Bachelor of Science in Nursing (First Year Entry)


Applicants who are interested the First-Year Entry Bachelor of Science in Nursing must meet the following minumum admissions requirements:

  1. Must qualify as a first-year applicant.
    You qualify as a first-year applicant if...
    • You plan to enter UW Bothell after the summer of graduating from high school, OR
    • You have earned college credits during your time in high school (through Running Start, College in the high school, Tech Prep, AP, and/or IB) and you plan to enter UW Bothell after the summer of graduating (regardless of how many college credits you have earned or will earn), OR
    • You have never attended college since leaving high school (regardless of your age)
  2. Must meet the first-year admission requirements.
    You have met the requirements if all of the following are true
    • You have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
    • You have completed the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR’s)
    • You have submitted the official SAT or ACT scores with the Writing section. Official test scores from SAT (school code: 4467) or ACT (school code: 4497) must be sent directly from the testing agency.
  3. Must meet the math prerequisite

Note: Applicants must ba capable of passing a state and national background check AND be in compliance with the required immunizations. These will not be checked until partway through the program.

Before You Apply

Female NurseBefore applying, review the Degree Program Structure and the highlighted Advantages and Considerations. Be sure to also verify you will be considered a first year applicant. This is important because the degree program is open only to high school graduates with no prior college credits (including summer quarter after graduation) unless earned through Running Start or College in the High School. The program does not admit international students, current UWB students, transfer students or registered nurses. These students should apply to our RN-to-BSN transfer program.

Submit a Complete Application by the Priority Deadline

Complete the university first year application selecting the Nursing- BSN option. Be sure to submit the application by the priority deadline. An application is considered complete when all supplemental material, the math prerequisite and requested steps are finished as outlined below. The degree program admits thirty students autumn quarter only. Admission to the program is competitive and the review is holistic.

Understand the Process

The application review is a two-step process and includes a math prerequisite checked upon application. Applicants are first reviewed by the Office of Admissions for general admission as a pre-major student. If accepted as a pre-major student, nursing applicants are instructed by Admissions to demonstrate completion of the math prerequisite. Only applicants who meet the math prerequisite are forwarded to the School of Nursing and Health Studies for review.

Understand the Math Prerequisite

The First Year Entry RN-to-BSN degree program commences with general chemistry then moves into a four quarter series of biology including a health statistics course year one. Therefore to be considered for the degree program, applicants must have either completed an intermediate algebra or college level math course with a 2.0 or higher via Running Start or College in the High School, or have an AP score equivalent to UW pre-calculus or take a math assesment placing into college level algebra.

Only applicants who meet the math prerequisite through placement by assessment, a mathematics course as part of a high school college program, or via AP scores as part of their application are forwarded to the School of Nursing and Health Studies for review into the degree program. All other applicants are not considered for the nursing major and retain their pre-major status. These applicants are encouraged to meet with a UWB admissions advisor to explore other degree options available at UW Bothell.