Washington State University Tri-Cities

College of Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Application & Admission

Where to start

What’s next? Meet the admission criteria

  • A current, unencumbered Washington State RN License or eligibility for licensure is required.
  • Applicants must be at junior standing (60 semester hours/90 quarter hours), have a direct transferable AA/AS degree, or have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all college course work.
  • Students must complete College of Nursing prerequisite courses and WSU’s University Common Requirements (UCORE) or equivalent course work. Some Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), or Bachelor’s degrees may satisfy these requirements. Check with your academic advisor or compare your completed courses at the Transfer Credit Equivalencies website.
  • College of Nursing’s prerequisite courses - Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  • Minimum grade for each prerequisite course - 2.0. (Pass/satisfactory grades and CLEP scores are not accepted).

Then, apply to the RN-BSN Program

  • Applicants must consult with the academic advisor, Linda Miller, for assistance with the application process.
    Linda Miller,
  • Obtain College of Nursing RN-BSN application and application guidelines from your advisor.
  • Fill out and return College of Nursing application to your RN-BSN advisor by application deadline.
  • Send official transcripts to:
    WSU Tri-Cities
    2710 Crimson Way
    Richland, WA 99354
  • Application deadline:
    Session Deadline
    Fall (beginning in August) January 15
    Spring (beginning in January) August 20
    Summer (beginning in May) January 15
  • In addition to the RN-BSN application, apply to WSU as directed by your RN-BSN advisor.
  • Apply for financial aid (FAFSA). WSU school code: 003800. Deadline to apply is February 15 for the following academic year.
  • Late applications are reviewed and accepted if space is available.

Congratulations! You’ve been admitted. Now what?

  • Students are required to submit CPR certification, immunization records, and completed tuberculosis testing, which must be obtained prior to entering the nursing program.
  • A clinical background check is required upon admission. In addition, Washington State Law RCW 43.43 requires that a disclosure statement must be made by applicants to clinical/internship sites concerning certain civil adjudications, conviction records of crimes against persons, and disciplinary board final decisions. Background inquiries may be made to local, state, and/or federal law enforcement agencies. Individuals may not be eligible for licensure in the state of Washington if they have certain criminal convictions or other adjudications on their record. Further, because of requirements for clinical placements and internships, if individuals have certain criminal convictions or other adjudications on their record, they may not be able to complete a degree, regardless of whether they were admitted to the program.
  • Clinical placement is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background clearance.
  • National Background Clearance and Liability Insurance upon acceptance to the College of Nursing.

Note: Preference is given to Washington State residents or students eligible for the Border Bill.

College of Nursing, 1266 Lee Blvd., Richland, WA, 99352
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