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School of Nursing

School Overview

T301 Health Sciences

Dean
Azita Emami

Associate Deans
Joie Whitney, Associate Dean for Research
Maggie Baker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Nurse professionals are members of interdisciplinary teams in clinics, hospitals, and community settings, and work with people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and lifestyles to help them achieve the highest level of wellness possible. Nurse practitioners fill critical healthcare needs in both urban and rural settings, often for portions of the population who have not received adequate healthcare. Nurse scientists conduct important research about a variety of health problems and how best to promote health, prevent disease, and care for people who are ill. Nurses also teach in colleges and universities throughout the world.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
T301 Health Sciences, Box 357260
(206) 543-8736
sonas@uw.edu

The School of Nursing offers the following programs of study:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with eligibility to take the licensure examination to become a registered nurse.
  • An accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing option for candidates with an existing bachelorís degree. This option provides eligibility to take the licensure examination to become a registered nurse.
  • A four-quarter modification of the basic curriculum is available for the registered nurse. This BSN Completion (RN to BSN) program is available at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma, and prepares graduates go on for advanced degrees in nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: See below, under Admission Requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the nursing major occurs once a year, for autumn quarter, with an application deadline of January 15. Selection is competitive.

Application Requirements

  1. Cumulative 2.00 GPA or higher
  2. To be considered for admission, applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements at time of application.
    1. Three out of the total prerequisite science courses completed with a minimum 3.00 GPA.
    2. Four out of the total prerequisite science courses with a minimum 2.80 GPA.

    The science prerequisite courses are CHEM 120, CHEM 220, CHEM 221 (three-quarter chemistry series for UW students, two quarter sequence - one general chemistry and one organic - for non-UW applicants); BIOL 118, BIOL 119; B STR 301; MICROM 301 (plus MICROM 302 for UW students; non-UW applicants must take a separate microbiology laboratory if laboratory is not included in the general microbiology course); NUTR 300.

  3. Together with the application and college transcript(s), applicants submit a personal statement; a resume outlining volunteer/paid health-care experience, community service, and cultural awareness; and a recommendation from a health care provider (employer or volunteer coordinator).
  4. Applicants are expected to have 100 hours of health care experience in a paid or volunteer position in one setting for three months or more, completed within 12 months preceding submission of the application. The majority of applicants present health care experiences of several hundred hours for nine months or more.
  5. After an initial review of all applications, some applicants are asked to attend a proctored essay session. The proctored essay dates are published in the admissions publication. Eligible applicants are invited via email.

Entrance Requirements: Prior to beginning the nursing program in the autumn, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 90 credits to include the following courses:
    1. Written communication (10 credits): English composition and W-courses
    2. Problem-solving (8 credits): one QSR course, chosen from MATH 107, MATH 111, MATH 112, MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 134, MATH 144, PHIL 115, PHIL 120, PHIL 470, or Q SCI 291. One statistics course, such as STAT 220, STAT 311, Q SCI 381, QMETH 201, or EDPSY 490
    3. Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA) (15 credits)
    4. Individuals & Societies (I&S) (15 credits): to include NURS 201 or equivalent
    5. Natural World (NW) (26-33 credits): to include CHEM 120, CHEM 220, CHEM 221 (three quarter chemistry series for UW students; two-quarter sequence - one general chemistry and one organic - for non-UW applicants); BIOL 118, BIOL 119; B STR 301; MICROM 301 (plus MICROM 302 for UW students; non-UW applicants must take a separate microbiology laboratory if laboratory not included in general microbiology course); NUTR 300
    6. Electives to complete 90 credits
  2. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA, and a minimum 2.0 grade for each prerequisite course. Because admission is competitive, the GPA for admission is usually significantly higher.
  3. All applicants must be exempted from all English language proficiency requirements at UW in order to start the program. If offered admission the applicant is required to pay for a background check to be run by a company specified by the School of Nursing.

For additional information on admission criteria, specific prerequisites, and deadlines, as well as application forms, visit the School of Nursing website, nursing.uw.edu. To contact the School of Nursing Office of Academic Services, call (206) 543-8736 or 1 (800) 759-NURS or email sonas@uw.edu. Information sessions are offered periodically in the School of Nursing, Health Sciences Building T301, and an information session podcast is available. For a schedule of sessions or to listen to podcast, visit nursing.uw.edu/admissions/info-sessions/.

