Master of Nursing


RN-to-MN program

This option is designed for experienced Registered Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree who have completed a two year nursing degree.  It’s a faster, more direct way to acquire a master’s degree without first completing the BSN; this option does not confer the BSN degree. To be eligible for admissions, applicants must demonstrate competency in Nursing Leadership and Population Health. Please connect with the graduate program advisor prior to petitioning for assistance and to review options.

Competency is demonstrated one of two ways:

  • Completion of one or both of the program prerequisites with a 3.0 or higher in each course or;
  • An approved petition(s) to waive one or both of the prerequisites.

Option one: Complete the program prerequisites 

Course Quarter  Schedule and location  
BNURS 422 Spring 2023

UW Bothell Thursdays, 8:30 am–12:40 pm

  Summer 2023

Everett University Center, Tuesdays, 8:30 am-12:40 pm
Shoreline Community College, Fridays, 8:30 am–12: 40 pm

BNURS 424 Summer 2023

UW Bothell, Thursdays, 8:30-5:30 pm

  Fall 2023 Everett University Center, Tuesdays, 8:30-5:30 pm
  Winter 2024

UW Bothell Campus, Thursdays, 8:30 am -5:30 pm

Option two: Petition program prerequisite(s) 

  • Answer the questions of each competence, submit a current resume and a supporting letter from a professional nursing colleague describing your leadership contribution to your organization or profession for each competency. Your petition should demonstrate sufficient analysis, reflection, knowledge and experience in the competency you are petitioning.
  • Submit petition materials to the graduate advisor, Celinda Smith at 

BNURS 422: Leadership and Management 

  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.

BNURS 424: Community Health 

  1. Describe basic principles of public health and population-based practice.
  2. Link your application of practice and experience to theory.
  3. Describe with examples social determinants of health to one or more diverse populations within a community.
  4. 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?
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.

*To enroll in BNURS 424, students complete the School’s Health and Safety requirements which include proof of immunity against communicable diseases, a background check and professional documentation/training. The course requires up to 70 hours of fieldwork in a community health setting taking place on the course days.

Petition insights

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. 

  • Submit your petition and program application early
  • Course descriptions of academic, continuing education, or in service 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 leadership
  • Volunteer experience
  • Leadership in professional organizations

Review process

  • Petitions are reviewed by the Master of Nursing Curriculum Committee.
  • The Committee reserves the right to ask for additional documentation.
  • If you have cause to appeal, you have the right to do so.

Updated September 2022