Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does Washburn accept courses from other colleges and universities?
  2. Will dual credit courses completed at high school from the community college, transfer to Washburn?
  3. How can I find out if courses will meet School of Nursing specific general education requirements?
  4. May I complete required courses as pass/fail?
  5. How many credit hours are required for full time status?
  6. How do I schedule an appointment with an advisor?
  7. What are the requirements for application to the School of Nursing and how do I apply?
  8. What is the cost of nursing classes at WU?
  9. What is Junior Composition (EN 300)?
  10. May I transfer nursing credits from another nursing school?
  11. How many hours will I be in class and clinical each week, once I begin nursing courses?
  12. Will I be able to work during the Junior/Senior year of nursing school?
  13. Where will I do my clinical rotations?
  14. Will the School of Nursing prepare me to successfully complete the national licensing examination (NCLEX)?
  15. What scholarships are available at Washburn?
  16. When and how will know if I have been accepted to the School of Nursing?
  17. What are my options for completing the graduate statistics requirement for the graduate programs?

Does Washburn University accept courses from other colleges and universities?
Washburn accepts all coursework from accredited colleges and universities. Not every course meets general education requirements. The School of Nursing has developed transfer guides for most of the Kansas colleges and universities. The guides outline what courses will meet Washburn University School of Nursing general education requirements. Please contact the SON if you have any questions about course selection and transfer from other schools.

Will dual credit courses completed in high school transfer to Washburn?
If the courses were completed from an accredited college or university, they will transfer to Washburn. Not every course may meet specific general education requirements for the School of Nursing. Please contact the nursing advisor if you have any questions about transfer of credits.

How can I find out what courses meet School of Nursing specific general education requirements?
General Education requirements are listed on the SON Web site (BSN Pre-Requisite courses) in the Washburn University catalog or you may contact the SON or stop by the SON office and pick up the list. If you are currently enrolled at Washburn, your advisor will help you each semester select courses that meet university and SON requirements. If you have any questions about required coursework, please contact the nursing advisor.

May I complete required courses pass/fail?
All University requirements and required nursing courses must be completed for a grade. Humanities and unrestricted electives may be completed pass/fail. A student who has completed 24 or more semester hours and has a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, may elect to take one course per semester on a pass/fail basis.

How many credit hours are required for full-time status?
Students are defined to be full-time in the fall and spring semesters if they are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. During the summer session, at least 6 credit hours are required for full-time status.

How do I schedule an appointment with a nursing advisor?
You may contact either Mary Allen at 785-670-1533 or mary.allen@washburn.edu or Louisa Schurig at 785-670-2177 or louisa.schurig@washburn.edu.

What are the requirements for application to the School of Nursing and how do I apply?
Nursing courses are completed at the Junior and Senior level. Students may apply to the nursing major following completion of:

  1. Thirty credit hours of Washburn University School of Nursing specified general education requirements, while maintaining a
  2. Cumulative grade point average of 2.70

**The number of students admitted each semester is based on the adequacy of clinical placements and teaching faculty. Students are selected for admission without discrimination in regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital or parental status. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony may be considered for admission only if, in the judgment of the Admission Committee, the applicant has been satisfactorily rehabilitated. However, applicants should be aware that current Kansas law provides that no license, certificate of qualification or authorization to practice nursing as a licensed professional nurse shall be granted to a person with a felony conviction for a crime against persons as specified in article 34 of Chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, as amended. The School of Nursing requires students applying for admission to disclose any current chemical dependency and the nature of treatment being received.

Application Packet

What is the cost of nursing classes at Washburn University?
The tuition rate for nursing classes is an additional $35.00 per credit hour.

Tuition and Fee Rates

* The Activity fee structure includes parking, the student newspaper, e-mail and Internet use, campus athletic events and Student Health services.

