We anticipate that applications for the 2017-18 academic year will be available beginning in early 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?