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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.

Track 1: Traditional

Campus: College Place

This entry track is for first time college freshman or applicants with only a few college classes completed.

During your freshman year, your nursing academic advisor will help you enroll in the courses that you will need to be eligible to apply to begin nursing classes in your sophomore year.

View a sample class schedule.
College Place campus estimated expenses.

What do I need to do now?

  1. Apply to WWU as a first-time freshman and select nursing as your major.  
  2. Follow the steps to enrollment that you will be given by the WWU Enrollment Office.

What happens later?

1. During your freshman year, you MUST successfully complete (with a grade of C or above) the following classes:

  • Anatomy & Physiology – The whole year sequence
  • Human Nutrition
  • General Psychology
  • General Sociology
  • College Writing I and II (3 additional credits of research writing must be successfully completed prior to the junior year)
  • MDEV003 or have satisfactory math placement test to enter MATH 106: Intro to Statistics

2.  In addition to the classes listed above, your advisor will help you select other classes (e.g. history, humanities, religion) to make sure you have at least 42 credits that apply to the nursing major before the end of your freshman year.  Students who complete between 45 - 48 credits in their freshman year will be given preference.

3.  You must achieve a cumulative WWU GPA of 2.9 or above to be accepted to start nursing classes at the beginning of your sophomore year.

4.  You must apply to be accepted to the sophomore nursing courses by April 15 of your freshman year. The application process includes:

  • Applying to the School of Nursing - You will submit a formal application and write an essay about why you are applying to take nursing at WWU and why you wish to be a nurse.  This essay is scored on your content and your writing ability. View the School of Nursing Application.
  • Taking and passing three entrance tests – your advisor will help you make an appointment to take these at the testing center on campus.  See below for more information on 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.

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


Kari Firestone, PhD, RN
Associate Dean of the School of Nursing
Admissions advisor
(509) 527-2461

Last update on June 12, 2019