RN to BSN
Tailored for the working RN. Your experience counts with WCU online—be sure to ask how both the education you've completed and your experience in the field can apply toward your degree.
- 12-month online program
- Classes start every 8 weeks
- 135 hours of Practice Experience1
- Streamlined curriculum allows for transfer credits—up to 84 hours2
- Built into the WCU curriculum, online RN to BSN students may earn a Certificate of Completion of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Manager Program.
Why take your RN to a BSN?
It's a foundation for the future.The Future of Nursing Campaign for Action has recommended that the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree be increased to 80 percent by 2020.3 WCU is committed to preparing a better educated professional nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations across the lifespan. An online BSN degree is a solid foundation for future career opportunities, and helps prepare the graduate for roles in leadership, basic health policy, evidence-based care, quality improvement, and to pursue advanced nursing degrees. Today's professional nurse must be a skilled provider, designer, manager and coordinator of care. West Coast University strives to help the BSN candidates meet these market demands.
1Students are required to complete a 135 hour Public Health Practicum as part of the curriculum.
2Students can earn up to 84 credits for the RN to BSN and up to 90 credits for the RN to MSN towards advanced standing through one or a combination of the following: credit for prior coursework earned through an accredited and state licensed nursing program, general education coursework, advanced placement coursework, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) administered by the College Board, and/or credit for prior learning awarded through West Coast.
3 The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010) – Authors: Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine.