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BSN requirements

All new student requirements are due by December 5, 2017 unless otherwise noted. Your registration will have a hold until this information is received.

*The University will be closed Dec. 25-Jan 1. The College of Nursing staff will not be processing requirements during this time.

Starting December 2017, the College of Nursing will be partnering with Castlebranch to track your immunizations/tests and other required information needed for clinical compliancy. Please see all requirements in this section. You will be asked to upload your information to Castlebranch by no later than December 5, 2017 to ensure that you are ready to begin clinical once school begins. You must be current in all requirements through the academic year which ends in May 2018.

Undergraduate & Refresher Immunization Video from Washington State University on Vimeo.

National Background Report and Immunization Tracker
National Background Report
A national background report is required upon admission. The Washington State Patrol Background Report (WATCH) is included in your first background report. In addition, Washington State Law RCW 43.43 requires that a disclosure statement must be made by applicants to clinical/internship sites concerning certain civil adjudications, conviction records of crimes against persons, and disciplinary board final decisions. Background inquiries may be made to local, state, and/or federal law enforcement agencies. Individuals may not be eligible for licensure in the State of Washington if they have certain criminal convictions or other adjudications on their record. Further, because of requirements for clinical placements and internships, if individuals have certain criminal convictions or other adjudications on their record, they may not be able to complete a degree, regardless of whether they were admitted to the program. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the program coordinator at 509-324-7337.How to Purchase

  1. Go to:
  2. Click Place Order
  3. Click Please Select
  4. Select Spokane or Tri-cities. Yakima students please select Spokane.
  5. Select Pre-Licensure
  6. Select WM97 for Background Check and Immunization Tracker
Immunizations & Testing 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.Dates older than 5 years will not be accepted. However, if you have had the Hepatitis B series previously, you can have a titer to prove immunity. If you are immune, you do not need to do the series again. If you are not immune, begin the schedule below:
    1. First immunization
    2. Second immunization– 1 month after the first immunization
    3. Third immunization– 5 months after the second immunization
    4. Titer- 1 month after the third immunization to confirm immunity.

    If the titer does not confirm immunity to Hepatitis B, you are required to begin a second series according to the timeline above. If the second titer does not confirm immunity, you are considered a “non-responder” and you have met the requirement.

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella:  Required evidence: Submit a titer evidencing immunity, 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): Required evidence:  Submit a titer evidencing immunity, OR submit evidence of appropriate vaccinations (2 doses of vaccine separated by 4-8 weeks).
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): Required evidence: Submit evidence of Tdap vaccination within the last 10 years.
  • TB: A 2-step is required for your first semester of nursing. – This test needs to be current for the entire academic year.
    1. The first skin test is given. Have it read 48-72 hours after you have received it.
    2. The second skin test should be 1 week later for the two-step to be completed. (Two different skin tests – two different dates)

    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.

  • Influenza*: Annual vaccine required.

If you choose not to get the influenza immunization, you must submit a signed waiver form yearly. This option could possibly eliminate you from a clinical site or you could be asked to wear a mask at your site.

Clinical Placements Passport Requirements – undergradClinical Placement Passport tutorial
Download Clinical Placement Passport (PDF)

CPR Requirement/Basic Life Support (BLS)
Healthcare Provider certification from an American Heart Association course (AHA required). A course from another organization that states they meet AHA guidelines does not meet requirement. Must be renewed every two years with no lapse in certification. WSU College of Nursing offers a CPR class during orientation that meets our requirements.

Spokane Students
Register online – register between November 20 – December 15.
The class will be offered at the Spokane College of Nursing on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m.
Cost is $65.00

Yakima Students
College of Nursing Yakima lab
Friday, January 5, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
Cost is $60
Download flyer

Tri-Cities Students
Information will be available from your campus.

Learning Modules

ATI Modules – check back by Nov. 20 for student codes

All students must purchase the ATI learning modules before new student orientation, but please DO NOT complete the modules. You will receive instructions and more information during orientation.


CPNW Clinical Learning Modules

All students must complete the 10 clinical learning modules to meet clinical agency requirements. Please complete all modules and upload the 1-page report to Castlebranch by December 15.

Download instructions to create your account.

Student Codes

Instructions for downloading results:

  1. Login to the application at
  2. Once logged in, click on “My Dashboard” in the top right corner
  3. Click on “My Records” on the lefthand navigation menu
  4. Click “eLearning Results”
  5. Click the “Download Results” link beside your ID above your Results

Email results to:

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.

» Download authorization to release information form

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.

