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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.

The application for fall semester (which begins in August) opens October 1. The application for spring semester (which begins in January) opens May 1.

Application Deadlines

Fall: December 20
Spring: July 10

To apply to the BSN Program, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have junior standing (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits) and have completed nursing prerequisites and general university requirements (UCORE) at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, or any institution offering equivalent courses.
  • All applicants are required to take the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Visit our TEAS page for details. Scores are valid from one year prior to the admission deadline. Please review the Application & Admission Timeline for specific dates.
  • 50 hours of work/volunteer experience in medical settings within the last 3 years.
  • (Please note: Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals cannot accommodate short-term volunteer opportunities or job shadowing. For long-term volunteer opportunities, contact their Volunteer Services departments.)
  • Download experience log form
  • Favorable evaluation of all information in the application file by the Undergraduate Admissions and Progression Committee at the College of Nursing.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all college course work.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in College of Nursing’s prerequisite courses.
  • Minimum grade for each prerequisite course – 2.0 (pass/satisfactory grades, AP, IB, and CLEP scores are not accepted).
  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated. However, repeated classes planned or in progress at the time of application must be completed as planned. If you want to withdraw from the repeated course, please contact your nursing advisor immediately for advisement.
  • No more than 3 prerequisite courses may be in progress during the final quarter/semester of lower-division requisite course work.
  • All course work must be completed by the end of the spring term for fall admission, or by the end of fall term for spring admission.

BSN Program Course Work

SemesterCourseTitleCredits
Junior Year - Semester INURS 308Professional Development I: Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 311Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Nursing4
NURS 315Nursing Practice: Health and Illness4
NURS 316Intro to Nursing Practice in Health and Illness: Theory2
NURS 317Health Assessment3
NURS 328 Intro to Gerontological Nursing2
Junior Year Semester I Total18
Junior Year - Semester IINURS 309Professional Development II: Ethical Reasoning and Decision-Making Processes in Nursing3
NURS 322The Human Experience of Diversity and Health2
NURS 323Nursing in the Genome Era2
NURS 324Nursing Concepts in Acute and Chronic Illness in Adults4
NURS 325Nursing Practice in Acute and Chronic Illness in Adults5
Junior Year Semester II Total16
Senior Year - Semester IIINURS 408Professional Development III: Leadership and Management3
NURS 412Family and Community as a Context of Care1
NURS 414Child and Family Health: Theory3
NURS 415Children and Families as the Focus of Nursing Care2
NURS 416Childbearing Health of the Family3
NURS 417Nursing Care of Childbearing Families2
Senior Year Semester III Total14
Senior Year - Semester IVNURS 409Professional Development IV: Transition to Practice2
NURS 424Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Concepts3
NURS 425Nursing Practice: Psychiatric/Mental Health2
NURS 426Community Health Nursing Theory2
NURS 427Community Health Nursing Practice3
NURS 430Senior Practicum3
Senior Year Semester IV Total15
Total Credits63

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 for more information.

What is the admission criteria for the BSN program?
Refer to the Admission Requirements section.

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

What does it cost to attend the program?
Visit the WSU Student Financial Services website for information on tuition and expenses.

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 NursingCAS application fee is $55.

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 remotely, via Kira Talent, with 2 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 University Writing Portfolio?
The University 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 University Writing Portfolio page for more information.

Do all WSU students have to complete the writing portfolio?
Successful completion of the University 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.

BSN Program Outcomes

  1. Formulate nursing practice decisions using the foundation of a liberal education and evolving knowledge from nursing science, the biological and behavioral sciences, and the humanities.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for safe care delivery in a variety of settings.
  3. Integrate reliable evidence from multiple credible sources of knowledge including basic and health sciences to inform practice and make clinical judgments.
  4. Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safety and quality nursing practice.
  5. Demonstrate basic understanding of the role of nurses in advocating for patients, communities and populations in discussions related to healthcare policy, finance, and regulations.
  6. Use inter-and intra-professional communication and collaborative skills to advocate for safe, evidence-based, high quality patient-centered care.
  7. Demonstrate basic understanding of the role of health promotion, and disease/injury prevention in improving population health across the lifespan.
  8. Demonstrate the values central to nursing practice including altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, advocacy, social justice and life-long learning.
  9. Provide safe, competent, compassionate, ethical, culturally sensitive, and evidence based nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations through promotion, maintenance and restoration of health; prevention of illness, and physical, emotional, and spiritual support throughout the life span including end of life, and across the continuum of health care environments.

(Updated 5/2019)