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The baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) degree program is shared by three higher education institutions: Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and Whitworth University. All students complete upper-level nursing coursework at WSU College of Nursing. The nature of the consortium encourages a diverse environment supportive of individual differences and institutional emphases.

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    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:

    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.


    PSYC100: General Psychology (5) none
    PSYC201: Life Span Development (4) none
    SOCI101: Introduction to Sociology (5) none
    CHEM161: General Chemistry for the Health

    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
    CHEM163: Biochemistry for the Health
    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
    BIOL234: Human Anatomy & Physiology (5)
       *Generally offered spring quarter only
    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
    MTHD104 or mathematics
    clearance by test.
    MATH115 recommended.

    Prerequisite Courses:

    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 The Pre-Nursing advisor is 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.

    Degree Options

    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.

    Contact Information

    General Undergraduate Academic Advising (GUAA)
    103 Sutton (1st Floor)
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2345
    fax: 509.359.6405

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