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PhD New Student Requirements

Students must meet all PhD requirements and submit all training, licensure, and certification information as separate documents to the PhD Academic Coordinator before you will be able to register for classes. Send materials to: Tami Kelley at

PhD Passport

Background Check-National Certification (RCW 43.43)Background Check Instructions
  • Go to:
  • Click on Package Selection
  • Click on the + by Please Select to expand the window to the list of campus options
  • Select the Campus where you are admitted
  • Select the program you are in – Graduates
  • Then select the correct option for you – for Spokane this would be “WM96bg: Click here to get your background check”.
  • Read the info on the next page that pops up.
  • Click on the “I have read this information” box.
  • WSP, OIG and GSA screens are also included in the national background check.
Email documentation of official results to Academic Coordinator.
Background Check- International StudentsInternational students must provide a copy of their valid passport and U.S. visa to the Academic Coordinator. This will serve as your background check for your first year of school. Prior to starting your second year of school, you will need to complete the National Background Check through Castlebranch, which includes the WSP, OIG and GSA screens. Email documentation to Academic Coordinator.
Criminal History Disclosure FormStudents complete and email their Criminal History Disclosure Form annually.Email completed disclosure form to Academic Coordinator annually.
WA State or Out-of-State RN LicensureCurrent license(s) Per WAC 246-840-523 Email a copy of RN license to Academic Coordinator.
Training - CITI TrainingCITI Basic Human Subjects Training - Social and Behavioral Research or Biomedical Research is completed upon admission by all PhD and DNP students. CITI Basic Human Subjects Training Instructions Email completion certificate to Academic Coordinator.
Training - Responsible Conduct of Research EducationCompleted upon admission. The Graduate School requires all graduate students to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research/Conflict of Interest CITI training.Email completion certificate to Academic Coordinator.
Student Authorization to Release RecordsSigned student release of information.
Student Release of Information Form
Email signed release of information to Academic Coordinator.
Student Media ReleaseCompleted media release form. Students are not required to give their permission, but are required to complete the form indicating their preference.
Student Media Release Form
Email completed form to Academic Coordinator.
IMPORTANT: Allowing a passport item to expire could result in a registration hold and/or Notice of Unsatisfactory Performance (NUP).

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. Be apprised that you may not be eligible for licensure in the state of Washington if you have certain criminal convictions or other adjudications on your record. Further, because of requirements for clinical placements and internships, if you have certain criminal convictions or other adjudications on your record, you may not be able to complete your degree, regardless of whether you are admitted to the program.

If you have passport questions or other passport support needs, please contact Rychelle Wagner at 509-324-7445 or

Note: If you will be working as a TA at WSU, please see the Academic Coordinator for additional requirements.

Technology Requirements

Network ID, MyWSU, WSU ID and email set up

Refer to the WSU Admissions website for instructions.

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 10, 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: minimum processing power comparable to that of a Intel Core i5-4xxx 2.5 GHz processor.
  • Memory: at least 8 Gigabytes.
  • Hard Drive: min 256 Gigabytes.
  • 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 if not built into laptop.
  • USB ports: At least two USB ports.
  • Networking: WiFi wireless connectivity 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, and AVG.

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

Note: Office 365 is provided with your WSU account. Other Microsoft products are available to students through CougTech at substantial discounts.

Other General Software