Program Acceptance Requirements

CCNE Accredited

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Students must meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into Western’s RN-to-BSN Program:

  • A Registered Nurse license or in the last year of a pre-licensure associate degree or diploma nursing program.  New graduates may be offered provisional acceptance pending successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and RN licensure.


  • Completion of at least 90 transferable quarter-system credits including the following nursing prerequisite courses:
    • English Composition (5 credits) or equivalent
    • General Chemistry with lab (5 credits) or equivalent
    • Anatomy & Physiology  with lab (10 credits) or equivalent
    • Microbiology (5 credits) or equivalent
    • Introduction to Psychology (3-5 credits) or equivalent
    • Life Span Psychology (5 credits) or equivalent
    • Statistics (5 credits) or equivalent
    • Humanities (7 credits minimumPlease refer to the Admissions Transfer Equivalency Guide to determine if your course credits are transferrable as Humanities Credits.  A  DTA or previous Baccalaureate degree take care of this requirement.   
  • Evidence of good academic standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (cumulative GPA less than 2.75 may be considered if other application components are strong).


  • Admission to Western Washington University. Applications to Western and the RN-to-BSN Program can be submitted simultaneously; there is no need to wait for acceptance into Western before applying to the RN-to-BSN Program.


Prior to start of the Program, accepted students will need to provide:

  • Successful completion of background check, drug screening and Health and Certification requirements (listed below).
    • Registered Nurse Licensure or eligibility to take NCLEX-RN
    • Background Check
    • Drug Screening
    • Healthcare Provider CPR or ACLS 
    • Personal Health Insurance
    • Malpractice/Liability Insurance


Required immunizations
  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Influenza (Annual)
  • Testing for tuberculosis (PPD or IGRA) (Annual)  

Additional requirements for clinical practice placement will be completed during the first quarter of the program.