School of Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a two-year professional program that prepares you for a career as a registered nurse. As a BSN student, you will learn from our nationally acclaimed faculty in class and using interactive scenarios in our Learning Lab, allowing you to practice nursing skills in a safe environment before performing them in a supervised clinical setting. A solid foundation of science and humanities prerequisite coursework sets you up for success in our program. The BSN is a full-time program, including:

  • academic coursework focused on critical thinking, care and therapeutics, and health care resources
  • in-class lecture with experienced nurse practitioners and researchers
  • clinical simulation exercises in our Learning Lab
  • supervised direct patient care in the field.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic: Health

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: January 15
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

Admission requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 as well as a minimum grade of 2.0 for each individual prerequisite. Admission is competitive and the cumulative GPA is usually significantly higher than 2.0. In addition, applicants must satisfy one of the following at the time of application:

  • Three out of the total prerequisite science courses completed with a minimum cumulative GPA in these three courses of 3.00
  • Four out of the total prerequisite science courses with a minimum GPA in these four courses of 2.80

Admission to the nursing major occurs once a year, for autumn quarter, with an application deadline of January 15. For additional information on admission criteria, specific prerequisites and deadlines, as well as application forms, contact the Office of Academic Services, School of Nursing, (206) 543-8736 or 1-800-759-NURS or email Information sessions are offered periodically in the SON, Health Sciences Building T310, and an information sessions podcast is available. For a schedule of sessions or to listen to the podcast, visit the Nursing website.

Courses required for the major:

  • Written Communication (10 credits): English composition and Writing (W) – courses
  • Problem-Solving (8 credits): one RSN 1 course OR one Statistics 2 course
  • Arts & Humanities – 15 credits
  • Social Sciences (15 credits), including NURS 201 SSc – Growth Development Life Span
  • Natural Sciences, 26-33 credits
  • BIOL 118 NSc – Survey of Physiology
  • BIOL 119 NSc – Elem Physiology Lab
  • B STR 301 NSc – General Anatomy
  • CHEM 120 NSc RSN – Chemistry I 3
  • CHEM 220 NSc – Chemistry II
  • CHEM 221 NSc – Chemistry III
  • MICROM 301 NSc – General Microbiology;
  • MICROM 302 NSc – Microbiology Lab 4
  • NUTR 200 NSc – Nutrition for Today
  • Electives to complete 90 credits


1 One RSN course from this list: MATH 107, MATH 111, MATH 112, MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 134, MATH 144, PHIL 115, PHIL 120, PHIL 470, or Q SCI 291.
2 One statistics course, such as STAT 220, STAT 311, Q SCI 381, QMETH 201 or EDPSY 490.
3 Three quarter chemistry series — CHEM 120, CHEM 220, CHEM 221 — for UW students; two-quarter sequence — one general chemistry and one organic — for non-UW applicants.
4 MICROM 302 for UW students. Non-UW applicants must take a separate microbiology lab if lab not included in general microbiology course.

  • Together with the application and college transcript(s), applicants submit a personal statement; a resume outlining volunteer/paid health-care experience, community service and cultural awareness; and a recommendation from a health care provider (employer or volunteer coordinator).
  • Applicants are expected to have 100 hours of health care experience in a paid or volunteer position in one setting for at least a three month period or more, averaging about 8 to 10 hours per week, completed within the 12 months preceding submission of the application. The majority of applicants present health care experiences of several hundred hours for nine months or more.
  • After an initial review of all applications, some applicants are asked to attend a proctored essay session. The proctored essay dates are published in the admissions publication. Eligible applicants are invited via email.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 159
Total from Washington community colleges: 42

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 22
3.50 – 3.74: 4
3.25 – 3.49: 7
3.00 – 3.24: 7
2.75 – 2.99: 1
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 1

Career outcomes