Nursing and Health Studies Program

RN-to-BSN Admission Requirements

UW Bothell StudentsRequirements

The following courses and other admission prerequisites are required by the Nursing and Health Studies Program and UW Bothell for admission to the University and to the RN-to-BSN program. Applicants must show evidence of good academic standing (an overall transfer point average of 2.0 or higher) to be eligible for consideration for admission. A grade of 2.0 or higher is required in each Nursing program admission requirement.

While it is possible for you to be admitted without completion of all of the admission and general education requirements by the time you start the program, as long as you meet the minimum transfer admission requirements, priority for admission consideration will be given to applicants who have completed all requirements and do not have admissions deficiencies.  If you will have courses in progress at the time you apply, or will be taking courses before you plan to start our program, it is important to indicate those course are in progress in the appropriate section of your admission application.  Even if admitted with admissions deficiencies, students must complete all missing admission and general education requirements prior to graduation from the Program. 

Overall Admission Requirements

  • Associate degree (ADN) or diploma in nursing and successful completion of NCLEX-RN exam.
    • Pre-licensure nursing students may apply if graduating before BSN program start date. New graduates will be offered "conditional admission" pending successful NCLEX exam and RN licensure.
  • Proof of current licensure for practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington
  • Completion of at least 90 transferable quarter-system college/university course credits

University Admission Requirements

  • Two years of a single foreign language in high school or successful completion of the UW 102 level or higher in college
    • The foreign language requirement will also be considered satisfied for applicants who completed their education through the seventh grade in schools where English was not the language of instruction.  Please complete the necessary application sections documenting this education in your application.
  • Intermediate Algebra in High School (3 years of study are required, at least at the level of Algebra, Geometry, and 2nd year Algebra), or Intermediate Algebra in college (5 credits).
    • Applicants without Intermediate Algebra on a high school or college transcript must complete Intermediate Algebra or a higher level course (see Advanced Math requirement below) at the college level; a Community College math placement test score placing out of Intermediate Algebra is not acceptable.
  • English Proficiency Requirement: All applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English Proficiency.  This included both international students and domestic students who completed most of primary and secondary education outside the USA.  Please consult for more details; please note though that Nursing applicants whose associate degree in nursing was from a regionally accredited  school in a U.S. state other that Washington can also qualify under the associate degree option if the other requirements for that option are also met.

University General Education Requirements

  • 15 credits of coursework in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA) area. These are classes in areas such as Literature, Art, Dance, Music, Linguistics, Speech, or Drama.
  • 15 credits of coursework in the Individuals and Societies (I&S) area.  These are classes in areas such as Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Economics, Comparative Religion, History, Cultural Geography, Cultural Anthropology. 

Nursing Admission Requirements: A minimum 2.0 (C) grade in these courses is required for consideration:

  • 5 credits English Composition
  • 5 credits Statistics.  The School of Nursing maintains a list of acceptable statistics courses that have been offered in the United States.   If you are looking for a statistics course to take at your local community college, just be sure that "statistics" is part of the course title; math departments are a good place to start your search.
  • 5 credits of college-level Inorganic Chemistry with lab (UW CHEM 120 or equivalent).  Inorganic Chemistry is sometimes called General Chemistry.
  • 3-5 credits Microbiology (UW MICROM 301 or equivalent)
  • 10 credits Anatomy and Physiology with labs (may also be taken by program-approved proficiency exam)

UW Course Equivalency Guide

If you would like to figure out whether or not the courses you've taken at Washington State Community Colleges count towards any of the admission requirements, the UW Course Equivalency Guide may be of assistance, or consult a UW Bothell Admissions Advisor.

Planning Your Transfer to UW Bothell

Future UW Bothell nursing students should make sure that they complete all admission requirements for admission to our RN-to-BSN Program.  It is particularly useful to make an appointment to speak to a UW Bothell Admissions Advisor to discuss your educational plan, so you are sure you are completing everything necessary for admission to the UW Bothell Nursing Program before you transfer here.  Choose from in-person, online chat, phone, or email advising.  Please contact the Office of Admissions at 425-352-5000 or to set up you appointment.  Please plan on having copies of all of your school transcripts available for your appointment. 


Did You Know?

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