Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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The 2019-20 BSN Application is Open! 


Starting Summer Quarter 2019 the BSN program will offer a  schedule that meets one day/week!


Apply Now! 

UW Tacoma Nursing takes a registered nurse, licensed in Washington State, to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree. The courses support students in developing professionally. The program goals, in part, stress communication, critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, enhanced patient care, research and scholarship, health promotion and education, and adapting to changes in the healthcare setting.

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For passing the RN licensure exam (NCLEX), UW Tacoma Nursing awards advanced placement, which reduces the number of in-residence credits to 45. Please see a sample program plan for required courses.

Applicants must already be Registered Nurses (RNs) who are licensed in the state of Washington.*   (Not an RN?)

The BSN curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's document, The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008).  

Please see the following in order to gain a complete understanding of the program: 

What Makes the Program Unique

  • Applies course content to professional practice.
  • Combines the acclaimed program of the UW School of Nursing with opportunities in UW Tacoma's innovative programs in Business, Education, and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
  • Uses a non-traditional approach that values professional experience.
  • Works for both part-time and full-time students.
  • Provides opportunities to explore interests and be creative.

Full-time or Part-time Option

The full-time BSN:

Students begin in Summer Quarter or Autumn Quarter. Students take between 9-14 credits per quarter over four (4) consecutive quarters. Students relying on financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for guidance since full-time students will not meet credit minimums every quarter.

The part-time BSN:

Students begin in Autumn Quarter or Winter Quarter. Part-time students take between 5-8 credits per quarter over two years. Note that part-time students relying on financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for guidance since they will not meet credit minimums every quarter.

IMPORTANT: Determine which option works best before applying because a change of application quarter may necessitate a new application and fee. See the Admissions Office website for details about deferring your application.

Campus tours and information sessions

The Office of Admissions provides campus tours and information sessions for potential UW Tacoma undergraduate students. Please see Campus Visit for additional information.

Additional tools

UW Equivalency Guidefind out how specific courses from Washington state community or technical colleges transfer to the University of Washington

Approved Statistics courses

Transfer Credit Policies

Prospective Transfer Student Planning Guide  

*Students enrolled in the last year of an associate degree in nursing program and those who have not yet taken the NCLEX may apply for provisional BSN admission prior to RN licensure.