Courses & Outcomes

CCNE Accredited

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

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:

  • Leadership
  • 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:

  1. Assimilate theories and concepts learned through the sciences and humanities into professional nursing practice. 
  2. Access, appraise and synthesize credibility of varied sources of evidence to inform clinical judgment and organizational decision-making for optimal healthcare delivery.
  3. Promote a culture of evidence-based practice by integrating clinical expertise and diverse perspectives that support patient-centered care and optimal health outcomes.
  4. 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.
  5. Apply principles of leadership, systems theory, quality improvement, and interdisciplinary communication to promote patient safety and quality care in a variety of settings.
  6. Advocate for and practice health promotion and disease prevention strategies to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations.
  7. Coordinate the delivery of healthcare services through effective professional communication, patient care technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration. 
  8. Provide BSN generalist care within the context of evolving professional standards and a commitment to life-long learning.