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RN to BSN Online

Use your professional experience as a registered nurse to streamline your path to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and advance your education.

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Online RN to BSN Program Highlights

<p>Online coursework designed for working nurses who want flexibility in their study schedules</p>

Online coursework designed for working nurses who want flexibility in their study schedules

<p>Practical training in evidence-based practice with a focus on ethics, leadership, and community health </p>

Practical training in evidence-based practice with a focus on ethics, leadership, and community health 

<p>A clinical team dedicated to helping you find a placement for your practicum hours in your local area</p>

A clinical team dedicated to helping you find a placement for your practicum hours in your local area

<p>Ongoing support from faculty, your Student Success advisor, our Career Services team, and more</p>

Ongoing support from faculty, your Student Success advisor, our Career Services team, and more

Why Enroll in an Online RN to BSN Program?

If you’re a registered nurse who wants to advance your knowledge in clinical best practices, build your leadership skills, and expand your understanding of the latest trends and technologies in medicine, you may be interested in an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, in 2021, 77.4% of employers expressed a strong preference for BSN program graduates, and 40.6% of hospitals and healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree.1  A BSN can help prepare you for roles in leadership, basic health policy, evidence-based care, and quality improvement. It can also prepare you to pursue advanced nursing degrees.

 At the Accelerated Plus pace, our online RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 8 months, or two trimesters. The program requires 120 credit hours for completion, with a total up to 90 credits transferable credits or equivalent, for students who qualify.2  At WCU, we focus on practical coursework and hands-on experience that can be carried over into real-life nursing situations throughout your career.

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Overview: RN to BSN Program

Study on Your Schedule

We know you’re eager to get started… and get finished! WCU degrees are designed so that you have the ability to earn your degree at a quick pace. However, we know that students’ circumstances vary, and that’s why we also offer flexible paths of study for those who may need it. Choose a study schedule that matches your goals and life schedule!

Accelerated Plus Pace
(8 Months)

This is the fastest pace that we offer for our RN to BSN online program. By taking more courses per term, you can earn your online RN to BSN degree in as few as 8 months, or just two trimesters. This pace is ideal for experienced nurses who want to streamline their path to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Accelerated Pace
(12 Months)

This pace is also a great option for working nurses who want to pursue their bachelor’s degree on a more aggressive timeline. At the Accelerated RN to BSN pace, a student can complete their degree in as few as 12 months.

Working Professional Pace
(20 Months)

Our syllabus is also tailored to consider more complicated schedules, so we designed a course of study to accommodate you. If you’re a parent or caretaker at home, or you have a work schedule that complicates your study schedule, this may be the best program pace to help you reach your educational goals.

Hands-On Experience

WCU's RN to BSN program requires 135 hours of practice experience (which includes 90 supervised hours) so you can learn to make assessments and recommendations for care and interact with patients and other practitioners. While your coursework can be completed remotely, in-person experience is also required through clinicals completed in your local area so you can continue your career with confidence

Online Study

Because you’re already a licensed RN, you’ll be able to complete your WCU degree almost entirely online. Additionally, mobile-friendly content is available to make it easier for you to study between shifts.

RN to BSN Curriculum

We recommend reviewing your prospective RN to BSN curriculum in detail so you know what to expect in your program:

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours
ELECT 199
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 39 credits of transfer coursework:
  • Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following options:

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams
39.0

If a post-licensure nursing student cannot provide appropriate documentation evidencing general education transfer credit eligibility at the time of enrollment, the student will be scheduled for General Education classes at West Coast University.  