Major Requirements

Students need a minimum of 180 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. The required credits in the nursing curriculum total 95; thus 85 credits must be earned through general education, nursing prerequisites, and elective courses.

94 credits as follows:

  1. Nursing Foundations (52 credits): NURS 301, NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 308, NURS 309, NURS 310, NURS 401, NURS 404, NURS 405, NURS 407, NURS 410, NURS 412, NURS 415, NURS 417, NURS 419, NURS 420
  2. Clinical Nursing (39 credits): NCLIN 302, NCLIN 306, NCLIN 403, NCLIN 407, NCLIN 409, NCLIN 411, NCLIN 416, NCLIN 418
  3. Nursing Research and Methods (3 credits): NMETH 403

Equivalent or higher-level coursework may be substituted with the approval of the academic adviser.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing option

Admission Requirements

Admission occurs once a year, for summer quarter, with an application deadline in preceding autumn quarter. Selection is competitive.

Application Requirements

  1. Cumulative 2.80 college-level GPA or higher.
  2. At least four of the total prerequisite science courses completed with a minimum 3.0 grade in each course, and a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher in these courses. Science prerequisite courses are CHEM 120, CHEM 220, CHEM 221 (three-quarter chemistry series for UW students; two quarter sequence -- one general chemistry and one organic -- for non-UW applicants); BIOL 118, BIOL 119; B STR 301; MICROM 301 plus MICROM 302 for UW students. (Non-UW applicants must take a separate microbiology lab if lab is not included in the general microbiology course); NUTR 300.
  3. Together with the application and college transcript(s), applicant submits a series of personal statements; a resume outlining volunteer/paid healthcare experience, community service, and cultural awareness; and a recommendation from a healthcare provider (employer or volunteer coordinator).
  4. Applicants are expected to have 100 hours of healthcare experience in a paid or volunteer position in one setting for three months or more, completed within 12 months preceding submission of the application. The majority of applicants present healthcare experiences of several hundred hours for nine months or more.
  5. All applicants are asked to attend a proctored essay session.

Entrance Requirements:

Prior to beginning the nursing program in summer, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.
  2. Completion of a lifespan growth and development course -- NURS 201 or equivalent.
  3. Completion of one statistics course, such as STAT 220, STAT 311, Q SCI 381, QMETH 201, or EDPSY 490.
  4. Completion of all Natural World courses: CHEM 120, CHEM 220, CHEM 221 (three-quarter chemistry series for UW students; two-quarter sequence - one general chemistry and one organic - for non UW applicants); BIOL 118, BIOL 119; B STR 301; MICROM 301 plus MICROM 302 for UW students. (Non UW applicants must take a separate microbiology laboratory if laboratory not included in general microbiology course.); NUTR 300. Minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA in these courses.
  5. Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, and minimum 3.0 grade for each prerequisite course.
  6. All applicants must be exempted from all English language proficiency requirements at UW in order to start the program. If offered admission the applicant is required to pay for a background check to be run by a company specified by the School of Nursing,

For additional information on admission criteria, specific prerequisites, and deadlines, as well as application forms, visit the School of Nursing website, nursing.uw.edu. To contact the School of Nursing Office of Academic Services, call (206) 543-8736 or 1 (800) 759-NURS or email sonas@uw.edu. Information sessions are offered periodically in the School of Nursing, Health Sciences Building T301, and an information session podcast is available. For a schedule of sessions or to listen to podcast, visit nursing.uw.edu/admissions/info-sessions/.

