We anticipate that applications for the 2017-18 academic year will be available beginning in mid-October 2017 for the January 16, 2018 deadline. Please check back soon!

Getting started with your application

While we finalize the 2018 BSN application, there are a few things you can start preparing ahead of time.

Listen to our online information session

Learn how each part of your application will be reviewed by the BSN Admissions Committee by listening to our in-person and online application information sessions.

Order official college transcripts

Order an official transcript from every college or university you have ever attended (including the University of Washington), regardless of whether or not you earned a degree or certificate there.  You must submit a transcript from every school even if credits from one school appear on the transcript of another.  Unofficial transcripts are not accepted.

Do not submit high school transcripts.

If you attended a university or college outside of the U.S., you will need to include a foreign transcript evaluation (not original foreign transcripts).  Visit‌international/ for available foreign transcript evaluation services.


The resume familiarizes the application reviewers with your experiences and training relevant to the nursing program.  It is important that you describe the specific activities and responsibilities of your experiences; don’t just list them.  You want to present yourself as a good candidate for the profession of nursing and the BSN program.

Submit a one to two page resume that is organized according to the categories below.  Set the resume up in a professional manner, with your name and current address at the top.  The font should be Arial or Calibri, no smaller than 10-points, and margins no smaller than a 1/2 inch wide.  Proofread your resume for spelling errors.

Include the following for each experience:

  • Name of agency/hospital/clinic
  • Location
  • Dates
  • Total hours
  • Short, detailed description of your activities/responsibilities
  • Contact names, phone numbers and/or email addresses when requested (see below)

Give each of the following categories a header:

Healthcare Experience:  Volunteer or paid work in a healthcare setting.  Include your supervisor’s name, phone number and/or email address.

Community Involvement/Service:  Active participation in a group/community, such as a student organization, neighborhood club, church, etc.  Include any appropriate contact names, phone numbers, and/or email addresses.

Leadership/Teaching Experiences:  Include situations where you have taken the lead, been in charge of a particular effort, and/or have trained individuals or groups.  Include any appropriate contact names, phone numbers, and/or email addresses.

Non-English Language Proficiencies:  For each language you list, indicate at what level you are able to speak, write, and read the language.  For example:

  • Speaking ability: native, fluent, basic, very basic
  • Writing ability: native, fluent, basic, very basic
  • Reading ability: advanced, comprehension at college level, comprehension at grade school level, basic, very basic

Healthcare Training, Licenses, or Certificates (optional):  Examples include:

  • CPR training
  • HIV/AIDS education
  • Licenses/certificates for:
    • Nursing Assistant Certified (CNA)
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Doula
    • Mental Health Counselor

Include the training date(s), provider(s), and license/certification number(s) when applicable.

Personal statement

Respond to both questions below in your personal statement.  Your personal statement should be no more than two pages, typed and double-spaced.  The font should be Arial/Calibri, no smaller than 10-points, and margins no smaller than 1 inch wide.

  1. Reflect upon and describe a strength and a challenge you have identified about yourself in the context of your healthcare experience at the individual, family, community, or population level. Provide at least one specific example and describe the setting, duration of the experience, skills learned and applied, and how your interactions with others have helped you clarify your future aspirations as a nurse.
  2. Cultural humility is an essential aspect of healthcare and of nursing. Cultural humility includes three principles: 1)lifelong learning and critical self-reflection; 2) recognize and mitigate power imbalances inherent in our healthcare system; and 3) institutional accountability, where the institution has to model and support these. Describe a healthcare experience when you worked with a patient, family, community, or population much different from yourself and where your beliefs and values differed in some way. What, if anything, would you do differently if faced with a similar situation?

Letter of recommendation

Your letter of recommendation should be written by someone who supervised you during your hands-on healthcare experience, and is ideally a registered nurse (RN). Arrange for your letter of recommendation well in advance of the application deadline.

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

You will designate your recommender in your online application. They will receive an email with a link to submit your recommendation through our online system.

You may wish to sit down and discuss this letter with your recommender. They will address 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?