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RN-BSN requirements

New student requirements for all campuses except Vancouver. Vancouver students go here.

National Background Report
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 coordinator at 509-324-7337.

Background Check Instructions

  1. Go to castlebranch.com/
  2. Click Place Order
  3. Enter AS54 (case sensitive) in the “Package Code” box
  4. Click Submit
  5. Check box confirming you have read through the terms and conditions
  6. Click Continue
  7. Enter your information
  8. Click Next, and finish by making your payment.
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 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. Please do not get this until June. The time period for this test is June 1-July 14.
    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 2 weeks 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.

Submitting Your Clinical Passport Requirements

Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla Students:
2016-2017 Clinical Placement Passport requirements will be available for download in early July 2016.

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 schrock@wsu.edu.

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 and return the clinical learning modules. Please check back in early August for the 2016-2017 module instructions. Modules will be due by the first day of fall semester (8/22/16).

Visit cpnorthwest.org for more information. 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 schrock@wsu.edu 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

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

 

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 srblair@wsu.edu. 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 srblair@wsu.edu.

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 a.m. and 5 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

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 Jodi_pyle@wsu.edu.

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

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

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 email.wsu.edu 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 email.wsu.edu 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: http://www.email.wsu.edu/. 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://*.wsu.edu – 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.

Software

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: https://learn.wsu.edu/webapps/login/