Washington University provides tuition assistance for certain eligible employees to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the Goldfarb School of Nursing. 

Enrollment in nursing school will be limited to a maximum of 20 employees enrolled at any time.  All classes will be offered in a part-time, evening and weekend format.


To be eligible to apply for the nursing tuition benefit, you must:

  • Be full-time, benefits eligible and actively at work;
  • Be certified as a Medical Assistant and have the title of Medical Assistant, Patient Billing/Services Representative, Medical Scribe, or Medical Secretary;
  • Have at least one year of continuous full-time service at the University in your current position and have received your medical assistant certification at least one year before classes start; and
  • Be in good standing with the University in terms of overall performance and work record.

Prerequisite Courses

To be admitted to the Goldfarb School of Nursing, you must complete certain prerequisite courses.  All prerequisite courses not previously earned at another college/university may be completed at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at WashU.  Prerequisites are taken on a part-time basis, outside of your regular working hours, in accordance with the Employee Tuition Assistance Policy.  There is no limit to the number of employees who can take advantage of the Employee Tuition Assistance program.  The Employee Tuition Assistance Policy permits you to take up to three classes per semester for this program and will determine the benefits payable for completing your prerequisite courses.

If you completed your prerequisite courses prior to the implementation of this policy, you should submit your transcripts to Goldfarb School of Nursing for consideration.  Any accepted courses do not need to be retaken at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies.

Description of Benefit

Under this policy, all of your tuition, book, lab and computer expenses and fees will be paid directly to Goldfarb.  You will have to pay all other expenses, including the post-acceptance deposit, graduation fees, background check, uniform expenses, and any other expenses.

The University expects that you will continue your employment for at least one year following the completion of this program.

To Apply for the Program

This program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021.  There are three steps you must follow to complete the program:

  1. If you have not already, complete your prerequisites.  If you wish to complete your prerequisites through the School of Continuing & Professional Studies by using the Employee Tuition  Program:
  2. Apply for admission to Goldfarb School of Nursing.
  3. Complete the Nursing Tuition Application Form and return it to the Office of Human Resources no sooner than 12 months prior to the course start date, but no later than the deadline stated on the form.  Please submit a copy of your Goldfarb acceptance letter with your application.

Forms and applications are reviewed simultaneously by HR and Goldfarb.  HR will only review applications that have been approved by your manager.  Applications are reviewed and approved on a first come, first serve basis.  Submitting an incomplete application does not hold your spot in the program.  Goldfarb has a competitive application process and reviews applications by merit.  Up to ten eligible employees who have met both HR and Goldfarb criteria, are selected for enrollment in the program.

Important Notes

Goldfarb School of Nursing must have at least eight admitted students to offer their part-time evening and weekend program. If there are not enough students admitted, the classes will not be offered that semester.

If you do not successfully complete a course at the Goldfarb School of Nursing, you will have one opportunity to retake the course. Not all courses are offered each term, so you may have to wait multiple terms for it to be offered again. If you do not successfully complete the course after the second attempt, you will no longer be eligible for this benefit.