RN-to-BSN Program

  • 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.

We continue to accept applications for the Fall Bellingham Cohorts

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New Summer Session Class taught by Nursing Faculty, Bonnie Blachly 

Death & Dying

6/20/17 ~ 8/18/17           CRN 31332         HSP 497           4 credits    Humanities GUR

Online course with 3 in class meetings, 6:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm June 20th, July 25th & August 15th

Course Description:  This course is an exploration of Death & Dying and the varied responses (physical, emotional, spiritual) from different perspectives as presented through literature, art, music, film, medicine, religion, culture, and philosophy.  Through these various mediums, we will explore how people cope with the idea of impending death, the dying process, and the follow up care of bereavement as well as the legal, ethical and policy issues around this subject.

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Program Location

WWU Main Campus

Miller Hall 415A


Classes begin Fall quarter and are held Tuesdays ~ We will continue to accept applications for the Fall Cohort 

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 2017-18 academic year, there is a new Early FAFSA due date of 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 and the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC). 

Western Washington University has been continuously accredited since 1921 by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).  Reaffirmation of Accreditation occurred in August 2011.      

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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