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Western's RN-to-BSN program combines small classes with community collaboration to provide hands-on learning, lasting personal ties and professional networking. Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2014 cohort.

The program responds to local, state and national recommendations to increase the proportion of BSN-prepared nurses through seamless academic progression between associate degree and BSN-completion programs.

Designed for nurses who have already completed their pre-licensure RN studies, Western's RN-to-BSN program meets one day a week to allow for balance between continued professional education, ongoing work and personal responsibilities.

There is a huge demand regionally and nationally for highly qualified, well-educated nurses. By 2020, an estimated 80 percent of nurses will be expected to have their BSN according to the 2010 Institute of Medicine report.

Approval and accreditation

Western is on target with approvals and accreditation. Western has received Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) approval and will pursue the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accrediting application process to achieve accreditation prior to the first graduating class.

Recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed:
"Recent College Graduates' Employment Outcomes Vary by Major"

A BSN provides:

  • A competitive edge in the job market
  • Greater employment security
  • Increased earning potential
  • Career advancement
  • Graduate study options for advanced nursing roles

Learn more about the RN-to-BSN program:

Advisement available by appointment or attend one of our info sessions. Contact us to learn more.

(360) 650-6700 or 

Page Updated 03.25.2014