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Admission to the WWU School of Nursing

We understand that each student brings a unique educational background and figuring out which entry option may fit you best can be difficult.  Our admissions advisors are available to help you determine which entry program may best fit your academic needs. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.

Discover which program track is a good fit for you.

RN to BS

Acceptance of RN's into the Walla Walla University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is based on available space in the fall quarter of the senior class each year.  Application files are to be completed by the end of summer so that they can be evaluated by the Admissions Committee for acceptance and be ready if space is available in fall's senior class.

To qualify to apply to the RN to BS in Nursing program you need:

  • Have a current unencumbered RN Oregon license
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.9 or above.  This includes college level class work only, from all regionally accredited colleges attended.  Grades from vocational schools are not included in this calculation.
  • Have completed the following pre-requisite courses from a regionally accredited university or community college (see the transfer guide for appropriate courses from various Portland area schools)
    • College Writing (English Composition) - 6 credits
    • Research Writing - 3 credits
    • Physical Education (physical activity courses) -2 credits
    • Anatomy & Physiology with labs - Full sequence
    • Microbiology with labs
    • Introductory Chemistry with labs - 8 credits
    • Human Nutrition
    • General Psychology
    • General Sociology
    • Applied statistics (must have a MATH prefix or additional math courses may be required)
    • Human Development
    • History - 8 credits
    • Humanities - 12 credits (WWU limits humanities to literature, philosophy, art/music appreciation and history.  No hands on music or art is accepted)
    • Religion courses are not a pre-requisite; do not take them from other colleges as they may not transfer
  • Completed enough transferrable credits to be classified as a college senior (136 credits)
  • Pass a standardized examination to validate nursing knowledge to receive advanced standing as a senior level nursing student (validation exam only needed if student has been licensed from greater than 5 years).  Based on successful completion of this exam, RN's with a current license are granted 15 lower division nursing credits and 29 upper division nursing credits and are exempt from taking NRSG 210, 211, 212, 213, 321, 331, 344 and 354.
  • To submit a completed application file to the WWU Enrollment Department.  The content of this application file is the same as for any other Portland campus transfer student with the addition of a copy of the RN license.
  • Acceptance by the WWU SON Admissions and Progression Committee.

Steps to applying

  1. Work with a nursing advisor to evaluate prior coursework.  The advisor for RN to BS entry is Tori Wilson, her email address is
  2. Apply to Walla Walla University. Have a credit card handy for the $40 application fee. 
  3. Apply to the School of Nursing.
  4. Send official college transcripts to WWU Office of Enrollment:
  5. Walla Walla University, 204 S. College Ave, College Place, WA 99324.  This includes an official transcript for any Advanced Placement credits from College Board.
  6. Submit a copy of your current RN license, any state, to the Office of Enrollment.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation (prefer teacher, employer or co-worker, not a family member). This can be done online or by hardcopy sent to WWU Office of Enrollment. One letter must be from the director of the school of nursing from which the applicant graduated, or from the employer if applicant is more than five years from graduation.
  8. Complete WWU School of Nursing pre-admissions testing. These must be scheduled with the Portland admissions advisor. Learn more about testing below.
  9. Your pre-admission test scores will be sent to the Office of Enrollment by the School of Nursing who administers the tests.

Pre-admissions testing

Students applying to enter sophomore nursing classes at WWU School of Nursing must take and pass pre-admission tests during the admission process. There are three (3) required tests:

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension (Next Generation)
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic Test (Next Generation)
  • Health Science Reasoning Test

Testing info

  • It takes about 3 hours to complete all three (3) tests, sometimes longer.  Please plan accordingly.  
  • You are given two (2) attempts to achieve the minimum required score for each test per year.
  • There is a $10 fee for each test. Please bring $30 exact cash for all three tests. (No credit/debit cards.)

Accuplacer Next Generation Arithmetic Test

Passing score on Accuplacer Next Generation Arithmetic Test | 265 or above
Passing score on old version of the same test will be accepted until Fall, 2019 | 80 or above

View sample test questions.

The Accuplacer Next Generation Arithmetic placement test is a computer adaptive test.  This 20-question test measures a student's ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.  assessment of test-takers’ ability for selected mathematics content.  Questions will focus on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. In addition, questions may assess a student’s math ability via computational or fluency skills, conceptual understanding, or the capacity to apply mathematics presented in a context. All questions are multiple choice in format.  The following knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Whole number operations
  • Fraction operations
  • Decimal operations 
  • Percent
  • Number comparisons and equivalents

Do not bring a calculator to this exam.  A calculator is provided via the testing program. For questions that a calculator is allowed, a calculator icon appears on screen.  Some questions will not have a calculator.

Accuplacer Next Generation Reading

Passing score on Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Test | 250 or above
Passing score on old version of the same test will be accepted until Fall, 2019 | 80 or above

View sample test questions.

This 20-question test measures a student's ability to understand what they have read. The Accuplacer Next Generation Reading placement test is a broad-spectrum computer-adaptive assessment of test takers’ developed ability to determine meaning from a range of readings and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including literature and literary nonfiction, careers/history/social studies, humanities, and science), writing modes (informative/explanatory, argument, and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging).  Questions are multiple choice in format and are either discrete (stand-alone) or part of sets built around a common passage. Four broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed: 

  • Information and Ideas questions focus on the informational content of passages. Subcategories include reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, and understanding relationships. 
  • Rhetoric questions focus on craft and structure and on authors’ techniques. Subcategories include analyzing word choice, text structure, point of view, purpose, and arguments. 
  • Synthesis questions focus on the integration of information and ideas between related texts. 
  • Vocabulary questions focus on the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in particular contexts.

Health Sciences Reasoning Test

Passing score on the Health Sciences Reasoning Test | 17 or above
Learn more about the HSRT.

This 50-minute timed test has 33 multiple-choice questions that measures critical thinking skills of health science students.  

Test-takers apply their skills in a variety of different scenarios in the areas of:

  • Analysis
  • Interpretation
  • Inference
  • Evaluation
  • Explanation
  • Induction
  • Deduction
  • Numeracy


Tori Wilson
Portland nursing admissions advisor
(509) 527-2172

Last update on June 12, 2019