University of Washington Nursing School Review
The University of Washington (UW, UDub) was established in 1861 in what is now downtown Seattle, Washington.
The School of Nursing at the University of Washington offers a variety of undergraduate programs including; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), and an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing option (ABSN). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing option is for individuals who wish to go on to take the licensure examination in order to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing option is for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing program, who wish to take the examination in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.
The University of Washington offers a four-semester program that modifies the Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum for individuals who already hold a Registered Nurse licensure. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion is for individuals who wish to complete baccalaureate education and is offered at the University of Washington Bothell campus and the University of Washington Tacoma campus. Upon completion of this track, individuals usually go on to complete higher levels of nursing education including a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing.
In order to be admitted into the nursing programs at the University of Washington, individuals must have a college-level GPA of 3.0 or above and have completed at least four of the prerequisite courses with a 3.0 in each course. Applicants to the nursing programs must also submit personal statements, a resume outlining volunteer and healthcare experience, community service and cultural awareness, as well as three recommendation letters from healthcare, academic and character references. Applicants to the nursing programs must have 200 hours of healthcare experience, either on a volunteer or paid basis from a minimum of 12 months prior to the submission of the application. After students have passed the first round of admission, they are asked to attend a proctored essay session.
The University of Washington offers a variety of graduate programs in nursing including a Master of Nursing (MN), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science. The Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are for Registered Nurses who wish to advance their nursing careers.
The Master of Nursing offers a variety of specialties including; adult clinical nurse specialist, adult nurse practitioner (generalist, adult acute care, adult/older adult, infectious disease, rural adult), advanced practice community-health systems nursing (cross-cultural nursing and global health, occupational and environmental health nursing, healthy aging, communities for youth, rural health), neonatal clinical nurse specialist, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, perinatal nurse specialist, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and an independent thesis. A concurrent MN/MPH degree is also available at the University of Washington.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Washington admits licensed Registered Nurses and has a variety of specialties. Applicants who already hold a Master of Nursing in a specialty may apply to the same specialty at a doctorate level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is completed when students write a clinical investigative project.
The Ph.D in Nursing Science Program is intended for individuals who are interested in a research-based degree and wish to work closely with faculty. In order to complete the Ph.D in Nursing Science Program at the University of Washington individuals must submit a dissertation.
All of the graduate programs can be completed on a part-time basis. Applicants to the graduate programs must satisfy all prerequisite requirements and must hold a Registered Nurse licensure.
Finally, the Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (GCPAPN) is intended for students who have already completed a graduate degree and wish to complete a certificate program. Certificate options include; Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (APMHNP), Advanced Practice Environmental Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Infant Mental Health, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Midwifery.
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