Proof of English Language Proficiency


Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Programs

  • New and transfer students (U.S. citizens/dual citizens; students with A, E, I, G, K, or V visa; U.S. permanent residents; students with refugee status or political asylum) must meet the following requirements upon enrollment: http://depts.washington.edu/registra/students/elpr/
  • International new and transfer students (F-1 student visa or any other type of temporary, non-immigrant visa) must submit English test scores upon application: http://admit.washington.edu/Admission/International/EnglishProficiency and also fulfill the same enrollment requirements as domestic new/transfer students: http://depts.washington.edu/registra/students/elpr/
  • International post-baccalaureate students (F-1 student visa or any other type of temporary, non-immigrant visa) are subject to the same requirements as international new/transfer students, unless you earned your first bachelor’s degree from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom: http://admit.washington.edu/Admission/International/Postbac
  • Non-international post-baccalaureate students (U.S. citizens/dual citizens; students with A, E, I, G, K, or V visa; U.S. permanent residents; students with refugee status or political asylum) are required to meet the same English proficiency scores as MN, DNP, and Graduate Certificate Program applicants.

Applicants to the Master of Nursing (MN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Graduate Certificate Programs with Clinical Placements

Submit 2 scores (one from each category below):

  • 1 general minimum English proficiency score, and
  • 1 speaking only score

Minimum spoken English test scores are required to ensure a student's success during clinical placements.  An applicant who does not have a minimum test score in each category is NOT eligible to apply to the MN, DNP, or Graduate Certificate Programs with clinical components.

Minimum General Score: Reading/Writing/Comprehension*

Minimum Spoken English Score

IELTS7.0IELTS (speaking only)7.0
TOEFLiBT92TOEFLiBT (speaking only)26
TOEFLC237Versant English Test70
  TSE55

*Alternatively, successful completion of the University of Washington Intensive English Program prior to admission to the University of Washington will substitute for one of the reading/writing/comprehension test scores above.  You must still submit a minimum Spoken English test score.

Test scores must be from within the last 2 years.  If you do not have the minimum scores indicated above you are NOT eligible to apply to the School of Nursing.

All non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English language proficiency as established by the School of Nursing. English proficiency requirements are only waived if an applicant has received a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in the following countries OR can provide official documentation from the institution verifying that the applicant's undergraduate degree is from an institution (in a country other than those listed below) where all instruction is in English:

  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom

The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a US bachelor's degree. Documentation must be presented to the Office of Graduate Admissions. For questions about whether or not the requirement will be waived in your case, please contact the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing has different English language proficiency requirements depending on which graduate degree or certificate program you are applying to. The MN/DNP/Graduate Certificate Program (with clinical courses) English proficiency requirements are set by the School of Nursing and differ from the UW Graduate School's general English proficiency requirements.


Applicants to the Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD), and Graduate Certificate Program without Clinical Placements

Submit ONLY 1 score for General English Proficiency.  Additionally, a MS or PhD applicant who has a score in a range under the minimum score can still apply to the UW School of Nursing and MIGHT be admitted to the MS or PhD program, but upon matriculation would be required to take designated Academic English Program (AEP) courses through UW English Language Programs.

 

Minimum General Score: Reading, Writing, Comprehension**

IELTS7.0
TOEFLiBT92
TOEFL PBT580

All non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English language proficiency as established by the School of Nursing. English proficiency requirements are only waived if an applicant has received a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in the following countries OR can provide official documentation from the institution verifying that the applicant's undergraduate degree is from an institution (in a country other than those listed below) where all instruction is in English:

  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom

The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a US bachelor's degree. Documentation must be presented to the Office of Graduate Admissions. For questions about whether or not the requirement will be waived in your case, please contact the School of Nursing.

**International applicants who successfully complete the UW Intensive English Program prior to admission to the University of Washington are also qualified to apply for the MS and PhD programs (instead of completing the above reading/writing/comprehension tests).

Test scores must be from within the last 2 years. An applicant who is within the range of the listed scores above might be admitted, but would be required to complete English courses upon matriculation.