FAQs

What is considered appropriate hands-on healthcare experience?

The minimum 100 hours hands-on healthcare experience is to ensure that you have been exposed to the nursing profession and that you understand the role of the nurse in providing patient care. After your experience, you must be able to articulate to the admissions committee why you are a good fit for the nursing profession. The best hands-on healthcare experience is where you work with and are supervised by registered nurses and includes patient contact/hands-on experience. A significant number of applicants complete Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training and get jobs as CNAs before applying, but this is not required. You should work as closely with nurses as possible so you can make an informed decision about becoming a nurse. This gives you the opportunity to have your letter of recommendation written by a nurse, which is a huge asset to your application. Overall, you must be able to thoughtfully reflect on your hands-on healthcare experience and show why you are a good candidate for our nursing program.

How much hands-on healthcare experience should I have in order to apply to the ABSN/BSN program?

Within twelve months of applying to the ABSN or BSN programs, applicants must have a minimum of 100 hours of hands-on healthcare experience in a three-month period. We are interested in seeing a level of intensity of experience as well as a level of commitment on the part of the applicant. We want your experience to be concentrated enough so you really have a chance to observe the breadth of the nursing role and get a realistic view of it. While 100 hours is the minimum requirement, many applicants have well over that amount when they apply.

How do I know what courses will transfer to the UW School of Nursing and fulfill the prerequisites?

Your first step is to check the University's Course Equivalency Guide. You may take other courses besides the ones listed on the guide as long as they fulfill the requirement. The best way to determine if the course you want to take satisfies the requirement is to find the course description for that class and compare it to the description of the sample UW courses listed on the prerequisite worksheet. If the material covered and number of credit hours is roughly the same, the course should satisfy the requirement.

Do you offer distance learning for the ABSN or BSN programs?

No, we do not offer distance learning for our undergraduate programs.

Do you accept credits from the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)?

No, the University of Washington nor School of Nursing accept credits from the CLEP. The UW does, however, grant credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Visit http://admit.washington.edu/Admission/Freshmen/College for more information on the University's guidelines for college-level work taken in high school.

Should I apply to the Accelerated BSN program or regular BSN program?

Choosing between the Accelerated BSN program and regular BSN program is a personal decision. For some students, being able to earn their degree six months faster is worth the higher cost of the ABSN program. Other students prefer the pace and cost of the BSN program. There is no difference between the programs in terms of the courses you complete or the degree you earn.

How many applicants does the ABSN program receive each year, and how many are accepted into the program?

On average, we receive 168 ABSN applications every year for 48 available slots in the program.