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Fast Track to BSN: the RN-BSN

BSN-educated nurses are better equipped to meet the complex care needs of patients, coordinate that care among clinicians and partners, and use new technologies to make care more effective and efficient. The post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program educates RNs wanting to advance their nursing knowledge, broaden their perspective of clinical practice, and enhance their leadership potential. Designed for nurses managing careers and families, you can complete the RN-BSN program at your own pace or in as little as one to two years.

Multiple Campus Locations

The program is offered at all 5 WSU College of Nursing sites statewide (Spokane, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Vancouver, Walla Walla).

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

Program Delivery and Scheduling

The program is flexible, with just one on campus meeting per semester that brings together all students enrolled in all courses for dynamic, interactive learning events. This one required on-campus day will be scheduled for Tuesday of the third week of the term. All students enrolled in all courses will meet together on that day. On-line course work during the semester is managed via the Blackboard learning management system. Full and part-time, or individualized plans of study are arranged with an RN-BSN advisor. Clinical experiences 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.

Get Started

Visit our Steps to Apply page for information on the application and admission process.

Careers

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