Major Requirements

94 credits, as follows:

  1. Nursing Foundations (52 credits): NURS 301, NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 308, NURS 309, NURS 310, NURS 401, NURS 404, NURS 405, NURS 407, NURS 410, NURS 412, NURS 415, NURS 417, NURS 419, NURS 420
  2. Clinical Nursing (39 credits): NCLIN 302, NCLIN 306, NCLIN 403, NCLIN 407, NCLIN 409, NCLIN 411, NCLIN 416, NCLIN 418
  3. Nursing Research and Methods (3 credits): NMETH 403

    Equivalent or higher-level coursework may be substituted with the approval of the academic adviser.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The School of Nursing prepares its graduates to function as generalists in professional nursing practice and to collaborate with other health-care providers. The BSN/ABSN undergraduate curriculum emphasizes theory and clinical practice to ensure critical thinking, human caring, and clinical expertise. Clinical experiences are provided in institutional and community settings for preventive and acute care. For the ten goals of the BSN degree program, visit nursing.uw.edu/admissions/bsn/curriculum/.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Learning Laboratory
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors core curriculum and Departmental Honors). With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research Internships and Service Learning: Students complete eight clinical courses during the BSN program beginning with the first quarter of the program. Each student experiences placements in medical-surgical nursing, pediatric, family nursing, psychosocial mental health, and community-based nursing. Clinical hours per course range from six hours/week during the first quarter to 24 hours/week during the final quarter.
  • Department Scholarships: Limited scholarships based on student need established by FAFSA. Students are invited to apply after they have been admitted to the program by completing the School of Nursing Financial Aid application.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Students may join the Professional Organization of Nursing Students (PONS) after admission to the program. PONS' involvement spans all aspects of the undergraduate program: recruitment, orientation, education, fund raising, and social events.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
T301 Health Sciences, Box 357260
(206) 543-8736
sonas@uw.edu

The School of Nursing offers graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Nursing (MN), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy in nursing science (PhD). The DNP program admits RNs interested in advanced clinical practice. The PhD program prepares students for roles as scientists, scholars, and educators. Neither the MS nor the PhD program requires RN licensure for admission.

The School of Nursing offers an MN degree with a focus in community health systems nursing. A thesis or scholarly project is required for the MN degree. A concurrent MN/MPH degree is also available.

The MS degree is in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT). A thesis or scholarly project is required for the MS degree.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program admits postbaccalaureate or post-graduate students for either advanced practice registered nursing or advanced systems and population systems health. The following tracks are available (subject to change; visit School of Nursing website): adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner; community health-systems nursing; family nurse practitioner; pediatric nurse practitioner; pediatric clinical nurse specialist; neonatal clinical nurse specialist; neonatal nurse practitioner; nurse midwifery; perinatal nurse specialist; and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Applicants who already have a MN degree may apply to earn a DNP degree in their same specialty. The DNP program of study culminates in a capstone clinical investigative project.

The PhD in nursing science is a research-based degree program that trains students to create knowledge that influences and alters the health of individuals, groups, and populations, using current theories of nursing science. PhD students work closely with faculty to create their own research-based programs of study. These programs of study are based on applicants' research interests as they intersect with the current research interests of School of Nursing faculty. The PhD in nursing science program also offers an optional concentration in statistics in partnership with the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences. All PhD students must successfully defend a dissertation at the end of their program of study.

The School of Nursing also offers a Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (GCPAPN), with sub-tracks as follows: adult nurse practitioner; psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; advanced practice environmental health; infant mental health; pediatric nurse practitioner; nurse midwifery; neonatal clinical nurse specialist; and neonatal nurse practitioner. (See Schoolís website for updated information.) Admission criteria vary slightly based on focus of the graduate certificate. Some graduate certificate options require an RN license and a graduate degree in nursing. All options require completion of or concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree and a minimum 3.00 GPA in the last 90 quarter (60 semester) graded credits. Admission and program requirements for these certificates are the same as requirements for the umbrella degree in which the student is enrolled.

Part-time study is available for some graduate degree programs. Coursework may be started prior to formal admission to a program as a graduate nonmatriculated student (GNM). GNM status allows the student to take non-clinical courses and to earn up to 12 graduate-level credits that may be applied to a graduate program if the student is later admitted. Time limits for acceptance of courses taken as a GNM student are six years for a master's degree and ten years for a doctoral degree from the first course to completion of the degree.

