BSN—Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BSN StudentsThe Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the UW Seattle campus is a two-year professional program that prepares you for a career as a registered nurse. As a BSN student, you will learn from our nationally acclaimed faculty in class and using interactive scenarios in our Learning Lab, allowing you to practice nursing skills in a safe environment before performing them in a supervised clinical setting.

You will build on those foundational skills with over 1,000 hours of hands-on patient care experience under the guidance of licensed care providers. These experiences take place at one of our 700+ respected community partnership sites, including Seattle Children’s Hospital and the top-ranked University of Washington Medical Center.

With over a ninety-eight percent graduation rate annually, the UW School of Nursing prepares you for success and excellence in nursing.


BSN students begin as college-level juniors, having already completed 90 quarter/60 semester college-level credits or a previous bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. A solid foundation of science and humanities prerequisite coursework sets you up for success in our program.

The BSN is a full-time program, including:

  • academic coursework focused on critical thinking, care and therapeutics, and health care resources
  • in-class lecture with experienced nurse practitioners and researchers
  • clinical simulation exercises in our Learning Lab, and
  • supervised direct patient care in the field

Many of our BSN graduates continue on to graduate nursing study and careers in research, administration, and education.

UW Tri-Campus A/BSN Program Goals

The BSN program prepares graduates to:

  1. Integrate concepts from the arts and sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in the provision and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  3. Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality care.
  4. Appraise, critically summarize, and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
  5. Integrate knowledge,  processes, and skills from nursing science; information and patient care technologies; and communication tools to facilitate clinical decision-making, and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care.
  6. Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
  7. Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
  8. Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community, and population levels.
  9. Demonstrate value-based professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice, and respect for diversity and human dignity.
  10. Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision-making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, evidence-based, holistic, and compassionate care to patients across the lifespan.
  11. Demonstrate critical interrogation of positionality, recognition of implicit biases, as well as knowledge and application of anti-racism principles to promote health equity.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (