Join the Bachelor of Science Nursing program on the Portland campus.

Visit Portland

The Portland campus is offering a limited number of visit days.

Campus: Portland (10345 S.E. Market Street, Portland, OR 97216) | (509) 527-2330
GPA: 3.0 or higher (cumulative, college-level, non-vocational)
Credits: 80+ transferable credits required by program start date
Application deadline: March 1, 2025.  For earliest consideration, complete application by February 1, 2025.  (Summer term begins late June)

Beginning the B.S. in Nursing program on the Portland campus includes:

One 10-week summer term to complete all sophomore-level nursing courses, develop clinical skills, and gain clinical experience (on the Portland campus).

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


  • Anatomy & Physiology: a full sequence of 10-12 credits with labs
  • Microbiology: 4-5 credits with lab
  • Chemistry: 5-8 credits with lab(s) (must be inorganic, organic and biochemistry concepts)
  • Nutrition: 3-4 credits
  • General Psychology: 3-4 credits
  • Human Growth & Development (through the lifespan)
  • Statistics: must be descriptive and inferential. An additional math class is not required for the nursing major. Some 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 adequate content in research writing.
  • Speech (Public Speaking or Small Group Communication)
  • PE: 1 credit – activity courses only
  • History: One course in U.S. History, World History, or Western Civilization; one additional course in history or philosophy required for graduation (approximately 8 credits).
  • Humanities: One course in introductory art/literature/music/philosophy, critical reasoning, world music, drama/theater, creative/poetry writing; one additional course required for graduation (approximately 8 credits).
  • Highly recommended elective: 
    • Privilege & Oppression (or Social Inequities/Social Problems)


  • 80+ transferable credits required by program start date.
  • 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 prerequisites and cognate courses.
  • All transfer courses must be from a regionally accredited (NWCCU) university or community college.
  • All transfer courses must be a 100 level or above.
  • Advance Placement (AP) credit must be documented.
  • Prerequisite requirements are NOT the same as graduation requirements.

Steps to applying to the Portland campus

1. Email a nursing advisor.

The advisor on the Portland campus is Lindsay Loa-Siahaan, email

2. Apply to WWU.

Complete the online application and select nursing as your area of study. Make sure to select Portland 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. 

Portland start questions?

Read our FAQs

Lindsay Loa-Siahaan, R.N., B.S.
Portland Nursing Admissions Advisor 
(509) 527-2163