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WSU Health Professions Student Center Pre-Nursing

Nursing student practices on mannequin


Pre-Nursing advisors:

Byron Gregory (last names A-J)

LeeAnn Tibbals (last names K-Z)


Our program is designed for WSU students who wish to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Washington State University. The first two years of the curriculum are completed at the Pullman campus and the last two years of instruction are offered at each of our regional campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Yakima.

The full nursing curriculum builds on prerequisite and general university requirements to provide the professional knowledge, skills and values essential to the practice of nursing. We can help you choose appropriate coursework, assist you with the application process, and offer advice so that you can become the most competitive candidate possible for the WSU College of Nursing.

+Two Options

In general, there are two types of paths for pre-nursing students at WSU: BSN Degree or Post-Baccalaureate. Nurses from both types of programs do well and have rewarding careers—there is no “best path.”  Choose the one that best fits your educational background as well as personal desires and timeline.

BSN Degree

Some schools, such as WSU’s College of Nursing, are bachelor degree programs (BSN). These schools allow you to earn your undergraduate degree at the same time as you are earning your qualification to be a Registered Nurse (RN). Bachelor-awarding schools require that you complete a certain set of prerequisite courses in order to apply and may also require that you have nursing or other health care experience.


Other nursing schools are known as “post-baccalaureate” programs. These schools require that you have already completed a Bachelor of Science degree as well as the necessary prerequisite courses and experience before starting your nursing program.

Whether you want to become a nurse while you are finishing your undergraduate degree or earn a degree before nursing school, the choice is yours!

+Sample curriculum

Pre-Nursing Lower Division Course Plan
Useful as a starting point when considering your academic options.

Pre-Nursing Lower Division Course Plan (Honors)
This sample curriculum plan is for students who are enrolled in the WSU Honors College.

+Professional School Requirements

Required College-level Classes

Prospective WSU College of Nursing students must have successfully taken the following WSU courses or transfer equivalent in order to be eligible for admission:

  • Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems (Soc 101 or 102, respectively)
  • Statistics (Stats/Math 212)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Psych 105)
  • Inorganic Chemistry with a lab (Chem 101)
  • Organic and Biochemistry with a lab (Chem 102)
  • Human Anatomy (Biol 315)*
  • Human Physiology (Biol 251)*
  • Microbiology (MBio 101)
  • Human Nutrition (Biol 140 or 333)
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan (HD 101)

*an A&P series completed at another institution can be used but the entire series needs to be completed at one institution.

General Admission Criteria

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Applicants must be at junior standing (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits).
  • There must be a favorable evaluation of all information in the application file by the Undergraduate Admissions and Progression Committee at the College of Nursing.
  • WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE) or equivalent course work must be completed prior to application. (Note: students who entered the University prior to fall 2012 must complete WSU General Education Requirements.)
  • Applicant must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on all college course work.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 must also have been achieved specifically for the WSU College of Nursing’s prerequisite courses.
  • Minimum grade for each prerequisite course is a 2.0 (pass/satisfactory grades and CLEP scores are not accepted).
  • No more than three College of Nursing prerequisite courses may be in progress during the final quarter/semester of lower division requisite coursework.
  • All coursework must be completed by the end of the spring term for fall admission, or by the end the fall term for spring admission.
  • Students are required to submit evidence of first aid certification, CPR certification, immunization records, and completed tuberculosis testing. All of these requirements must be satisfied prior to entering the nursing program.
  • Clinical placement is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background clearance.
  • The applicant must obtain a National Background Clearance and Liability Insurance upon acceptance to the College of Nursing.
  • Proficient, Advanced or Exemplary Level score on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Test.
  • 50 hours of work/volunteer experience. Download experience log form | pdf
    This requirement is for Spring 2015 applicants and beyond.
WSU College of Nursing Admission Requirements

Complete information about the application process can be found on the College of Nursing website.

+ Helpful links

Information about the WSU College of Nursing

Why WSU College of Nursing?
Learn about the advantages of obtaining a BSN from WSU.

Application Deadlines
Information about deadlines relevant to applying for the BSN program of the WSU College of Nursing.

FAQ’s About Applying
A helpful list of answers to questions commonly asked about applying to the BSN program.

RN to BSN Program
The WSU College of Nursing offers a degree tailored to new or experienced practicing nurses who are interested in obtaining a BSN.

WSU College of Nursing Admission Criteria


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