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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.

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Traditional Track

Campus: College Place
GPA: 2.9
Application deadline: April 15th
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Pre-requisites (to be completed prior to admission into the sophomore level nursing coursework):

  • Anatomy & Physiology: a full sequence of at least 12 credits with labs
  • Nutrition: usually 4 credits
  • General Psychology: 3-4 credits
  • General Sociology: 3-4 credits
  • Writing/English Composition: 6 credits of College Writing (3 additional credits of research writing must be successfully completed prior to the junior year)
  • MDEV003 or satisfactory math placement to enter MATH 106: Intro to Statistics
  • Helpful courses (these courses are NOT required for admission into the sophomore level nursing coursework, however, it is strongly encouraged that the applicant have courses in these areas completed:
    • History:  U.S. History, World History, or Western Civilization. A total of 8 credits are required for graduation
    • Humanities:  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
    • P.E.:  Two activity based courses are required to satisfy the general studies graduation requirement
    • Human Growth & Development: Must be through the lifespan.  This is a nursing cognate course.
    • Religion: 12 to 18 credits of religion (depending on your credit requirements) are required for graduation.  It is helpful to have some of these credits completed prior to the beginning of the sophomore level nursing courses.  RELIGION CREDITS ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE AND MUST BE COMPLETED AT WWU.

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Please note: Applicants must have 42 quarter credit hours of prerequisite coursework completed prior to acceptance to the sophomore level nursing courses. Applicants with 48 quarter credits or more will be given preference.

 

Steps to applying

  1. Work with a nursing advisor to evaluate prior coursework.
  2. Apply to the School of Nursing
  3. Take the pre-admissions tests. Admissions tests must be completed prior to the application deadline. Arrangements may be made through the School of Nursing (509) 527-2461. There is a $10 fee for each test. See more information about these tests below.

Questions?

Kari Firestone, associate dean
Admissions advisor
Kari.Firestone@wallawalla.edu
(509) 527-2461

Transfer—College Place start

Campus: College Place
GPA: 2.9
Application deadline: April 15th
College Place campus estimated expenses >

Pre-requisites (to be completed prior to admission into the sophomore level nursing coursework):

  • Anatomy & Physiology: a full sequence of at least 12 credits with labs
  • Nutrition: usually 4 credits
  • General Psychology: 3-4 credits
  • General Sociology: 3-4 credits
  • Writing/English Composition: 6 credits of College Writing (3 additional credits of research writing must be successfully completed prior to the junior year)
  • MDEV003 or satisfactory math placement to enter MATH 106: Intro to Statistics
  • Helpful courses (these courses are NOT required for admission into the sophomore level nursing coursework, however, it is strongly encouraged that the applicant have courses in these areas completed:
    • History:  U.S. History, World History, or Western Civilization. A total of 8 credits are required for graduation
    • Humanities:  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
    • P.E.:  Two activity based courses are required to satisfy the general studies graduation requirement
    • Human Growth & Development: Must be through the lifespan.  This is a nursing cognate course.
    • Religion: 12 to 18 credits of religion (depending on your credit requirements) are required for graduation.  It is helpful to have some of these credits completed prior to the beginning of the sophomore level nursing courses.  RELIGION CREDITS ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE AND MUST BE COMPLETED AT WWU.
  • 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 note: Applicants must have 42 quarter credit hours of prerequisite coursework completed prior to acceptance to the sophomore level nursing courses. Applicants with 48 quarter credits or more will be given preference.

 

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.
  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.
  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 or friends, unless they are your employers. 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. Contact the School of Nursing at (509) 527-2461 for exam proctoring information and instructions. See more information about testing below.
  7. To apply for financial aid, the school FAFSA code is #003799. Financial aid forms can be found on-line here.

Questions?

Kari Firestone, associate dean
Admissions advisor
Kari.Firestone@wallawalla.edu 
(509) 527-2461

Transfer—Portland start

Campus: Portland
GPA: 3.25+ (cumulative, college-level, non-vocational)
Application deadline: February 1st (Summer term begins June 25, 2018)
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.
  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 or friends, unless they are your employers. 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. Contact the School of Nursing at (509) 527-2461 for exam proctoring information and instructions. See more information about testing below.
  7. To apply for financial aid, the school FAFSA code is #003799. Financial aid forms can be found on-line here.

Questions?

