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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY | COLLEGE OF NURSING

Why WSU?

For nearly 50 years the WSU College of Nursing has elevated the practice and science of nursing, and our graduates at all levels are highly skilled and in-demand.

History of Innovation

Our founders were visionary nurse-leaders in Spokane, who understood the role that nurses with bachelor’s degrees would play in improving health care. In 1968, four colleges in Eastern Washington created the first intercollegiate nursing education program in the nation, called the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education (ICNE). Our name has changed over the years but our values never wavered – to advance nursing at all levels and contribute to the excellence of the health sciences at Washington State University. In 2017 the WSU College of Nursing was named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing, one of just 15 universities and health-care centers to receive the honor.

BSN: the Frontline Workforce

Sixty percent of BSN graduates in Washington are WSU College of Nursing alumni, and our students are in demand by employers statewide. Our rigorous program helps ensure that students achieve high first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The pre-licensure (BSN) program offers a blend of course work, skills practice, simulation and clinical experience on WSU campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver. The RN-BSN program offers a degree-completion program geared for the working professional, with courses offered in a flexible, mostly online format that can be completed full- or part-time.

Master’s Degrees Prepare Leaders

Over the years, our graduate programs have evolved to meet the health care needs of the state. We offer two tracks in the Master of Nursing in Population Health degree: the Nurse Leader track prepares students for leadership roles in acute and outpatient settings, while the Nurse Educator track prepares graduates to work as college or university faculty. Our Master in Health Policy and Administration (MHPA) serves a broader range of professionals, preparing students for leadership roles in health care management and policy.

The Highest Level of Knowledge and Practice: the DNP & PhD

We offer two doctoral programs, DNP and PhD. Our DNP graduates are helping fill a critical and growing role for nurse practitioners in Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. Graduates of the nurse practitioner programs consistently earn outstanding scores on national certification exams. Our PhD program embraces mixed methodology and is home to a diverse group of interdisciplinary faculty. Students and faculty take part in groundbreaking research that attracted more than $7 million in funding in 2016.

Multiple Campus Sites

True to WSU’s land-grant roots, the College of Nursing offers degree programs across the state to help address health care needs of all Washington residents. Degree programs are offered on WSU campuses in Spokane, Richland (the Tri-Cities), and Vancouver, and in Yakima and Walla Walla. Not all programs are offered at every site.

Accessible Faculty

Faculty not only teach our students – they guide and mentor them every step of the way. Says Lorie Stucke, a recent graduate, “I was always so impressed by the faculty here and what they would do for their students. How they worked to help students overcome their fears and steer them to where they would find success, always with a very gentle but honest interaction.” Many faculty members are engaged in clinical practice and community outreach, and their scientific discovery is changing the understanding and evidence-based practice of health care.

Interprofessional Education

Research and evidence over the past two decades have shown that teams of health care professionals working together can improve patient care and outcomes. Students at the College of Nursing will work in interprofessional teams from WSU’s other health sciences programs, as well as with students from other universities in the state. These teams will learn from each other, and learn to respect each other, cooperate and communicate, from the very beginning of their training.

Advanced Instructional Tools

Our state-of-the art Clinical Performance and Simulation lab gives students in all programs opportunities to gain skills and confidence using high-tech mannequins and real people acting as “standardized patients.” WSU’s Academic Media Services (AMS) system lets students attend class in person, participate in live video lectures, or view streaming lectures at convenient times for them. And the College of Nursing collaborates with other health sciences universities, colleges, and programs, as well as health care facilities, research institutions and community-based programs, to offer students a wide range of educational experiences and opportunities.

Growing Research Portfolio

Research faculty focus on a variety of health care-related issues including rural mental health, substance abuse, addictions, geriatrics, environmental health, transitional care, under-served populations, cultural competency in nursing, and childhood obesity.

Part of the Community

WSU nursing students regularly contribute to community health by participating in flu-shot clinics, providing low-cost sports physicals, and engaging in outreach to rural, low-income and under-served areas. Students have volunteered at Camp Stix – a summer camp for children with diabetes – and have worked with middle-school and high-school students to introduce them to careers in the health sciences.

Putting Education into Practice

The WSU College of Nursing is fortunate to have the support and commitment of health-care partners and preceptors statewide. BSN students are required to complete clinical hours in hospitals and clinics, practicing skills under the guidance of faculty, as well as an advanced clinical practicum where they work alongside practicing nurses. Graduate students rely on more than 400 statewide preceptor nurse volunteers to provide them with time spent shadowing and delivering care to patients.