The pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares you for a lifelong career in nursing practice. With the largest program in the state, WSU has a history of graduating competent, compassionate nurses ready to practice in all healthcare settings. With access to innovative practice labs and technology, interprofessional simulations, world-class researchers and faculty, WSU provides you with the solid foundation to begin your career.
The BSN program prepares you with a blend of course work, skills practice, simulation, and clinical experience. You will learn foundational skills and theories in class. Critical thinking and nursing skills are developed in the practice lab working with preceptors in a safe, controlled environment. Simulation – either using high fidelity manikins or staged with real people – allows you to apply the skills and nursing theories while working on communication, teamwork, and making sound clinical decisions. In addition to countless hours in the practice and simulation lab, you will log more than 950 hours in clinical settings outside the college preparing you for successful nursing practice.
All pre-licensure BSN students attend class full-time on campus. Part-time study options are not available. View courses and plan of study.
Before applying to the College of Nursing, students must have junior standing and have completed nursing prerequisites and general university requirements (UCORE) at Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, Washington State University, or any institution offering equivalent courses. Visit our Application & Admission page to learn about other pre-application requirements and the admission process, or contact a BSN pre-nursing advisor.
Already an RN?
Visit our RN-BSN page for information on earning your BSN. Full and part-time study options are available for this degree program at all campus sites and online.
The BSN program qualifies nurses for practice in all health care settings including:
- Acute Care
- Critical Care
- Outpatient Care
- Public Health
- Mental Health
- Hospital nurse, including working in various departments:
- Hospice nurse
- Operating room
- Emergency room
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
- Working in Skilled Living Facilities
- Working in outpatient health care clinics
- Home Health Nurse
- Public Health Nurse
- School Nurse
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