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


Overview of Admissions to the RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program admits graduating, new, and experienced nurses throughout the year from across the globe. The program admits multiple times per year at its various sites intended to increase access to nursing education. We admit summer, autumn, and winter quarters and offer our program on campus and in downtown Everett and downtown Seattle.

Admission to the nursing major is competitive with a limited number of seats. Applicants are reviewed holistically. We encourage you to explore our program locations and entry quarters and to submit a complete application by the stated deadline. The majority of admissions decisions are sent via email.

The holistic review process includes multiple benchmarks and applicants are ranked against others in the pool. Benchmarks include the following:

  • Academic grades with a positive grade trend, including college, nursing and prerequisite grades
  • The personal statement (which is the nursing goal statement)
  • The nursing resume
  • The three recommendation forms
  • Exposure to the nursing practice
  • Overall quality of application and supporting material
Students in study room
All admission requirements should be complete or in progress at the time of application.

Competitive Applicant Criteria

The intent of listing "competitive applicant" information is not to overstate the importance of grades, but to offer some guidance as you plan to apply. If you find yourself finished with the requirements, but you fall short of the competitive applicant criteria, you are still encouraged to apply.

  • Admissions requirements complete (not in progress)
  • 15 credits of VLPA complete or in progress (minimum of 10 credits to apply)
  • College cumulative GPA of  3.0 or higher
  • BSN prerequisite cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Associate Degree in Nursing cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (at the time of application)
  • A well composed and developed personal statement which demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Three recommendations which support entry into the program

Applicants must be from a regionally accredited college or university that provides an Associate Degree in Nursing program that holds professional nursing accreditation or is in candidacy status. Nursing Diploma applicants must be from a program that is affiliated with a regionally accredited college or university with transcripted coursework. 

International Applicants

Due to a recent change in the US Immigration Services Law, international applicants holding an F-1 visa are temporarily not eligible to apply to our off-site locations of Everett and Seattle. This may change once the off-sites undergoes re-approval. For more information, please contact the International Center for Education at 425-352-3876.