Information for Students Interested in Nursing

Many Western students enter nursing programs by transferring to a nursing program or by entering a nursing program after graduation. Registered Nurse (R.N.) credentials are obtained after successfully completing a state board examination following completion of a certified nursing program at the community college (ASN or ARN) or a four-year university (BSN or direct-entry MSN). Western plans to offer a RN-BSN program beginning fall 2013 through the Woodring College of Education (for information, please click on this link:

To be eligible for a nursing education program, students must complete a specified set of prerequisites and obtain volunteer or paid health care experience. Students may work on completing the prerequisites at WWU and apply for entry into the ASN or BSN program. Completion of a degree is required for the direct-entry MSN program. Examples of Western majors that cover some or all of the prerequisites include: Biology-Anthropology, Biology, Community Health, Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy, and Kinesiology/Pre-Healthcare Professions.

Listings of the accredited programs in nursing can be found at the following links:


The specific courses to take depend on the nursing program you are preparing for. Your allied health advisor will be able to give you more specific recommendations after discussing your goals with you.

Please download the following documents for additional information:

Page Updated 11.13.2017