What is Junior (Advanced) Composition----EN 300?
This course is the second semester English Composition requirement at Washburn. It teaches writing to assure proficiency in the techniques and tools of composition and offers students the opportunity to order and articulate their knowledge. This course must be an upper division (300-400) course. A second semester freshman, or sophomore composition course will not meet this requirement. This requirement is waived if you have a prior degree.

May I transfer nursing credits from another nursing school?
Yes, if the credits are from an American Association of Colleges of Nursing or National League for Nursing accredited school. We will need to review a course outline/syllabus from all nursing courses to evaluate content for transfer credit.

How many hours will I be in class and clinical each week, once I begin nursing courses?
It varies for each semester, but around 25-30 hours per week.

Will I be able to work during the Junior/Senior year of nursing school?
Many of our students work during their Junior/Senior years. Opportunities will be available to work in area hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities, especially on the weekends and holidays. There are many other work opportunities outside the health care facilities in the Topeka area.

Where will I do my clinical rotations?
We utilize over 65 health care facilities for our students. Students will experience nursing in many different urban, rural, acute care, and community health agencies in the Northeast Kansas area.

Will the School of Nursing prepare me to successfully complete the national licensing examination (NCLEX)?
Yes! Our program is comprehensive and you will gain the knowledge for successful completion of the licensing exam. To prepare our graduates for the computerized licensure examination, students complete two exams while completing their nursing coursework. These exams are prepared by a national testing service to assess student's nursing knowledge as they progress through their educational program. Students are tested after the Junior year on content learned to date, and will receive a written evaluation of their performance. We also test midway through the last semester of school, and identify strengths and weaknesses, so students will have a more focused approach in studying for the NCLEX exam. Washburn has sustained an average NCLEX pass rate exceeding the national average.

What type of scholarship funding is available from Washburn and the School of Nursing?
The University awards academic scholarships to qualified freshman and transfer students. To be eligible for these awards, students planning to transfer in either Fall or Spring semester, need to have the WU application on file before February 15. The WU application also serves as an application for these scholarships. These academic scholarships are automatically awarded to qualified students. Further information about these scholarships may be obtained from the Admission office at 785-670-1030.

Students eligible for need-based financial aid are reminded to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of February 15.

The School of Nursing awards several freshman scholarships to academically qualified students. Applications may be requested from the School of Nursing (.pdf) with the deadline of February 15th.

Students who have been admitted to the nursing major may apply for School of Nursing scholarships in addition to any government grants, loans or Washburn University academic scholarship. Students with above average academic records and/or demonstrated financial may apply for endowed nursing scholarship.  Deadlines for application for Fall and Spring scholarships are February 15 and October 15, respectively.

The School of Nursing partners with the United States Army ROTC to provide nursing education to qualified candidates. Scholarships are available for 2 years, 2 ½ years, 3 years, and 4 years. Upon graduation, candidates will enter the Army as a Registered Nurse and Commissioned Army Officer. For more information about these programs call: 1-785-865-1113

The School of Nursing participates in the Kansas Board of Regents Nursing Service Scholarship program. This scholarship, administered by the Kansas State Board of Regents, awards students $3,500 per year (for up to two years) and is jointly funded by the state of Kansas and a sponsoring health care agency. For each year a student receives funding, the student will provide one year of full-time employment to the sponsoring agency. If you plan to remain in Kansas following graduation, this is an excellent way to have part of your education funded.

You may contact the Kansas Board of Regents@

1000 SW Jackson Street

Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1368
www.kansasregents.org/

The School of Nursing also keeps a list of outside sources of scholarship funding for nursing students. Please contact the School of Nursing if you have any questions about your eligibility for scholarship funding.

When and how will know if I have been accepted to the School of Nursing?
Fall applicants will be notified of their admission status after mid-February of the year for which they applied. Spring applicants will be notified after mid-September the status of their application. Students will be notified by mail.

What are my options for completing the graduate statistics requirement for the graduate programs?
Visit our graduate statistics web page.