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


Admission Requirements for the RN-to-BSN Program

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Overall Admission Requirements

  • Associate degree (ADN) or diploma in nursing and successful completion of the 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

Admission Requirements for Admission to the University

  • 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 at the college level; a Community College math placement test score placing out of Intermediate Algebra is not acceptable.
  • Fulfillment of the 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 Admission 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.

BSN Admission Requirements: A minimum 2.0 (C) grade in these courses is required:

  • 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, but these are not the only courses potentially acceptable. 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 and the emphasis of the course; 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
    • The Excelsior Anatomy and Physiology exam course is also acceptable

Using the UW Course Equivalency Guide to Evaluate Your Admission Requirements

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.

RN-to-BSN Application Priority Deadlines

Summer Entry

March 2

Autumn Entry

January 29

Winter Entry

October 15

It's not too late for Autumn 2015!  We are still accepting applications for our Everett and Seattle sites.




Admissions Advising

Advisors in the Office of Admissions are available to review your transcripts for admission requirements and discuss the admission process.

Please contact the Office of Admissions for an Admissions Advising appointment at 425-352-5000 or  In person, phone, and chat appointments are available.