Master of Nursing

Admission Without a BSN

Applying with a degree other than a bachelor degree in nursing

 Experienced nurses with an associate of arts degree or diploma from a nationally-accredited RN program and a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may meet the education requirement. 

In this case, applicants must demonstrate competency in population health and team leadership and care coordination. These requirements may be fulfilled by completing undergraduate nursing courses at UW Bothell or by petitioning demonstrated competency in or or both of the areas.

Options to demonstrate competency in one or more of the areas

First option: Take the corresponding course(s) UW Bothell as part of the RN to BSN curriculum.

Second option Submit a written two- to- three-page petition to the Master of Nursing admissions committee comprised of graduate faculty. The petition(s) must demonstrate the applicant's knowledge or experience in the stated areas. 

Petition guidelines and instructions

All petitions and supporting material are to be submitted via email on a Word document to, attention to the Master of Nursing Admission Committee. In subject line note: MN admission petition. An example of a petition is available upon request.

Team Leadership and Care Coordination Petition

Write an account of and analyze your own personal leadership story using a leadership theory/framework as a reference and submit a supporting letter (on letterhead) from a professional nursing colleague describing your leadership contribution to your organization or profession. 

The following are readings from BNURS 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

 Population-Based Health in Community Practice Petition

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.

For more information about the petition process/format or registering for the prerequisite courses through UW Bothell Nursing, contact Celinda Smith, Program Advisor at (425) 352-3530 or at