Master of Nursing

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited nursing program with a minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 90 graded quarter credits,
    - OR -
    Associate of Arts degree or diploma from a nationally accredited RN program, in combination with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, acceptable to the UW. In addition, RNs with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees are required to demonstrate competencies in community health and professional leadership equivalent to those of baccalaureate degree nursing graduates, and are required to submit nursing equivalency essays.
  2. A 3-credit basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a minimum 2.0 grade
  3. An active, unrestricted United States RN license at the time of application. If the applicant does not have a Washington State license, the applicant must obtain one prior to beginning the UW Master of Nursing program.
  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency. All applicants to the DNP program whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency unless the applicant received a degree from an institution in an English-speaking country, or can provide official evidence that their previous degree instruction was in English. For questions about proof of English language proficiency, visit http://nursing.uw.edu/node/310, or contact the School of Nursing.
  5. Applications to both the School of Nursing and to the UW Graduate School via the Graduate School online admission process
  6. Three letters of recommendation: one academic, one clinical, and one additional recommendation of either type. Recommendations may be submitted online through the Graduate School.
  7. Admission essays relevant to the MN program objectives
  8. One official transcript from each collegiate institution attended, mailed to the School of Nursing along with other application materials
  9. If admitted to the MN program, the applicant is required at that time to obtain criminal history/background check clearances via a service designated by the School of Nursing. All applicants pay a fee for this service.

Degree Requirements

38-41 credits, as follows:

Nursing science and professional foundations (15 credits); clinical practice (6 credits); scholarly inquiry (11 credits with scholarly project or 14 credits with thesis); related coursework (6 credits). Specific courses determined in consultation with adviser according to the student's specific background and needs.

Master of Nursing/Master of Public Health Concurrent Degree Program (MN/MPH)

Admission Requirements

See admission requirements for MN and MPH individual degrees. Students must apply separately to, and be accepted by, each school. Students already enrolled in one school may apply for admission to the other and to the concurrent degree track. Students are encouraged to complete up to one year of study in one school before entering the other.

Degree Requirements

See MN and MPH individual degree requirements; common requirements are as follows:

At least 18 quarter credits for the master's degree in each program numbered 500 and above. Numerical grades in at least 18 quarter credits of coursework for each degree and all required courses taken graded. Up to 12 credits taken in one school can be counted toward the other school's total credit requirements, if approved by both programs. Electives for each Schoolís program can be fulfilled by taking the required courses of the other Schoolís program.

One thesis is required. The 9 required thesis credits can be taken in either School, which then becomes the "home" School and the source of the thesis committee chair as well as the program authorized to approve the thesis. Each School agrees to accept the other School's thesis as meeting its thesis requirement. Faculty from each School should be involved in development of the thesis and sit on the thesis committee.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 90 graded quarter credits by date of enrollment. Applicants to the Master of Science need not have a previous degree in nursing.
  1. A 3-credit basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a minimum 2.0 grade. Visit the School of Nursing website for a list of approved statistics courses.
  2. Proof of English Language Proficiency. All applicants to the MS program whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency unless the applicant received a degree from an institution in an English-speaking country, or can provide official evidence that the previous degree instruction was in English. For questions about proof of English language proficiency, visit http://nursing.uw.edu/node/310, or contact the School of Nursing.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, two from persons qualified to comment on the applicant's academic abilities and one from a person who can provide work-related (practice) information.
  4. Applications to both the School of Nursing and to the UW Graduate School via the Graduate School online admission process.
  5. Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
  6. Admission essays relevant to the MS degree program objectives.
  7. If admitted to the MS program, the applicant is required at that time to obtain criminal history/background check clearances via a service designated by the School of Nursing. All applicants pay a fee for this service.
  8. For students planning to take clinical nursing courses as part of their program of study, an active, unrestricted Washington RN license is required. Other applicants to the Master of Science program are not required to have an active RN license or to have a previous degree in nursing.

