Degree Overview

Degree and Curriculum Overview

Providing RN to BSN education since 1992, the UW Bothell Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is designed for graduating, new and experienced Registered Nurses. The program is offered on the Bothell campus and at two off site locations, admits three times a year and offers fulltime and part time options within a one-day-per-week course schedule over the course of four or nine quarters.

The 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 communty and in nursing scholorship. Courses 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 to demonstrates they have meet the learning objectives of the RN to BSN progam.

Nursing Coursework: 30 credits
Nursing Course Descriptions

BNURS 350  Critical Thinking in Nursing
BNURS 403  Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Inquiry
BNURS 407  Cultural and Social Issues in Health Care
BNURS 409  Partnerships in Community Health
BNURS 410  Legal & Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice
BNURS 430  Relational Leadership in Nursing
BNURS 495  Senior Portfolio

Elective Coursework: 15 credits
Electives Course Descriptions
Students complete three courses of electives which are built into the one-day-per-week curriculum. Student can select from a variety of courses under the UW Bothell catalog. While only one of the electives must be a Health Elective from the School of Nursing and Health Studies, many of our students find the Health electives built into the program to very applicable to their profession, practice and practice, taking up to three Health Electives. 

Program Framework Credits
Transfer Credits Coursework 90
NCLEX-RN credit by exam 45
Nursing Coursework 30
Elective Courwork 15
Totals 180

The RN to BSN 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).

Did You Know?

Nine out of 10 of UW Bothell students are from the state of Washington.