Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN

A BSN Completion Program for Registered Nurses

The UW Bothell Bachelor of Science; RN to BSN program is for graduating, new and experienced registered nurses licensed in Washington State who have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing or a nursing diploma, and are ready to advance their nursing education.

The UW Bothell RN-to-BSN program builds off of the Associate Degree in Nursing and values the students’ professional experience with curriculum that applies directly to the nursing practice.  The coursework is focused on evidence-based practice and nursing inquiry, cultural and social issues in healthcare, legal and ethical issues in clinical practice, and relational leadership in nursing.  Students in the program benefit by working with community partners, developing their critical thinking abilities in an interdisciplinary setting with faculty committed to addressing the barriers and challenges of providing quality health care to all segments of society and who are actively engaged in academic scholarship. 

What Makes the Program Unique

  • Courses meets only one-day-per-week.
  • Multiple locations including the Bothell campus and sites in downtonw Everett and Seattle*.
  • Admits summer, autumn and winter quarters.
  • Full and part time options.
  • Only 45 upper division credits required to complete the BSN with the other required 45 credits awarded for completion of the NCLEX.
  • Over a ninety-percent graduation rate.
  • Combines the acclaimed program of the UW School of Nursing with opportunities with UW Bothell’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.

The UW Bothell nursing curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The RN to BSN program is a transfer program; not a freshman entry program. Incoming high school students who will be applying to UW Bothell as a Freshman applicant, can apply directly to the RN to BSN program as part of the First Year Entry RN to BSN program for freshman students only. Learn more at

* The downtown Seattle site is located at Harborview Medical Center and is limited to employed RNs of the following partner employers who have made this site possible: Bailey Boushay House, Harborview Medical Center, Virginia Mason, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, Swedish, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

* The downtown Everett site is located at Everett Community College and is open to all applicants (no employer restrictions).

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