Health & Community Studies Programs

Adult and Higher Education

The M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education program is designed for those who desire to teach, consult, or administer education programs, materials and policies targeted to diverse adult populations. 

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

Spring 2021 Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

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Palliative Care Minor

This minor will provide students in a wide variety of disciplines with the knowledge to provide and support compassionate care to patients and families living with chronic and life threatening illnesses.

To declare this minor, contact Dr. Devyani Chandran, (360) 650-2579.


Western's nationally accredited RN-to-BSN program is a degree completion program for nurses to complete their BSN. As an exclusive transfer degree, the plan of study has 45 upper division credits and builds on and provides credit for previous general university requirement (GUR) and nursing credits completed in an Associate Degree pre-licensure program.

Deadlines vary

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Master of Science in Nursing Education

The MSN in Nursing Education empowers students to excel in educating future nurses, communities, nursing staff, and patients. The curriculum aligns with the National League of Nursing's (NLN) Nurse Educator Core Competencies.

Deadlines vary

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Human Services

The Human Services major prepares students to work in a variety of settings as case managers, advocates, grant writers, youth workers, volunteer coordinators, or advocacy specialists.

The program has a social justice orientation, engaging students in critical analysis and reflection as they examine social issues at the individual, group, organization, community, and global level.

Fall Quarter Priority Application Deadline: March 1

Winter Quarter Bellingham Program Only Priority Application Deadline: August 15

No Spring or Summer admission

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Rehabilitation Counseling

This 90-credit graduate program combines required courses and field experiences, leading to a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling.  

Priority Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

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Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration

The MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration readies students to lead in healthcare organizations and community settings. The curriculum aligns with the  American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) Nurse Leader Core Competencies.

Deadlines vary

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