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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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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)
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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.

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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 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.

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.

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 for initial review. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for this purpose. One transcript from each school attended is required.

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