College of Nursing

RN – BSN

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ABOUT THE REGISTERED NURSE TO BACHELOR’S OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (RN-BSN)

The WSU College of Nursing offers a degree-completion course for RNs geared for the working professional.

Whether you are 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.

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN NURSING

Biology undergraduate students working in lab

Hands-on learning
Through biology labs at WSU Tri-Cities, students have the opportunity to not only read about the foundations of science, but be an active participant in experiments and other hands-on projects.

Professor Tanya Cheeke looking in microscope

Faculty in the field
Biology assistant professor Tanya Cheeke performs research that examines plant-soil-microbe interactions in a variety of ecosystems, ranging from grasslands, to forests, to agricultural systems.

WSU Tri-Cities student researching fungi

Innovative research
A team at WSU Tri-Cities is studying how to transplant fungi to restore native plant populations in the Midwest and Northwest. The results will be used to inform ecological restoration efforts.

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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.

COURSES:

You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in nursing, which could include:

  • Professional nursing concepts and issues
  • Assessment and application of physiological concepts to nursing practice
  • Nursing research, evidence-based practice and informatics
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Nursing leadership
  • Population health theory
  • Nursing management

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

Before applying to the RN-BSN program, students must have a current, unencumbered Washington state RN license or be eligible for licensure and be at junior standing, have a direct transferable associate’s degree or have a bachelor’s degree.

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT WSU TRI-CITIES:

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 will complete the program mostly online, starting any semester.

CAREERS:

Career outcomes in nursing
In addition to countless hours in the practice and simulation lab, you will log more than 950 hours in clinical settings outside the college preparing you for successful nursing practice. 

WSU Tri-Cities alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and estimated salary:

$52,725

Estimated salary of nursing alumni

Jobs held by WSU Tri-Cities nursing graduates:
Registered Nurse | Doctor of Nursing Practice | Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse | Medical Surgical Nurse | RN Case Manager | Intensive Care Nurse | Travel Nurse | Emergency Room Nurse | Nurse Educator

*Data provided by EMSI