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RN-BSN Student Requirements

New student requirements for all campuses except Vancouver. Vancouver students visit the Vancouver New RN-BSN Student Requirements page.

The College of Nursing has partnered with Castlebranch to track your immunizations/tests and other required information needed for clinical compliancy. Please see all requirements in this section. All students except Vancouver: You will be asked to upload your information to Castlebranch for new summer and fall 2020 admits no later than July 1, 2020. You must be current in all requirements through the academic year which ends in May 2021.

National Background Report, Immunization Tracker & Drug Testing

A national background report is required upon admission and due within two weeks of confirming your acceptance. 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 manager at 509-324-7337.

How to Purchase:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click Place Order
  3. Click Please Select
  4. Select Spokane or Tri-Ccities. Yakima students please select Spokane.
  5. Select RN
  6. For Background Check, Immunization Tracker & Drug Screen:
    Spokane and Yakima Students:  Select: WM98 for Background Check, WM98 for Background & Immunization Tracker, and WM98dt for Drug Testing. Tri-Cities and Walla Students:  Select WM94 for Background Check & Immunization Tracker, and WM94dt for Drug Testing.

Drug Testing: Once you have placed your order with Castlebranch, you will receive a form emailed to your WSU email from CB with a collection site. Take your form with you to the collection site to get the drug test. The collection site will upload your drug test results directly to Castlebranch.

Immunizations & Testing Requirements

  • 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 have completed the requirement. If you are not immune, you must start the series again.
    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 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:  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 4 weeks apart).
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): Required evidence: Submit evidence of Tdap vaccination within the last 10 years.
  • Tuberculosis (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)

    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.

    In lieu of the skin test, you can do a QuantiFERON blood test. This must be done yearly. Many students choose this option due to convenience.

  • Influenza*: Please upload your 2020 flu vaccine. An updated vaccine for the 2021-2022 academic year is due October 1, 2021.

Vancouver Students
You will receive an email from ACEMAPP to your WSU student email account prior to the start of the semester. Keep in mind that:

  • ACEMAPP Oregon is the system WSU Vancouver uses for clinical placements. Even though the name states “Oregon,” this is used for placements in Oregon and southwest Washington.
  • Passport items and required testing will be housed in ACEMAPP.
  • If you have questions, contact Jenny Schrock at

Download Clinical Placement Passport (PDF)

Certification & Licensure

Obtain/Maintain Current RN Licensure (WA or OR)

All admitted students must have a current and unencumbered RN license.

CPR Healthcare Provider Certificate/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. This link may help you to locate a course near you: Find a Course.

Clinical Learning Modules

All Spokane, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, and Yakima students must complete the clinical learning modules by August 10. The one-page report showing completion needs to be uploaded to Castlebranch.  You can upload starting August 1 but the must be uploaded by August 10. You will need to register using your WSU email account.

Student Registration Instructions -(download full instructions)

  1. You must register as a student using your WSU email address
  2. You will need your student code for your site (listed below)
  3. Once your school verifies you as a student, usually within 24 hours, you can log in and complete the modules.

Spokane student codes

Tri-Cities student codes

Yakima 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”. From here you can print your results. Please keep and copy for yourself and upload a copy to Castlebranch.

NOTE: Vancouver students have separate modules and will receive an email from ACEMAPP to their WSU email account prior to the start of the semester, which will explain the process. Please contact Jenny Schrock at if you have questions.

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, sign, date, and upload into Castlebranch

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, sign, date, and upload into Castlebranch

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.  Complete and submit the form.

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 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, sign, date, and upload into Castlebranch


NOTE: Vancouver students may download the form and mail it in OR pay the WSU Vancouver cashier at the Student Services Center by check/cash and bring your receipt to WSU Vancouver Nursing (Library Building, VLIB 210). A copy will be placed in your student file.

Photo ID Badge

Every student is required to have a Photo ID Badge to wear in the clinical site.

Spokane students: send an electronic photo (head shot only) to Your student account will be charged $10 and your badge will be mailed to you at your current address. If you need to update your address, please email Susan Blair at

Tri-Cities & Walla Walla students: you will have your photo taken on the first day of orientation and your ID badges will be ordered for you. Once they are available, you will be notified.

Yakima students: you will have your photo taken during orientation and your ID badges will be ordered for you. Once they are available, you will be notified.

Vancouver students: (follow these steps AFTER you have registered for classes)

  1. Go to Student Services between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. any week day.
  2. Your photo will be taken and you will be issued your free WSU student ID (“Cougar Card”).
  3. Order and pay for your photo nursing badge—$10 cash or check.
  4. Pick up your nursing badge from Kathleen in Nursing (VLIB 210) 2-3 weeks after ordering.

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