Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

About the BSN

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According to our philosophy of undergraduate education, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a professional program that builds on a foundation of knowledge in science, humanities and related professional disciplines. BSN graduates are prepared as general clinical practitioners, and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) in order to obtain Washington State RN licensure.

BSN coursework emphasizes critical thinking, health and human functioning, care and therapeutics, person/environment fit and health care resources. Clinical experiences occur in a wide variety of hospital and community settings serving diverse populations; role development, decision making, health status evaluation, and scholarship are emphasized. The BSN program is highly competitive, and demands rigorous academics combined with experiential learning.

As a BSN student, your Class Designation is the year you are scheduled to graduate. For example, students beginning Autumn Quarter 2009 will be designated as BSN 2011: the year they are scheduled to complete the BSN program.

Current BSN Student Profiles

Click on any of the images below to find out what current students are saying about their experience in the BSN program!

BSN Student Profile Thumb: Sumi Kim BSN Student Profile Thumb: Jason Ly
BSN Student Profile Thumb: Jack Shephard BSN Student Profile Thumb: Erica Southern


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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