» Download release form

Liability Insurance

All clinical agencies require nursing students to have Professional Liability Insurance to perform internships at their facilities. The University requires nursing students to obtain WSU Student Liability Insurance. This is the only liability insurance WSU College of Nursing accepts and must be kept in effect continually while enrolled in any nursing course. Students must fill out and submit the liability insurance form to the address listed on the form for your respective site. This policy covers your student experience, not your professional work experience.

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 Washington State University College of Nursing 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.

» Download disclosure form


Checklist & Due Dates

December 1, 2017

  • Student Nurse Leader Dues $40.00 (Spokane Only)
  • Student Liability Insurance-Return to Campus you will be attendingSpokane
    WSU College of Nursing
    Attention Student Services
    PO Box 1495, Spokane WA 99210-1495

    WSU College of Nursing Yakima,
    Attention Mary Gonzalez
    1401 W Prasch Ave
    Yakima WA 98902Tri-Cities
    WSU College of Nursing Tri-Cities,
    Attention Kay Olson
    2710 Crimson Way
    Richland WA 99352

December 5, 2017

  • All Immunizations & Tests must be uploaded to Castlebranch Immunization Tracker.
    *Hep B series must be started but may not be completed by this date.
  • CPR, unless you are registered to take at the college during orientation.
  • CPNW Clinical Modules
  • Castlebranch National Background Report
  • Authorization to release information
  • Photo/Media Release
  • Criminal History Disclosure

December 20, 2017

Registration information will be sent your WSU email account.

December 28

Unofficial Transcript (If you are completing an AA degree, make sure your degree is posted). Send to the campus you will be attending.
Current WSU students, EWU students and WU students are exempt. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the University.

January 4, 2018: Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory. Please plan accordingly.
Spokane students – 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Yakima students – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tri-Cities – TBD, you will receive information from your campus.

  • ATI Learning Modules must be purchased by this date.
Books, Equipment & Uniforms


For your first semester, you will need books for the following courses:

NURS 308
NURS 311
NURS 315
NURS 316
NURS 317
NURS 328

You can purchase your books online through the WSU bookstore.

Yakima Students: make sure you select Spokane as your campus for ordering books.

Some courses may require additional books, which will be noted in your course syllabus. If you have questions related to books, you will have an opportunity to ask questions during orientation.


All students will need to purchase a stethoscope. Stethoscopes can be purchased at any medical supply store. The College of Nursing has worked with MDF Instruments to provide quality stethoscopes at affordable pricing. Visit their website to order online.

Pen Lights are required and can be purchased at any medical supply store.


The official uniform is crimson and must be worn when at your clinical site. Leather shoes with a closed heel and toe and a watch with a second hand are also required for clinical. In addition to scrubs, students are required to purchase a College of Nursing polo which is worn for all inter professional activities.

Uniforms can be purchased online through Zome or at the following locations:

Spokane Uniform House
502 E 3rd Ave
Spokane WA 99202
» Order online

Uniforms Northwest
901 Summitview Avenue
Yakima WA 98902
509 575-1015

Network ID

All students are required to obtain a Network ID. The Network ID is a unique identifier that gives you access to a variety of computing resources at the College and University. Each person who gets a Network ID must first have a WSU student ID number, which is generally nine digits long and assigned during the application process. If you are not sure what your student ID number is or need assistance, ontact the undergraduate program office at

Once obtained, your Network ID (NID) cannot be changed, so pick your Network ID wisely! Your Network ID serves as the basis for your official University email address, so choose something that will endure and that can be used on your resume, in the online phonebook, and for other types of correspondence. Using the default offering is encouraged. Combinations of the first and last name are among the most common choices.

To establish a Network ID:

  • Go to the University’s portal, myWSU.
  • Scroll down and click on “What is my User ID?”
  • On the next screen, click on “Create your Network ID.” Follow the instructions carefully (especially with regard to the password format) to create your Network ID and password. Remember your password and do not share it with others.

If you have previously created a Network ID but do not remember it, you can go to the same webpage referenced above and click on the “Forgot your User ID?” link. Similarly, if you have forgotten your Network ID password, click on “Password Maintenance,” then on “Forgot your password?” and follow the instructions provided.


MyWSU is a web portal system that provides a personalized view of web tools and resources you need. You can access your financial aid status, library resources, class registration, and student records. Official notices, alerts, and college and University news are also found there.


Email messages are sent to your WSU email account only. Please make sure to activate and check your WSU email often so you don’t miss important messages from the college.