300 Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations 3
305 Pathophysiology 3
310 Resiliency, Professionalism, & Career-Long Learning 3
315 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice 3
400C Community & Public Health Nursing I 3
405C Community & Public Health Nursing II 3
410C Health Literacy & Nursing Capstone 3
500 Nursing Roles in Policy, Ethics, & Finance 3
510 Advanced Nursing Technologies & Collaborative Care 3
515 3
Total Credit Hours:30

Credit Distribution

Required at WCU 30.0
Awarded for college-level, General Education courses 39.0
Awarded for Unencumbered RN Licensure and lower-level nursing courses 51.0
Degree Total 120.0

Academic Calendar

New academic terms begin, on average, every eight weeks. The number of trimesters required for your program depends on the program pace you choose. For the most updated start-to-completion schedule, view the Academic Calendar.

How Much Does The RN to BSN Online Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of RN to BSN Online tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the RN to BSN Online program costs at West Coast University.

We offer several RN to BSN Online financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Accelerated Plus*

Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Total Program Credits 1201
Program Length(full time) 2 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Veteran Rate1 Active Duty Rate2
General Education Courses4 $495 $420.75 $250
Core Courses $495 $420.75 $250
Total Tuition Cost $14,850 $12,622.50 $7,500
STRF5 $40 $35 $22.50
Technology Fee6 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees ($50 per Trimester)7 $100 $100 $100
Estimated Total Program Costs (Non-California Resident) $15,950 $13,722.50 $8,600
Estimated Total Program Costs (California Resident) $15,990 $13,757.50 $8,622.50


Accelerated*

Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Total Program Credits 1201
Program Length (full time) 3 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Veteran Rate1 Active Duty Rate2
General Education Courses4 $495 $420.75 $250
Core Courses $495 $420.75 $250
Total Tuition Cost $14,850 $12,622.50 $7,500
STRF5 $42.50 $35 $22.50
Technology Fee6 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Estimate for Program Supply Fees ($50 per Trimester)7 $150 $150 $150
Estimated Total Program Costs (Non-California Residents) $16,500 $14,272.50 $9,150
Estimated Total Program Costs (California Residents) $16,542.50 $14,307.50 $9,172.50


Working Professional*

Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Total Program Credits 1201
Program Length (full time) 5 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Veteran Rate1 Active Duty Rate2
General Education Courses4 $495 $420.75 $250
Core Courses $495 $420.75 $250
Total Tuition Cost $14,850 $12,622.50 $7,500
STRF5 $45 $37.50 $25
Technology Fee6 $2,500 $2,500 $2,500
Estimate for Program Supply Fees ($50 per Trimester)7 $250 $250 $250
Estimated Total Program Costs (Non-California Residents) $17,600 $15,372.50 $10,250
Estimated Total Program Costs (California Residents) $17,645 $15,410 $10,275

* Upon enrollment, students select Accelerated Plus, Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated Plus will attempt two to three courses per term, Accelerated will attempt one to two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course a term.  General Education courses that are not applied as transfer credit is not included in the Estimated Time to Completion.  

1 Includes 51 credits for active unencumbered RN License and lower-level nursing, and assumes 39 transfer credits for General Education courses, and the remaining 30 credits are required to be taken at WCU.

2 Rate provided to Veterans, Veteran Spouse, dependents utilizing VA Benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

3 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Department of Defense employees.

4 Students that do not receive the 39 transfer credits for General Education courses will need to schedule the courses at WCU. The cost of these General Education courses is not included in the Estimated Total Program Costs.

5 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

6 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

7 Program supplies include WCU identification card and background check.

RN to BSN (Online) Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the following standards:

  1. Provide proof of a current unobstructed Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States.
    1. Students awaiting their licensure exam may be admitted if they meet all other admissions criteria but must show proof of licensure prior to entering the third trimester of the program.  
  2. Individuals with 15 or more college-level credits are required to have a 2.25 GPA in post-secondary education.  

