RN-to-BSN Program

CCNE Accredited

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • RN-to-BSN Program First Cohort
  • Graduates in cap and gown
  • Spring 15 presentations
  • Nursing Cohort #3

Western’s RN-to-BSN Program is a degree completion program for Nursing professionals who either have their RN licensure or those who are in their final year of a pre-licensure program.

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Program Location

WWU Main Campus

Miller Hall 415A


The program is scheduled one day per week (8:30 am - 6:30 pm) and full time study consists of 11-12 credits per quarter, which is a hybrid framework of face-to-face and online learning.

Offered through the Woodring College of Education, Western’s RN-to-BSN Program prepares nurses for administrative, management or other leadership roles, as well as enhances patient care and advocacy skills learned in pre-licensure nursing programs and work experience.  The plan of study supports lifelong learning and the preparation of a nursing workforce that will transform the health of our communities.  Students study topics such as social justice, nursing leadership, health policy and care coordination as they explore new industry challenges and the importance of nursing leadership in the face of health care transitions.

The post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) follows the recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing Leading Change, Advancing Health, that by 2020, an estimated 80% of nurses will be expected to have their BSN.  The program was designed to support nurses in completing their baccalaureate nursing education while balancing work, home and school responsibilities.  


For the upcoming 2019-20 academic year, the new Early FAFSA opens October 1st.  For more information click here

Western Washington University’s RN-to-BSN Program has received full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC  20001 phone 202.887.6791 and the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) PO Box 47864, Olympia, WA  98504 phone 800.525.0127.

Western Washington University has been continuously accredited since 1921 by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).  Reaffirmation of Accreditation occurred in August 2017.      

Giving to the Program ~ Invest in Nursing

Western's Nursing Program provides scholarships to nursing students every year.  Numerous scholarships and donations have been given by donors, alumni, and members of our healthcare community who are committed to the education of BSN prepared nurses.   Your donation is greatly appreciated and will support the top quality nursing education we strive to provide to every student. Donations are accepted via the WWU Foundation website.  

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Thank you for considering a gift to Western's RN-to-BSN program.  

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