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 430 Relational Leadership in Nursing (5)
    • BNURS 409 Practicum with Populations in Community Health Settings (5)
  2. As an alternative to taking one or both of the courses or exams, a petition can be written and submitted to the Admissions Committee. The petition must demonstrate the applicant's knowledge or experience in the areas of Professional Nursing and Leadership and/or Community Health Nursing. Petition guidelines:

    a)     Petition: Leadership and Management in Nursing

    • 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 researchers James Kouzes and Barry Posner have developed leadership theory based on personal stories of leadership.

    Kouzes, J. & Posner, B.(2002). The Leadership Challenge (3rd ed). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass(available from .

    Write an account of and analyze your own personal leadership story using their book or another leadership theory as a reference.

    b)    Petition: Community Health Nursing

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

    i)    Evaluate the relationships between political, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors in the health care delivery system and community health nursing practice in the community.

    ii)    Evaluate model programs designed to targets specific high risk behaviors and diverse populations.

    iii)   Understand and apply principles of health promotion and disease prevention across the life span with individuals, families, and communities.

    iv)   Apply theories and models of health education to individuals, families, and aggregates

    v)     Analyze the impact of community events and trends on community health nursing.

    vi)   Identify ethical, environmental, political, and economic factors that influence the health of individuals, families, and aggregates in the community.

    vii)  Evaluate specific advocacy, health education, and community organization strategies utilized to facilitate health promotion and change in the community.

    viii) Use suitable avenues of communication to work collaboratively with clients and other members of the health care team in the community settings.

    ix)   Apply the nursing process with individuals, families, and aggregates experiencing a variety of health care concerns in order to support self-care agency.

    x)     Apply a knowledge base community health nursing and related sciences to providing care to clients in a community context.

    xi)   Develop an awareness of the community resources for health care.

    xii)  Demonstrate the professional nursing role characterized by accountability, critical thinking, self- directed learning, cultural competence, and leadership in the community.

    An example of the preferred format for a Community Health Nursing 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.

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