RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The program is designed for licensed RNs who wish to earn their bachelor’s degree. You may start the program in spring, fall or summer.

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, and almost half of hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States require new hires to have a BSN. For those who are already employed, having a bachelor’s degree can open more doors to leadership and management positions. And salaries for nurses with bachelor’s degrees are higher than those for RNs with an associate degree after 1-4 years of experience. The Institute of Medicine has called for 80 percent of nurses to have a bachelor’s degree by 2020.


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 that can be completed part-time or full-time. There is just one on-campus meeting per semester, offered at all five WSU College of Nursing sites statewide (Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Vancouver, and Walla Walla). The WSU College of Nursing arranges clinical experiences at a variety of sites, unlike some other programs that require RNs to find their own clinical placements. And with nearly 50 years of leadership in nursing education, the WSU College of Nursing is recognized by health care entities 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 may be completed full-time or part-time, and students can start 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 dynamic, interactive learning. Online course work during the semester is managed via the Blackboard system. Full- and part-time enrollment, or individualized plans of study, are arranged with an RN-BSN advisor. Clinical experiences are completed at a variety of sites and coordinated by the College of Nursing. Border Bill students may complete their clinical in Oregon (the greater Portland area) or in Washington if they have a Washington RN license.

For further details, see the prerequisites page. For complete information, such as nursing scholarships, see the systemwide WSU College of Nursing website.

Careers and salary

Bachelor-prepared nurses work in a variety of settings: hospitals, psychiatric/mental health settings, skilled living facilities, outpatient clinics, home health, public health and schools.

Salary varies by location and specialty, but most BSN-prepared nurses can expect an average starting salary of $55,000–$60,000.

Ready to apply?

Contact an academic advisor and see Steps to Apply.