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A BSN from the WSU College of Nursing is valued throughout the Northwest for the quality of our graduates.

A BSN is a four-year degree. At Washington State University, students spend two years on their general university requirements and nursing prerequisites. Those can be done at Pullman, Tri-Cities, or through equivalent transfer coursework from outside WSU. Students then apply and have two more years of Nursing classes. After that comes graduation, followed by a licensure test called the NCLEX, and then you are ready to tackle the job as a Coug Nurse who is in demand by employers throughout the region.


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Start
(Spokane, Yakima, and Tri-Cities)
Spring Semester Start
(Spokane, Yakima, and Tri-Cities)
Application Opens: November 10Application Opens: May 10
Deadline: January 10Deadline: July 10

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Admissions Process

~60% Acceptance Rate
85% Washington Admits


Washington Residents


& Financial Aid

Over $200,000 in scholarship aid was awarded to students in Spring 2023

Experience what makes WSU extraordinary!

Admission Requirements


What are the WSU College of Nursing prerequisites and University Common Requirements (UCORE)?
All students and transfer students must complete the WSU College of Nursing prerequisites and University graduation requirements. Please note, students with a DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement) degree or a bachelor’s degree in another field have completed the UCORE requirements through the DTA/prior degree.

As of Fall 2023, WSU’s UCORE Inquiry set now includes 7 designations: ARTS, BSCI, DIVR, EQJS, HUM, PSCI, SSCI courses. Students who entered into Nursing in Fall 2023 or later will only need to complete 6 out of the 7 designations.

How do I know if my other courses will transfer?
Applicants may send an unofficial transcript to a nursing advisor for feedback to determine whether courses will apply towards the U-CORE requirements. They may also reference the WSU Transfer Center website, which is a tool that helps transfer students determine unofficial course equivalencies and request course evaluations. Note that official assessment of transfer course work for prerequisite and UCORE needs is completed at the time of application to WSU.

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Nursing Prerequisites

Below is the general list of College of Nursing prerequisites for the BSN program. Please note that you must have an average minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0, and every individual prerequisite course must be at least a C grade/2.0 GPA. Additionally, you may have no more than 3 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of your application submission.

For more detailed information of specific course equivalencies, please refer below to the lists of common approved transfer institutions’ course work. If there are questions about course work not listed, please contact the Academic Advisor of the campus to which you are applying.

Course SubjectSemester Credits*Quarter Credits*Notes
Human Anatomy & Physiology 810Must include labs
Chemistry courses to include inorganic, organic, & biochemistry810Must include labs for both classes.
Rarely, schools will only offer one course that covers general, organic, and biochemistry (GOB) chemistry in one package. If you would like to see if that will work for us, please contact an academic advisor for a chemistry review by providing that course’s syllabus.
Human Growth & Development across the Lifespan 34Developmental Psychology will be approved only if it addresses conception through death. Courses only covering conception through adolescent development will not be approved, unless coupled with a course covering adulthood through death.
Human Nutrition 34 Sports nutrition not acceptable.
Introduction to Sociology34Other social science courses may work as well. Please contact an advisor to review options if you have not taken a sociology course.
Introduction to Psychology 34 
Microbiology45 Must include lab.
Statistics34 Must include inferential and descriptive statistics.

*Minimum number of credits required.

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Did you take nursing prerequisites at another institution?

Review our BSN Transfer Guide to see course equivalencies.

Application Requirements

  • Junior Standing – 60 semester (90 quarter) credits completed.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This includes all college level coursework ever attempted. Official transcripts from every college and/or university you have attended will be required during the application process and go into that calculation.
    • Students planning to begin the program in Fall must complete all course requirements by the end of their Spring term. Students planning to begin the program in Spring must complete all requirements by the end of the Fall Term. (i.e. if you are applying for Fall 2025, requirements must be completed by the end of Spring 2025). If you anticipate this impacting your application, please reach out to a campus advisor.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses. Please note that you must have an average minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
    • Further, every individual prerequisite course must be at least a C grade/2.0 GPA.
    • You may have no more than 3 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application submission.
    • Prerequisite course information can be found on our BSN Transfer Guide.
  • Minimum TEAS exam score of 70. Version 7 of the TEAS is accepted.
    • TEAS must have been taken within a year of application submission.
    • For more detailed information, and study suggestions, please refer to our TEAS page for details.
  • Work and/or volunteer experience within the last 3 years is recommended, but not required. Up to 500 total hours will be considered in your application, but there is no minimum hour amount to apply.
    • Health care related hours will be weighed more heavily than non-health care related hours.
    • Reference contact information will be asked of you during the application step to verify those hours.
  • Successful completion of NursingCAS application. Additional details are outlined in Steps to Apply. Please note that application deadlines in CAS are for 11:59pm EASTERN (8:59pm Pacific) time. We recommend you do not wait until right before the deadline to submit your application.

