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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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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 (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.

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.

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
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.





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

Last update on October 22, 2018