Bachelor of Science in Nursing (First Year Entry)


The First Year Entry RN to BSN degree program is designed for freshman applicants who choose to complete their nursing prerequisites as an admitted UW Bothell student, and are willing to study off site at our partner institution for two years. If you are taking college coursework while in high school to prepare for nursing, please see our curriculum requirements.

Autumn 2016 admissions will have minimum High School and Running STart/College in the High School GPAs and SAT/ACT score requirements. Please check back for information.

Applicants must meet the following minimum admissions requirements:

  1. Must qualify as a first-year applicant.
    You qualify as a first-year applicant if...
    • You plan to enter UW Bothell after the summer of graduating from high school, OR
    • You have earned college credits during your time in high school (through Running Start, College in the high school, Tech Prep, AP, and/or IB) and you plan to enter UW Bothell after the summer of graduating (regardless of how many college credits you have earned or will earn), OR
    • You have never attended college since leaving high school (regardless of your age)
  2. Must meet the first-year admission requirements.
    You have met the requirements if all of the following are true
    • You have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
    • You have completed the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR’s)
    • You have submitted the official SAT or ACT scores with the Writing section. Official test scores from SAT (school code: 4467) or ACT (school code: 4497) must be sent directly from the testing agency.
  3. Must meet the math prerequisite at the time of application.
  4. Must submit all requested material for application to the major:
    -- A First Year Entry RN to BSN application
    -- Personal Statement and a Nursing Goal Statement
    -- Two Recommendation Forms
    -- Journal of Activities and Accomplishments (Section C page two of PDF)
    -- Proof of meeting the math prerequisite

Note: Admitted students must pass state and national background checks, be in compliance with the required immunizations and meet the required nursing essentials of EVCC and UWB each institution. These items will not be checked until partway through the program. Failure to meet any one of the items may result in rescinding of admissions offer.

Before You Apply

Female NurseBefore applying, review the information on Running Start credits Degree Program Structure and the highlighted Advantages and Considerations. Be sure to also verify you will be considered a first year applicant. This is important because the degree program is open only to high school graduates with no prior college credits (including summer quarter after graduation) unless earned through Running Start or College in the High School. The program does not admit international students, current UWB students, transfer students or registered nurses. These students should apply to our RN-to-BSN transfer program.

Submit a Complete Application by the Priority Deadline

Complete the university first year application selecting the Nursing- BSN option. Be sure to submit the application by the priority deadline. An application is considered complete when all supplemental material, the math prerequisite and requested steps are finished as outlined below. The degree program admits thirty students autumn quarter only. Admission to the program is competitive and considers multiple factors when making an admissions decision. Factors include academic preparation, high school and science GPA, SAT/ACT scores, personal and nursing goal statements, and journal of activities related to health care and or human services.

Understand the Process

The application review is a two-step process and includes a math prerequisite checked upon application. Applicants are first reviewed by the Office of Admissions for general admission as a pre-major student. If accepted as a pre-major student, nursing applicants are instructed by Admissions to demonstrate completion of the math prerequisite. Only applicants who meet the math prerequisite are forwarded to the School of Nursing and Health Studies for review.

Understand the Math Prerequisite

The First Year Entry RN-to-BSN degree program commences with general chemistry then moves into a four quarter series of biology including a health statistics course year one. Therefore to be considered for the degree program, applicants must have either completed an intermediate algebra or college level math course with a 2.0 or higher via Running Start or College in the High School, or have an AP score equivalent to UW pre-calculus or take a math assessment placing into college level algebra.

Only applicants who meet the math prerequisite through placement by assessment, a mathematics course as part of a high school college program, or via AP scores as part of their application are forwarded to the School of Nursing and Health Studies for review into the degree program. All other applicants are not considered for the nursing major and retain their pre-major status. These applicants are encouraged to meet with a UWB admissions adviser to explore other degree options available at UW Bothell.