Nursing and Health Studies Program

RN-to-BSN in Seattle

classroom photoNew Pilot Program in Seattle for Employees of 4 Local Hospitals

In Autumn 2014, Nursing and Health Studies will offer an RN-BSN program co-sponsored by and only for the employees of Swedish, Harborview, Virginia Mason, and UW Medical Center.  This four quarter full time program will be held in a classroom of Harborview Medical Center on Mondays.

Program Application and Curriculum.

If you are interested in applying, application details are available in the admissions section. Curriculum is also available.

How the Program Works

To earn your BSN through 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 making a checklistrequirements, 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 Curriculum section.  Admission requirements are also available.

What Students Will Learn

The UW Bothell RN-to-BSN Program and the UW Seattle School 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.  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

More information about the Nursing and Health Studies program may be found at  The Seattle RN-to-BSN Program Advisor is Sandra Maddox; please contact her at or 425-352-3531.


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 UW Bothell in 1992.  Autumn 2014 will be the first class at our new Seattle location.

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.