RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

RNs, we heard you. We’ve made getting your BSN at Washington State University even more convenient.

The new RN-BSN curriculum replaces on-site, precepted clinical hours with practice experience hours gained by completing a community/population health project and an independent study project.

It gives the working nurse more flexibility and the chance to delve deeply into a topic of interest.

You’ll complete the program mostly online, starting any semester.

Application deadlines are:

  • Fall and summer: Jan. 15
  • Spring: Aug. 20

Why earn your BSN?

More than three-fourths of employers have a strong preference for hiring BSN-prepared nurses. Almost half of health care facilities in the United States require new hires to have a BSN. Having a bachelor’s degree can open more doors to leadership and management positions.


The WSU College of Nursing offers a degree-completion course for RNs geared for the working professional. Whether you’re returning to school or are part of a direct-transfer community college program, courses are offered in a flexible, mostly online format. With 30 years of leadership in RN-BSN education, the WSU College of Nursing is recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as a high-quality institution that produces exceptional graduates.

Course Work

WSU awards 32 credits toward completion of your BSN degree for passing the NCLEX and maintaining an active RN license. The remaining 30 credits can be completed full-time or part-time, starting any semester. The program includes course work in assessment, research, informatics, leadership, management, ethics, mental health and community health.

Program Delivery & Scheduling

The program is flexible, with just one on-campus meeting per semester. This event brings together all students enrolled in all courses for networking and dynamic, interactive learning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll meet via Zoom.

For further details, see the prerequisites page. For complete information, such as nursing scholarships, see the systemwide WSU College of Nursing website. Have questions? Visit our FAQs page

Ready to apply?

Contact an academic advisor and see Steps to Apply.