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NursingThe Washington State University College of Nursing is committed to inspiring and transforming healthcare for generations to come. The WSU CON embraces the core values of caring, altruism, social justice, and maximizing human potential. In addition, the college endorses the values of Washington State University and the consortium institutions, Eastern Washington University and Whitworth University, which include inquiry and knowledge, engagement and application, committed partnerships, leadership, character, stewardship, teamwork, and diversity.

The College of Nursing is a unique consortium program established in 1968, serving Whitworth, WSU, and Eastern. The faculty, staff and instructional resources of the College of Nursing are located on the WSU Riverpoint campus, in downtown Spokane.

The bachelor of science in nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Washington State Board of Nursing.

The undergraduate nursing major leading to the bachelor of science degree in nursing prepares generalists in professional nursing practice. Upon successful completion of the baccalaureate program, graduates are eligible to take the licensure examination for registered nurses.

Upon acceptance by the College of Nursing, Whitworth students will also be jointly enrolled through WSU, which handles all registration, tuition, course fees and financial aid. Students from out of state will be charged non-resident tuition by WSU unless they have established permanent Washington state residency. Nursing students will not be covered by Whitworth financial aid and other scholarships while at the College of Nursing. Whitworth will charge a minimal enrollment fee. Upon completion of graduation requirements, the student will receive a joint diploma from Whitworth University and Washington State University. Transcripts will be issued by each institution.

Undergraduate Program (BSN)


Application Deadline: Applications are completed online through NursingCAS. Visit for more information and deadlines.

All courses prerequisite to the upper-division major, general university requirements and junior standing must be completed by the end of spring semester for enrollment the following fall and by the end of fall semester for spring enrollment. During the spring or fall semester, when the application is being reviewed, the student must have no more than three prerequisite courses to complete. A letter or numerical grade must be submitted for prerequisite courses. The pass/no credit option or Advanced Placement credit cannot be used. Residency of 32 semester credits is required at Whitworth prior to acceptance at the College of Nursing. The degree is generally completed in two years of study at Whitworth and two years at the WSU College of Nursing.

Applicants are judged on the following criteria:

  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in prerequisite courses
  • at least a "C" grade in each prerequisite course; P/F grades are not accepted
  • junior standing
  • a minimum of 50 hours of work or volunteer healthcare experience
  • a minimum score of "proficient" on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) 
  • evaluation in a personal interview
  • Admission is competitive, and being a Whitworth student does not guarantee admission to the WSU College of Nursing.

For further information please contact Whitworth's nursing advisor, Mike Ediger, at or 509.777.4624.  

For information on the upper-division program at WSU, contact the College of Nursing, or 509.324.7338.


