Western's nationally accredited RN-to-BSN program is a degree completion program for nurses to complete their BSN. As an exclusively transfer degree, the plan of study has 45 upper division credits and builds on and provides credit for previous general university requirement (GUR) and nursing credits completed in an Associate Degree pre-licensure program.
The RN-to-BSN program is specifically designed for nurses who have completed an Associate's or Diploma nursing program, have their RN license already or who will take the NCLEX-RN exam and are successfully licensed as a Registered Nurse by the end of their second quarter of study. It has been designed to meet the most recent AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) through a collaborative career pathway that incorporates both prior learning from pre-licensure nursing education along with RN-to-BSN course work.
The program — offered on the main Bellingham Campus — is structured with classes meeting one full day per week in order to allow working nurses to balance their continued professional education along with ongoing work and personal responsibilities. The innovative four quarter program of full-time study (8 quarters part-time) will prepare nurses with the professional competencies necessary for the increasing complexities of healthcare. It has been guided by national standards for nursing as well as WWU Student Learning Objectives. Students gain experience learning concepts and theories in the classroom during their first two quarters of study, and then apply of concepts and theories through Practice Experiences in their last two quarters of study.