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

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If you have additional questions, please contact:

Susan Spieker, PhD
Faculty Coordinator BSN Honors

BSN honors project examples

  • Exploring the Experience of Adolescents When Cancer Treatment Ends
  • Heart Smart in Renton: Evaluating a Multi-Level Intervention Teaching Communities about Cardiovascular Health
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptom Severity and Quality of Life in Men and Women
  • Washington State School Nurses’ Roles and Practices with McKinney-Vento Homeless Students:Addressing Systemic Barriers to Care
  • The Relationship Between Maternal Psychological Well-Being and Perception of Fetal Movement
  • Exploring the Experience of Adolescents When Cancer Treatment Ends
  • Evaluation of Fitness Zones in Seattle Parks
  • Nursing Students’ Attitudes Towards Homeless Adults
  • Impact of the Harborview Chronic Pain Self-Management Program on Participant’s Quality of Life, Confidence and Pain Experience
  • Are Washington State School Nurses Prepared to Provide Sensitive, Knowledgeable Care to Transgender Youth?