BSN Curriculum & Program Goals

Students in the BSN program must have a minimum of 180 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington.  There are a total of 94 required credits in the nursing curriculum, so the remaining credits must be earned through general education, nursing prerequisite courses, and elective courses.

You may choose to earn more than 180 credits, including NMETH 499: Undergraduate Research/Independent Study, where you may pursue independent scholarly inquiry on a specific nursing problem under the supervision of a faculty sponsor.

BSN Curriculum

BSN Program Goals

The BSN program prepares graduates to:

  1. Integrate concepts from the Arts and Sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision, and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  3. Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality of care.
  4. Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
  5. Integrate knowledge, processes, and skills from nursing science; information and patient care technologies; and communication tools to facilitate clinical decision-making, and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care.
  6. Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
  7. Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
  8. Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels.
  9. Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice and respect for diversity and human dignity.
  10. Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, evidence-based, holistic, and compassionate care to patients across the life span.

The BSN/ABSN program goals were approved February 2010.

Additional Learning Opportunities

There are many student opportunities for those enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who wish to enhance their learning through health care immersion experiences in a society and/or culture very different from their own.