Master of Nursing

Non-nursing bachelor's degree requirements

Applying with a degree other than a bachelor's degree in nursing


We welcome your application to the Master of Nursing program. While applicants for the MN program are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, we recognize that registered nurses may have gained experience and knowledge in management and leadership, and/or community health nursing through academic, professional and personal experiences outside of a bachelor’s program in nursing. 

In this case, applicants with an active and unencumbered Washington State RN license and a non-nursing baccalaureate degree have the opportunity to petition the nursing education requirement. have the opportunity to petition the bachelor in nursing education requirement. To do this, applicants must demonstrate competency in Population Health and Team Leadership and Care Coordination.

Options to demonstrate competency in each area

First option: Take the relevant courses that are part of the UW Bothell RN-to-BSN curriculum earning no less than a 3.0 grade in each class.

Second option: Submit a  written petition with a supporting letter for each competency as instructed below.

Petition instructions and process

  • Before submitting your written petition with the letters of support for each competency, schedule an appointment with the Master of Nursing Academic advisor. MN advisor, Celinda Smith at 425-352-3530 or cesmith3@uw.edu.
  • Complete and sign the petition form attaching your two written statements with the form. Don't forget to have the writer of your support letter submit their letter of support separately.  
  • Submit your petition via email on a Word document to uwbnhs@uw.edu, attention: Master of Nursing Curriculum Committee. 
  • The Committee will review your petition to make a recommendation.

For the Team Leadership and Care Coordination petition

Answer each of the following five questions in no more than five pages, double spaced, using 12 font and submit a supporting letter from a professional nursing colleague describing your leadership contribution to your organization or profession. The supporting letter is to be submitted directly to uwbnhs@uw.edu by the person composing it.

  1. Describe how you have applied leadership concepts and skills to leading teams in the provision of care delivery and for the promotion of a positive workplace culture.
  2. Describe how you have been accountable for delegating to and supervising other team members.
  3. Give an example of working with an interprofessional team.
  4. Provide examples of using coaching, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to promote effective teams.
  5. Describe a time when you have used data to facilitate coordination of care across the continuum of settings.

For the population health petition

Answer each of the following five questions in no more than five pages, double spaced, using 12 font and submit a supporting letter from a professional nursing colleague describing your contribution and or experience related population-based practice. The supporting letter is to be submitted directly to uwbnhs@uw.edu by the person composing it.

  1. Describe basic principles of public health and population-based practice.
  2. Describe with examples social determinants of health to one or more diverse populations within a community.
  3. Provide an example of when you analyzed individuals, families, other small groups, and communities as interacting components of larger social, cultural, political, economic, ecological, and health care processes and systems; how did it shape your perspective?
  4. Provide an example of when you collaborated with a community partner and/or nursing colleague, and interdisciplinary professionals to assess, develop, coordinate, implement, and evaluate interventions for health concerns within specific communities. 
  5. Provide an example of when you explored (and for what use) the impact of local, state, national and global policies on the health of a specific community.

Petition insight

In addition to your description of your professional experience, expertise and education, your petition will be strengthened by the use of clear and specific examples. The following list should be of use to you as you prepare your petition. 

  • Course descriptions of academic, continuing education, or inservice education courses
  • Clinical examples of research utilization or implementation
  • Health education activities
  • Community projects
  • Professional certification, when the exam or requirements for such certification includes knowledge of relevant content or skills
  • Committee ledership
  • Volunteer experience
  • Leadership in professional organizations

 

Resources 

Student petition form

Email to submit petition and letter of support: uwbnhs@uw.edu 

MN Advisor:
Celinda Smith
cesmith3@uw.edu