Graduate Special Student


If you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree in nursing and want to continue studying at the undergraduate or graduate level—or a combination of both—but you don’t intend on pursuing a master’s degree, you can apply to be a Graduate Special Student. (You'll need your StarID to login.)

Graduate Special Students may take up to 12 graduate-level credits before being formally admitted to their desired graduate program. These credits can also be applied toward graduation requirements.

In other words, before you’re admitted into WSU and the Department of Graduate Nursing, you may apply to any of our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and post-graduate certificate programs as a Graduate Special Student.

Bonus: there isn’t a deadline to apply as a Graduate Special Student. Just make sure to submit the Certificate of Baccalaureate Degree (PDF) form with your application to be considered.

Learn more about the Graduate Special Student application process to get started.


Courses for Graduate Special Students

Courses within our program that are open for you to take as a Graduate Special Student include:

  • NURS 604 – Health Policy and Quality Health Care Delivery
  • NURS 606 – Nursing Information Management & Decision Making
  • NURS 608 – Organizational and Systems Leadership
  • NURS 616 – Molecular, Genetic, and Immune Mechanisms in Disease
  • NURS 617 – Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
  • NURS 618 – Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS 701 – Applied Biostatistics
  • NURS 737 – Integrated Therapies
  • NURS 738 – Contemporary Topics in Leadership
  • STATS 601 – Statistical Methods for Health Care Research

Visit the graduate catalog for course descriptions as well as pre-requisite and co-requisite information.