Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Nursing undergrads students in the Learning Lab

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 2-year upper-division professional program that prepares students to become general registered nurse practitioners (RN).  UW BSN students enter the program with a solid foundation of science and humanities. Students begin as college-level juniors with 60 semester/90 quarter credits already completed, or as post-baccalaureates with a non-nursing degree.


BSN applications are due January 15 each year to begin full-time study the following Autumn Quarter.

Accelerated BSN Option

Applicants who have already completed or have nearly completed a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply to our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, where the traditional 18-month BSN curriculum can be completed in 15 months.

Learn from Leaders in Nursing

BSN study at the University of Washington Seattle campus brings students together with experienced nursing researchers, faculty, practitioners, as well as a select group of highly-qualified peers.  Students build nursing skills with interactive scenarios in our Center for Excellence in Nursing Education (Learning Lab) using the latest patient simulators.  This allows students to practice nursing skills in a safe environment before performing the skills in the clinical setting.  The hands-on patient care experience each quarter will be in small groups under the supervision of licensed care providers and takes place at one of our 700+ respected community partnership sites, including the top-ranked University of Washington Medical Center.

Honors Program

BSN students who meet the eligibility requirements for our Honors Program may pursue a chosen area of nursing scholarship and undertake a year-long research project with a faculty mentor. BSN students apply for admission to the Honors Program during Spring Quarter of their first (junior) year and, upon completing all requirements during their second (senior) year, will graduate "With Honors in Nursing."

Multifaceted Learning Methods

BSN students build on the science coursework they have previously completed in order to learn how to care for a wide variety of patient populations.  The UW Seattle BSN is a full-time program that includes:

  • academic coursework focused on critical thinking, health and human functioning, care and therapeutics, person/environment fit and health care resources
  • in-class lecture with experienced nurse practitioners and researchers
  • clinical simulation exercises in our Learning Lab, and
  • supervised direct patient care in the field

BSN Graduates in the Field

Graduates from the BSN program are able to apply for their registered nursing (RN) license when they sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX).  Our graduates work in many diverse settings, including hospitals, private practices, community clinics, correctional facilities, and non-profit organizations.

BSN graduates who want to further specialize as an advanced practice nurse practitioner or clinical specialist are encouraged to explore the variety of graduate track options available through our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program.

Program Accreditation: 

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (