Bachelor of Science in Nursing (First Year Entry)

Math Prerequisite

Know Your Mathematics

Nursing students need to demonstrate quantitative competency. As an applicant, you must do this at the time of application. This is because nursing students need to know complex conversions, be able to crunch numbers quickly, and work through complex problem solving. First Year Nursing students need to be prepared to be successful in chemistry, biology, A&P, and health statistics; all of which require demonstrated math proficiency at the Intermediate Algebra level.

Intermediate Algebra admissions requirement

If you are in a math course or program that is not listed as one of the three options, then it does not meet the requirement; no exceptions. High School transcripted math does not count toward meeting the requirement. The requirement must be met and transcripted/tested at the time of application; not in progres.

The math requirement is met by completing any one of the following three items.

Option One: Passed Compass Assessment taken within the last 6 months from the time of application. Students can take the assessment up to two times.  Check with your chosen community college for re-take policy and pricing. Required Score:

  • 69 or higher using the Algebra Portion or,
  • 35 or higher using the College Algebra portion.

Locate a testing site at:
Submission Instructions: Submit a official test score report via email to noting “Compass Math Scores” or fax to 425-352-3237 ATTN: Compass Math Scores-Nursing.


Option Two: Completed College Coursework that is transcripted on a college transcript; not a high school transcript, at the time of application with with a minimum grade of 2.0 from a regionally accredited college/university.

  • College Intermediate Algebra or,
  • College Algebra or,
  • College Pre-Calculus or College Calculus

Submission Instructions: Submit official transcript with the graded course with your university application or directly to the Office of Admisisons.


Option Three: Scored Advanced Placement of Calculus AB exam with a score of 2 or Calculus BC with a score of 3 scored at the time of application; not in progress.
Submission Instructions: Submit AP Test scores to Admissions.

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