Applications are evaluated using the Holistic Admissions process. This means we take into account attributes and experiences that are not normally reviewed as part of the standard admissions process. For more information, please view the Washington Center for Nursing’s video on Holistic Admissions.

Additionally, if you feel that there is an extraordinary and unavoidable reason why you do not meet an application minimum, please please reach out to a campus advisor. Limited appeals are available as part of your application and a campus advisor can discuss with you further.

Please note that an offer of admission is provisionally contingent upon acceptance to the University, satisfactory completion of all academic coursework prerequisite to nursing, completion of all general requirements by the end of the semester prior to beginning the program, and completion of all required onboarding and compliance needs prior to their relevant deadlines.

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Program Requirements

Technical Standards

Nursing education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills and professional attitudes and behaviors.

PL-BSN Clinical Passport Requirements

The College of Nursing calls the combination of proof of licensure, immunizations, required trainings (e.g. CPNW Modules), and certifications (e.g., CPR) the “Clinical Passport.”

Required Courses

306Professional Development I: Contexts of Care3
311Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Nursing3
315Nursing Practice: Health and Illness4
316Introduction to Nursing Practice in Health and Illness: Theory2
317Health Assessment3

308Professional Development II: Evidence Based Practice3
322Health Equity in the Context of Care2
324Nursing Concepts in Acute and Chronic Illness in the Adult5
325Nursing Practice in Acute and Chronic Illness in Adult5

408Professional Development III: Leadership and Management3
412Family and Community as a Context of Care2
414Child and Family Health: Theory3
415Children and Families as the Focus of Nursing Care2
416Childbearing Health of the Family3
417Nursing Care of Childbearing Families2

409Professional Development IV: Transition to Practice2
424Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Concepts3
425Nursing Practice: Psychiatric/Mental Health2
426Community Health Nursing Theory2
427Community Health Nursing Practice2
430Senior Practicum4S

BSN Total Required Credits – 60

(Updated 08/2023)

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Program Outcomes

  • Formulate nursing practice decisions using the foundation of a liberal education and evolving knowledge from nursing science, the biological and behavioral sciences, and the humanities.
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, health care team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for safe care delivery in a variety of settings.
  • Integrate reliable evidence from multiple credible sources of knowledge including basic and health sciences to inform practice and make clinical judgments.
  • Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safety and quality nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the role of nurses in advocating for patients, communities and populations in discussions related to health care policy, finance, and regulations.
  • Use inter- and intraprofessional communication and collaborative skills to advocate for safe, evidence-based, high-quality patient-centered care.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the role of health promotion, and disease/injury prevention in improving population health across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate the values central to nursing practice including altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, advocacy, social justice and life-long learning.
  • Provide safe, competent, compassionate, ethical, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations through promotion, maintenance and restoration of health; prevention of illness, and physical, emotional, and spiritual support throughout the life span including end of life, and across the continuum of health care environments.

(Updated 5/2019)

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Paying for the Program

What does it cost to attend the program?
Visit the WSU Student Financial Services website for information on tuition and expenses at the program and campus level.

How much does it cost to apply?
Nursing CAS itself will cost approximately $55. You will also have to order official transcripts from everywhere you have attended.

Applicants who are invited to the final step of an interview will be charged approximately $15 in Kira Talent fees.

What support can I get with financial aid?

Please see our Financial Aid page for information on scholarships.

ItemAmount*Expense OccursAdditional Details
(Service & Activities Fee included in tuition with slight campus variation)
VariesBeginning of each semesterSee tuition link for up-to-date details. Note that some campuses may have additional fees as well on top of tuition.
Books$2,800 over the course of your degreeThroughout programBook costs for the whole program are approximately $2,800, with the majority of that expense occurring in the J1 semester for books that are used throughout the program. A few books are introduced in J2, S1, and S2 semesters as well.
Course and Program FeesApprox. $4,041 over the course of your degreeThroughout programCosts vary per semester and are tied to specific courses. We recommend to set aside approximately $1,000 per semester for program fees related to clinical placement, technologies, PPE, simulation materials, and skills technologies.

