• ABSN applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 15, 2022 to begin study spring or autumn quarter 2023.
  • DNP applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 15, 2022 to begin study autumn quarter 2024.

ABSN and DNP application checklist

Follow this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to submit a complete application for admission:

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Order transcripts
  3. Designate your recommenders
  4. Complete the ABSN application
  5. Complete the DNP application
  6. Save the date for the online DNP essay
  7. Apply now

Printable instructions

1. Check your eligibility

ABSN application

To apply to the ABSN program, you must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field, OR sufficient time to complete a bachelor’s degree in time to start the program
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8 for all completed college-level coursework
  • At the time you submit your application, at least three of the Natural World prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for those courses
  • A minimum grade of 3.0 (“B”) in each ABSN prerequisite course, including all Natural World courses, Lifespan Growth & Development, and Statistics
  • Minimum 100 hours of paid or volunteer health care experience in one setting within a three-month span, completed within 12 months prior to applying
  • A clear understanding of the Registered Nurse (RN) role
  • Proof of English language proficiency

If you do not meet the minimum requirements above, you should not submit an ABSN application at this time.

DNP application

To continue on to the DNP program immediately following completion of the ABSN program, you must have:

2. Order transcripts

You must submit a transcript from every school you have attended – including the University of Washington – even if credits from one school appear on the transcript of another. We accept official or unofficial transcripts.

You will scan or take a high-resolution photo of each transcript, including the reverse side.

Transcripts must be in PDF format. You will upload these to both your ABSN and DNP applications.

The School of Nursing may contact you if there are issues reviewing your transcript(s).

3. Designate your recommenders

You will submit one letter of recommendation for your ABSN application and three for your DNP application.

Family members or close, personal friends are not eligible to write your letter of recommendation.

You recommenders will submit their letters directly to your online application. You may wish to make time to sit down and discuss these letters with them. Arrange for your letter of recommendation well in advance of the application deadline.

Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.

ABSN application

An ideal candidate to write your letter of recommendation is someone who has worked with you (e.g., in a work, volunteer, or academic experience) and knows you well enough to speak to your professional qualities and potential as a future nurse.

DNP application

You must have three letters of recommendation:

  1. One academic, from a nursing class instructor or professor, clinical instructor or preceptor (if you have been out of school for a long time, consider choosing an academic recommender who is a professional in their work environment, understands the rigors of an academic nursing graduate program, and can recommend the applicant’s potential to succeed in one)
  2. One clinical, from a current clinical supervisor at your work, clinical instructor, or clinical preceptor who supervised you during your hands-on healthcare experience, and either practices in the role you seek (e.g., clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, population health nurse) or works with those in the role sought (RN, PA, MD/DO), and has knowledge regarding role performance requirements
  3. One academic, clinical, or community recommendation


  1. Recommendations should be current, have had contact with you during the last five years, and be able to speak to your ability to complete doctoral-level education.
  2. Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.
  3. At least one letter of recommendation should be written by someone who has supervised you during your hands-on healthcare experience. Their letter should specifically speak to your ability to function in your chosen role (e.g., NP, CNS, NM, etc.). Ideally, this person would be an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (ARNP). If they are not an ARNP, they could also be an RN with exposure to the advanced practice role, a Physician Assistant, or Medical Doctor.
  4. Family members or friends are NOT eligible to write letters of recommendation.

You will want to brief your recommenders ahead of time to discuss the questions they will respond to.

4. Complete the ABSN application

If you are eligible to apply, go to the online application portal to create your account and complete your online application.

5. Complete the DNP application

Refer to our DNP application instructions for more detailed information.

  1. Go to
  2. If you are a new applicant, create a new profile. If you are a re-applicant, log in to your existing account.
  3. Choose Nursing – Doctor of Nursing Practice as the graduate program you are applying to.
  4. Though you would begin the DNP program in Fall 2024 if admitted for graduate study, select Fall 2023 and we will petition to have the start date changed.
  5. Choose Nurse-Midwifery as your area of interest.

Complete all required sections in your online application:

  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Responses to the admissions questions (see instructions for prompts)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
    • Foreign transcripts must include translated evaluations
    • You do not need to include a foreign transcript if you attended a foreign university through a study abroad program and the credits appear on your school’s transcript
  • Copies of scores from appropriate tests demonstrating English-language proficiency (reading, writing and comprehension as well as spoken) if appropriate

Save the date for the online DNP essay

Following the application deadline, all applicants must complete an online essay using a service called Canvas.

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

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

DNP Essay process

Shortly following the application deadline, you will receive an email invitation to complete the essay responses.

The DNP essays must be written between noon on Monday, October 17 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19. 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.

Technical support

Contact Student and Academic Services (, 206.543.8736).

Minimum requirements

  • A stable Ethernet or WiFi connection for the duration of the essay
  • You may use any browser to complete the online essay, but Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Use a browser that is up to date. Check your browser version by accessing the Help > About menu in your browser of choice.
  • We recommend restarting 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.