Bachelor of Science Degree Nursing (RN to BSN)

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (RN to BSN) is designed for students with an associate degree in nursing. The RN to BSN nursing program curriculum expands knowledge and skills in evidence based practice, community health, professional communication, leadership, and health information technology (HIT), as well as healthcare systems and policies. Learning experiences are focused on individuals, families, groups and communities. Students have the opportunity to complete additional courses or fieldwork in specialty areas such as global health, leadership, community health and health information systems.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Evaluate and apply evidence-based research to clinical practice
  • Appraise protective and predictive factors, including genetics, which influence the health of individuals, families,
    groups, communities and populations
  • Develop and implement creative strategies to enable systems to change
  • Negotiate and resolve conflicts to support professional, positive working relationships
  • Utilize intra- and inter-professional resources to resolve ethical and other practice dilemmas
  • Assess and fully utilize sophisticated healthcare information management systems to maximize patient outcomes

Program Requirements

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements

Requirement Credit Hrs.
Associate Degree in Nursing from a Regionally Accredited Institution (Must include at least 35 quarter credits in nursing.)

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all college courses
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 in all required courses for associate degree in nursing
NCLEX Exam (Current unrestricted licensure as nurse in WA state. Students in final year of an associate-degree nursing program may be admitted, but must take and pass the NCLEX by the end of fall quarter. Successful passing of NCLEX is equivalent to 45 college credits.) 45

BSN Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
General Education 15-20 CR
ANTH& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine 5
ECON 315 Economics of Healthcare 5
PHIL 365 Biomedical Ethics 5
Additional approved humanities elective, as necessary 5
Nursing Core Courses 30 CR
NURS 302 Foundation of BSN Practice 4
NURS 320 Foundation of Scholarly Inquiry 3
NURS 321 Scholarly Inquiry Project Management 2
NURS 360 Management in Healthcare 4
NURS 410 Community and Public Health Nursing 5
NURS 420 Leadership in Healthcare 4
NURS 460 Health Information Technology 4
NURS 485 Fieldwork in Community and Public Health Nursing 4

Grand Total: 180-185

Program Eligibility

Individuals must have:

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in Washington State
  • An associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution (Students in final year of an associate-degree nursing program may be admitted, but must take and pass the NCLEX by the end of fall quarter. Successful passing of NCLEX is equivalent to 45 college credits.)
  • At least one year of clinical experience as a nurse (ADN clinical may be applied)
  • Earned thirty-five nursing credits (quarter system) from an associate degree nursing program at a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed thirty-five credits (quarter system) of general education requirements
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all college coursework
  • Earned a minimum grade of 2.0 in each of the required courses

Degree Requirements

Completion of all required courses as shown in the worksheet. In addition to eligibility requirements, students must also achieve the following:

  • Complete a total of at least 180 applicable college-level quarter credits (including the 90 credits required for admission to the degree program)
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the general program and concentration requirements
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework applied to the degree, including credits transferred from other colleges
  • Complete at least 45 quarter credits for the degree in residence at BC, of which 30 credits must be upper division

Application Process

To be considered for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, prospective students must submit the following:

  • Completed general Bellevue College admission form
  • Nonrefundable admissions and placement fee of $55
  • Completed Bachelor of Applied Science application form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $60
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college
  • Three letters of recommendation on an official recommendation form
  • Essay
  • Resume/CV

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Last Updated October 5, 2017