Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites

University Admissions Requirements and RN to BSN Prerequisites

The following admissions requirements and program prerequisites must be  completed, or scheduled to be complete by the start of the program. Use the admissions academic planning worksheet to help you plan for admissions and meet with a UW Bothell Admissions Advisor for assistance or admissions advising which includes an unofficial review of transcripts. If you hold a bachelor degree from the United States, please see the information at the bottom of this page for Post-Baccalaureate applicants.

The Application
University Admissions Requirements
  • 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  is available at UW Seattle visit 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.)
  • A minimum of 90 transferable quarter credits.
RN to BSN Prerequisites
  • A minimum 2.0 grade in each of the nursing major prerequisites is 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
  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing from a hospital based nursing school.
  • Current RN licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Washington. (New graduates who have not yet taken the NCLEX may be admitted conditionally.)
  • Criminal background check completed with acceptable results. Instructions are included in the offer. For examples of offenses that would result in ineligibility for the program, see the Department of Social and Health Services Secretary's List of Crimes and Negative Actions.
Post-Baccalaureate Applicants:

If you hold a Bachelor degree from a school within the United States, Intermediate Algebra, World Language, Visual Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA) and English Composition are considered complete.

Nursing and College Accreditation

Applicants must be from a regionally accredited college or university which 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.