  • $10: Cougar Card

  • $250: Approximate cost for stethoscope, BPC, watch, and penlight

  • $200: Approximate attire cost for scrubs, shoes, community polo, and optional scrub jacket

  • $300: Approximate cost for modular skills trainer

Required prior to first (J1) semesterYour modular skills trainer is charged to your student account; everything else you will purchase and receive information about upon your admissions offer
Immunization and Onboarding requirements

  • $15: liability insurance

  • $65: BLS training

  • $140: CastleBranch Account

  • Varies: Immunizations

Required prior to first semesterSome immunizations are also required annually, and pricing will vary depending on individual health plan.
Health Fee (Spokane and Yakima students)$100Beginning of each semesterCharged to students enrolled for seven or more credit hours in Fall and Spring, and 1 or more in Summer. Tri-Cities students are not charged this campus fee

Personal budgeting

TransportationYou will have to travel to different clinical sites, up to 50 miles from the base campus. This may also be before public transport begins, or out of range. This may also be during winter – please be prepared to occasionally drive safely and slowly in icy and snowy conditions.
Computer NeedsIf you do not already have a computer, one option is this agreement between WSU and Dell. WSU Nursing IT recommends a Windows computer to ensure familiarity at clinical sites and general compatibility.

Housing NeedsIf you are moving to the campus, make sure you are considering rent costs and locations. There are not dorms at any of the Nursing campuses.
Parking (Spokane)Parking varies at Spokane with two options of lots. Parking in Yakima and Tri-Cities campus locations is free.
Student OrganizationsOptional association with student organizations may have small fees or charges attached.
NCLEX Fee$203 for WA LicenseNCLEX FeeAfter graduating you still need to apply to take the NCLEX to become an RN. WA joined the nurse licensure compact in July 2023 so you may practice in other compact states without getting additional licenses.
*Please note costs listed on this page are estimates for budgeting purposes only. This is not a bill. For additional budgeting information, refer to the Financial Services figures. Washington State University reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice, upon approval by the State of Washington and Washington State University Board of Regents and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at WSU at the time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition and mandatory fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Requirements

If I meet all the admission criteria, will I be admitted?
Since the number of applications to the College of Nursing frequently exceeds the number that can be admitted, there is no assurance that everyone meeting the admission criteria will be selected. Experiences, cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, and TEAS Score are initially factored into a weighted formula. From there, top prospective students are invited to complete an interview. All interviews are conducted remotely, via Kira Talent, with at least 2 reviewers attached to the College of Nursing. From there, admission is determined by the combined information on the applicant through a Holistic Admissions process. This means we take into account attributes and experiences that are not normally reviewed as part of the standard admissions process. For more information, please view the Washington Center for Nursing’s video on Holistic Admissions.

What is the University Writing Portfolio?
The University Writing Portfolio is a mid-career diagnostic to determine if students’ writing abilities have advanced in ways that can handle the writing demands of upper-division courses and courses in their major. Specific submission guidelines and forms are online and available for download as pdfs. They include step-by-step instructions on how to complete the writing portfolio. Visit WSU’s University Writing Portfolio page for more information.

Do all WSU students have to complete the writing portfolio?
Successful completion of the University Writing Portfolio during the junior year is a requirement for graduation at Washington State University. The writing portfolio may not be required if you have already earned a bachelor’s degree from another institution.

Prior & Volunteer Experience

What type of experience counts toward this requirement?
The goal of the experience is to have a better understanding of the role of professional nurses in health care. All volunteer/paid experiences should be in the last 3 years. Up to 500 hours will be considered, with health care experience weighted more heavily than non-health care experience.

A non-exhaustive sample of approved health care experiences is below. These should have direct patient interaction.

  • Long-term care agencies
  • Formal hospital volunteer programs
  • Camps for disabled/chronically ill children (e.g., diabetes)
  • Homeless shelters with a health care clinic
  • Free health clinics
  • Volunteer with school nurse in health-related activities
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Emergency Nurse Technician
  • Outreach programs or health-related missions
  • Volunteer at First Aid stations

A non-exhaustive sample of approved non-health care experiences is below. These will not have direct patient interaction but may showcase interest in nursing, or transferrable skills in dealing with diverse types of people. Please include them if you do not have other health care experience!

  • Cleaning or stocking support in a health care agency (i.e. sanitizing toys in a peds unit)
  • Vaccination volunteerism outside of patient monitoring (i.e. car direction for drive-in clinics)
  • Camp staff buddy/mentorship
  • Customer service jobs (i.e. retail or food service)

How should I track my volunteer or work experience and how do I submit this information to the college?
We will ask you this as part of your Nursing CAS application. You will not need a reference letter, but you will need to provide reference contact information. We will then use that to contact your reference as part of a random audit process.

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