Degree Overview

Degree and Curriculum Overview

The RN to BSN curriculum 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. The coursework is taught by faculty engaged in the community and in nursing scholarship.

The 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).

Courses are held in lecture style classrooms with an average 30-50 students per class. The program consists of 90 credits. 45 of the credits are academic at the junior and senior level and the remaining 45 credits are credit-by exam for completion of the RN-NCLEX exam.

The curriculum consists of seven nursing courses and three electives. One of the nursing courses, Partnerships in Community Health is a service learning course focused on community health.  Under the supervision of the faculty, students are out in the field with a community health partner.  Students complete the program with a culminating written project in the Senior Portfolio.

The program is offered on the Bothell campus and at two off site locations, admits three times a year and offers full time and part time options within a one-day-per-week course schedule over the course of four or nine quarters.

Program Credit Structure
Program Credit Structure Credits
Transfer credit (lower division) 90
Credit by Exam NCLEX-RN Washington State 45
Nursing Coursework 30
Electives 15
Total Credits 180
RN to BSN Required Curriculum and Credits
Required Coursework and Credits by Exam Credits
Credit by Exam NCLEX-RN Washington State 45
BNURS 350 Critical Thinking in Nursing 4
BNURS 403 Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Inquiry 5
BNURS 407  Cultural and Social Issues in Health Care 5
BNURS 409  Partnerships in Community Health 5
BNURS 410  Legal & Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice 5
BNURS 430  Relational Leadership in Nursing 5
BNURS 495  Senior Portfolio 1
Three electives: One of the three electives must be a Health Elective course (BHLTH). The other two can be more BHLTH courses, or courses from another UW Bothell program. Elective coursework must be at the 300/400 level and must be a UW Bothell course (not Seattle or Tacoma). Courses that do not meet the elective requirement are as follows: 100/200 level courses, statistics courses, nursing courses (BNURS) and courses with the BISSKL, and BBSKL prefixes. 15
Total Credits in the RN to BSN program for the BSN degree 90