College of Nursing

BSN Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the TEAS test and when should I take it?
  2. What is the admission criteria for the BSN program?
  3. Why are 50 hours of paid or volunteer experience required for admission and what type of experience counts towards this requirement?
  4. How should I track/log my volunteer or work experience and how should I submit it to the college?
  5. What are the WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE)?
  6. What are the College of Nursing prerequisites?
  7. What computer skills are required?
  8. How often are students admitted?
  9. How do I apply?
  10. When do I apply to the College?
  11. When is the application deadline?
  12. How much does it cost to apply?
  13. Should I include a letter of recommendation with my application?
  14. If I meet all the admission criteria, will I be admitted?
  15. How do I know if my courses will transfer?
  16. What is the WSU Junior Writing Portfolio?
  17. Do all WSU students have to complete the writing portfolio?
  18. Where do I get my books?

What is the TEAS test and when should I take it?

The TEAS Test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is a proctored online multiple choice exam that measures entry level skills and abilities of applicants to nursing programs. The TEAS measures science, math, language and reading knowledge and skills.Prospective students must score at the Proficient, Advanced or Exemplary Level to be eligible for admission.Visit our TEAS Test page to learn more about testing locations and deadlines.

What is the admission criteria for the BSN program?

Visit our Application & Admission page to learn about admission criteria.

Why are 50 hours of paid or volunteer experience required for admission and what type of experience counts towards this requirement?

The paid/volunteer experience is a new admission requirement for College of Nursing applicants.**Applicants must complete 50 hours of paid or volunteer experience. 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 three years.Sample of approved experiences:
  • Long term care agencies
  • Formal hospital volunteer programs
  • Camps for disabled/chronically ill children (e.g. Diabetes)
  • Special Olympics involvement
  • 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 1st Aid stations
If you have other experiences that you think could count, please contact your nursing advisor.**Please note these experiences cannot include caring for family members.

How should I track/log my volunteer or work experience and how should I submit this information to the college?

You should track your volunteer or work experience using the experience log form. Fill out the form and have your mentor sign it. You will not need to submit the form to the college unless you are invited for an interview. If you are invited for an admission interview, bring your filled out experince log form with you to your interview.Download form

What are the WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE)?

Students who enter the University Fall 2012 and after as freshmen or Fall 2013 and after as transfer students must complete the University graduation requirements listed below. Students with initial postsecondary enrollment prior to fall 1993 should consult with the Registrar’s Office.A prior bachelor’s degree or approved transferable associate’s degree (DTA) automatically fulfill the UCORE, except for the Integrative Capstone [CAPS] to be completed at the College of Nursing (pending approval). Nursing prerequisites still have to be met on a course-for-course basis. Visit our WSU UCORE page for the list of requirements or download the UCORE (PDF). WSU requires UCORE courses be completed prior to application. Contact an advisor with any questions.

What are the College of Nursing prerequisites?

The College of Nursing requires certain prerequisite courses to be completed prior to applying to the nursing program.
  • Anatomy & Physiology— 8 credits
  • Chemistry courses with labs to include: inorganic, organic and biochemistry— 8 credits
  • Growth & Development Across the Life Span — 3 credits
  • Human Nutrition— 3 credits
  • Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems— 3 credits
  • Introduction to Psychology— 3 credits
  • Microbiology— 3 credits
  • Statistics— 4 credits

What computer skills are required?

  • Microsoft Office – Word and PowerPoint
  • Internet and email
  • Learning Management Software (WSU will provide instruction)

How often are students admitted?

WSU College of Nursing admits students to the BSN program for the fall (beginning in August) and spring (beginning in January) term.

How do I apply?

The College of Nursing uses an electronic Centralized Application Service (CAS). All students applying to the BSN program apply through the CAS.

When do I apply to the College?

Applications are only accepted for a limited time each term. Check our BSN Application Instructions and Deadlines before you apply.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline to apply to the nursing CAS for spring 2015 admission is July 10, 2014 (The application closes at 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time or 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). Please see our BSN Application Instructions and Deadlines for more information about the application process.

How much does it cost to apply?

The CAS application fee is $45.00.

Should I include a letter of recommendation with my application?

WSU College of Nursing currently does not review or accept letters of recommendation or essay responses. Students’ GPA is the primary factor in determining who moves on to the interview stage.

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 all persons meeting the admission criteria will be selected.Nursing prerequisite and overall grade point averages are weighted heavily in our admission decisions. This information is factored into a weighted formula and prospective students are invited to an in-person interview. All interviews are completed in Spokane with three faculty members of the College of Nursing. Admission is determined by the combined GPA and interview score.Nursing is a highly competitive program. For transfer students, the average cumulative and nursing prerequisite GPA is 3.8.

How do I know if my courses will transfer?

If you want to determine whether courses will apply towards the College of Nursing’s prerequisite requirements, you can reference WSU’s Transfer Credit Equivalency website.The Transfer Credit Equivalency is a tool that helps transfer students determine course equivalencies and does not guarantee applicability of transfer credit toward degree requirements. Students should note that official assessment of transfer course work is completed at the time of application to WSU.

What is the WSU Junior Writing Portfolio?

The Junior 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 Junior Writing Portfolio page for more information.

Do all WSU students have to complete the writing portfolio?

Successful completion of the Junior 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.

Where do I get my books?

Order your books from WSU’s Official Campus Bookstore.
  • Select Tri-Cities campus for Tri-Cities and Walla Walla courses.