Tori Wilson
Portland nursing admissions advisor
Portland.Advising@wallawalla.edu 
(509) 527-2172

LPN to BS

Acceptance of LPN's into the Walla Walla University Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing program is based on available space in the fall quarter junior class each year. Application files are to be completed by the end of summer so that they can be evaluated by the Admissions Committee and be accepted and ready if space is available.

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

  • An unrestricted LPN license in any state. Submit a copy to the School of Nursing. This license must remain unrestricted throughout the program.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.9. This includes college level class work only-from all regionally accredited colleges attended. Grades from vocational courses are not included in this calculation.
  • No grades of C- or below in prior nursing courses or cognate courses.
  • To have completed the following prerequisite courses from a regionally accredited university or community college.  (See the transfer guide for appropriate courses from various local colleges):
    • 8-9  credits of College Writing (English Composition) including adequate Research Writing content
    • 2  credits of Physical Education (activity courses)
    • Full sequence of Anatomy & Physiology with lab (credits cannot be more than 5 years old)
    • Microbiology with lab (credits cannot be more than 5 years old)
    • 8 credits of Introductory Chemistry with lab (credits cannot be more than 5 years old)
    • Human Nutrition
    • Introduction to Statistics (must have a MATH prefix or additional math courses may be required)
    • General Psychology
    • General Sociology
    • Human Development
    • 1 general studies history course (3-4 credits must be done now; 8 credits are required for graduation)
    • 6 credits of humanities (12 credits are required for graduation) WWU limits humanities to ONLY literature, philosophy, art/music appreciation or history. No “hands on” art or music applies.
    • Religion courses are not a pre-requisite; do not take them from other colleges and expect them to transfer.
    • Prerequisite requirements are NOT the same as graduation requirements.
  • To have completed at least 85 transferrable credits of required cognates, general studies and electives that apply to the nursing major. Applicants are accepted on a space-available basis.
  •  Have clinical experience in direct patient care equivalent to the current beginning junior nursing students in the program.
  • To Pass a standardized examination to validate nursing knowledge and receive advanced standing as a junior level student. (Fee Applies.)  Based on successful completion of this exam, LPN's with a current license are granted 15 lower division nursing credits and are exempt from taking NRSG 210, 211, 212,and 213.
    • As a substitute for the above standardized exam, if you took a standardized, comprehensive LPN NCLEX predictor exam, please submit your exam results to WWU School of Nursing Portland campus to determine if your score is high enough to grant you validation. Many LPN programs now give this type of exam routinely at the end of their program. 
  • 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 LPN license and documentation of the standardized LPN validation exam score or the substitute LPN NCLEX predictor exam score.
  • Acceptance by the WWU SON Admissions and Progression Committee. 

 

Steps to applying

  1. Work with a nursing advisor to evaluate prior coursework.
  2. Apply to Walla Walla University, with a credit card handy for the $40 application fee.
  3. Apply to the School of Nursing.
  4. Send official college and vocational school transcripts to:
    WWU Office of Enrollment
    Walla Walla University,
    204 S. College Ave,
    College Place, WA 99324
    (This includes an official transcript for any Advanced Placement credits from College Board.)
  5. Submit a copy of your current LPN license, any state, to the Office of Enrollment (address above).
  6. Submit documentation of a passing standardized LPN validation exam score (taken at WWU School of Nursing) OR an LPN-NCLEX predictor exam score meeting the WWU School of Nursing  minimum standard.
  7. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation (prefer teacher, employer or co-worker). This can be done online or by hardcopy sent to WWU Office of Enrollment.
  8. Complete WWU School of Nursing pre-admissions testing. These must be scheduled with the Portland admissions advisor. (Your pre-admission test scores will be sent to the Office of Enrollment by the School of Nursing who administers the tests.)

Questions?

Tori Wilson
Portland nursing admissions advisor
Portland.Advising@wallawalla.edu
(509) 527-2172

 

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.
  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 (3) letters of recommendation (prefer teacher, employer or co-worker). This can be done online here 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.

Questions?

Tori Wilson
Portland nursing admissions advisor
Portland.Advising@wallawalla.edu
(509) 527-2172


Pre-admissions testing

Students applying to Walla Walla University School of Nursing must take pre-admission tests during the admission process. There are three (3) required tests:

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic Test
  • Health Science Reasoning Test

You are given two (2) attempts to achieve the minimum required score for each test per admission cycle.
There is a $10 fee for each test.


