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Applicants are required to have completed all prerequisites prior to beginning the Healthcare Leadership program. Intermediate Algebra and English Composition must be successfully completed prior to submitting an application. It is strongly recommended that all other Healthcare Leadership admission requirements be satisfied prior to applying. Although applicants with prerequisite courses in-progress will be considered, they may not be as competitive as applicants who have completed all prerequisites.

Admission is competitive. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Completion of and grades received in all prerequisite requirements below
  • Previous academic history (cumulative GPA)
  • Admissions essay, resume and recommendations
  • Experiences related to healthcare (paid or volunteer)

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Leadership must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum 60 quarter credits completed
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all college coursework
  • Five credits of freshman composition (English 101, TWRT 112, or equivalent) with a minimum grade of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Five credits of Intermediate Algebra (Math 99, TMATH 098, or equivalent) or higher level math course with a minimum grade of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 in the following prerequisites:
    - An approved course by the UW School of Nursing in Introductory Statistics (TSOCWF 351, TMATH 110, or equivalent)
    - An approved course in Human Biology (TSOCWF 350, T BIOL 240, or equivalent) OR a course in Anatomy and Physiology OR an equivalent course (contact program regarding courses)
  • Read and agree to adhere to the Essential Behaviors for Admission, Continuation and Graduation and Social Networking Policy
  • Currently licensed Washington State healthcare providers must provide proof of unrestricted license status (does not apply to non-licensed applicants)
  • Health-related, professional, or volunteer experience strongly preferred
  • Admitted students must complete criminal background check with acceptable results.  (Please note: there is a fee for this service.)  For examples of offenses that would result in individuals being ineligible for the program, see the Department of Social and Health Services Secretary's List of Crimes and Negative Actions.  Contact the Program Director for additional information.

Admissions advising

  • Prospective UW Tacoma students should direct questions about the application procedure or program requirements to an admissions advisor prior to applying.
  • Currently enrolled UW Tacoma students should direct questions about the application procedure or the admission requirements to the Healthcare Leadership Program (253.692.4470 or

Additional requirements

In addition to the Healthcare Leadership program requirements above, applicants must also meet the University's General Education Requirements listed in the chart below.

University requirement For admission For graduation
Foreign Language Two years in high school of the same foreign language or 10 credits of one language at the college level. *If deficient at the time of admission, foreign language must be complete prior to graduation.
Mathematics Three years of high school math through intermediate (second year) algebra or a course in intermediate algebra at the college level.


English / composition 5 credits of English composition 10 additional writing-intensive credits completed with required HCL coursework
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning [Q]   5 credits
Completed with required (approved) statistics course
Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (Humanities) [V]   15 credits
Individuals and Societies (Social Science) [I]   15 credits
The Natural World (Natural Science) [N] One approved statistics course; one course in human biology, anatomy and physiology, or other program approved class 5 additional credits
Other requirements Completion of a minimum of 60 college-level credits. Completion of 180 credits

Writing-intensive coursework may also count toward Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Society (I&S) or Natural World (NW) requirements

Other resources

Prospective Student Planning Guide