Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on January 15, 2020 to begin study the following autumn.

BSN 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 official transcripts
  3. Designate a recommender
  4. Create your online account
  5. Complete your personal information
  6. Create a new BSN application and enter your Natural World coursework
  7. Complete the BSN application
  8. Apply to UW Seattle
  9. Save the date for the proctored essay
  10. Apply now

Printable instructions

You may also download printable instructions for the BSN application process with more detailed information.

1. Check your eligibility

BSN applicants must have:

  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 for all completed college-level coursework
  • Completed 90 quarter hour credits by the time you begin the BSN program, including:
    • At the time you submit your application, at least three of the Natural World (science) prerequisites courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for those courses, or four Natural World courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 for those courses
  • A minimum grade of 2.0 (“C”) in each BSN 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 BSN program
  • Proof of English language proficiency

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

2. 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. We do not accept unofficial transcripts.

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

Transcripts must be in PDF or JPEG format.

3. Designate a recommender

Arrange for your letter of recommendation well in advance of the application deadline. You will designate one recommender who will submit a recommendation letter to your online application. If possible, sit down and discuss this letter with them.

Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.

Your recommendation should be written by someone who supervised you during your hands-on healthcare experience. Ideally, this person is a registered nurse (RN).

Family members and personal friends may not write your letter of recommendation.

Your recommender will respond to the following questions:

  1. Please describe the setting in which you supervised the applicant. Give details about their responsibilities and relationship to patient care.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. What qualities and traits does the applicant possess that would make them a successful professional nurse?
  7. What are some areas on which you think the applicant could improve?
  8. Please verify the number of hours you supervised the applicant in the healthcare setting.

4. Create your online account

  1. Go to
  2. Click Create account.
  3. 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.

5. Complete your personal information

Complete your personal information (name, birthdate, phone numbers, etc.), contact addresses, and the colleges/universities you have attended.

Upload scans or high-resolution photos of your transcripts in PDF or JPEG format for each college/university attended. If you attended a college or university outside the U.S., upload a foreign transcript evaluation report for these schools. Please do not upload the original foreign transcript.

You do not need to submit a foreign transcript if you attended a foreign university through a study abroad program and the credits appear on your school’s transcript, but you must submit a foreign transcript and evaluation if you are using a course taken internationally as a prerequisite course.

6. Create a new BSN application and enter your Natural World coursework

Create a new BSN application through your profile. 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 have completed four or more Natural World courses, your cumulative GPA must be 2.8 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.

7. Complete the BSN application

If you are eligible to apply based on your Natural World coursework above, you will continue on to complete the following sections:

  1. Additional required courses
  2. Resume*
  3. Personal statement*
  4. Optional statement*
  5. Letter of recommendation
  6. Proctored essay information
  7. Essential qualifications agreement
  8. Background check acknowledgement

*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.

Review the guidelines for each application part in our PDF instructions or the online application.

8. Apply to UW Seattle

If you are not currently a student at the University of Washington Seattle campus, you will need to apply to the UW as a transfer or post-baccalaureate applicant to begin Autumn 2020. Applications are due February 15, 2020.

Visit for more information.

9. Save the date for the proctored essay

After an initial application review, some applicants will be invited to write a proctored essay. This essay counts towards your total score. You will receive an email notification by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 if you must write the essay.

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 Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 6 – 7 p.m. and will be held in the Health Sciences Building on the UW Seattle Campus. Directions to the Health Sciences Building can be found here, and the room number will be included in your email invitation.

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 are invited to complete the proctored essay and have designated an out-of-area proctor in your application, you may arrange to write the essay any time of day on the scheduled essay date. You will have one hour to complete the proctored essay.

We will contact your proctor on Monday, February 17 and they must respond to our email to confirm their account. Confirmed proctors will receive the essay prompts and instructions by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 18.

After completing the proctored essay, your proctor must scan and email the completed essay to our office no later than noon on February 20.

Late essays will not be accepted.

10. Apply now

The Autumn 2020 BSN application is now open.

Begin your BSN application