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:

  • National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission Accredited Programs (all nursing programs) Click here
  • Accredited Association of Colleges of Nursing (schools that offer bachelors or masters degrees) Click here
  • All Nursing Schools website Click here
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To meet the requirements for a number of programs, students complete:

  • anatomy and physiology (Bio 348, 349),
  • microbiology (Bio 245),
  • statistics (Math 240 or KIN 307),
  • psychology (Psych 101 and Psych 230),
  • nutrition (HEd 350 or KIN 414),
  • Other courses recommended or required by some programs:
    • Chemistry 121, 122
  • 200-400 hours of clinical experience. Some nursing programs require that students pursue a Nursing Assistant credential (90 hours at a community college) in order to obtain employment in a medical environment as a pre-requisite for admission.

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

Preparing for Grad School

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Page Updated 02.21.2014