Nursing (Bachelor of Science)

School of Nursing

The WWU Nursing program offers one bachelor degree. 

The freshmen and sophomore years of the nursing curriculum are typically completed on the College Place campus and include a combination of general studies, pre-requisite courses, cognate courses, and sophomore level nursing courses. The junior and senior years are completed on the Portland, Oregon campus. Transfer students completing pre-requisite courses at another institution can apply to start nursing on either the College Place or the Portland campus. Either way, the final 2 years of the program are located on our Portland, OR campus.

Additionally, we offer individualized options for those interested in pursuing a RN to BS or LPN to RN:

College Place Start

Completing your BS of Nursing via the College Place Start includes the following:

  • One year of study on the College Place campus to complete required pre-requisite courses. Priority is given to students completing pre-requisites on the College Place campus.
  • Students completing their pre-requisites at another institution will be considered transfer students.
  • One year of study on the College Place campus as a nursing major to complete our sophomore level nursing courses and required cognate courses
  • Two years of study on our Portland campus. All students complete their junior and senior level nursing courses on our Portland campus

View a sample class schedule


Campus: College Place
GPA: 2.9+ (cumulative, college-level, non-vocational)
Application deadline: April 15

  • Anatomy & Physiology: a full sequence of 10-12 credits with labs
  • Nutrition: 3-4 credits
  • General Psychology: 3-4 credits
  • General Sociology: 3-4 credits
  • Writing/English Composition: 5-6 credits of College Writing/English Composition.
  • History: 4 credits in U.S. History, World History, or Western Civilization. 8 total credits required for graduation.
  • Humanities: 4 credits in one category. These are the only courses that transfer to WWU as Humanities. 12 total credits required for graduation.
  • MDEV 003 or satisfactory math placement test to enter MATH 106: Intro to Statistics
  • Cognate courses (not pre-requisites; may be completed prior to application or at WWU Portland as a nursing major): 
    • Speech (public speaking): 3-4 credits
    • Health Elective: 2-3 credits (e.g. Survey of Health, Medical Terminology, Wellness for Living, First Aid) 
    • Electives: 3-4 credits (see WWU nursing transfer guide for courses)

Note:

  • A minimum of 42 credits is required. Students who have completed 45-48 credits prior to program start date will be given preference.
  • Credits in Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry and Microbiology more than 5 years old are not accepted.
  • No grade lower than a C is accepted in all nursing pre-requisites and cognate courses
  • All transfer courses must be a 100 level or above
  • Advance Placement (AP) credit must be documented

College Place Start Questions?

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Kari Firestone, PhD, RN
Associate Dean of the School of Nursing
Admissions advisor
kari.firestone@wallawalla.edu
(509) 527-2461

Portland Start 

Completing your BS of Nursing via the Portland Start includes the following:

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Campus: Portland
GPA: 3.25+ (cumulative, college-level, non-vocational)
Application deadline: February 1st (Summer term begins in late June)

  • Anatomy & Physiology: a full sequence of 10-12 credits with labs
  • Microbiology: 4-5 credits with lab
  • Chemistry: 5-8 credits with labs (must be inorganic, organic & biochemistry concepts)
  • Nutrition: 3-4 credits
  • General Psychology: 3-4 credits
  • General Sociology: 3-4 credits
  • Human Growth & Development: must be through the lifespan
  • Health Elective: 2-3 credits (e.g. Survey of Health, Medical Terminology, Wellness for Living, First Aid) 
  • Statistics: must be descriptive & inferential. An additional math class is not required for the nursing major. Community college statistics courses require a pre-requisite math class of 100-level or above. Statistics courses with prefixes other than MATH or STATS may not be adequate.
  • Writing/English Composition: 8-9 credits of College Writing/English Composition including significant content in research writing.
  • P.E.: 1 credit – activity courses only. 2 total credits required for graduation.
  • History: 4 credits in U.S. History, World History, or Western Civilization. 8 total credits required for graduation.
  • Humanities: 6 credits in literature, general philosophy, art or music appreciation/history, but no more than 8 credits in one category. These are the only courses that transfer to WWU as Humanities. 12 total credits required for graduation.
  • Cognate courses (not pre-requisites; may be completed prior to application or at WWU Portland as a nursing major): 
    • Speech (public speaking): 3-4 credits
    • Privilege & Oppression (or Social Inequities/Social Problems): 3-4 credits
    • Electives: 6 credits (see WWU nursing transfer guide for courses)

Note:

  • Credits in Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry and Microbiology more than 5 years old are not accepted.
  • No grade lower than a C is accepted in all nursing pre-requisites and cognate courses
  • All transfer courses must be a 100 level or above
  • Advance Placement (AP) credit must be documented

Portland Start Questions?

Read our FAQs​​​​​​​

Tori Wilson, RN, MPH
Portland nursing admissions advisor
portland.advising@wallawalla.edu 
(509) 527-2172


Application and admissions

If you are not currently a WWU student, you 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. Apply to WWU. Complete the online application ($40 fee). 
  2. Apply to the School of Nursing (includes a written essay). 
  3. If applying as a transfer student:
    • 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
    • Nursing applicants require three (3) letters of reference sent to the Office of Enrollment at the above address or via the online reference form. References must not be provided by family members. To check on your file, contact the Office of Enrollment at (800) 541-8900.
  4. Take the pre-admissions tests. You must have applied to WWU and received an ID number prior to testing. Work with your admissions advisor to schedule your testing session.
  5. To apply for financial aid, the school FAFSA code is #003799. 

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 (Next Generation)
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic Test (Next Generation)
  • 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 Next Generation Arithmetic Test


Passing score on Accuplacer Next Generation Arithmetic Test | 265 or above
Passing score on old version of the same test will be accepted until Fall, 2019 | 80 or above

View sample test questions.


The Accuplacer Next Generation Arithmetic placement test is a computer adaptive test.  This 20-question test measures a student's ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.  assessment of test-takers’ ability for selected mathematics content.  Questions will focus on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. In addition, questions may assess a student’s math ability via computational or fluency skills, conceptual understanding, or the capacity to apply mathematics presented in a context. All questions are multiple choice in format.  The following knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Whole number operations
  • Fraction operations
  • Decimal operations 
  • Percent
  • Number comparisons and equivalents

Do not 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.  Some questions will not have a calculator.

Accuplacer Next Generation Reading


Passing score on Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Test | 250 or above
Passing score on old version of the same test will be accepted until Fall, 2019 | 80 or above

View sample test questions.


This 20-question test measures a student's ability to understand what they have read. The Accuplacer Next Generation Reading placement test is a broad-spectrum computer-adaptive assessment of test takers’ developed ability to determine meaning from a range of readings and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including literature and literary nonfiction, careers/history/social studies, humanities, and science), writing modes (informative/explanatory, argument, and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging).  Questions are multiple choice in format and are either discrete (stand-alone) or part of sets built around a common passage. Four broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed: 

  • Information and Ideas questions focus on the informational content of passages. Subcategories include reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, and understanding relationships. 
  • Rhetoric questions focus on craft and structure and on authors’ techniques. Subcategories include analyzing word choice, text structure, point of view, purpose, and arguments. 
  • Synthesis questions focus on the integration of information and ideas between related texts. 
  • Vocabulary questions focus on the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in particular contexts.

Health Sciences Reasoning Test


Passing score on the Health Sciences Reasoning Test | 17 or above
Learn more about the HSRT.


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
  • Numeracy

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