Master of Nursing

Admission Without a BSN

Are you an experienced nurse with an associate of arts degree or diploma from a nationally-accredited RN program and a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing?  You may be eligible to apply for the Master of Nursing program. If you apply with this combination of degrees, you will also be required to demonstrate knowledge and competence in two areas:

  • Professional Nursing and Leadership
  • Community Health Nursing

These requirements can be met by completing one of the following two options:

  1. Take the corresponding courses in the BSN curriculum:
    • BNURS 422  Team Leadership and Care Coordination (5)
    • BNURS 424 Population-Based Health in Community Practice (5)
  2. As an alternative to taking one or both of the courses or exams, a two- to three-page petition can be written and submitted to the Admissions Committee. Each petition must demonstrate the applicant's knowledge or experience in the areas of Team Leadership and Care Coordination and/or Population-Based Health in Community Practice. Petition guidelines:

    a)     Petition: Team Leadership and Care Coordination

    • Submit a petition as described below AND
    • Submit a letter from a professional nursing colleague describing your leadership contribution to your organization or profession.
    The following are readings from 422 and provide some frameworks (there are others, too!) that could inform an individual's understanding of leadership.
    1.Persily, CA. (2013). Team Leadership and Partnering in Nursing and Health Care Springer Publishing.
    2. American Nurses Association. (ANA). (2014). Delegation and YOU: When to delegate and to whom. Silver Springs, MD: American Nurses Association.
    3. American Nurses Association. (ANA). (2012). Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture. Silver Springs, MD: American Nurses Association.
    4. American Nurses Association. (ANA). (2013) Communication, Collaboration, and You: Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Nursing Practice. Silver Springs, MD: American Nurses Association.
    Write an account of and analyze your own personal leadership story using a leadership theory/framework as a reference.

    b)    Petition: Population-Based Health in Community Practice

    Submit a written petition indicating how you can demonstrate through your education and clinical experience the achievement of the following objectives.

    1. Ability to discuss basic principles of public health and population-based practice;
    2. Understanding and application of social determinants of health to one or more diverse populations within a community. Analyze individuals, families, other small groups, and communities as interacting components of larger social, cultural, political, economic, ecological, and health care processes and systems;
    3. Practice collaboration with community partners, nursing colleagues, and interdisciplinary professionals to assess, develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate interventions for health concerns within specific communities.
    4. Explore the impact of local, state, national and global policies on the health of a specific community.
    5. Reflection on and appraisal of learning related to population health and community practice.

    An example of the preferred format for a Population-Based Health in Community Practice Petition is available upon request.

    For more information about the petition process/format or registering for the prerequisite courses through UW Bothell Nursing, contact the Graduate Program Advisor at (425) 352-3238.