College of Nursing College of Nursing

MN Application & Admission

Admission Criteria


  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in bachelor’s program.
  • Completion of a general undergraduate level statistics course.
  • Written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam score for applicants from countries where English is not the primary language.
  • Official GRE Analytical Writing scores taken within the last five years. Washington State University’s code is 4705. Visit our GRE FAQs page for more information.
  • Official transcripts from all previous college work.


  • Curriculum Vitae or resume.
  • Proof of current, unencumbered Washington State registered nurse (RN) licensure.


  • Three letters of reference.
  • Successful completion of a written admission interview.

Upon admission to the College of Nursing, students are required to submit evidence of CPR certification, immunization records, and complete tuberculosis testing, which must be obtained prior to entering the nursing program.

A clinical background check is required upon admission. In addition, Washington State Law RCW 43.43 requires that a disclosure statement must be made by applicants to clinical/internship sites concerning certain civil adjudications, conviction records of crimes against persons, and disciplinary board final decisions. Background inquiries may be made to local, state, and/or federal law enforcement agencies. Individuals may not be eligible for licensure in the state of Washington if they have certain criminal convictions or other adjudications on their record. Further, because of requirements for clinical placements and internships, if individuals have certain criminal convictions or other adjudications on their record, they may not be able to complete a degree, regardless of whether they were admitted to the program.

Apply to the MN Program

For cost/fee information, visit WSU’s Graduate School page.