The opportunity for students to enter B.S.N. and M.S.N. programs with a bachelor’s degree has expanded tremendously. Most of the programs are two to three years and lead to the RN licensure, with the opportunity to pursue advanced practice specialization and certification in such areas as family practice, midwifery, pediatrics, critical care, infectious diseases, or Doctor of Nursing programs. The schools vary greatly in terms of courses required for admission. See the American Association of College of Nursing website :

The courses most frequently required for admission include:

  • Biology — Biology 127 Nutrition, Biology 221 & 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II and labs; Biology 339 Microbiology and lab
  • Chemistry — Two semesters, to include general, organic, and biochemistry
  • Mathematics — Mathematics 128 Introduction to Statistics or Mathematics 247 Statistics with Applications
  • Psychology — Psychology 240 Developmental Psychology

Note: Requirements vary. Some schools require chemistry (e.g. general and/or organic), a genetics course (e.g. Biology 205), English composition (e.g. Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse 210), speech/public speaking, and additional humanities and/or social science courses.

FAQs for Nursing

What are some programs attended  by recent alums?

University of Washington
Oregon Health & Sciences University
University of California - San Francisco
Duke University
Johns Hopkins University
Seattle University
Gonzaga University
University of Pennsylvania

How do I apply?

NursingCAS is the centralized application service operated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Although many of the 750 nursing schools affiliated with AACN were participating in NursingCAS, some such as the University of Washington School of Nursing and Seattle University College of Nursing do not and you apply directly to the particular school.  Students are encouraged to review the application process of individual schools to which they seek admission.  


For further information contact:
Kimberly Mueller, Director of Health Professions Advising
Hall of Science #164