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Traditional track: April 15th for the fall term that begins in late September on the College Place campus.

Transfer BS in Nursing—College Place Start: April 15th for the fall term that begins in late September on the College Place campus.

Transfer BS in Nursing—Portland Start: February 1st for the summer term that begins in June on the Portland campus.

Yes, apply anyway.  If you are accepted, you will need to complete the pre-requisite courses with a minimal grade of C by the program start date.  We call this being accepted on a "class pending" basis. 

The admissions committee will not consider an application that is not complete. Application files are compiled in the Office of Enrollment on the College Place campus.  A complete file consists of all of the following:

  • WWU application and paid application fee
  • School of Nursing application
  • Submission of ALL official transcripts
  • Letters of reference (for all WWU transfer students)
  • Completed admissions testing

Learn more about the WWU School of Nursing admissions process.

Yes, when you complete an application to WWU you should receive a student number and correspondence from the Office of Enrollment describing how you can track your own application file on If you do not receive this information, please call the Office of Enrollment at (800) 541-8900 ext. 2327. The Enrollment Office routinely sends out letters to applicants indicating missing items.

It takes about 8 weeks after the close of applications to review all applications and process them.  

Yes. Although June is the entry date for transfer students to the Portland transfer track sophomore nursing courses (held summer term on the Portland campus), the College Place transfer track offers the sophomore nursing courses beginning each September on the College Place campus. Since the sophomore year takes 9 months to complete on the College Place campus, the nursing classes are not as intense as the summer accelerated courses on the Portland campus. If you feel this slower pace is what you want, then the College Place transfer track on the College Place campus is a better choice. There is no fall entry on the Portland campus.

It is in the town of College Place in eastern Washington, very close to the city of Walla Walla, Washington. From Portland, this is approximately four hours by car traveling east and then proceeding northeast from Pendleton, Oregon.

We can accommodate 70 students in our junior class. These students come from both the Portland area and beyond (transfer students) and from WWU's College Place campus. Historically, freshman and sophomore classes were completed on the College Place campus and then students transferred to the extension campus in Portland for their junior and senior years. However, in the late 1980's the school's enrollment dropped; so to support our enrollment the idea of a summer entry program was born (the Portland transfer track). Transfer students from the local Portland area were admitted into an intense summer program consisting of the sophomore nursing classes that were usually completed on the main campus in College Place, Washington. This qualifies the summer students to join the other junior students coming to the Portland campus in September. Since the College Place campus' sophomore nursing students have already been accepted into the professional program, their numbers diminish the number of transfer students that can be admitted for the summer program each June. On average, 48 students are accepted into the traditional and College Place transfer track and 22 students into the Portland transfer track yearly.  

Our BSN program is a 3-year program with actual hands-on nursing experience beginning in the sophomore year.  You can start the program on either campus; the College Place campus takes transfer students in the fall of each year and the Portland campus takes transfer students in the summer of each year.  All students must start with the sophomore nursing content, no matter which campus you enter.  Since the Portland campus is an upper classman campus, meaning all students take their junior and senior years there (on campus housing is available), the only time the sophomore nursing content is offered on the Portland campus is during the 10-week summer quarter.  Students beginning nursing on the Portland campus during the summer quarter receive the sophomore year content in one intensive 10-week term versus across three (3) academic terms, as on the College Place campus. The sophomore content consists of 15 quarter credits of nursing across four (4) courses: Intro to Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, Health Assessment and Pharmacology. This means that transfer students starting on the Portland campus take 7 quarters instead of 9 to complete our BSN program: One initial summer, one junior year (3 quarters), one summer off and then the senior year (3 quarters).   

Because of the academic intensity of the summer term, our admitting GPA for the Portland campus (3.25) is higher than the College Place campus (2.75).  Additionally, more prerequisite/cognate courses must be completed to enter via the Portland campus summer term versus the College Place campus as the Portland campus is an extension campus and does not provide Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, and other required pre-requisite/cognate courses, facilities and/or faculty that are provided on the College Place campus.  The Portland campus does provide opportunities to complete courses in PE, history, humanities, religion, speech and sociology to our current nursing students to meet general studies/cognates graduation requirements. 

Of course, traditional students can still enter WWU as pre-nursing majors taking pre-requisite courses during the freshman year and then apply to begin the program in the fall of their sophomore year on the College Place campus.  For these students, the sophomore year consists of the sophomore nursing content alongside required cognate courses such as chemistry, microbiology, statistics, human growth and development and other required general studies courses.  This is not the case for students entering in Portland who need to have those completed already before entering our summer session, as there is no time to take classes other than nursing during the summer term in Portland. 

No. We have no on-line, evening or weekend nursing classes.

This is dependent on which campus you are on.  In Portland, Monday and Tuesday are classroom days. Depending on individual needs, you could be in classes from 8:00am to 3:00pm or later on both of those days. Wednesday and Thursday are clinical lab days and that means six hour labs which can be either a.m. or p.m. shifts. Fridays are usually free although there are some exceptions to this--sometimes clinical lab may be Thursday and Friday or an individual instructor's schedule may allow them to teach only on Friday. During the summer quarter for the sophomore intensive courses, Monday and Tuesday are classroom days which can go from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Wednesday is practice lab and hours can vary depending on the number and difficulty of the skill being practiced/tested. Thursday and Friday are clinical lab days of six hours each, all a.m. shift.

In college place, classroom days are variable as students are also concurrently taking nursing cognate courses.  In fall, clinical lab days are Monday and Tuesdays and that means six hour labs which can be either a.m or p.m. shifts.  During winter and spring terms, clinical lab days can be Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday either a.m. or p.m. shifts.  You are assigned to a clinical day/time by the course instructor.

Generally speaking this does not work well on our Portland campus. All nursing classes are 8 credits per quarter and most quarters there is also one other mandatory class in addition. This means that most students must take 11-12 credits per quarter at a minimum. (Full-time ranking is 12 credits per quarter.) Also, financial aid frequently requires a student to attend on a full-time basis for full funding. Finally, taking nursing courses over too long a period of time damages the freshness of the content so state board exam success may be jeopardized.

There are circumstance in which students may study part-time on our College Place campus, but it may extend program completion time.

First, we will need a letter of recommendation from your current or former school of nursing, preferably from the dean or associate dean. This letter must show that you left in good standing and are eligible to return if you wished. We may ask you for more references. Second, we will need your official transcripts to form a plan of articulation. Some schools are very hard for us to articulate with due to a difference in philosophy and class sequence or content. This means that you may not get credit for some classes. You will need to submit syllabi to help with this process. You will also need to take our entrance exams and complete any of our prerequisites that you may not have before being admitted. Your application will go through Admissions Committee just like any other applicant. It is particularly difficult to articulate ADN nursing programs with our BS program. Transfer students with nursing courses completed are accepted only if space becomes available.

A committee oversees the admission of students to our program. The committee takes into consideration academics, life experience (in a healthcare field), the personal statement, letters of reference, and admission testing scores. Our nursing application doesn't specifically ask for life experience or current employment, so those things may be included in the essay or just as a side note on the application itself. 

You can contact the official transcript evaluator on the main campus at (800) 541-8900 ext. 2360 and request an evaluation. Or, you can email unofficial copies of transcripts to a program advisor. Find contact information for advisors under your program track on the admissions page. Please note that this is a preliminary evaluation only. The office of the registrar does the final evaluation. Once you are a student, your previous classes will be placed on DegreeWorks and you can see how they compare toward the required courses for graduation. There is also a transfer pattern guide available for a number of Portland area colleges that you can find here. If you are already a four-year graduate, your past coursework may lessen or eliminate many of the general studies/cognates required for graduation. Although WWU has not limit on the age of most transfer courses, key science courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry are not accepted if they are greater than five (5) years old.

Last update on June 12, 2019