Program Highlights

  • As an RN, you can earn your BSN degree in as little as 12 months at the accelerated program pace
  • Leverage your existing education and transfer up to 84 credit hours
  • Individuals with Military Health Care Training may be eligible to receive credit for previous education
  • Classes start every 8 weeks
  • Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation 

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RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Why take your RN to a BSN? It's a foundation for the future.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, in 2020 82.4% of employers expressed a strong preference for BSN program graduates and 41.1% of hospitals and healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree[1]. WCU is committed to preparing a better-educated professional nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations. A 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 competent provider, planner, manager and coordinator of care. The RN to BSN online program at West Coast University strives to help the BSN candidates meet these market demands.

Our Mission:

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide evidence-based and innovative nursing education to culturally diverse learners; preparing nurses to provide quality and compassionate care responsive to the needs of the community and the global society.

Get the most out of your RN to BSN degree with these clear advantages:

  • A WCU-quality RN to BSN program you can complete in 12 months at the accelerated program pace
  • Choose a pace that works for you with Accelerated and Working Professional options
  • One-on-one support from a designated Student Success Advisor
  • Streamlined curriculum allowing for transfer credits — up to 84 credit hours
  • Classes start every 8 weeks
  • 135 Practice Experience hours

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has established the following Program Learning Outcomes, which flow directly from the College of Nursing's mission and philosophy. These outcomes reflect what students should expect to have learned upon graduation.

  1. Support professional nursing practice decisions with concepts and theories from the biological, physical and social sciences.
  2. Plan preventive 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 health care 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 with providing safe, quality nursing care; 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 Opportunities

One degree. Endless opportunities.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing online 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, assistance with everything from resume writing and interview preparation to job leads and more. While we can't guarantee employment, we can help you prepare to make the most of every career opportunity. It's one-stop support—before and after graduation—to help you advance your RN to BSN career and learn about job opportunities.

Graduates are prepared for nursing positions across a wide spectrum of interests, including:

  • Pediatrics
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Community Health
  • Home Care Nursing & more

Demand for Nurses

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics project there will be continued demand in the labor market for nurses.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of class. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Through our Career Service Department, we provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals and enhance the prospects for securing employment and obtaining professional success.

West Coast University provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment. 

Applicants to the online program must meet the following RN to BSN program requirements:

  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. 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 RN to BSN prerequisites set forth, must be received by the end of the add/drop period in order to be admitted into the program.
    2. Applicants with a valid license may be admitted with approved documentation of an earned high school degree or equivalent pending receipt of official transcripts of the 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.

To view Further the Admissions Requirements, please click here.

RN to BSN Transfer Credits

The RN to BSN program awards 42 transfer credits for an unobstructed current RN license issued in the United States and up to 42 credits of general education transfer credits (total of 84 transfer credits).

Students enrolled in the RN to BSN program are exempt from specific general education requirements. There is no science recency requirement for RN to BSN students.

Students who are requesting transfer credit for courses in the core curriculum must submit official transcripts by the first day of the first term in which the student commences his or her education at West Coast University.

Students requesting additional general education transfer credits must provide official transcripts no later than six months after the start of the semester in which the student commences his or her education at the University. Only college-level coursework will be considered for transfer credit. All coursework must have been taken at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Note: A student may have the option of taking a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA 100) course if he/she does not have sufficient college-level credits required to meet the 120 credits required for graduation with this degree program. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA 100) is not subject to this policy as credit earned from Prior Learning Assessment is done in conjunction with enrollment in the appropriate West Coast University course. Check RN to BSN requirements for more details.

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