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RN-to-BSN programs cater to existing registered nurses (RNs) who want to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. These students typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) from their prior studies. The RN-to-BSN program builds upon this existing knowledge with deeper coursework in critical areas like anatomy, physiology, healthcare, leadership skills, and psychology. A full-time curriculum typically lasts two to three semesters. The program can also be completed on a part-time and/or online basis.

Overview of RN-to-BSN options
The state of Washington has over a dozen approved RN-to-BSN programs. Washington State University offers the program on all five of its nursing campuses, and University of Washington has major RN-to-BSN enrollments at its Bothell and Tacoma campuses. Lectures and classroom discussions are supplemented with crucial clinical experience, which can be tailored to each student’s location, schedule, and interests. RN-to-BSN programs prepare registered nurses to supervise, lead, and mentor teams of junior nursing staff, including licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The structured curriculum also equips RNs with a nuanced understanding of current social and medical issues, and it trains them to grapple with the problems that patients, healthcare workers, and medical institutions may face.

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Washington’s job market for RNs
The Washington Nursing Action Coalition supports making the BSN degree the minimal requirement for RNs to practice in the state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 53,060 registered nurses currently practicing in Washington. With such a large workforce, a BSN degree helps highly qualified RNs stand out from the crowd as employers make hiring and promotion decisions. BSN-educated nurses can also expect substantially higher pay. While the state’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $75,500, those who hold a baccalaureate degree typically earn top-quartile pay of $90,620 or more per year.

To help Washington’s registered nurses advance their skills and careers, we’ve profiled below several of the top RN-to-BSN programs in the state.

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Bremerton / Silverdale area

Olympic College
1600 Chester Avenue | Bremerton, Washington 98337
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Olympic College 1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, Washington 98337
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Olympia

Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE | Lacey, Washington 98503
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Saint Martin's University 5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Seattle

Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE | Bellevue, Washington 98007
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Washington
1400 NE Campus Parkway | Seattle, Washington 98195
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE | Bothell, Washington 98011
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Bellevue College 3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, Washington 98007
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Washington 1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, Washington 98195
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of Washington Bothell 18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, Washington 98011
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Spokane

Washington State University - Spokane
103 East Spokane Falls Boulevard | Spokane, Washington 99202
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Washington State University - Spokane 103 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, Washington 99202
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tacoma

Pacific Lutheran University
1010 122nd Street South | Tacoma, Washington 98447
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street | Tacoma, Washington 98402
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Pacific Lutheran University 1010 122nd Street South
Tacoma, Washington 98447
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Washington Tacoma 1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, Washington 98402
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tri-Cities

Washington State University - Tri-Cities
1266 Lee Boulevard | Richland, Washington 99352
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Washington State University - Tri-Cities 1266 Lee Boulevard
Richland, Washington 99352
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Vancouver

Washington State University - Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue | Vancouver, Washington 98686
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Washington State University - Vancouver 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, Washington 98686
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Washington cities

Walla Walla University
204 South College Avenue | College Place, Washington 99324
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Washington State University - Walla Walla
500 Tausick Way | Walla Walla, Washington 99362
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima
1401 West Prasch Avenue | Yakima, Washington 98902
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Washington University
516 High Street | Bellingham, Washington 98225
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Walla Walla University 204 South College Avenue
College Place, Washington 99324
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Washington State University - Walla Walla 500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington State University - Yakima 1401 West Prasch Avenue
Yakima, Washington 98902
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Washington University 516 High Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion