How to apply to the BSN program

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The 2015 BSN Application is now open!
Application Deadline: February 15

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for admission. After February 15, applicants are admitted only as space allows.

Attend one of our RN to BSN Application Workshops
Learn more about the application process for our RN-BSN Program at one of our Information Sessions. Application workshops will include an overview of admission reqirements and the online application. Workshops will be held on Tuesday, November 4th and Tuesday December 2nd. To find out times and more about the sessions, click here.

Applying for admission to the BSN program is a two-step process. An online application and official transcripts must be submitted to University; other required supplemental materials go directly to the Nursing program. 

Applications are reviewed after all application materials and transcripts have been received. Those meeting the February 15 deadline are assured of a review. Applications completed after that date will be considered as space allows. If the number of applications exceeds the available space, admissions will be competitive.  Admission decisions take approximately 8-12 weeks.

IMPORTANT:  An applicant must have already earned an associate degree in nursing, be in the final year of an RN program (and eligible to sit for the NCLEX), or have been awarded a diploma in nursing by a hospital-based nursing school. Not an RN?

Application Process

Determine the quarter you are applying for:  full-time students must apply for Summer Quarter; part-time students choose to start in either Summer or Autumn Quarter.  Changing the application quarter may necessitate a new application and fee, so select carefully!

Depending on whether you are a new transfer student, a returning student, or an international student, the application form and process may vary as indicated below.

New Students

New BSN students transfer to UW Tacoma from RN programs:

  1. Complete the Transfer Application through ApplyWeb
  2. Submit your official transcripts (electronic transmission strongly preferred; use code 412)
  3. Complete the BSN Program Application and Supplemental Materials Kit

Returning Students

UW Tacoma BSN students who have been away for two or more quarters should contact Advisor Dannah Madden prior to applying:

  1. Submit the Returning Student Application through ApplyWeb
  2. Contact the Nursing program about required materials and deadlines

International Students

International students are required to have a Washington state RN license:

  1. Read the international student undergraduate admissions page
  2. Submit the International Transfer Student Application through ApplyWeb
  3. Submit official transcripts, translations, and course-by-course evaluation (if required) as described in the "International transfer application checklist"
  4. Complete the BSN Program Application and Supplemental Materials Kit

ALL Students

A current background check is a condition of admission: all admitted BSN students must complete a Verified Credentials, Inc. (VCI) online criminal background check and pay the associated fee (currently $65). Instructions are included with offers of admission. Continuing students will be asked to renew their background checks biennially until they graduate.  Additional documentation (including a repeated criminal background check) may be required prior to enrolling in T NURS 414/Health, Communities, and Populations. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from fieldwork.