Bachelor of Science in Nursing (First Year Entry)

Curriculum and Course Schedule

Male NurseThe freshman and sophomore curriculum for the First Year Entry RN-to-BSN degree program includes the nursing school prerequisite coursework. The curriculum is designed for freshman applicants who choose to complete their nursing prerequisites which are integrated into the BSN degree program of the University of Washington Bothell campus.

Running Start students and those who choose to earn college credit while in high school, and complete most, if not all the nursing prerequisites (such as those noted below) prior to admissions, should consider applying directly to nursing school at a university that offers a nursing program for RN licensure as part of a BSN or at community college nursing program for later application to our RN to BSN program as a nursing transfer student.

Students who would like to take college coursework while in high school should focus on general college courses that improve quantitative competency such as college algebra, pre-calculus or calculus, and statistics; courses that prepare students to take the nursing sciences such as general physics, introduction to biology, or nutrition; and courses that increase academic reading, writing, and oral communication skills. It is noteworthy to add that an applicant can be competitive without having completed college coursework by completing courses offered in high school that focus on the aforementioned academics.

The following classes are required to be taken as part of the program on the UW Bothell; not prior to admission: Reserach Writing, General Chemistry, Major Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Phsyiology I and II.

All students are encouraged to gain experience in activities related to health care and to not just solely focus on the academics.

Please meet with an admissions adviser and or attend an information session to plan any future or remaining college coursework.

Everett Bothell Map Because the degree program integrates associate and baccalaureate education, students study at two campus. Students begin and end their studies on the UW Bothell Campus with years two and three in the nursing program of our partner school, Everett Community College located approximately 19 miles northwest of the UW Bothell campus. At this time,other community colleges are not an option. Students remain matriculated UWB students while at EvCC which allows for continued housing and access to campus.

Curriculum and Course Schedule

The degree program requires a set of specific GPA standards and professional testing requirements.

The courswork through the entire program is as scheduled below. Student progress together in a cohort model.

The first 5 quarters at UW Bothell

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter Fall Quarter
Interdisciplinary Writing Research Writing * Statistics for Health Sciences Interpersonal
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Chemistry * Fundementals of  Cellular Biology * Human Anatomy and Physiology II * Human Anatomy and Physiology I * Microbiology *
Discovery Core I Discovery Core II   Introduction to Psychology Lifespan 
Introduction to the Nursing Profression Historical Images of Nursing Development of Contemporary Nursing Practice    
16 Credits 16 Credits 11 Credits 15 Credits 15 Credits

*Courework that must be taken at UW Bothell for the first-time; not as repeated coursework already taken in college high school program such as Running Start. 

The next six quarters Everett Community College

Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Fall Quarter
Nursing Therapeutics I: Introduction to Nursing and the Client Nursing Therapeutics II:  Chronicity and Rehabilitation Nursing Therapeutics III:  Acute Illness Nursing Therapeutics IV: Family Health and Reproduction Nursing Therapeutics V: Multi-System Disorders Nursing Therapeutics VI: Role Transition into Professional Nursing
13 Credits 13 Credits 13 Credits 13 Credits 13 Credits 13 Credits

The final senior year at UW Bothell with one quarter off to become a licensed RN before completing the BSN degree.

Winter Quarter
(No Classes)
Spring Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
Prepare and take the WA state RN licensing exam Nursing licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN Nursing courses and required electives Nursing courses and required electives Nursing courses Nursing  electives
45 credits awarded upon RN licensure 15 credits 10 credits 10 credits 10 credits

Senior Year of Academic Nursing Coursework at UW Bothell

  • Critical Thinking in Nursing
  • Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Inquiry
  • Cultural and Social Issues in Health Care
  • Partnerships in Community Health
  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice
  • Relational Leadership in Nursing
  • Senior Portfolio

In addition to the academic nursing coursework the senior year, students complete three upper division electives. The total course load required the senior year is 45 credits.

Curriculum sequence and title of courses subject to change.