College of Nursing

RN-MN Application & Admission

Where to start: Pre-application requirements

Contact a nursing advisor to review your unofficial transcripts and to verify that you meet the following pre-application requirements:

  • Current RN license in Oregon or Washington. Must have WA licensure by start of program
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 in each prerequisite course as well as an overall prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or above for the following: Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Statistics, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated from all college courses)
  • Current nursing experience (preferably two years)

What’s next? Additional requirements

After it has been determined that you meet all of the requirements, you will be contacted by the academic coordinator and asked to complete and submit your written interview questions. You will also be advised on the completion of the following two courses, which will help bridge your current bachelor’s degree to graduate level course work in nursing.

  • NURS 360 Professional Nursing Concepts & Issues (2 credits)
  • NURS 440 Community Health Nursing Concepts (2 credits, increasing to 3 credits fall 2014)

Now apply to the RN-MN program

Upon favorable review of the written interview questions and successful completion of NURS 360 and NURS 440, you will be contacted and given instructions on how to apply to the RN-MN program. During this process, you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy & focus
  • Official transcripts from all previous college-level work
  • GRE Analytical Writing Test taken within last five years. No minimum score is required
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants from countries where English is not the primary spoken language
  • Application to the WSU Graduate School completed online

Congratulations! You’ve been admitted. Now what?

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. In addition, a clinical background check is required.

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.