Bachelor of Science in Nursing (First Year Entry)

Math Prerequisite

Know Your Mathematics

You need to have quantitative competency by the time you apply for the degree program. Nurses need to know complex conversions, be able to crunch numbers quickly, and work through complex problem solving. Nursing students need to be prepared to succeed in the nursing prerequisites taken year one in the program which include chemistry, biology, A&P, and health statistics.

To be considered for the degree program, applicants must meet the math prerequisite as part of the application review process.

There are different ways applicants meet the math prerequisite, and at different points of the application process. Some applicants will have met it prior to submitting their application, and others will need to take a math assessment as part of the application process.

Use the following questions to verify if you have already met the math prerequisite, or if you need to take an assessment as part
of the application process.

If you answer YES to any of the three questions, you have met the math prerequisite.

If you answer NO to all of the three questions, complete one of the math assessment options outlined after the questions.

  1. Have you completed a college Intermediate Algebra (not high school) or a college level Algebra course from a university or community college with a minimum grade of 2.0 (must be from a regionally accredited school). Yes/No.
    If yes, submit the transcript with application.
  2. Have you completed an Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam earning a score of 2 or Calculus BC earning a score of 3 (must provide official exam scores from CollegeBoard)? Yes/No.
    If yes, submit the score with application. Must be scored at time of application.
  3. Have you taken the Compass Math Assessment within the last 12 months? If so, did you receive a placement domain score of 69 or higher using the Algebra Portion or a 35 or higher using the College Algebra Portion? Yes/No.
    If yes, see bottom of page on how to submit the Compass Score report to the University.

Math Assessment Options:

The math assessment is an option for applicants who do not have the math prerequisite transcripted at the time of application. The University provides two math assessment options.

Option One: Take the Compass Math Assessment at a community college just about anywhere in the country, or if you've already taken it within the last calendar year, submit scores to the University. See required scores and how to submit scores below.

Option Two: Take the UW Seattle MPT General Test Math Assessment at the Office of Educational Assessment on the Seattle campus. Select the MPT General Test (not the Advanced Test). See required scores below. If selecting this option, you must have already submitted a UWB application so that you are in the system.

How to submit your Compass Score Report to UWB: Submit the Compass Score Report directly to the School of Nursing and Health Studies at, or in person at UW Bothell, building UW1, suite 211 (Nursing Office), or fax to 425-352-3237; attention FYE-Nursing.

Required Compass Math Scores:
Note: The placement domain score is the score utilized, not an initial domain score.

  • Compass minimum score of 69 using Algebra Portion (placement score)
  • Compass minimum score of 35 using College Algebra Portion (placement score)

Required MPT General Test Math Score:

  • MPT minimum score of 151 using the MPT General Test (do not take the Advanced Test)

Autumn 2016 admissions will have minimum GPA and SAT/ACT score requirements. Please check back for information.

Only applicants who meet the math prerequisite are forwarded to the School of Nursing and Health Studies for review into the nursing major. All other applicants are not considered for the nursing major.

Did You Know?

Fifty-one percent of UW Bothell's first year students are the first in their families to attend college.