To activate your email account:

  • Log in to myWSU using your new Network ID to get your email name and temporary password.
  • Next, visit to activate your new email account. At that point you will need to change your temporary email password.
  • Once you have activated your email account, you can access your WSU email account by visiting and entering your email address and chosen password.
  • The College of Nursing will send emails to your WSU student email account, so if you don’t plan on using your WSU email account, you will need to set up email forwarding to ensure you don’t miss important email messages. To set this up:
    • Log into your student email account at: Once you are logged in use the following steps to forward your email to your personal account.
    • Go to Options > Account > Connected Accounts.
    • Under Forwarding, enter the e-mail address of the account you want all e-mail to be forwarded to.
    • If you want to keep copies of messages that are sent to your account, select Keep a copy of forwarded messages in Outlook Web App.
    • Click Save to save your changes and your WSU emails will start forwarding to the email you set up.

Recommended Computer Setup

These recommendations for hardware and software establish a baseline requirement for participation in College of Nursing courses. You can expect to have higher performance and a more satisfying online experience with equipment that exceeds, not merely meets, these baseline specifications. Certain courses may require additional capability and/or specific software programs. Information about these specific requirements is available in the course syllabus.

Operating System— The Microsoft Windows Operating System is the standard system used for all Nursing courses. Students must have Microsoft Windows 7 (or newer), and be able to install Windows-based software.

Note: You may use Apple or other operating systems, provided that you can install and run Windows programs “virtually” and transfer files to others in Windows formats.

The following details basic minimums generally considered necessary to run the software described. The first and foremost rule when contemplating a computer purchase is The software determines the hardware.

  • Processor: processing power comparable to that of a Intel Core i5-4xxx 2.5 GHz processor.
  • Memory: at least 4 Gigabytes.
  • Hard Drive: at least 500 Gigabytes.
  • Optical Storage Drive: DVD, with write capability recommended for backups.
  • External Storage: If write capability is not available on the DVD, then an external storage device (e.g., tape drive, or external DVD drive with write capability, or USB thumb drive) is recommended for backup.
  • Display: Must support resolution of 1280×800 or higher.
  • Microphone and speakers. Preferred: USB headset with earphones and microphone. Alternative: echo-cancelling microphone/speaker system.
  • Webcam highly recommended, although not required.
  • USB ports: At least two USB ports.
  • Networking: Wired Ethernet and WiFi wireless connectivity are both required.

Internet Connectivity

Although Blackboard Collaborate can be used with low bandwidth, WSU recommends that you have an Internet connection capable of 1.5 Mbps or better for live broadcasts and streaming live video, and to reduce network congestion and minimize audio/video quality problems. You can check your Internet bandwidth and firewall settings with the WSU Global Campus Connection speed and firewall test

Note: You must ensure that popup blockers are configured to allow and accept popups from http://* – or disabled entirely while using WSU online services.
Likewise, you must configure your system to accept cookies from WSU sites.
Javascript must be enabled for WSU sites.


Anti-virus Software—It is imperative that you have installed and regularly update anti-virus software on your computer. The minimum requirement is Microsoft Security Essentials, available at no cost from Microsoft. Most experts recommend other commercial antivirus products. Well-known brands include TrendNet, Kaspersky, and AVG.

Office—You will need the ability to use Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.

Note: Office and other Microsoft products are available to students through CougTech at substantial discounts.

Other General Software

Course-specific—Other course-specific software may be provided by the instructor, provided as part of a textbook or specifically identified for purchase. The course-specific software will be Windows compatible. Students must be able to load, install, and run course software. Students should be very familiar with Internet searching.

Blackboard—Almost all classes in the College of Nursing will require the use of the Blackboard Learn online Learning Management System. The Blackboard Learn platform is a web-based application and does not require installation of any specific software on your PC other than a standard Web browser. The Blackboard software works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari are also acceptable. While Elluminate operates in javascript, students may occasionally need to view video streaming in Windows Media Player and RealPlayer. Blackboard Learn can be accessed through this link:


Student Leadership

Student Nurse Leaders – Spokane Students Only

Student Nursing Leaders (SNL) is the official organization to ensure BSN student representation and active participation in the affairs of the college. All BSN students enrolled at the College of Nursing Spokane are encouraged to participate.

The onetime fee of $40.00 helps to cover all or part of your costs to attend social events throughout your entire time at the College of Nursing.
These dues also help to support STEPS tutoring program and other resources that SNL sponsors. Fill out signup form.

Learn about our Student Nurse Leader (SNL) program from our SNL President.

There are a number of ways to get involved in leadership while in nursing school. Visit our student leadership page for more information.

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