Degree Requirements

46-49 credits, as follows:

Nursing science (15 credits); professional foundations (3 credits); theory development (5 credits); modes of inquiry (11 credits); scholarly project (6 credits) or thesis (9 credits); related coursework (6 credits). Specific courses determined in consultation with adviser according to the student's specific background and needs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited nursing program with a minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 90 graded quarter credits. Applicants with a master's degree from a nationally accredited nursing program are also welcome to apply and must have a minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 90 graded credits of the master's degree.
    - OR -
    Associate of Arts degree or diploma from a nationally accredited RN program, in combination with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, is acceptable. In addition, RNs with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees are required to demonstrate competencies in community health and professional leadership equivalent to those of baccalaureate degree nursing graduates, and are required to submit nursing equivalency essays.
  2. If an applicant has not completed a master's degree, a 3-credit basic course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a minimum 2.0 grade, taken withing five years of matriculation.
  3. Proof of English Language Proficiency. All applicants to the DNP program whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency unless the applicant received a degree from an institution in an English-speaking country, or can provide official evidence that their previous degree instruction was in English. For questions about proof of English language proficiency, visit http://nursing.uw.edu/node/310, or contact the School of Nursing.
  4. Applications to both the School of Nursing and to the UW Graduate School via the Graduate School online admission process
  5. Three letters of recommendation, one academic, one clinical, and one additional recommendation of either type. Recommendations may be submitted online through the Graduate School.
  6. Response to three admission questions
  7. Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
  8. BSN equivalency, if applicable
  9. One official transcript from each collegiate institution attended, mailed to the School of Nursing along with other application materials.
  10. All applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must have an active, unrestricted United States RN license at the time of application. If the applicant does not have a Washington State RN license, the applicant must obtain one prior to beginning the UW Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
  11. If admitted to the DNP program the applicant is required at that time to obtain criminal history/background check clearances via a service designated by the School of Nursing. All applicants pay a fee for this service.

Degree Requirements

93 credits minimum, as follows:

  1. Advanced Practice (minimum 45 credits)
  2. Leadership (minimum 15 credits)
  3. Practice Inquiry (minimum 30 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized rank. Although the majority of applicants have a master's degree in nursing, neither a nursing background nor RN licensure is required for admission.
  2. Applications to both the School of Nursing and to the UW Graduate School via the Graduate School online admission process
  3. Proof of English Language Proficiency. All applicants to the PhD program whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency unless the applicant received a degree from an institution in an English-speaking country, or can provide official evidence that their previous degree instruction was in English. For questions about proof of English language proficiency, visit http://nursing.uw.edu/node/310, or contact the School of Nursing.
  4. A scholarly writing sample (25 pages or less) providing an example of an applicantís current skills in scholarly writing The sample should analyze a current clinical problem or professional issue using appropriate references to making an argument and supporting that position. The paper must be solely authored by the applicant. It is evaluated on multiple factors, including clarity, logical consistency, insight, and creativity or innovation. These are not accepted. If an editor is used, copies of both the edited and non-edited versions should be submitted for review.
  5. Letters of recommendation from three persons knowledgeable about the individual's potential for a research career in nursing.
  6. Statement of goals and research interests in response to specific questions listed on the application related to the pursuit of doctoral studies. The statement is used to evaluate the applicant's ability in written self-expression and the congruency of goals and research interests with the program objectives.
  7. If admitted to the PhD program the applicant is required at that time to obtain criminal history/background check clearances via a service designated by the School of Nursing. All applicants pay a fee for this service.

Degree Requirements

93 credits minimum, as follows:

  1. Theory and Domain of Knowledge (minimum 41 credits): Coursework in this category provides grounding in science and nursing science fundamental to examination of more specific issues in the relationship of human health and nursing.
  2. Scholarly Inquiry (minimum 52 credits): Coursework deals with means of developing knowledge. Exposure to variety of approaches with encouragement to develop advanced skills is at least one methodology. Includes 27 dissertation credits.

Financial Aid

A limited number of nurse traineeships are available for pre-master's study. Other financial aid is available on a limited basis. Teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available to a limited number of students. Priority for these appointments is given to pre-doctoral students.

Additional Information

For additional information on current graduate program content, admission criteria, deadlines, as well as application forms, visit the School of Nursing website at http://nursing.uw.edu. To contact the Office of Academic Services, School of Nursing, call (206) 543-8736 or 1- (800) 759-NURS or email sonas@uw.edu. Information sessions are offered periodically in the School of Nursing, Health Sciences Building T310, and an information session podcast is available.