BSN Honors program

With honors in nursing

The UW School of Nursing BSN Honors Program offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing students the opportunity to earn departmental honors and graduate With Honors in Nursing. Graduating With Honors is a nationally-recognized achievement that signifies additional effort and accomplishment.

The UW School of Nursing is the only nursing school in Washington State to offer baccalaureate honors.
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students are not eligible for the BSN Honors Program.
The BSN Honors Program provides an opportunity for students to:

  1. be part of a scholarly learning community with a small group of peers
  2. be mentored in nursing science research by School of Nursing faculty
  3. gain experience in presenting their research project at a symposium

Students engage with faculty in cutting-edge programs of research through mentored experiences. You have an opportunity to pursue your interest in a chosen area of nursing science and undertake a year-long research project under the guidance of a faculty researcher.

Students interested in the BSN Honors Program apply for admission during spring quarter of their first year in the BSN program. Accepted students are notified prior to the end of spring quarter and will be matched with a faculty mentor in fall quarter. All requirements for graduating with honors in nursing are met during the second year in the BSN program.


  • Current enrollment in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program
  • Minimum of a 3.3 cumulative UW GPA
  • Minimum of a 3.5 cumulative School of Nursing GPA
  • Participation in 1-credit honors seminar (NURS 445: Topics in Nursing) Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters of senior year
  • Register for honors credit in NMETH403:  Introduction to Nursing Research
  • Complete 4-credits of mentored research experience during senior year (NMETH499)
  • Participate in Undergraduate Research Symposium (Spring Quarter) poster session

How to apply

  • Complete the BSN Honors Program Application, including short personal statement and goals.
  • Get an electronic copy of your unofficial UW transcript via MyUW
  • Print your application and transcript, place both in an envelope marked “Honors Application,” and bring to the Student and Academic Services reception desk (T-301) by May 5, 2016.

Learn more

If you have additional questions, please contact:
Barbara Burns McGrath RN, PhD
Faculty Coordinator BSN Honors

BSN honors project examples

  • Are Washington State School Nurses Prepared to Provide Sensitive, Knowledgeable Care to Transgender Youth?
  • Association Between Interleukin-6 Levels and Symptoms Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Communicating with Patients with Communication Disorders: A Survey of Nursing School Curriculum
  • Engaging Underrepresented Communities in Prevention Research: An Interdisciplinary Comparison
  • Evaluation of Fitness Zones in Seattle Parks: Understanding Park Users and Impact of Weather
  • Impact of a Perioperative Enhanced Recovery after Major Spine Surgery (PERMSS) Pathway on Patient-Reported Pain Outcomes using the International Pain Outcome (IPO) Registry
  • Initiation and Maintenance of Participation in a Local Mall Walking Program
  • Mindfulness Classes Transform the Experiences of Postpartum Women
  • Neurobehavioral Performance and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Fatigue Severity, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI): An Evaluation of Alcohol Impregnated Caps and Disinfection Technique in an Acute Care Setting
  • Social Support Availability and its Relationship with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptom Burden
  • Spouse Support to Women Newly Diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer: A Descriptive Study
  • Supporting Teach-Back: A Pathway to Hospital Readmission Reduction
  • The Effect of a Nurse-Delivered Counseling Intervention on the Partner/Caregiverʼs Depressive Mood in Advanced Ovarian Cancer
  • The Metrics of Cardiac Resuscitations: Measuring CPR Chest Compression Parameters During In-Hospital Cardiac Arrests for the Purpose of Quality Improvement