Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission Requirements and Program Prerequisites

The following requirements must be completed, or scheduled to be completed, by the start of the program. If you hold a bachelor's degree from the United States, please see below for requirements met.

  • Intermediate Algebra: Three years of mathematics in high school including completion of Intermediate Algebra or completion of an Intermediate Algebra college course with a 2.0 minimum grade. The Algebra course must be equivalent to UW Math 098 as noted in the equivalency guide.  
  • Language Proficiency
    If English is your native language, complete the World Language requirement.

    ​World Language: Two years of the same language in high school or completion of college-level 102 Proficiency testing for this requirement is available at UW Seattle.

    If English is not your native language, and you completed most of your primary education outside of the United States, then complete the English Language Proficiency requirement.

    English Language Proficiency: Complete an English Proficiency exam or complete a set of academic credits and coursework with the approved GPA. Prospective applicants must meet the required English Proficiency exam scores, the Nursing program does not accept the lower exam scores, see details online.
  • General Education: 10 Credits minimum of Visual Literary and Performing Arts. Use the equivalency guide to identify Washington State Community College courses that meet this requirement.
  • Prerequisite Coursework: A minimum 2.0 grade in each of the following:
Prerequisites Number of Credits
English Composition 5
Inorganic or General Chemistry with Lab 5
Microbiology 3-5
Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 10
Statistics (*See approved courses.) 4-5
  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or an Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP or a Diploma in Nursing from a hospital based nursing school.
  • Current RN licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Washington. Applicants who have not yet completed the NCLEX are admitted conditionally for two quarters.
  • A minimum of 90 transferable quarter credits
  • Criminal background check with acceptable results. For examples of offenses that would result in ineligibility visit the Department of Social and Health Services.
Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree from a school within the United States have completed Intermediate Algebra, English Proficiency/World Language, General Education, and English Composition.

Nursing and College Accreditation

Applicants must be from a regionally accredited college or university which provides an Associate Degree in Nursing Program that holds professional nursing accreditation or is in candidacy status. Nursing Diploma applicants must be from a program that is affiliated with a regionally accredited college or university with transcripted coursework.

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Erin B. McFeely

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