NU 308 Professional Development I: Evidence-Based Practice3
First of professional development series. Focus on nursing and health care research, information management, informatics, and development of nursing research.
NU 309 Professional Development II: Ethical Reasoning and Decisions in Nursing3
Continuation of professional development series. Moral and ethical reasoning models, decision processes, and philosophical basis of nursing as a discipline are explored.
NU 311 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing4
Etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations of common human dysfunction. Nursing implications for prevention and therapeutic approaches including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies.
NU 315 Nursing Practice: Health and Illness4
Introduction to nursing practice and health assessment: professional values, core competencies core knowledge and role development. Co-requisites: NU 308, 311 and 314.
NU 316 Introduction to Nursing Practice in Health and Illness: Theory2
NU 317 Health Assessment3
NU 322 The Human Experience of Diversity and Health2
Explorations of regional, national, and global expressions of health and illness and implications for health care professionals.
NU 323 Nursing in the Genome Era Illness in Adults2
Genome science and application of genetic and genomic concepts to nursing care.
NU 324 Nursing Concepts in Acute and Chronic Illness in the Adult4
Theoretical concepts of acute and chronic illness in the adult as a basis for critical thinking and decision-making in nursing.
NU 325 Nursing Practice in Acute and Chronic Illness in Adults5
Application of acute/chronic illness concepts in adults as a basis for critical thinking and decision-making in nursing.
NU 328 Introduction to Gerontological Nursing2
Professional values, communication and functional assessment in care of elders. Core knowledge and role development of the gerontological nurse. Co-requisite: NU 318.
NU 391 Nursing Block1-18
Examination of the nursing concept of caring using personal narratives, storytelling, and literary discussions to foster practices of mutuality, constructed knowing, and heightened sensitivity.
NU 398 Topics in Nursing1-3
Selected upper-division topics in nursing. Periodic offering.
NU 408 Professional Development III: Leadership and Management3
Continuation of the professional development series. Focus on impact of leadership, management, and resource allocation on patient outcomes.
NU 409 Professional Development IV: Transition to Practice2
Continuation of professional development series. Focus on transition to practice and nursing across health care systems/delivery within global arena.
NU 412 Family and Community As a Context of Care1
Concepts of family-focused nursing assessment, planning, and interventions with emphasis on referral to appropriate community resources.
NU 414 Child and Family Health: Theory3
Analysis and evaluation of scientific and theory base for nursing care of children and families.
NU 415 Children and Families As the Focus of Nursing Care2
Synthesis and application of underlying science and nursing process with the unique population of children and families. Prerequisites: NU 324 and 325. Co-requisites: NU 318, 328 and 414.
NU 416 Childbearing Health of the Family3
Care of childbearing families within the context of community. Newborn's health and men's and women's reproductive health are addressed.
NU 417 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families2
Nursing care of families during the childbearing continuum in community and/or acute care settings. Combination of clinical and seminar.
NU 424 Psychiatric/Mental-Health Nursing Concepts3
Healthy to psychopathological states studied within a nursing framework. Includes history, theories, legal and ethical issues of psychiatric/ mental health nursing.
NU 425 Nursing Practice: Psychiatric/Mental Health2
Clinical application of the nursing process with clients experiencing acute and chronic psychiatric /mental-health disruptions.
NU 426 Community Health Nursing Theory2
Synthesis of nursing and public health concepts with emphasis on community as partner and population-focused practice.
NU 427 Community-Health Nursing Practice3
Promoting the public's health through application of the public health functions: assessment, policy development, and assurance.
NU 430 Senior Practicum3
Clinical and theoretical concepts are applied in a concentrated clinical practicum. Use of clinical preceptors and student objectives is employed.
NU 455 Cultural Safety and Social Justice Global Society3
NU 456 Narrative Health Care in Clinical Practice3
Narrative process of attention, representation, and affiliation experienced by health professional students in clinical encounters.
NU 476 Health Law: Application to Practice3
NU 478 Plateau Tribes: Culture & Health3
The history, culture and healthcare needs of the Plateau Indian tribes are addressed. Includes both classroom and practicum experience.
NU 479 Advanced Physiology Clinical Practice3
NU 481 International Health Care3
NU 490 Topics in Nursing1
Selected upper-division topics in nursing. Periodic offering.
NU 491 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) And Laboratory Value Analysis and Interpretation3
Analysis/interpretation of common laboratory values; basic interpretation of common ECG rhythms, dysrhythmias, and application of ACLS dysrhythmias management guidelines.
NU 492 Essentials of Disaster Management for Nurses3
Natural and manmade disasters. Nursing implications for disaster management. Mental health and ethical issues and concerns related to vulnerable populations. Prerequisite: certified major in Nursing. Junior standing.
NU 497 Topics in Nursing1-4
Selected upper-division topics in nursing. Periodic offering.
NU 498 Topics in Nursing1-3
Selected upper-division topics in nursing. Periodic offering.
NU 499 Special Problems1-3

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, B.S. (101)

126 semester credits, including the 101 credits of prerequisite and nursing courses. Completion of Whitworth’s general graduation requirements. Oral communication, modern language, and Core 250 or 350 are waived for nursing majors. Global perspectives will be met by NU courses through WSU.
Nursing prerequisites (36 credits)
BI 204Medical Microbiology4
HS 220Anatomy and Physiology I4
HS 221Anatomy and Physiology II4
CH 101Introduction to Chemistry3
CH 101LIntroduction to Chemistry Lab1
CH 102Bioorganic Chemistry3
CH 102LBioorganic Chemistry Lab1
MA 256Elementary Probability and Statistics3
HS 315Nutrition3
PY 101Introductory Psychology3
PY 210Developmental Psychology3
SO 120Introduction to Sociology3
First aid and CPR certification are required prior to a student registering for courses at WSU and the College of Nursing.
Required nursing courses (WSU College of Nursing) 66 credits
NU 308Professional Development I: Evidence-Based Practice3
NU 309Professional Development II: Ethical Reasoning and Decisions in Nursing3
NU 311Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing4
NU 315Nursing Practice: Health and Illness4
NU 316Introduction to Nursing Practice in Health and Illness: Theory2
NU 317Health Assessment3
NU 322The Human Experience of Diversity and Health2
NU 323Nursing in the Genome Era Illness in Adults2
NU 324Nursing Concepts in Acute and Chronic Illness in the Adult4
NU 325Nursing Practice in Acute and Chronic Illness in Adults5
NU 328Introduction to Gerontological Nursing2
NU 408Professional Development III: Leadership and Management3
NU 409Professional Development IV: Transition to Practice2
NU 412Family and Community As a Context of Care1
NU 414Child and Family Health: Theory3
NU 415Children and Families As the Focus of Nursing Care2
NU 416Childbearing Health of the Family3
NU 417Nursing Care of Childbearing Families2
NU 424Psychiatric/Mental-Health Nursing Concepts3
NU 425Nursing Practice: Psychiatric/Mental Health2
NU 426Community Health Nursing Theory2
NU 427Community-Health Nursing Practice3
NU 430Senior Practicum3
One three-credit graded upper-division elective (nursing or non-nursing)3
Undergraduate Elective Courses

Nursing electives are offered each semester, allowing students to explore topics of interest, including some international experiences.



Whitworth Nursing Advisor