BSN (Pre-Licensure)

Innovative and Foundational

The pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares you for a lifelong career in nursing practice. The BSN program prepares you with a blend of course work, skills practice, simulation, and clinical experience.

You will learn foundational skills and theories in class. Critical thinking and nursing skills are developed in the practice lab working with preceptors in a safe, controlled environment. Simulation – either using high fidelity manikins or staged with real people – allows you to apply the skills and nursing theories while working on communication, teamwork, and making sound clinical decisions. In addition to countless hours in the practice and simulation lab, you will log more than 950 hours in clinical settings outside the college preparing you for successful nursing practice.

With the largest program in the state, WSU has a history of graduating competent, compassionate nurses ready to practice in all healthcare settings.

Current Students

The College of Nursing provides academic support for students at the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Yakima and Spokane campuses. Visit the current students resources page for access to all the information you’ll need to be successful.

The College of Nursing awards at least $465,000 each year to support high-achieving nursing students who are striving to improve the quality of health care.

Pre-Application Requirements

Before applying to the College of Nursing, students must have junior standing and have completed nursing prerequisites and general university requirements (UCORE) at Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, Washington State University, or any institution offering equivalent courses. Visit our Application & Admission page to learn about other pre-application requirements and the admission process, or contact the WSU Tri-Cities BSN pre-nursing advisor, Karina Aispuro.

Already an RN?

Visit our RN-BSN page for information on earning your BSN. Full and part-time study options are available for this degree program at all campus sites.

Admission Criteria

  • All applicants are required to take the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Visit our TEAS page for information on what to expect and for a list of test dates, times, locations, and deadlines.
  • Applicants must be at junior standing (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits).
  • 50 hours of work/volunteer experience.  Download experience log form.
  • Favorable evaluation of all information in the application file by the Undergraduate Admissions and Progression Committee at the College of Nursing.
  • WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE) or equivalent course work must be completed prior to nursing admission.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all college course work.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in College of Nursing’s prerequisite courses.
  • Minimum grade for each prerequisite course – 2.0 (pass/satisfactory grades and CLEP scores are not accepted).
  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated. However, repeated classes planned or in progress at the time of application must be completed as planned. If you want to withdraw from the repeated course, please contact your Nursing advisor immediately for advisement.
  • No more than 3 prerequisite courses may be in progress during the final quarter/semester of lower-division requisite course work.
  • All course work must be completed by the end of the spring term for fall admission, or by the end of fall term for spring admission.
  • Virtual/online labs are not accepted. All lab courses must be taken in an on-campus format.

Apply to the BSN Program

We admit students twice per year for fall and spring semester. The application for fall (beginning in August) semester opens October 1, and the application for spring (beginning in January) semester opens May 1.

BSN Deadlines:
Fall: December 20
Spring: July 10

To apply to the College of Nursing, you must use NursingCAS, the nursing profession’s online application service. Please refer to the NursingCAS application instructions for more information.

  • The College of Nursing uses a Centralized Application Service (CAS). All students applying to the BSN program apply through NursingCAS. The fee is $45.
  • Applicants select the 1 campus they plan on attending: Spokane, Tri-Cities, or Yakima.
  • Current home and email addresses must be included in your CAS application.
  • The application process opens twice a year. Please refer to our BSN application & admission timeline for more information.
  • All official transcripts must be received by NursingCAS by the designated deadline. Please refer to our BSN application & admission timeline for more information.
  • DO NOT apply to WSU at this time. If you are admitted to the nursing program, you will receive instructions to apply to the University at that time.
  • Apply for Financial Aid. Deadline to apply is February 15 for the following academic year. WSU FAFSA code is 003800.
  • You will be notified if you have been selected for the interview process after submitting your application. Please refer to our BSN application & admission timeline for more information on when to expect this notification.
  • If you do not complete all requirements in your last quarter or semester prior to admission with a 2.0 grade or higher, or if you fail a prerequisite course, your application will not be considered.
  • The College of Nursing does not review letters of recommendation or personal essays. Please do not send them to NursingCAS or to the College of Nursing.

You’ve Been Invited for an Interview. Now What?

  • If you are invited for a personal interview, you must participate in it to complete the application process. Telephone interviews are not accepted.

Congratulations! You’ve Been Admitted. What’s Next?

  • Apply directly to WSU.
  • Refer to the Admitted Students section on our Spokane College of Nursing website for information on what’s next in the admission process. This site includes orientation information, a list of nursing requirements, important dates and deadlines, and additional resources you will need during the admission process.

Contact Us

Hether Kriss
Heather KrissAcademic Coordinator/Advisor 1, College of NursingNursing 1234509-372-7168As an academic coordinator, I can assist with:
Admissions into the College of Nursing
NursingCAS Application
Program requirements
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