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Why Choose Nursing?

Nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations in America. Becoming a nurse doesn’t limit you to one kind of job or lifestyle. Some of your options with a nursing degree include:

  • See the nation as a travel nurse
  • Serve your country as a military nurse
  • Care for the sick as a hospital nurse
  • Save lives as an ER or flight nurse
  • Treat patients independently as a nurse practitioner
  • Supervise others as a nurse leader
  • Improve the field of nursing as a research nurse

Nursing is a relatively well-paid occupation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in Washington, a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree makes an average of $79,810 per year. A nurse practitioner in Washington makes an average of $115,250 per year.

Students getting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the Washington State University College of Nursing spend their first two years of college at either WSU, Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, or any university offering equivalent courses. They spend the next two years studying full-time at either WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, or WSU Yakima. Students can also start in community college and apply directly to the WSU College of Nursing.

It takes another three to five years to get a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to become a nurse practitioner, depending on whether the program is completed full-time or part-time. The DNP degree is offered in a hybrid format, with a few classes on campus and most offered online.

What all of these statistics can’t tell you is how fulfilling a nursing career can be. You’ll be making a profound difference in people’s lives.

“It helps me feel satisfaction by helping other people. That’s why I went into nursing.”
– Abel Saba, BSN ‘17

“I have seen the impact that nurses in action can have. I wanted to be able to give that to others.”
– Kaylee Pearson, BSN ‘18

“Being a Coug Nurse means that I have been equipped with the knowledge to pursue a career in nursing that will consist of lifelong learning, critical thinking, and drive for being the best that I can be.”
– Sara Van Natta – BSN ‘17