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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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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.  The advisor for LPN to BS entry is Tori Wilson, her email address is
  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.)

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
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic Test
  • 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.

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 There is no need to set up a testing date in January.


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.

Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Test

Passing score | 80 or above
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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 Test

Passing score | 17 or above
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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.





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

Last update on October 22, 2018