Bachelor of Science in Nursing (First Year Entry)

Applicant FAQs

  1. I’m interested in learning more about the First Year Entry RN to BSN degree program. Who should I talk to?
  2. Am I eligible to apply?
  3. Is it a competitive major?
  4. Why do students have to go to a community college years two and three?
  5. Why is there a math prerequisite as part of the admissions review?
  6. How long will it take to complete the program?

1. I’m interested in learning more about the First Year Entry RN to BSN degree program. Who should I talk to?

Attend an informative information session presented by the academic advisor of the program, or meet with a university admissions advisor.

2. Am I eligible to apply?

I graduated from high school several years ago, and I have never attended college. I am now interested in becoming a nurse. Can I apply for the First Year Entry RN to BSN program?

  • Yes. Because you have never taken college course before you qualify as a First-Year Student. The program is designed for students like you.

I am a senior in senior in high school and I want to become a nurse. Can I apply for the First Year Entry RN to BSN program?

  • Yes. This program is designed for freshmen college students (a.k.a. First Year Students) who are serious about pursuing a career in nursing. Many of the students in in this program are recent high school graduates who want to go straight for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

I already have a Bachelor’s degree in another field, but I am interested in a new career as a nurse. Can I apply to the First Year Entry RN to BSN program?

  • No. Technically you would be considered a Post-Baccalaureate student; not a first-year (freshman) student. We recommend you consider our RN to BSN degree completion program.

I have been working as a nurse for several years outside of the United States of America, but I don’t have my RN license here is Washington State. Can I apply to the First Year Entry RN to BSN program?

I have graduated from high school and I am currently taking classes at another university / college. Can I apply to the First Year Entry RN to BSN program?

I am (or was) a student at UWB in a different major, however I am now interested in becoming a nurse. Can I apply for the First Year Entry RN to BSN program?

3. Is it a competitive major?

Yes. While the admissions review is holistic in that multiple factors are considered, it is a limited enrollment degree program. The nursing admissions committee seeks to admit the most highly qualified students.  Please visit our page on how to Become a Competitive Applicant.

4. Why do students have to go to a community college years two and three?

The degree program combines associate degree and baccalaureate degree education so that you may earn your RN license as part of your BSN studies. Also, because the UW Bothell campus does not have a nursing program that has the practical and professional nursing courses with clinical placements; rather than creating one, the university partnered with a well-established RN program where students can study off campus to complete the courses in preparation for the RN license then return to UWB for their senior year of academic nursing courses. The community college partner is Everett Community College, 19 miles NW of UW Bothell.

5. Why is there a math prerequisite as part of the admissions review?

The degree program commences with general inorganic chemistry then moves into a four quarter series of biology including a health statistics course year one. Therefore to be successful, it is important that each applicant demonstrates proficiency through intermediate algebra which is required to commence with chemistry. Only applicants who meet the math prerequisite are reviewed for the major. To learn more, visit the Math Prerequisite page.

6. How long will it take to complete the program?

The program will take almost five years of study which includes one quarter off to take your Registered Nursing Licensing Exam. This includes your nursing and clinical prerequisites, your nursing classes/clinicals, and your last year of academic coursework.  To learn more, please visit the the Degree Overview Page or the Course Schedule page.