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Learn skills at the forefront of medicine and make a difference

A career in nursing offers daily satisfaction for those who have a genuine desire to help others. One of the greatest rewards for a nurse can be the knowledge that his or her skill has helped relieve suffering or save a life. Just a few of the benefits a career in nursing often include are a wide range of job opportunities in almost any location, above-average income, flexible work hours, child care, and educational benefits.

Why study nursing at WWU?

When you study nursing at Walla Walla University you get to learn from incredible faculty—our team of dedicated nurses will work closely with you to help you succeed.

  • You will benefit from our unique and innovative curriculum. Classes like Nursing of the Chronically Ill and Advanced Acute Nursing will prepare you to care for patients in any context.
  • As a nursing student at WWU you will gain almost 1,000 hours of clinical experience and skills practice and we pride ourselves on making sure that those hours are not just observational experiences. In your senior year, you will even take on the role of your preceptor and function like a member of the staff.
  • As you go through your nursing training, preparation for the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) is embedded in your courses. Preparation culminates in a NCLEX review course taken in the last quarter of your program.

When you graduate from the WWU School of Nursing you will be well-prepared for a successful and fulfilling career.

Learn about admissions to the WWU School of Nursing >
Discover the different academic program tracks >

Degrees offered

The WWU Nursing program offers one bachelor degree.

The freshmen and sophomore years of the nursing curriculum are taken on the College Place campus and include a combination of general studies, nursing cognates, and nursing courses. The junior and senior years are taken on the Portland, Oregon campus. Transfer students can start on either the College Place or the Portland campus.

Program Completion Rate

Year of graduationNursing graduation rateNumber that completed
Class of 201589.85%62 out of 69
Class of 201684.28%58 out of 70
Class of 201786.84%66 out of 76

NCLEX Pass Rate

Our graduates do well on their boards.

Year of graduationWWU NCLEX-RN pass rateNumber of graduatesNational pass rate
Class of 201593.55%6284.51%
Class of 201689.65%5884.57%
Class of 201796.89%6487.85%

Job Placement Rate

The majority of our nursing graduates are employed as RN's in 9-12 months of graduation

Year of graduationJob placement rateNumber of graduates
Class of 201595.16%62
Class of 201694.82%58
Class of 201796.9%64

What our graduates say about our program

"Excellent clinical sites and practicum opportunities, excellent professors, and academic staff. A major strength of the WWU nursing program was the amount of research we did for papers. Knowing how to do a literature search and follow APA format, from the research class at WWU has helped me tremendously in the graduate classes I am starting to take here at Loma Linda University."  


"WWU gave me many clinical opportunities in various hospitals. I felt as a whole I was able to see and experience more as a student which allowed me to draw from those experiences as a practicing RN. WWU nursing program prepared and gave me the tools I needed to successfully pass the NCLEX by testing my knowledge and showing me the weaker areas that I needed to focus a little more on.  I am forever grateful for the WWU nursing program staff members who helped make me the nurse I am today and gave me the drive to continue to expand my knowledge and anticipate my patients and their families needs."


"I was taught to be very patient-focused. The curriculum and the teachers emphasize compassion, integrity, and holistic patient care. The curriculum and the teachers are all very focused on evidence-based practice, I know how to interpret studies and assess evidence to determine best nursing practice. The NCLEX prep was suburb. Wonderful supportive community. The teachers were compassionate and kind and the learning environment was positive and fun. The nursing teachers always took time to remember God, both through obvious things like prayer and less obvious things like small kindnesses."


"I appreciated that we had a lot of clinic and community exposure in addition to acute care settings.  Dedicated faculty professors and clinical instructors. I received tremendous support from the faculty. Solid introduction to nursing research and how it can guide one's practice. Confidence in taking the NCLEX and securing a job.  I felt the program prepared me extremely well for resume writing and interviewing. Integrating spirituality into one's nursing practice, and learning to adapt one's practice to the diverse beliefs of our patients."

