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Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is offered at WSU College of Nursing in Spokane, Tri-Cities, or Yakima Washington. A consortium partnership with Eastern Washington University (EWU), Washington State University (WSU) and Whitworth University enables students to complete undergraduate degree requirements and nursing prerequisite courses at one of the participating universities before applying to WSU College of Nursing to finish the BSN degree. Students applying from one of the participating universities have priority admission to the BSN program. Typically, freshmen enrolling at EWU need at least two years of coursework to prepare to apply to the BSN program. Students who are admitted will take an additional two years of coursework through WSU College of Nursing to complete the BSN degree.

Admission to WSU College of Nursing is competitive. Not all eligible students from EWU who have successfully completed the undergraduate degree requirements and the nursing prerequisite courses will be admitted to the BSN program. WSU College of Nursing admits approximately 80-85 students each term (fall and spring semesters). A majority of the students admitted come from the partner universities while a small number of seats are available for transfer students coming from other schools. Minimum admission requirements are listed below. Currently, however, successful applicants generally have GPAs well above 3.0. Due to the limited number of admissions to the BSN program, students are encouraged to apply to multiple nursing schools to increase their chances of being admitted to a program leading to a degree.

In order to be eligible to apply for the BSN program, students must complete three quarters of full-time coursework and a minimum of 36 credits at EWU. Students who do not meet this requirement may apply to the BSN program as a transfer student directly through WSU.

Upon completion of graduation requirements, nursing students receive dual diplomas, one issued by Eastern Washington University and a second from Washington State University.

BSN Admission Criteria:

  • 3.0 GPA minimum cumulative in the BSN prerequisite courses, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in any individual course. Pass/Fail grades and AP test scores are not accepted to meet BSN prerequisite requirements.
  •  3.0 GPA minimum cumulative in all college-level course work from all schools attended.
  • A required, in-person interview for all students invited to this stage of the admission process.
  • Test of Essential Skills (TEAS) test.
  • 50 hours of practical experience in the health care field (volunteer or paid) is currently proposed to be an admissions requirement starting with the Fall 2014 applicant pool. Students will be able to gain experience from a broad variety of environments including child care, health care facilities, summer camps, CNA experience (Certified Nursing Assistant) to name a few. It is recommended students start earning hours early in the pre-nursing phase over a period of about three years including summers prior to application. Hours must be completed at the time of application, beginning the Fall 2014 applicant pool.

Preparation for BSN Prerequisite Courses and College-Level Coursework:

High school students are encouraged to take biology, chemistry and math courses (algebra or higher) during their junior and senior years to prepare for the BSN prerequisite courses and starting college-level course work.

Transfer students and those with previous college credit should consult the EWU Transfer Guide to see how courses taken at other schools may meet the BSN program prerequisites and undergraduate degree requirements.

MTHD104 (or its equivalent) is a prerequisite to both CHEM161 and CSBS320 at EWU. Freshmen and those transferring without a math course are strongly encouraged to take the APTP Mathematics Placement Test prior to meeting with an academic advisor and registering at EWU. Students transferring with a successfully completed math course (minimum grade of 2.0) should consult with their academic advisor about their math placement. 

All students considering the BSN program are encouraged to apply for admission to EWU well in advance of the quarter they plan to start classes.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
PREREQUISITE COURSES

EWU COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE PREREQUISITE(S)
PSYC100: General Psychology (5) none
PSYC201: Life Span Development (4) none
SOCI101: Introduction to Sociology (5) none
CHEM161: General Chemistry for the Health
Sciences
(5)

Concurrent enrollment
in or completion of
MTHD104, MATH105,
MATH115 or equivalent.
A high school chemistry
course or CHEM100 is
highly recommended.

CHEM162: Organic Chemistry for the Health
Sciences
(5)      
CHEM161
CHEM163: Biochemistry for the Health
Sciences
(5)
CHEM162
BIOL232: Human Anatomy & Physiology (5)
   *Generally offered fall quarter only
One course in college-
level chemistry.
BIOL233: Human Anatomy & Physiology (5)
   *Generally offered winter quarter only
BIOL232
BIOL234: Human Anatomy & Physiology (5)
   *Generally offered spring quarter only
BIOL233
BIOL235: Elementary Medical Microbiology (5)
   *Generally offered spring quarter only
Completion of, or
concurrent enrollment,
in BIOL234 & CHEM163.
FNDT356: Nutrition (5)
CSBS320: Introductory Statistics for the Social
Sciences
(5)
MTHD104 or mathematics
clearance by test.
MATH115 recommended.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • The Anatomy/Physiology series (BIOL 232, 233 and 234 at EWU) should be completed at one school.
  • Biology, chemistry and statistics courses used as BSN program prerequisites should be no more than 5 years old at the time of application to the BSN program; this helps to ensure that students are well prepared to begin the upper-division nursing courses. 
  • Advance Placement (AP), CLEP and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores may not be used to meet the BSN program prerequisites.
  • All EWU undergraduate degree requirements must be completed prior to starting courses at WSU College of Nursing. In order to complete EWU undergraduate degree requirements and BSN prerequisites efficiently, students should carefully plan out their schedule from the time of entry to EWU through the completion of all requirements. Some courses have prerequisites, must be taken in a specific order and/or may only be offered once a year. Planning and academic advising is essential!

Financial Details:

Students pay EWU tuition rates while attending classes through EWU. Once admitted to WSU College of Nursing, registration is completed through WSU and WSU tuition rates apply (either in-state or out-of-state). Once admitted to the College of Nursing, students will work with WSU for all financial aid and scholarship purposes. Funding for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program is not available to EWU students while attending WSU College of Nursing. 

Additional Information:

Please read through the EWU Catalog for updated information relating to nursing and EWU undergraduate degree requirements. General questions about entering the BSN Program through EWU can be directed to the EWU General Undergraduate Advising Office (GUAA) at genadvising@ewu.edu. GUAA advisors are happy to meet with students who are admitted and have confirmed their intent to enroll at EWU. Please contact the EWU Office of Admissions for details about applying to EWU.

Information about preparing for and applying to WSU College of Nursing and updates about pre-nursing at EWU are available through the EWU Pre-Nursing Blog. Check out the blog to see the latest information or submit your email to get updates sent to your inbox.

What are the degree options?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is available at WSU College of Nursing, and the Intercollegiate Nursing Alliance agreement ensures space for students transferring from EWU, Whitworth and WSU. WSU College of Nursing also offers a Master of Nursing (MN), post-master's certificates, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) for those seeking an advanced degree.

What can I do with my degree?

Upon completing the BSN program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX exam and become licensed RNs. Graduates can pursue career paths as a registered nurse, nurse manager or supervisor, community health advocate, medical case manager, school nurse and more. Nurses work in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical clinics, home care facilities, insurance companies, schools, the military, international health organizations and many, many more places.

Those interested in becoming a nurse practitioner or going into another advanced nursing field should consider furthering their education after completion of the BSN degree.

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