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


Admissions Deadlines and Requirements

The RN to BSN program admits summer, autumn, and winter quarters and is offered  on campus and in downtown Everett and downtown Seattle.

Admissions Timelines

Quarter and location Application Deadline Notification Period
Summer Bothell Campus February 15 March-May
Autumn Bothell Campus March 15 April - June
Autumn Everett Site April 15 May-July
Autumn Seattle Site April 15
Extended to Sept 14 for Fall 2015
Winter Everett Site September 15
Extended to October 15 for Fall 2015

New deadlines effective Winter 2016. Application deadlines may be extended if seats remain available after the deadline.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet University admissions requirements, nursing major prerequisites and General Education requirements; all of which need to be complete or scheduled to be completed by the start of the program.

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  • Online Application: UW Bothell Application with supporting material: resume, goal statement, 3 recommendations and educational transcripts.
  • Intermediate Algebra: Three years in high school (at least at the level of Algebra, Geometry and 2nd year Algebra) or a 5 credit Intermediate Algebra college course.
  • World Language: Two years of the same language in high school or completion of college-level 102. Proficiency testing for this requirement available at UW Seattle: Students whose native language is not English may be exempt from this requirement; see English Proficiency.
  • English Proficiency: All applicants for whom English is not their native language and whom completed most of their primary and secondary education outside the United States must meet English Language Proficiency. For details visit
  • UW General Education: Visual Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA): 15 credits. A minimum of 10 credits for admissions. ( *Use the online equivalency guide to identify which Washington State community college courses transfer and meet the General Education requirements.)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing or a diploma in nursing from a hospital based nursing school. Don't have an associate in nursing degree? See the list of available programs.
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Washington. ( *New graduates who have not yet taken the NCLEX may be admitted conditionally.)
  • A minimum of 90 transferable quarter credits.
  • Criminal background check completed with acceptable results.

Nursing Major Prerequisites

A minimum 2.0 grade in each of the nursing major prerequisites required:

Prerequisite Number of Credits
English Composition 5
Inorganic or General Chemistry with Lab 5
Microbiology 3-5
Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 10
Statistics ( *See approved courses.) 4-5

Admissions Review

A competitive applicant has all requirements completed at the time of application, a cumulative college and nursing prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher and a cumulative nursing GPA of 3.2 or higher, completion of 15 credits of VLPA, recommendations that support success in the nursing major and a well composed and developed Nursing Statement of Purpose.

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

Everett Site: Everett Community College is open to all applicants.

Seattle Site: Harborview Medical Center is open only to RN employees of:
Virginia Mason
UW Medical Center
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Valley Medical Center
Bailey Boushay House

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

RN to BSN Admissions Advising

Advisors in the Office of Admissions are available to review your transcripts and the admissions process for the RN to BSN program.

Schedule an appointment at 425-352-5000 or  In person, phone, and chat appointments are available.