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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 3: Transfer—Portland start

Campus: Portland
GPA: 3.25+ (cumulative, college-level, non-vocational)
Application deadline: February 1st (Summer term begins in late June)
Portland campus tuition and fees
Portland campus summer program tuition

Pre-requisites (must be completed to be eligible for the Portland transfer BS in Nursing track):

The credit hours listed below are for the quarter system. If your credits are from a semester school, just multiply them by 1.5 for the quarter equivalent (Example: 3 credit semester class = 4.5 quarter credits).

  • Anatomy & Physiology: a full sequence of at least 12 credits with labs
  • Microbiology: usually 4-5 credits with lab
  • Chemistry: at least 8 credits with labs. It can be Organic/Inorganic, or Biochemistry
  • Nutrition: usually 3-4 credits
  • General Psychology: 3-4 credits
  • General Sociology: 3-4 credits
  • Human Growth & Development: must be through the lifespan
  • Statistics: must be descriptive and inferential. An additional math class is not required for the nursing major but local community colleges' statistics usually has a prerequisite math class of at least a 100 level.  Statistics classes with prefixes other than MATH or STATS may not be adequate.
  • Writing/English Composition: 8-9 credits of College Writing/English Composition including Research Writing
  • P.E.: 1 activity-based course, such as tennis and/or aerobics.  A total of 2 credits are required for graduation
  • History: at least 3-4 credits in U.S. History, World History, or Western Civilization. A total of 8 credits are required for graduation
  • Humanities:  at least 6 credits in general literature, general philosophy, art or music appreciation/history, but no more than 8 credits in any one category.  These are the only courses that will count towards humanities at WWU.  A total of 12 credits are required for graduation
  • Helpful courses (these courses are offered at WWU Portland campus, but is okay if you already have them):
    • Speech (public speaking) 3-4 credits
    • Privilege & Oppression 3-4 credits
  • NOTE: Credits in Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology that are more than five years old will not be accepted.

View a sample class schedule.

Please refer to the transfer guide for specific information on transfer courses.

Steps to applying

All prospective student must apply to both Walla Walla University and the School of Nursing (two different application forms). All admission files are compiled and kept on the main campus in College Place, Washington. A complete application includes all the items below, not just the application forms.

  1. Work with a nursing advisor to evaluate prior coursework.  The advisor for Track 3 entry is Tori Wilson, her email address is
  2. Apply to WWU. Fill in the on-line form and have a credit card handy for the $40 application fee. 
  3. Apply to the School of Nursing. GPA must be 3.25 or greater (cumulative, college-level, non-vocational)
  4. Send official copies of all transcripts (including high school unless you have 90+ college credits) to: Office of Enrollment, Walla Walla University, 204 S. College Ave., College Place, WA 99362
  5. Have three (3) letters of reference sent to the Office of Enrollment at the above address or use the online reference form. Nursing applicants require three (3) letters of reference (not just one). References must not be provided by family members. To check on your file, contact the Office of Enrollment at (800) 541-8900.
  6. Take the pre-admissions tests. You must have applied to WWU prior to testing. Click on the Sign Up button (below) to schedule your testing session.
  7. To apply for financial aid, the school FAFSA code is #003799. Financial aid forms can be found on-line here.

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.)

Transfer–Portland start students
The Accuplacer on-line Reading, Arithmetic and Health Sciences Reasoning Tests are given in January each year on the Portland campus. If you are not local to the Portland area, arrangements for remote test proctoring may be made through the School of Nursing (509) 527-2461.

Informal transcript review is strongly recommended before taking the tests to ensure program eligibility (pre-requisite courses and GPA).  Please email your college transcripts to for initial review. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for this purpose. One transcript from each school attended is required.

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