The 2020 BSN Application is Open!
While the April 15 deadline has passed, completed applications will still be reviewed.
Applicants will be admitted on a space available basis.
(As of May 20, 2020, applicants will be considered for the part-time program only in Autumn Quarter 2020)
The Nursing Program takes a registered nurse, licensed in Washington State, to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree. The courses support students in developing professionally. The program goals, in part, stress communication, critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, enhanced patient care, research and scholarship, health promotion and education, and adapting to changes in the healthcare setting.
For passing the RN licensure exam (NCLEX), UW Tacoma School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership awards advanced placement, which reduces the number of in-residence credits to 45. Please see a sample program plan for required courses.
Applicants must already be Registered Nurses (RNs) who are licensed in the state of Washington.* (Not an RN?)
The BSN curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's document, The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008).
Please see the following in order to gain a complete understanding of the program:
What Makes the Program Unique
- Applies course content to professional practice.
- Combines the acclaimed program of the UW School Nursing and Healthcare Leadership with opportunities in UW Tacoma's innovative programs in Business, Education, and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
- Uses a non-traditional approach that values professional experience.
- Works for both part-time and full-time students.
- Provides opportunities to explore interests and be creative.
We're making it easier to turn your registered nursing (RN) license into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. UW Tacoma now offers hybrid (online + on-campus) study options for part-time and full-time students. Our program emphasizes communication, critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, enhanced patient care, research and scholarship, health promotion and education, and adapting to changes in the healthcare setting.
- Full-time students on campus just 1 day a week; part-time students on campus 5 times per quarter
- On-campus class meetings on Wednesdays; additional coursework online
The full-time BSN:
Students begin in Summer Quarter or Autumn Quarter. Students take between 9-14 credits per quarter over four (4) consecutive quarters. Students relying on financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for guidance since full-time students will not meet credit minimums every quarter.
The part-time BSN:
Students begin in Autumn Quarter or Winter Quarter. Part-time students take between 5-8 credits over 7 quarters (2 academic years). Note that part-time students relying on financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for guidance since they will not meet credit minimums every quarter.
Campus tours and information sessions
The Office of Admissions provides campus tours and information sessions for potential UW Tacoma undergraduate students. Please see Campus Visit for additional information.
UW Equivalency Guide - find out how specific courses from Washington state community or technical colleges transfer to the University of Washington
*Students enrolled in the last year of an associate degree in nursing program and those who have not yet taken the NCLEX may apply for provisional BSN admission prior to RN licensure.