Nursing and Health Studies Program

RN-to-BSN in Bothell

Bothell Campus RN-to-BSN Program Summary

Prospective Students

The RN-to-BSN Program is for nurses who have completed an Associates or Diploma nursing program, have their RN license already or who will take the NCLEX-RN exam and earn their license by the end of their second quarter at UW Bothell, and who desire to earn their BSN. 

Prospective UW Bothell students who want to become nurses should be aware that UW Bothell offers neither an initial nursing degree program nor most of the required prerequisite courses to enter an initial nursing degree program.  Please read the available information about where you can earn an initial nursing degree and prepare to transfer to UW Bothell.

Program Location and Class Day

Classes are held on the Bothell campus.  Core classes meet either on Tuesdays or on ThursdUW Bothell flagays; students are required to commit to a core course class day upon admission to the program.  Summer admits have the option of both Tuesday and Thursday core course class days; Autumn admits only have the option of Thursday core course class days.  Electives may be taken on any day(s), as long as electives do not conflict with the core course class times. 

Program Start

New nursing classes are admitted for both Summer and Fall Quarter starts (June or September).  If you are interested in applying,application details are available in the admissions section.  Prospective students who desire to start at other times may be admitted as Pre-BSN students, and are then eligible to take the required non-Nursing electives or complete admission requirements for full admission to the Nursing Program.

Program Completion

Students can complete the program in four quarters if they start the program summer quarter and enroll for a full-time course load. Otherwise, students enroll as part-time students and complete the program in five to nine quarters.  To view possible course schedules, please see the BSN Program Curriculum

How the Program Works

To earn your BSN at UW Bothell, you must complete 30 credits of core Nursing classes and 15 credits of required UW Bothell non-Nursing elective courses.  If you are admitted with missing UW Bothell admission, general education, or nursing prerequisite course requirements, those will also need to be completed before graduation.  You need to earn at least 180 credits for the BSN, and the breakdown of credits is:

90     Transfer credits
45     NCLEX exam credits
30     Upper-division nursing credits
15     Required UW Bothell electives credits

180    Total credits for the BSN degree

For a list of the courses you will take each quarter, please see the BSN Program Curriculum. A list of Nursing admission requirements is also available

What Students Will Learn

The UW Bothell RN-to-BSN Program and the UW Seattle Schoolgroup discussion of Nursing share common accreditation with the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE). Therefore we also share common BSN learning goals. Our goals for BSN education are to prepare our graduates to :

  1. Integrate concepts from the Arts and Sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision, and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  3. Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality of care.
  4. Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
  5. Integrate knowledge, processes, and skills from nursing science; information and patient care technologies; and communication tools to facilitate clinical decision-making, and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care.
  6. Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
  7. Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
  8. Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels.
  9. Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice and respect for diversity and human dignity.
  10. Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, evidence-based, holistic, and compassionate care to patients across the life span.

Approved February 2010

Program Cost

Current UW Bothell tuition rates are posted in the tuition rates section (click on tuition rates, then select the appropriate categories).  Financial aid and scholarships for nurses are available; be sure to consult the Nursing Program's list of funding opportunities for further details.

For More Information

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a Nursing Program Advisor, you can call The School of Nursing & Health Studies at 425-352-5376 or by e-mailing us at


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program was developed by the University of Washington Seattle's School of Nursing and was first offered at the University of Washington Bothell in 1992. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, as part of the University of Washington School of Nursing, and awards a University of Washington degree.

Did You Know?

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