Join the Bachelor of Science Nursing program on the College Place campus.

Looking to start prerequisites on the College Place campus? Click here.
Looking to transfer to the Portland campus? Click here.

Campus: College Place (204 S. College Ave., College Place, WA 99324) | (800) 541-8900
GPA: 3.0 or higher (cumulative, college-level, non-vocational)
Credits: at least 42 quarter credits (45-48 credits preferred) completed at program start
Application deadline: April 15, 2024

Transferring into the B.S. in Nursing program in fall quarter on the College Place campus includes:

One year of study on the main university campus to complete sophomore-level nursing courses and required cognate courses. Beginning in the first quarter, students will develop clinical skills and gain experience in clinical settings supporting rural communities.

Two additional years of junior- and senior-level nursing courses on the Portland campus. The Portland campus offers a variety of clinical experiences in urban settings.


  • Anatomy & Physiology: full sequence of 10-12 credits with labs
  • Nutrition: 3-4 credits
  • General Psychology: 3-4 credits
  • Writing/English Composition: 5-6 credits of College Writing/English Composition
  • Speech (Public Speaking or Small Group Communication)
  • History or Philosophy: One course
  • Humanities: One course (Fine Arts, Literature, Philosophy, etc.).  Working with a WWU nursing advisor recommended.
  • MDEV 003 or satisfactory math placement test to enter MATH 106: Intro to Statistics
  • Highly recommended electives:  
    • PSYC 215 Human Growth & Development (through the lifespan)
    • SOCI 204 General Sociology
    • SOCI 236 Privilege & Oppression


  • A minimum of 42 college credits is required to begin professional nursing courses. Applicants with 45-48 completed credits prior to program start date are given preference.
  • Credits in Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology more than 5 years old are not accepted (must be in-person, not online courses).
  • No grade lower than a C is accepted in all nursing prerequisite and cognate courses.
  • All transfer courses must be from a regionally accredited (NWCCU) university or community college.
  • All transfer courses must be 100-level or above.
  • Advance Placement (AP) credit must be documented.
  • Prerequisite requirements are NOT the same as graduation requirements.

Steps to applying for transfer students to the College Place campus

1. Email a nursing advisor.

The advisor on the College Place campus is Rebecca Connell, email

2. Apply to WWU.

Complete the online application and select nursing as your area of study. Make sure to select College Place as your campus. Once you apply, you will have access to your enrollment portal.

3. Request transcripts.

Request the issuing institution(s) to send all official college, vocational school, College Board (for any Advanced Placement credits), and high school (unless you have 90+ college credits) transcripts to Walla Walla University, either electronically (via the issuing institution's electronic service) to or by mail to the following address:

Walla Walla University
204 S. College Ave
College Place, WA 99324

From the enrollment portal, you can see when these documents are received.

4. Obtain letters of reference.

Nursing applicants require three (3) letters of reference (preferred: teacher, employer or co-worker, not a family member). Letters of reference can be filled out online or a paper copy be sent to WWU Admissions (address above). From the enrollment portal, you can see when these documents are received.

5. Complete the nursing essay

Click on the link in the enrollment portal to access the online form.

6. Complete pre-admission testing.

You must apply to WWU prior to testing. Work with your nursing advisor to take the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT), a 50-minute timed test that must be taken in English (see below).  The testing fee is $20.

A passing score on the Health Sciences Reasoning Test is 17 or above.

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, and numeracy. Learn more about the HSRT.

A complete application includes all items above, not just the application form. To apply for financial aid, Walla Walla University's FAFSA code is #003799. 

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Becky Connell
College Place Advisor
(509) 527-2461