doses of live MMR vaccine received on or after the first birthday, separated by 28 days or more). 

Varicella (chicken pox)

Submit a titer evidencing immunity, OR submit evidence of appropriate vaccinations (2 doses of vaccine AT LEAST 4 weeks apart). Regardless of a documented case of Chicken Pox—you need to have either the 2 dose vaccine OR a titer. 

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

Submit evidence of Tdap vaccination within the last 10 years. 

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • First Option—IGRA test.  A negative result is needed to complete the requirement-IGRA is a blood test completed once a year.
  • Second Option—2-step skin test (Mantoux) is required AND a second ski9n test is required to confirm the initial 2-step.
    • If first TST is positive or new positive with no history of disease then an IGRA is recommended to confirm. Please refer to the CPNW Passport instructions for more information.
    • Documentation must show the dates of both injections and both test readings, indicating the correct interval of 7-21 days between the two tests. Each year you will need a renewal 1-step, unless you let it expire. In that case, the 2-step will need to be repeated.


Must be current for each academic year

COVID Immunization

For information on our COVID vaccination requirements based on when you began the program please view our Vaccination Admissions Policy.