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Washington, WA - RN to BSN Nursing School Program


RN to BSN degrees in Washington are specifically designed for working RNs who want to further their education without sacrificing their current job. Currently, a handful of schools offer RN to BSN programs in Washington, including the top ranked University of Washington and its satellite campuses, and one purely online program via the University of Phoenix.

RN to BSN programs are unique in that many of them allow RNs to pursue their BSN while still continuing to work through night classes and online degrees. They give previously accredited RNs the ability to expand their knowledge and skills already gained through previous education that led to RN licensure through programs such as an ADN. Also, some programs can be completed in less than a year with advanced placement via NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams, which test knowledge in nursing processes and skills, medical and surgical processes and knowledge, pediatrics, mental health and maternal newborn care, and place currently working nurses for accelerated education. Essentially, they test current knowledge and skills to determine the educational development of accepted RNs and allow them to move to higher level courses based on previously acquired knowledge. This allows currently employed Registered Nurses to tailor individual coursework to their needs and to reach career goals. Indeed, it is a targeted program towards nurses wishing to develop their career beyond that of their current practice.

A minimum of a 2.5 GPA in previous coursework is usually the bare minimum for acceptance to an RN to BSN program in Washington, although as one learns when applying for entry into nursing school in the first place, that is not always enough, particularly when it comes to top programs. Like an ADN, admission to general studies is required before applying to a nursing school. Once accepted to the respective college of nursing, students take courses in research, leadership, family and community health, community assessment and upper level electives that allow for further specialization of knowledge during an RN to BSN. Other specialized courses are also available from throughout the science department; RN to BSN students may take anything from upper level biology to philosophy of health.

A BSN does not require a final test like the NCLEX, but many schools do set a minimum graduating GPA—a 2.5 or C average is typical. And once a student has graduated, many newfound opportunities for career advancement open up. Research and critical thinking skills, a broader scope of knowledge, and further leadership training can lead to both public and private sector research positions and community health programming beyond a hospital or clinical setting. Leadership and management skills offer the opportunity for advancement in current occupational settings as well. With an average Registered Nurse’s salary sitting around $67,000 (according to in Washington, this can also mean that graduates of an RSN to BSN program have the opportunity to move to the higher end of the nursing salary scale, which in some cases can reach six figures.