College of Nursing

RN-BSN Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the admission criteria for the RN-BSN program?
  2. What is the Border Bill as it relates to WSU?
  3. What are the WSU General Education Requirements?
  4. What are the WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE)?
  5. What are the College of Nursing prerequisites?
  6. What computer skills are required?
  7. How often are students admitted?
  8. How do I apply?
  9. When is the application deadline?
  10. If I meet all the admission criteria, will I be admitted?
  11. How do I know if my courses will transfer?
  12. What is the WSU Junior Writing Portfolio?
  13. Do all WSU students have to complete the writing portfolio?
  14. Will I need to obtain a College of Nursing photo ID?
  15. Where do I get my books?
  16. Where do I find the videostreamed courses?
  17. Will I need to wear a uniform for my clinical courses?

What is the admission criteria for the RN-BSN program?

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

What is the Border Bill as it relates to WSU?

The State of Washington’s Border Bill is a program that allows Oregon residents who live in specified counties to attend WSU Vancouver and/or WSU Tri-Cities part-time (8 credits or less per semester) and pay resident tuition rates for the courses taken through these two WSU campuses ONLY. Contact an RN-BSN advisor for details.

What are the WSU General Education Requirements?

Students who entered the university prior to fall 2012 should contact an RN to BSN advisor regarding WSU General Education Requirements (GERs).

What are the WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE)?

All RN-BSN students are transfer students and are now admitted through UCORE requirements. WSU requires UCORE courses be completed prior to application.

Contact an RN-BSN advisor regarding an unofficial evaluation of previous college work to determine which pathway to completing these requirements is best. Often prospective students are urged to earn an Associate of Arts DTA for ease of transfer.

Download UCORE (PDF)

What are the College of Nursing prerequisites?

Visit our WSU UCORE and Nursing Prerequisite Courses page for the list of requirements.

What computer skills are required?

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

How often are students admitted?

WSU College of Nursing admits students for the fall (beginning in August), spring (beginning in January), and summer (beginning in May) term.

How do I apply?

Applications must be obtained from an RN-BSN advisor at your anticipated site of application and registration.

When is the application deadline?

SessionDeadline
Fall (beginning in August)January 15
Spring (beginning in January)August 20
Summer (beginning in May)January 15

If I meet all the admission criteria, will I be admitted?

Since the number of applications to the College of Nursing may exceed the number that can be admitted, there is no assurance that individuals meeting the admission criteria will be selected.

How do I know if my courses will transfer?

Visit the Transfer Course Information page located on the zzusis website.

Contact an RN-BSN advisor for further assistance.

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?

No. Students with a previous bachelor’s degree and students with an IPED date prior to Fall 1991 are excused from the Writing Portfolio.

Will I need to obtain a College of Nursing photo ID?

Yes. RNs submit two colored passport photos to the College of Nursing for photo ID. Your photo ID card will be mailed to you, and your student account will be charged for the ID.

Where do I get my books?

Order your books from WSU’s Official Campus Bookstore.

  • Select Spokane campus for Spokane/Yakima/and online courses.
  • Select Tri-Cities campus for Tri-Cities and Walla Walla courses.
  • Select Vancouver campus for Vancouver courses.
  • Select WSU online for non-nursing electives available online.

Where do I find the videostreamed courses?

All RN-BSN non-clinical class meetings are available live on campus, live via videostreaming, and archived for later viewing. Live and archived videostreams are posted within the Angel software in the LESSONS tab for each course.

Will I need to wear a uniform for my clinical courses?

No. School uniforms are not required. You will need to wear attire appropriate to your clinical setting.