Grad Certificates

Did you know that as a DNP student you will have taken all courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership? The required courses are: NURS 565, Information Management for Clinical Practice, NURS 576, Organizational Systems & Leadership, NURS 553, Practicum in Organizational Systems & Leadership, and NURS 591, Mixed Methods for Program Planning, Implementation & Outcome Evaluation.

If you are interested in receiving this certificate along with your degree, you will be required to apply for the certificate in a separate application than your application for degree and pay the $25 certificate application fee. The deadline for applying for the certificate is the same date as applying for your degree.

If you are interested in the other certificates in Nursing Education of Public Health, please check the Graduate student handbook or talk with your advisor to see if you have met the course requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact the graduate program office staff. Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla students, contact Tami Kelley ( or Rychelle Wagner (; Vancouver students, please contact Adriana Thomas (

Influenza vaccines due October 1st!

If you choose not to get the vaccine, an Influenza Waiver Form must be signed annually if desired, but be aware signing a waiver may exclude you from placement at some clinical sites.

Updated flu vaccine options for this year are now available at most pharmacies, clinics, medical providers, and grocery stores.

• Spokane – Free Rockwood Flu Clinic with WSU Student ID
Wednesday, Sept 19th
3-6 PM

• Vancouver – All currently enrolled students at WSU Vancouver can receive a flu vaccine for free.
They can come by Classroom Building room 160 or call 360-546-9238 to schedule an appointment with Health Services.
The vaccines provided free to students are HEP B, TDAP, MMR, Meningococcal, Varicella and flu.

Spokane Pain Conference Coming in November

Spokane Centennial Hotel (formerly Hotel RL)

Register online by October 31st

For more information, check out the accreditation information.

Washington State Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Conference

AAPPN’s Spokane Master Class: “Navigating the complexities of Somatic Symptom Disorder”

Saturday, October 20, 2018

WSU Spokane Campus

CEs: 3.5 hours, including 2.5 pharmacotherapeutic hours – ANCC approval pending

Important Dates & Deadlines

Curious about your graduate degree deadlines? Visit the WSU Graduate School website to stay on track of all the requirements for your master’s or doctoral degree.

Save the Date Oct. 11!

The Spokane College of Nursing Career Fair is set for October 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Agencies will be set up on the first floor and in room 119. If you are in the Spokane area that day, come check it out!

DNP Program Day

DNP On Campus Program Days

For NURS 562, you will have face-to-face lab from 8:00 a.m. -11a.m. on the dates below.  This lab time will be spent practicing physical exam skills.  You will have to be at your home campus (Spokane, Tri-Cities, or Vancouver) on these dates:

  • 10/9/2018 (Tuesday)
  • 11/6/2018 (Tuesday)
  • 12/4/2018 (Tuesday)
  • In addition, a face-to-face final exam will take place sometime during Week 17 of class (December 10-14).  The exact date of the final exam may be different based on the home campus.  This date will be announced during the first week of class this fall.


College of Nursing

The College of Nursing provided more than $413,000 in scholarships to nursing students last year. Numerous scholarships have been established by donors, friends, and alumni who are committed to the education of Cougar nurses. You must be currently enrolled and taking courses as an undergraduate or graduate student at the WSU College of Nursing to be eligible to apply. We ask that you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the process (international and graduate students are exempt). The College of Nursing scholarship awards are granted bi-annually for fall and spring semesters only.

The scholarship portal will be open through Friday, September 28, 2018. You can apply online. If you apply for a spring 2019 scholarship, you will be notified of an award or decline by October 31, 2018.

For questions regarding the scholarship process, application, or awarding please contact: Deborah Blake, Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations,, (509) 324-7339.

Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

The award provides support for students in programs of study that will qualify them to practice as an advance practice nurse with a specialization in oncology. This scholarship is available to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Students in qualifying post-master’s certificate programs may also apply. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited graduate nursing degree program and be licensed registered nurses at the time the scholarship begins. The program of study must be offered within an academic institution (non-profit only) in the United States that can award an advanced nursing practice degree with demonstrated integration of cancer nursing content, or the applicant must demonstrate previous advanced practice oncology nursing training. The student must be advised by a faculty member responsible for the oncology nursing content in the curriculum or program of study proposed for the applicant.

The annual scholarship stipend is $10,000, and includes subsistence and tuition expenses. Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years of funding. Continued funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress in the graduate program as documented in the student report.

For more information about the scholarship—including instructions to join the call—consult the American Cancer Society website. Choose “Apply for a Grant” > “Grant Types”.

American Cancer Society Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing provide support for study in a doctoral degree program in nursing or a related area that will prepare the graduate for a career as a cancer nurse scientist. Applicants must possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse, and be enrolled in or applying to an accredited doctoral degree program. Students must project a full-time program of study that integrates cancer nursing and provides evidence of faculty support. Awards are made for up to two years, with possibility of renewal based on satisfactory progress. The yearly stipend is $15,000 per year, which includes subsistence and tuition expenses.

For more information about the scholarship—including instructions to join the call—consult our web site: Choose “Apply for a Grant” > “Grant Types”.

Jobs & Opportunities

  • Check out the job postings updated frequently on the WSU site
  • CHAS Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in Spokane
    CHAS is accepting applications for its Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, in anticipation of hiring three residents to begin in September. For more information on the program, visit the CHAS Health website.

Graduate Passport

Keeping your passport consistently current is mandatory regardless of what classes you are taking.  Prior to the beginning of each semester, log on to the E*Value database, go to “Other Tasks”, then to “Personal Records Requirements” and update any expired requirement. Please do not delete the expired documentation, just add your new documentation. Also, check your expiration date column and update requirements that are about to expire or schedule the update and add to your calendar with other program obligations.  It is your responsibility to keep your graduate passport current throughout enrollment, without prompts from faculty or staff.

WSU Spokane has a contract with Rockwood to provide a number of health services to students for free. If you are a full-time student, your student health fee covers the cost. WSU Spokane Health Services webpage.

IMPORTANT: Allowing a passport item to expire could result in a registration hold, a delay or cessation of your rotation until the item is updated and documented, not being able to count clinical hours accrued during the time when a passport item is expired, and/or Notice of Unsatisfactory Performance (NUP).

Please be aware that some clinical sites may have additional requirements above and beyond the clinical passport. Students will need to complete these additional requirements in order to do a rotation at these sites.

WSU Graduate Passport forms, links and instructions are found on the WSU website.