- ABSN applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 15, 2019 to begin study autumn quarter 2020.
- DNP applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 15, 2019 to begin study autumn quarter 2021.
ABSN and DNP application checklist
Follow this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to submit a complete application for admission:
- Contact Student and Academic Services
- Check your eligibility
- Order official transcripts
- Designate your recommenders
- Create your online ABSN account
- Create your online UW Graduate School account and start your application
- Save the date for the ABSN proctored essay
- Save the date for the DNP online interview
- Apply now
1. Contact Student and Academic Services
If you are applying to the ABSN with an early DNP admissions decision, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to track both of your applications.
2. Check your eligibility
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 volunteer or paid hands-on healthcare experience in one setting over the course of three months, completed within 12 months prior to applying to the ABSN program
- Proof of English language proficiency
If you do not meet the minimum requirements above, you should not submit an ABSN application at this time.
To continue on to the DNP program immediately following completion of the ABSN program, you must have:
- An in-process or earned bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited nursing program (a nursing degree must be completed prior to beginning your program of study)
- A minimum 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits
- Completion of a basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics (three credits/one quarter), completed within five years prior to the October application deadline
- Meet the Essential Behaviors for DNP students
- Have an active, unrestricted Washington state RN license by the time you begin your program of study
- If your native language is not English, proof of proficiency in English (including spoken English)
3. Order official transcripts
You must submit an official transcript from every school you have attended – including the University of Washington – even if credits from one school appear on the transcript of another. Unofficial transcripts are not accepted.
You will scan or take a high-resolution photo of each transcript, including the reverse side.
Transcripts must be in PDF or JPEG format. You will upload these to both your ABSN and DNP applications.
4. Designate your recommenders
You will submit one letter of recommendation for your ABN 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.
The letter of recommendation should be written by someone who supervised you during your hands-on healthcare experience. Ideally, this person will be a registered nurse (RN).
Your recommender will respond to the following questions:
- Please describe the setting in which you supervised the applicant. Give details about their responsibilities and relationship to patient care.
- Give an example of how the applicant addresses issues of diversity. Are they sensitive to diversity issues? Are they willing to engage in patient care delivery in all settings? Are they able to deliver care to all patient populations? Give examples of each, if possible.
- Does the applicant, in your opinion, know that their values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions and experiences affect their perceptions and relationships with others? Provide an example.
- Give an example of how the applicant does or does not demonstrate problem-solving skills. In your opinion, does the applicant have the maturity and emotional stability to function effectively under stress? If you observed the applicant dealing with conflict or crisis, please describe the situation and how the applicant handled it.
- Give an example of how the applicant does or does not function as a member of a team in diverse interpersonal, academic, community and/or working environments.
- What qualities and traits does the applicant possess that would make them a successful professional nurse?
- What are some areas on which you think the applicant could improve?
- Please verify the number of hours you supervised the applicant in the healthcare setting.
You must have three letters of recommendation:
- an academic recommendation, such as one from a nursing class instructor/professor, clinical instructor, or preceptor
- a recommendation 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 are seeking (e.g., CNM, CHN, NP, etc.) or works with individuals in the advanced practice role sought (RN, PA, MD/DO) and has knowledge regarding role performance requirements
- either an academic or clinical recommendation
- 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.
- Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.
- At least one letter of recommendation should be written by someone who supervised you during your hands-on healthcare experience and is most qualified to speak to your future ability to function in your chosen role (NP, CNS, NM, etc.). Their letter should specifically speak to your ability to function in your role. 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.
- 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. Your references will be sent an email asking them to address the following:
- How long have you known this applicant and in what capacity?
- In making this evaluation, what group are you using as a basis for comparison? (Recommenders are sometimes unclear on the meaning of this. Suggestions you might share are: “other nurses you know who have gone on to graduate school” or “all undergraduate students I have taught” or “other nurses on your unit”, etc.)
- Admission to graduate study in Nursing – Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Washington is (select one of the following):
- Strongly recommended
- Recommended with reservations
- Not recommended
- Unable to respond
Next, each recommender will be asked to rate you on the following criteria, ranging from “Below Average (lower 50%)” up to “Truly Exceptional”:
- Overall academic ability, including analytical skills and conceptual thinking ability
- Practice inquiry ability or potential
- Oral communication skills
- Written communication skills
- Clinical nursing competence
- Leadership ability or potential
- Creativity or innovative ability
- Self-reflection ability and self-critique accuracy
- Acceptance and use of constructive feedback
- Integrity and trustworthiness
Finally, your recommender will respond to the following:
- If desired, elaborate on any of your criteria ratings above.
- Please describe the applicant’s experience working with diverse groups, underserved populations, and his/her ability to respect individual differences.
- Please describe what you view as the applicant’s attributes that demonstrate his/her potential for making a contribution to nursing and health care.
- Please describe any characteristics of the applicant that could potentially restrict his/her contributions to nursing and health care.
- Please describe what you view as this applicant’s major strengths for completing the DNP program.
Please describe the applicant’s characteristics or circumstances that could potentially make completion of the DNP program challenging.
5. Create your online ABSN account and start your application
Refer to our printable ABSN application instructions for more detailed information.
- Go to https://admissions.nursing.uw.edu/undergrad-applications/
- Click Create account.
- Enter your email address, create a password, and then confirm your password. The email address you choose will be used throughout the application process and cannot be changed.
For your security, you will use two-factor authentication every time you log in. You can choose to receive security codes via mobile phone or email. Mobile carrier text messaging rates may apply.
First, you will enter your Natural World prerequisite coursework. You must have a minimum of three Natural World courses complete at the time you apply with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for those courses.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you will not be able to continue with the application at this time.
If you are eligible to apply based on your Natural World coursework above, you will continue on to complete the following sections:
- Additional required courses
- Personal statement*
- Optional statement*
- Letter of recommendation
- Proctored essay information
- Essential qualifications agreement
- Background check authorization
*We highly recommend that you write your resume, personal statement, and optional statement in a word processor and copy and paste the final text into the appropriate section of your online application.
6. Create your online UW Graduate School account and start your application
Refer to our printable DNP application instructions for more detailed information.
- Go to https://grad.uw.edu/admissions/apply-now/
- If you are a new applicant, create a new profile. If you are a re-applicant, log in to your existing account.
- Choose Nursing – Doctor of Nursing Practice as the graduate program you are applying to.
- Though you would begin the DNP program in Fall 2021 if admitted for graduate study, select Fall 2020 and we will petition to have the start date changed.
- Choose Nurse-Midwifery as your area of interest.
Complete all required sections in your online application:
- School of Nursing Graduate School Application Supplemental Form
- Current résumé
- Three letters of recommendation
- Responses to the admissions questions (see instructions for prompts)
- Authorization for Background Check form (do not run the background check when you apply)
- Official 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
7. Save the date for the ABSN proctored essay
All ABSN applicants must write the proctored essay. If you do not write the essay, your application will no longer be considered for admission.
Applicants who live in the greater Seattle area are expected to come to the UW Seattle campus to write the proctored essay. If you are an out-of-area applicant for whom it is unreasonable to travel to UW Seattle, you should designate an official who will proctor the essay in your online application.
The proctored essay is scheduled for 6 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Directions to the Health Sciences Building can be found here, and you will receive the room number once you have submitted your application.
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.
Out-of-area proctored essays
If you will complete the proctored essay out-of-area, you may arrange to write the essay any time of day on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. You have one hour to complete the proctored essay.
If you choose the out-of-area option, you must provide information for a faculty person, academic adviser, or work supervisor who will proctor your essay.
We will contact your proctor and they must respond to our email to confirm their email account no later than Friday, October 18. Confirmed proctors will receive the essay prompts and instructions by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, October 21.
After completing the proctored essay, your proctor must scan and email the completed essay to email@example.com no later than noon on October 23, 2019.
Late essays will not be accepted.
8. Save the date for the DNP online interview
ABSN applicants simultaneously applying for an early DNP admissions decision will complete an online interview shortly following the application deadline.
Please hold the dates of October 16, 2019 – October 18, 2019 for the online interview.
Please review our online information for details about the process and best practices for completing your interview.
9. Apply now
The 2020 ABSN and DNP applications are now open.