    1. Applicants with 15 or more college-level credits and a GPA of 2.0-2.24 may be considered for probationary admission after meeting the following admissions requirements:
      1. The applicant must provide a letter of intent.  
      2. The applicant must be approved for admission following an interview with Program Dean/Director.  
      3. The applicant must satisfy program prerequisites and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all coursework attempted over the first trimester (two terms).  Students failing to meet these requirements following the first trimester (two terms) will be withdrawn from the university. 
  3. Submit official transcripts from a Board of Nursing licensed Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program;
    1. Applicants can be conditionally admitted into the first week of the program by providing unofficial transcripts or a copy of the conferred nursing degree.  Official transcripts which meet the requirements set forth must be received by the end of the add/drop period in order to be admitted in to the program.  
    2. Applicants with a valid license may be admitted with approved documentation of earned high school degree or equivalent pending receipt of official transcripts of nursing degree.  Official transcripts must be submitted to document program completion.  

*All students must have a current and unobstructed license in the United States prior to entering the third trimester of the program; an unobstructed license is required for degree completion and will be verified again prior to entering the practicum course.  Failure to present a valid RN license will result in dismissal from the university until such time license is current and unobstructed.  

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, RN to BSN students will:

  1. Support professional nursing practice decisions with concepts and theories from the biological, physical, and social sciences
  2. Plan preventative and population-focused interventions with attention to effectiveness, efficiency, cost, and equity
  3. Support therapeutic nursing interventions for patients and families in a variety of healthcare and community settings using evidence-based practice
  4. Apply nursing process and critical thinking when providing holistic, patient-centered nursing care to diverse populations
  5. Design healthcare education for individuals, families, and communities
  6. Comply with the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct in practice
  7. Develop an effective communication style to interact with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary health team
  8. Model leadership when providing safe and quality nursing care, when coordinating the healthcare team, and when tasked with oversight and accountability for care delivery
  9. Use patient care technology and information systems when providing nursing care in a variety of settings

Career Services & Placement

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree could open the doors to a variety of career paths — and the West Coast University Career Services team can help you both prepare for and explore your career options. WCU Career Services offers career planning advice to leverage your BSN degree, assisting with everything from resume writing and interview preparation to job leads and more.3

Registered nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an RN typically works alongside physicians and other healthcare specialists, and they may oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides. RNs may even work with specific patient groups, such as when they work in the following areas of care:

  • Addiction treatment
  • Cardiovascular care
  • Critical care
  • Genetics
  • Neonatal care
  • Nephrology
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation4

Clinical Placements

At WCU, we have a Clinical Placements team that is dedicated to supporting you throughout your clinical practicum journey, from your first course all the way to graduation. Whether you need resources to help you identify the right preceptor and clinical site that aligns with your goals, assistance getting your preceptor and clinical site approved, or guidance on how to make your practicum experience a success, our team is here to help.

You will have an assigned coordinator of clinical relations who can provide you with coaching calls, so you’ll never have to feel alone as you complete this critical component of your program requirements. West Coast University has partnerships with reputable healthcare organizations, which can be of great value when it comes to helping students with clinical practice placements

Meet the Dean


Pamela Sandvig, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, CNE

Program Dean, Post-Licensure Nursing Programs

Pamela-Sandvig

Pamela Sandvig serves as the Program Dean for the RN to BSN degree completion program; the MSN Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader, and Nursing Informatics tracks; and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Dr. Sandvig’s career in nursing began in critical care, where she developed a specific area of interest in providing older adults with secure and safe care throughout their healthcare journey. She continued serving older adults through her work in community health, completing state and federal licensure and regulatory compliance safeguarding the safety and outcomes for older adults living in institutional settings.

As a nurse educator, Dr. Sandvig applies her knowledge, skills, and abilities to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate nursing programs. Her expertise as an NCLEX specialist and TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer provides the foundation she uses to lead teams and communicate effectively. She has successfully prepared for ACEN and CCNE accreditation cycles, self-studies, and site visits and has served as an ACEN Peer Evaluator.