What employers say about our graduates

"Your graduate as been with us one year.  I have seen her strive to make our unit a safer, patient-centered organization since we started working together. She is driven and passionate about improving the care we provide to our patients, and many of the patients come from challenging backgrounds (IV drug users, alcohol withdrawal, high co-morbidities). Since she started with our team, her coworkers elected her to be the next Charge Nurse for the units because they recognized her leadership abilities, teamwork, and her calm presence during chaos. She also started on our Unit Base Council to help with Quality Improvement projects, and provided excellent research on the use of monitor-techs to monitor multiple safety-risk patients via video in order to reduce the cost and use of patient safety attendants. We are really proud to have her on the team, and appreciate the preparation that you provided for her."


"He has demonstrated excellent nursing judgement skill and compassion. He is an absolute asset to our hospice team. Moving from a per diem nurse to a nursing supervisor in a short 1 1/2 years. He is truly excellent!"


"She was a welcome asset to our unit.  She presented as confident and enthusiastic about nursing.  She has been eager to expand her knowledge and skills in psychiatric nursing. She is kind and caring with a group of tough behavioral patients."


"Your graduate is a very pleasant soft spoken new grad RN. She provides quality nursing care to a diverse population, serving our rural critical access hospital. As her supervisor I find it comforting knowing that when she is on duty her patients are safe and well cared for. She asks appropriate questions and is eager to learn."  

Student life

Student life is an important component of Walla Walla University School of Nursing. Get involved and enhance your academic experience and build your professional network during your time here at Walla Walla University School of Nursing by joining one of our student organizations.

School of Nursing Student Handbook >


Nursing Club (College Place)

The Nursing Club is open to all freshman and sophomore nursing majors.  The primary purpose of this club is to provide nursing majors with information, support and opportunities for socialization together. Typically, there is 2-3 major club events per quarter.  Examples of past events include:

  • BBQ's and picnics
  • Movie nights
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Ice cream/frozen yogurt socials
  • Soup nights
  • Friday night vespers
  • Study clubs
  • Service days
  • Beauty and the Geek (co-event planned with the Engineering club)

ASWWU Nursing (Portland)

The Portland campus chapter of the Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) is an active student club on the Portland campus.  The Portland campus officers work with the College Place campus officers on joint projects such as the student pictorial directory (The Mask), newspaper (The Collegian) and yearbook (The Mountain Ash).  Portland ASWWU activities and events sponsored by ASWWU are open to all registered students and sometimes their families.  Past Portland ASWWU events have included:

  • Portland Trailblazer/Timber games
  • BBQ/Picnic's/Lunches
  • Movie nights
  • Feeding the Homeless

WWU School of Nursing Honor Society

Junior and Senior nursing students who have a GPA in their nursing coursework that places them in the top 33% of their class are invited to be part of the WWU School of Nursing Honor Society. The society organizes two major events each year—the School of Nursing Job Fair that facilitates connections between potential employers and WWU nursing students, and an annual Red Cross Blood Drive.

Additionally, the society organizes smaller fundraisers to raise money for local charities. Charities supported in the past include: the Ronald McDonald House, the Portland Food Bank, and the Portland Rescue Mission.

Being part of the WWU School of Nursing Honor Society demonstrates to potential employers and grad school admission committees that a student has achieved academic excellence.


College Place campus

The main campus of Walla Walla University is located in the town of College Place, located in southeastern Washington State, adjacent to the city of Walla Walla.

This is the main campus where beginning freshmen take general education and nursing pre-requisite courses, and, upon acceptance into the nursing program, take the sophomore level nursing courses and nursing cognate courses.

The School of Nursing (offices, lobby, classrooms and clinical skills lab) is located on the 2nd floor of the Winter Education Complex (the WEC), situated on the corner of SW Fourth Street and SW Davis Avenue in College Place.  

At the end of the sophomore year, nursing students transfer to the Portland campus to continue their studies.

Portland campus

All junior and senior level nursing courses are taught on the Portland campus which is located on the east side of Portland, Oregon, adjacent to Adventist Medical Center.

The campus is comprised of two main buildings:

  • a nursing education building
  • a residence hall 

The nursing education building, located at 10345 SE Market Street, Portland, OR 97216, houses a lobby and faculty offices, classrooms, a nursing skills lab, a student lounge, and a library.

The residence hall (Hansen Hall) has rooms for men and women in separate areas. Additionally, residents have use of a TV room, and exercise room, and a small kitchen. Large bathrooms are located at the end of the hallways.  There are about 65 junior and 65 senior nursing students. Of these, approximately 50 are residents.

Last update on September 17, 2018