Academic Planning Worksheet: Nursing

Preparation for your intended major is a factor in the review of your UW transfer application. Use this worksheet to help you plan for admission to your intended major and for UW general education requirements.


Department admission information

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 sonas@uw.edu. 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 admission to major

Directions: Record the courses you have taken, are taking or plan to take prior to UW enrollment that you believe are equivalent to the UW course requirements listed below. Not sure? Use the transfer course equivalency guide.

UW Course Dept. Prefix & Number Term/Year
Example: MATH 124 – Calculus I MATH 151 AUT 08
Written Communication (10 credits):
    English composition and Writing (W) – courses
Problem-Solving (8 credits):
    one QSR 1 course
    AND one Statistics 2 course
Visual, Literary & Performing Arts – 15 credits
Individuals & Societies (15 credits):
    Including NURS 201 I&S Growth Development Life Span
Natural World – 26 to 33 cr
  • BIOL 118 NW - Survey of Physiology
  • BIOL 119 NW - Elem Physiology Lab
  • B STR 301 NW - General Anatomy
  • CHEM 120 NW QSR - Chemistry I 3
  • CHEM 220 NW - Chemistry II 3
  • CHEM 221 NW - Chemistry III 3
  • MICROM 301 NW - General Microbiology
  • MICROM 302 NW - Microbiology Lab 4
  • NUTR 300 NW - Nutrition for Today
Electives to complete 90 credits

Additional information

1 One QSR 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 GPA

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2018: 215

Total from Washington community colleges: 39

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 21
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 13
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 2
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 1
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 1
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 1
  • 2.49 and below0

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