School of Nursing and Health Studies

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (First Year Entry)

Do you want to be admitted into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program as an incoming freshman student? Are you looking for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program that allows you to complete the nursing prerequisites and to earn your Registered Nursing license as part of the degree? And, would you like to earn a year of college credit that is applied toward your degree requirements for having completed the Registered Nursing license your junior year? If so, apply to the First Year Entry RN-to-BSN degree program.

This nursing pathway is specifically designed for Autumn start freshman students who choose to complete their nursing prerequisites at UW Bothell as part of the degree program. If you are a Running Start student, please see our curriculum website.

How it Works

The First Year Entry RN-to-BSN degree program is designed for high school graduates (who select to complete the first year of nursing prerequisites at UW Bothell) and those holding a high school diploma with no prior college credits outside of high school (senior summer quarter credits after graduation included). The degree program is designed in partnership with the Everett Community College (EVCC) Nursing Program; a distinguished accredited program that prepares students to become licensed as Registered Nurses ready to complete a BSN. It includes the nursing prerequisites, the RN preparation courses and training, and BSN coursework senior year.

It functions much like dual-enrollment program in that two years of off-site study are required. Once admitted to the First Year Entry RN to BSN degree program, students do not need to compete for a seat in the EvCC nursing program or back in our existing RN to BSN degree program. Additionally, student remain UW Bothell students throughout the program, even while at EvCC.

Off-site course study at the EVCC nursing program is required because the UW Bothell campus does not have the RN nursing coursework or training facilities, only the academic nursing prerequisites and senior year of academic nursing coursework. However, our partner institution EVCC has state of the art facilities to train future RNs ready to complete their BSN once RN licensed.

Admitted students complete the necessary pre-nursing prerequisites and university general education requirements the first five quarters of the BSN on campus at UWB. The next two years of study are off-site at EVCC. It is at EVCC that students complete the training for the RN licensure while also earning an associate degree in nursing. Student may then take a quarter break in their coursework to study and complete the Washington State NCLEX-RN licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN) ready to complete the last year of academic nursing coursework at the undergraduate senior level.


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