Courses are structured to help students balance their pursuit of continued nursing education with a busy work, family and personal life. Western’s RN-to-BSN Program is designed with working nurses in mind:
- Classes are scheduled one full day per week on Western’s campus in Bellingham.
- Blended format of face-to-face classes and online coursework
- Four continuous academic quarters to completion
All classes promote a high student-faculty interaction. Coursework will focus on enhancing knowledge and skills in:
- Evidence-based practice
- Health care policy
- Patient safety
- Care coordination
- Commitment to social justice
For a complete listing of RN-to-BSN Program courses, please visit Western’s Course Catalog.
Plan of Study
Western’s RN-to-BSN Program offers both a full-time (4 quarters) and part-time (8 quarters) plan of study for students to choose from. Select your preferred program timeline below for complete plan of study details.
Student Learning Outcomes
Western’s RN-to-BSN Program prepares graduates to:
- Assimilate theories and concepts learned through the sciences and humanities into professional nursing practice.
- Access, appraise and synthesize credibility of varied sources of evidence to inform clinical judgment and organizational decision-making for optimal healthcare delivery.
- Promote a culture of evidence-based practice by integrating clinical expertise and diverse perspectives that support patient-centered care and optimal health outcomes.
- Advocate for access to and delivery of equitable health care services with an understanding of the influences of individual, socio-cultural, legal and policy factors.
- Apply principles of leadership, systems theory, quality improvement, and interdisciplinary communication to promote patient safety and quality care in a variety of settings.
- Advocate for and practice health promotion and disease prevention strategies to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations.
- Coordinate the delivery of healthcare services through effective professional communication, patient care technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
- Provide BSN generalist care within the context of evolving professional standards and a commitment to life-long learning.