Nurse Scholars Program

Nurse Scholars is a collaboration between the School of Nursing and Health Studies and participating Nursing Programs offered at local colleges. This partnership provides students with a direct pathway to a BSN degree. Nurse Scholars is the same great BSN from UW Bothell, without the usual barriers of the application process. UW Bothell is committed to producing qualified nurses in our region with fewer barriers to admission.


The Nurse Scholars (NS) program removes the barriers to higher education. Nurse Scholars applicants benefit from a streamlined application and review process. There is no application fee, no personal statement, and no resume required to apply. NS applicants have the flexibility to start their BSN up to 15 months after graduating. In addition, students can earn BSN credits during the summer quarter!

All nursing students admitted and attending Everett Community College, or Shoreline Community College are eligible to apply to the BSN program as a Nurse Scholar.

Eligibility is dependent on the student, meeting and completing the requirements listed below.


  1. Graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing from a partner Nursing Program (Everett or Shoreline) with a minimum 3.2 cumulative Nursing GPA. 
  2. Start the BSN program within 15 months of graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing. 
  3. Completion of 10 credits of Arts & Humanities credits.
  4. Completion of the UW English Composition requirement (ENGL&101, or ENGL& 102), Advanced Placement cannot count toward the UW Composition requirement.    
  5. If the majority of a student’s education was outside of the US and in a language other than English, the student must prove proficiency in the English language.
    English language proficiency must be proved by one of the methods outlined on the English language proficiency page, by the Office of Admissions.
  6. Complete a University application and submit official transcripts and any documents required by the Office of Admissions.  Follow the instructions on the admissions page, and gather details on entry terms and application deadlines.  

How to Apply as a Nurse Scholar

  • Start the application 
  • In your applicant profile, select Yes, I’m a Nurse Scholar.  
  • You will then be prompted to attach an unofficial copy of your ADN transcript.

Required application materials

  • Submit official transcripts from all previous colleges to the Office of Admission. 

Frequently asked questions

1. I’m not sure if I am eligible, who can I talk to?
Our Undergraduate Nursing Advisor Norma Perez-Comparan is available to meet with prospective applicants, schedule an appointment here.

2. I have Advanced Placement for English Literature will these be accepted, for English Composition?
UW Bothell grants credits for English literature, but not Composition.

3. How can I earn 5 credits toward my BSN degree in the summer quarter?
Students who are in their second year of Nursing school can earn 5 credits, (of BHLTH 400 level coursework), toward their BSN degree. Students should contact the Undergraduate Nursing Advisor in March to review the summer coursework schedule, and application requirements, and to secure a seat in the class. 

Click here to schedule an appointment.

4. Can I use financial aid to cover the 5 credits over the summer quarter? 
Unfortunately, at this time students will not be eligible to use financial aid for the summer coursework.

5. Where and when can I start my BSN degree?
The BSN program offers classes at the Bothell campus, Everett, and Shoreline in a hybrid format, which is a combination of in-person instruction and online learning. You can review our starting quarters, and site information, on our program overview page.

6. What if I become ineligible, what do I do?
Complete the regular application and submit the required documents. Students are required to submit official transcripts, one (1) recommendation form, a personal statement, a resume, and any other material deemed necessary by the Office of Admissions.