Dr. Sandvig has served various communities through her clinical work, volunteer activities, and work projects. She was politically active in the Texas Nursing Association, serving as a member of the Professional Development Committee. Previously, she served rural communities in the Oklahoma panhandle and developed a membership group for the Oklahoma Nurses Association to identify needs specific to rural nurses and dwellers. She has relocated and is hoping to become active with her new state associations and community to continue good works and public outreach to improve health outcomes for all.

Dr. Sandvig is married, has two grown children and one dog, and currently lives in Northwest Arkansas. Her daughter is an elementary teacher, and her son is a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. She and her husband plan to retire in Texas and dream of having a beachside residence.

WATCH & LEARN

FAQs
Will I be able to complete my degree if I am working?

Our online nursing programs have been designed to give you the flexibility you need to earn your degree. While due dates and assignments help keep you on track, you will have the ability to watch lectures and complete coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. You choose whether to study in the mornings, evenings, or weekends.

Can I complete my BSN in less than a year?

Yes, if you are a registered nurse, you have the option to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in eight months, or two trimesters, when you choose the Accelerated Plus pace at WCU. This is possible because of your previous academic experience and licensure. You can transfer up to 39 credits for previously completed general education courses and up to 51 credits for previously completed lower-level nursing courses as demonstrated by earning your RN license. Additionally, the Accelerated Plus pace makes it possible for you to take more courses per trimester, allowing you to complete you remaining credits in a shorter time frame.

How long does it take to complete the RN to BSN program?

In addition to our Accelerated Plus pace for our RN to BSN program (which only takes eight months), we also offer an Accelerated pace and a Working Professional pace. The program takes 12 months to complete at the Accelerated Pace and 20 months to complete at the Working Professional pace. The Working Professional pace lets you take fewer classes per trimester, providing flexibility when you need it. Your advisor can help you find the pace that’s right for you.

Can you skip RN and get a BSN degree?

While it is possible to earn a BSN degree without having the registered nurse (RN) licensure, WCU's RN to BSN online program is designed specifically for the RN with an associate degree or diploma in nursing (ADN). Being an RN with a BSN expands your professional opportunities and may allow for more specialized nursing work.

Can I get an RN to BSN degree online?

Yes. The online RN to BSN program at WCU consists of online coursework as well as on-site experiential learning. We advise students to choose a local preceptor RN who serves as a guide in their clinicals.

Does the RN to BSN program require clinicals?

Our RN to BSN program requires 135 hours of clinical practicum, with 45 hours being indirect practicum and 90 hours being direct (or in-person) practicum. We have a clinical team that can help you find a local preceptor site where you can complete your practicum hours.

What is the difference between a RN and BSN?

The key difference between an RN and BSN is that an RN is a state-granted license whereas a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a degree from an accredited institution. One must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to receive an RN license. A registered nurse may pursue a BSN degree to specialize in a particular area and can help open the door to new professional opportunities.

Is financial aid available?

You can receive financial aid, scholarships, and/or grants if you qualify. A few of the scholarships and grants available at WCU include the Alumni Pathway Grant (covers up to 20% of tuition), the WCU Health Services Partner Grant (covers up to 10% of tuition), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (covers up to 15% of tuition). For additional information and eligibility requirements, please visit the online division scholarships and grants page in our catalog.

How will WCU support me in my online studies?

No WCU student is ever alone. We provide a wealth of online support and resources, including 24/7 access to your coursework and our WCU library, as well as 24/7 tech support. Additionally, our faculty members are committed to responding to students’ questions within a 24-hour period through the Remind app. We also offer no-cost tutoring, faculty mentoring, a Student Success advisor, and more.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at West Coast University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 877-6791 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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1 American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses,” October 2021

2 WCU evaluates transfer credits for acceptance. For the RN to BSN program, we may accept a total of up to 90 transfer credits (up to 39 credits for previously completed general education courses and up to 51 credits for previously completed lower-level nursing courses as demonstrated by earning your RN license).

3 WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, Updated September 2022

 Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.