Bridges Program

Columbia Basin College

From a Hawk to a Coug

In partnership with Columbia Basin College, WSU Tri-Cities offers the Bridges Transfer Program that will save you money in tuition and ensures you will graduate on-time.


No-cost transfer process

No costs for your transfer application or to access official community college transcripts to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities

Graduate in minimal time

Know what courses you will take from your first year in the program, preventing issues with credits transferring

Save money

Tuition is frozen from their first semester enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities

Steps to complete

1. Ensure you meet Bridges program eligibility (listed below)

2. Set up an appointment with the Bridges Transfer Advisor – Rafa Pruneda (

3. Complete the CBC Declaration of Intent form 

4. Meet regularly with your CBC Counselor and WSU Tri-Cities Bridges Transfer Advisor

5. Remain in good academic standing at CBC

6. Meet WSU admission standards

7. Complete the CBC Application Notice form 

8. Apply to WSU Tri-Cities

9. Complete the Bridges Transcript Form

Plans of study

The Bridges Program plans of study take the guesswork out of deciding which classes are needed to achieve your degree. Use the plans of study with your community college counselor and the WSU Tri-Cities transfer admissions counselor to help you successfully navigate toward the degree of your choice.

Program Guidelines

Bridges Program Eligibility

The Bridges Program is for students who plan to start their education at Columbia Basin College (CBC) or Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) and finish at Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSU Tri-Cities). This program is intended for students who have earned less than 45 quarter credits in community college with a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

CBC students should be in the process of completing a Director Transfer Agreement Associate Degree (DTA).

Admission to WSU Tri-Cities and Degree Programs

Some degree programs require a separate application from the general WSU admissions application and may require that students are admitted to both the college and the program before taking classes.

Participating in the Bridges Program cannot guarantee acceptance in WSU Tri-Cities and/or admissions into a respective degree program.

Connect with the Bridges transfer advisor

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Rafa Pruneda

Bridges Transfer Advisor

The Bridges Program was great! The first time I met with a counselor, they told me exactly what I needed to do to get into the teaching program at WSU Tri-Cities. They were transparent, structured, straight-forward, and that’s what I liked in a program. Even the transition from graduating at WSU Tri-Cities and being accepted into a top university in another country was extremely easy. In order for me to carry my teaching license from Washington State over to British Columbia, Canada, all I had to take was one Canadian History Course.

Brandyn Van Sant
CBC and WSU Tri-Cities alumnus

Associate in Arts & Sciences from Columbia Basin College, 2010
Bachelors in Education from WSU Tri-Cities, 2012
Masters of Education Technology from University of British Columbia, 2020

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