What degrees are offered at the UW School of Nursing?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing degrees are offered on all three campuses of the University of Washington - Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma - and fulfill the mission and goals of the University, the School, and the particular campus.

Accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is shared across campuses. This unique, tri-campus relationship fosters diversity, enhances program access, and assures excellence in nursing education.*

  • The BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) - Offers beginning nursing studies.
  • The ABSN (Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing) - Pre-RN program for non-nurses who hold baccalaureate degrees in any non-nursing field. Students complete BSN studies in 5 consecutive quarters.
  • The MN (Master of Nursing) - Prepares nurse practitioners in adult/geriatric, acute care, family, pediatric, women's health, psychosocial, and nurse-midwifery practice. Advanced practice nurses can also complete degrees in community health, infectious disease/infection control or forensic nursing or may become clinical nurse specialists, care systems managers, nurse educators or nurse researchers.
  • The MS (Master of Science) - Emphasizes nursing research.
  • The DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) - Doctoral program for licensed RNs and ARNPs focusing on the incorporation of strong skills in advanced clinical practice, practice inquiry (research), and leadership.
  • The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science) - Prepares scientists capable of advancing nursing practice and education. Also provides postdoctoral training in a variety of fields including women's health and substance abuse.
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