Degree Overview

Degree and Curriculum Overview

The RN to BSN program is focused on evidence-based practice and nursing inquiry; cultural and social issues in health care; legal and ethical issues in clinical practice; and relational leadership in nursing. One hundred practice hours are embedded in the curriculum. The coursework is taught by faculty engaged in the community and in nursing scholarship.

The curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Courses are held in lecture-style classrooms with an average 30-50 students per class. The program consists of 90 credits; 45 of the credits are academic at the junior and senior level and the remaining 45 credits are credit-by exam for completion of the RN-NCLEX exam.

The curriculum consists of nine nursing courses and two electives. One of the nursing courses, Population-based Health in Community Practice (BNURS 424) is a service-learning course focused on community health.  This particular course includes 65+ hours of community practice hours spent largely engaged directly in the work of community health agencies. 

The program is offered on the Bothell campus and off-site locations and admits students three times a year. Full-time and part-time options are available on a one-day-per-week course schedule over the course of four or nine quarters. Additionally, the program offers hybrid options at our Bothell and Everett locations. The hybrid options hold in-person classes bi-weekly for a total number of five in-person class meetings per quarter.

The RN to BSN program is for nurses who have completed an Associate in Nursing Degree, have an active unencumbered Washington State RN License (or pending license), and are ready to advance their education by earning a Bachelors degree.

The University of Washington Seattle offers a BSN and an Accelerated BSN program (for those holding a Bachelors degree in another field).  If you would like to learn more about their programs, call 206-543-8736 or e-mail asknursing@uw.edu.