Nursing and Health Studies Program

First Year Entry RN-to-BSN

First Year Entry RN-to-BSN
Admissions and Application Information

Before You Apply

Female NurseBefore applying, review the 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 the review is holistic. 

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 assesment 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 advisor to explore other degree options available at UW Bothell.

Become a Competitive Applicant

Competitive applicants have a combination of advanced studies in the sciences such as chemistry, biology, and math; have maintained a strong GPA above the minimum required for general university pre-major review, have participated in an allied health or health related courses if available, submit a well-developed goal statement clearly demonstrating a strong connection to nursing and understanding of the major and the profession, have an active CPR or BLS card, at least one or more health care or human services related activity sustained over a period of time, and recommendations that support success in the major.  

Demonstrate Your Commitment to Nursing: Provide evidence that you have the personal motivation, the academic preparation, exposure to health care, human services or community related activities and an understanding of what it means to be a nurse will greatly strengthen your application. We recommend you consider the following in preparation to apply to the program.

Prepare Academically: Show evidence that you are prepared to succeed in a full time, science based curriculum.

  • Complete the math prerequisite prior to applying or prepare to place into college level algebra at the time of application.
  • Complete advanced studies in the sciences such as chemistry, biology and mathematics.
  • Complete more than the minimum College Academic Degree Requirements (CADRS) in the sciences such as chemistry, biology, and mathematics.
  • Maintain a steady to positive grade trend in your coursework.
  • Take an allied health or health related class if available at your school.

Get Involved:  Provide evidence that you are committed to the field of nursing by demonstrating an understanding of what it means to pursue a nursing major and career. This can be demonstrated in your journal of activities/accomplishments by involving yourself in health care, human services or community-related activities. You will need to document both the number of hours and the overall start and end dates of the time you were involved in each activity so keep track. For example you may consider one of more of the following activities:

  • Volunteer in a health care setting such as a community health or retirement center, hospital or clinic.
  • Participate in health care, human services or community related activities.
  • Seek basic CPR or BLS certification.
  • Shadow a nurse or, at a minimum, a health care provider.
  • Participate in informational interviews with nurses and or other health care professionals.
  • If your school offers an Allied Health program, enroll.
  • Enroll in a Nursing Boot Camp.
  • Help take care of family members.

Network:  Because the BSN is a professional degree, you need to submit at least two recommendations.

  • Review the recommendation forms.
  • Carefully consider who would best be able to answer the questions. Is it a teacher? Someone from one of your activities?
  • Who could best describe why you are the ideal candidate and that nursing is the major for you.
  • We recommend you request at least one of your recommendations come from a teacher and the other from someone who oversaw one of your activities. While there is no requirement that you select either one of these positions, be sure to select those who you believe could best answer the questions on the form.

Start the Personal and Goal statements Early: Provide a well-developed and grammatically sound personal and goal statement. Be sure to stay within the word count. These statements are often the best way we have of really getting to know you. Share with us what you value, why you have chosen UWB and nursing as a major and profession, and how you see yourself contributing to the university, major and profession through your lived experiences.

  • Rewrite and rewrite it.
  • Avoid grammatical errors and typos.
  • Have someone edit it for you.
  • Be willing to open up and share.
  • Stay within the number of words required--no more and no less!
  • Get an early start on composing your personal and goal statements.

Submit all the Required Application Material and Meet General Requirements:

For further information regarding First Year English, Mathematics, Foreign Language and Science requirements, application deadlines and how to apply visit year

Meet with a UWB Admission Advisor and or Attend an Information Session: Preparing for college and a competitive direct-entry program requires that you stand out above the other applicants and have all the information you need to be the best applicant you can be. You may also find you have a lot of questions along the way! Choose from an in-person, online chat, phone or email advising.

*First Year Entry RN-to-BSN is pending university approval.