Application availability and deadline

Applications for the 2021 ABSN cohort are now closed. We anticipate that applications for ABSN 2022 will launch in August 2021. The application deadline will be 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 15 to begin study the following autumn, with DNP study beginning in autumn 2023.

Write the ABSN proctored essay

Following the application deadline, all ABSN applicants must complete an online proctored essay. We will conduct the proctored essay online using a service called Proctorio.

The proctored essay is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2020. You will be given one hour to complete this essay once it begins.

There are NO early or make-up sessions for the proctored essay.

If you will need disability accommodations to write the proctored essay, please read our instructions for accommodations confirmation.

Essay process

Those who apply by the deadline will receive a link by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, October 16, 2020, for a practice quiz. This practice quiz will allow you to test your hardware in the days leading up to the official proctored essay. It will also give you a sense of how Proctorio limits your computer activity during the essay (e.g., no copy and paste, no additional open browser windows, etc.).

When you begin the practice and official exams, Proctorio will ask you to show proof of ID. Please have this with you when you start the essay (see minimum requirements). During the exam, you may also use scratch paper when solving the math problems.

Please note that, while a camera and microphone are required, no one will watch you complete the exam.

You can complete the proctored essay between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. You will have one hour to complete the essay; please give yourself enough time before the deadline. If you start the proctored essay within the hour leading up to the deadline, you will only have until the deadline to complete it.

Technical support

Before the essay date, please contact Student and Academic Services (, 206.543.8736).

During the essay, Proctorio support is available to test takers via Live Chat and Email. Visit for information.

Minimum requirements

  • A desktop or tablet with a camera and microphone (iOS devices such as iPads will not work for the proctored essay)
  • A government or school-issued ID card with your name and photo (e.g., driver’s license, passport, school ID, military ID)
  • A stable Ethernet or WiFi connection for the duration of the essay
  • Chrome browser
  • Proctorio extension for Chrome

Write the DNP online essay

ABSN applicants simultaneously applying for an early DNP admissions decision will complete an online timed essay shortly following the application deadline.

The online essay window is scheduled for October 20-22, 2020 for the online essay.  You will receive an email link on Oct 20th at noon and have until 5pm on October 22nd (Pacific Standard Time) to complete the online essay.

Please reserve a minimum of 20 minutes to complete the online essay.

Essay process

Shortly following the application deadline, you will receive an email invitation to complete the essay responses. Click the link in your email invitation to create your online account.

You will write two responses. Each question gives 2 minutes of preparation and 5 minutes to write your response for a total of 7 minutes each.

You will not receive the questions in advance and will have one chance to respond to each question.

Technical support

Please direct all interview technical support issues to InterviewStream at 877.773.3164 or

Minimum requirements and recommendations

  • It is recommended that you restart your computer or device within 24 hours of writing your essay.
  • If you do not wish to restart your computer or tablet, clear the cache of the internet browser you plan to use and close and re-launch your internet browser, or use a private/incognito window.
  • Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work best when completing this online essay.
  • If you will use a browser other than Chrome or Firefox, make sure Adobe Flash Player is up to date.
  • Use a browser that is up to date. Check your browser version by accessing the Help > About menu in your browser of choice.
  • Make sure your internet connection has a minimum download speed of at least 3 Mbps and a minimum upload speed of at least 1 Mbps. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection, minimize the number of obstructions between your internet router and your computer.