Testing info

  • You must have first completed an application to WWU and received an WWU student ID number before scheduling your testing. 
  • It takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete all three (3) tests, sometimes longer.  Please plan accordingly.  
  • There is a $10 fee for each test for a total of $30 for all three (3) tests. Cash or checks accepted. If paying with cash, please bring exact change with you to your testing appointment.
  • There is a minimum passing score for each test.  If you do not pass, you can retake each test one time.  If the minimum passing score is still not achieved, you will not be eligible for admission this application cycle and must reapply next year.

Traditional track students
Arrangements may be made through the School of Nursing (509) 527-2461.


Transfer–College Place start students
Arrangements 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 Kari.Firestone@wallawalla.edu for initial review. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for this purpose. One transcript from each school attended is required.


Transfer–Portland start students
The Accuplacer on-line Reading, Arithmetic and Health Sciences Reasoning Tests are given in January each year in the Portland campus library. 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 portland.advising@wallawalla.edu for initial review. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for this purpose. One transcript from each school attended is required.


LPN to BSN students
The application testing for LPN's applying for the LPN to BSN track is usually offered during the summer quarter.  Please schedule individual testing appointments with the Student Program Advisor by emailing portlandadvising@wallawalla.edu. There is no need to set up a testing date in January.

Arithmetic

Accuplacer Arithmetic Test


Passing score | 80 or above
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This 17 question test measures a student's ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.  There are three content areas measured on this untimed test:  

  1. Whole Numbers and Fractions
  2. Decimals and Percents
  3. Applications and Problem Solving

The Whole Numbers and Fractions area includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.  The Decimals and Percents area includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals.  Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and estimating problems are also given.  The Applications and Problem Solving area includes rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

Questions from all three categories are always presented to the student, although the number of questions from each category varies with the student's skill level.  For example, if a student's responses show minimal arithmetic skills, presenting too many applications problems is pointless.  On the other hand, a student exhibiting good skills with whole numbers and fractions will be presented with more of these types of problems.  As a result, the proportion of questions in the various categories will automatically vary according to the student's responses.

It is not necessary to 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.

Reading comprehension

Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Test


Passing score | 80 or above
View sample test questions >

Study book:501 Reading Comprehension Questions, 4th Edition, by Learning Express, ISBN #978-1-57685-747-2
This can be found on reserve in the College Place and Portland campus libraries


This 20 question test measures a student's ability to understand what they have read. There are four content areas on this untimed test: 

  1. Identifying main ideas
  2. Direct statements/secondary ideas
  3. Inferences
  4. Applications  

There are two basic question types. The first question type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text.  Both short and long narratives are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application and inference.

The second question type focuses on sentence relationships and presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences.  For example, the question may ask whether the statement in the second sentence supports the first sentence, contradicts it, or repeats the same information.

Health sciences reasoning

Health Sciences Reasoning Test


Passing score | 17 or above
Learn more about the HSRT >

Study book:  Reasoning Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day, 2nd Edition, by Learning Express, ISBN #978-1-57685-493-0
This can be found on reserve in the Portland campus libraries


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

The test asks test-takers to apply their skills in a variety of different scenarios in the areas of:

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

 

 

 


Nursing essential functions

Nursing is a physically and mentally demanding profession. Listed here are essential functions determined to be necessary for success in nursing. Prospective students must be able to perform and/or develop the following essential functions in order to be successful at Walla Walla University School of Nursing.

Essential Functions DescriptionsExamples (not limited to these)
ObservationUse of visual and auditory senses to gather dataAssessment of color changes in skin Hearing heart and lung sounds
CommunicationVerbal and written communication in private and public settings; communication must be in EnglishInteracting with other people one-on-one and in groups / Understanding nonverbal communication (body language) / Documenting nursing care / Writing term papers
Motor AbilitiesPhysical ability, coordination and staminaPerforming cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) / Transferring/lifting patients / Maneuvering in limited spaces / Providing nursing care for 8-12 hour periods
Intellectual & ConceptualComprehension and problem solving abilityCalculating drug dosages / Analyzing information / Prioritizing nursing care / Synthesizing data from multiple sources / Making decisions with limited data / Tolerating ambiguity
Behavior & SocialEmotional stability, capacity for self- reflection and changeFunctioning effectively under stress / Caring for others / Respect and acceptance of patients from diverse backgrounds / Resolving conflict / Accepting constructive criticism
Last update on August 22, 2018