Washington State University Tri-Cities College of Nursing

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

BSN-educated nurses are better equipped to meet the complex care needs of patients, coordinate that care among clinicians and partners, and use new technologies to make care more effective and efficient. The post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program educates RNs wanting to advance their nursing knowledge, broaden their perspective of clinical practice, and enhance their leadership potential. Designed for nurses managing careers and families, you can complete the RN-BSN program at your own pace or in as little as one to two years.

Why Earn Your BSN?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree increase to 80 percent by 2020. This recommendation is based on the growing demand for highly competent, educated nurses and our complex, rapidly evolving healthcare system. BSN-educated nurses gain exposure to a wider range of nursing competencies and are better equipped to accommodate the changing needs of our diverse population.

Course Work

The RN-BSN program builds on the RN background and includes essential course work in assessment, research, leadership and management, ethics, and community health. Advanced practicum experiences bridge course work and theory with clinical practice. View course work.

Program Delivery and Scheduling

The program is flexible, offering hybrid course delivery. Students are required to be on campus 1-2x per semester per course. Full and part-time, or individualized plans of study can be arranged with an advisor. Clinicals are completed at a variety of sites. Border Bill students may complete their clinical in Oregon or in Washington if they have a WA RN license.

Pre-Application Requirements

Proof of a current, unemcumbered Washington state RN license or eligibility for licensure is required. View pre-application requirements or contact an RN-BSN advisor at your college or at your anticipated campus site.

Get Started

Visit our Application & Admission page for information on the application and admission process.


The BSN program qualifies nurses for practice in all health care settings including:

  • Acute Care
  • Critical Care
  • Outpatient Care
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health

Careers include:

Hospital nurse, including working in various departments:

  • Hospice nurse
  • Pediatrics
  • Med/surg
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Operating room
  • Emergency room
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
  • Working in Skilled Living Facilities
  • Working in outpatient health care clinics
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse