Application Requirements

Applications to Western and the RN-to-BSN Program should be submitted simultaneously; there is no need to wait for acceptance from Western Admissions before applying to the RN-to-BSN program. 

Apply to the RN-to-BSN Program 

Complete the RN-to-BSN Program Online Application and attach all documents (except recommendations) to your Program Outline Application. 


Any applicant who defers admission, withdraws from the program or is not accepted to the program must reapply to both the RN-to-BSN Program and  Western Admissions for future consideration.  

What Happens After Application to the Program?

  • Applicants to the program will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of their program application within 7 business days of submission.  If you do not receive this confirmation, please call (360) 650-6700 .
  • Successful applicants will be offered acceptance into the program via e-mail generally within 60 days of the application deadline. Upon being offered acceptance, applicants must declare their intent to accept within seven days.
  • All applicants will be periodically contacted during the application review process regarding their status. 
  • Depending upon the number of qualified applicants and subsequent cancelations, offers may be made to qualified applicants up to the start of class for qualified applicants remaining on the wait list.

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Admission requirements

  • Associate degree (A.D.N.) or diploma in nursing
  • Completion of at least 90 transferrable quarter-system credits including the following nursing pre-requisite courses:
    • English Composition (5 credits)
    • Chemistry with lab (5 credits)
    • Anatomy & Physiology with lab (10 credits)
    • Microbiology (5 credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)
    • Life span psychology (5 credits)
    • Statistics (5 credits)
    • Humanities electives (5-10 credits)
  • Applicants must show evidence of good academic standing with a grade of 2.0 or higher for each RN-to-BSN program prerequisite and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. RN-to-BSN applicants with a GPA below 2.75 may contact the program to discuss the admissions exceptions policy. A personal interview will be required.
  • Many courses in the major have an online learning component. Students are expected to have internet access and a willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Successful completion of NCLEX-RN examination.
    NOTE: Pre-licensure nursing students may apply if graduating before the RN-to-BSN program start date. New graduates may be offered provisional admission pending successful NCLEX examination and RN licensure. Successful completion of the NCLEX examination provides 30 upper-division credits and 15 lower-division elective credits awarded towards the BSN degree.
  • Verification of current licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Washington State.
    NOTE: Applicants licensed in other U.S. states or in other countries will need to visit the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) website for information on how to become licensed in Washington State

Application process

Consideration for program acceptance will be given to applicants submitting all of the following requirements by the priority deadline:

Major Declaration Process

An offer of admission to the RN-to-BSN program satisfies the major declaration process.

Upon acceptance and continuation in BSN Major

  • Declaration of all Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended immunizations for Health Care Provider (HCP):
    • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
    • Hepatitis B
    • TDap
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Influenza
    • Annual two-step testing for tuberculosis (PPD or IGRA)
  • Healthcare Provider CPR
  • Background Check
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance
  • Personal Health Insurance
  • Essential Functions Agreement to maintain nursing professional behaviors for admission, progression and graduation
  • Drug Screening
  • Additional requirements for clinical practice experience placement will be completed during the first quarter of the program.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C or better is required for a Nursing student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.