THE RN-BSN IS CURRENTLY OFFERED AT ALL COLLEGE OF NURSING SITES

WSU College of Nursing offers a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree for new or experienced licenced practicing nurses who want to enhance their nursing career by earning their BSN, or for Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) students nearing graduation.

WHY EARN YOUR BSN?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree increase to 80 percent by 2020. This recommendation is based on the growing demand for highly competent, educated nurses and our complex, rapidly evolving health care system. BSN-educated nurses gain exposure to a wider range of nursing competencies and are better equipped to accommodate the changing needs of our diverse population.

COURSE WORK

The RN-BSN program builds on the RN background and includes essential course work in assessment, research, leadership and management, ethics, and community health. Advanced practicum experiences bridge course work and theory with clinical practice.

PROGRAM DELIVERY AND SCHEDULING

The program is flexible, offering hybrid course delivery with minimum required on campus attendance each semester. Full-time, part-time, or individualized plans of study can be arranged with an RN-BSN advisor. Clinicals are completed at a variety of sites. Border Bill students may complete their clinical in Oregon or in Washington if they have a WA RN license.

PRE-APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Proof of a current, unemcumbered Washington State RN license or eligibility for licensure is required. View pre-application requirements or contact an RN-BSN advisor at your college or at your anticipated campus site.

WHAT ARE MY CAREER OPTIONS WITH THIS DEGREE?

The BSN program qualifies nurses for practice in all health care settings including:

  • Acute Care
  • Critical Care
  • Outpatient Care
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health

Careers include:

  • Hospital nurse, including working in various departments:
    • Hospice nurse
    • Pediatrics
    • Med/surg
    • Oncology
    • Cardiology
    • Operating room
    • Emergency room
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
  • Working in Skilled Living Facilities
  • Working in outpatient health care clinics
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse