Nursing students in the state of Washington can pursue two types of nursing programs. The traditional BSN program is for students who are entering as first year students and plan to pursue licensure as registered nurses (RN), while the registered nursing-BSN program is designed for licensed RNs who want to continue with their education. Accelerated BSN programs are also available for students who already have a non-nursing bachelor's degree. BSN programs are offered by 4-year schools and universities.
Some BSN programs having flexible scheduling through offering courses online or by offering a part-time option. Aside from coursework, students gain hands-on experience through clinicals and practicums.
Situated in Spokane, Gonzaga University offers students a traditional BSN program. Courses cover topics in wellness assessment, professional and therapeutic communication, healthcare systems, individual and family care, healthcare ethics and pharmacology. To earn a BSN, students are required to participate in five practicums.
Located in Bremerton, Olympic College features an RN-BSN program. Students in the program are required to complete 180 credits; this includes credits earned from an associate's degree program. In this program, students can improve their clinical and analytical skills and understand current issues facing the healthcare system.
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Lutheran University is located in Tacoma and provides a traditional BSN program and an LPN-BSN program. About 90 students are admitted into this program each year, and students can start in either the fall or spring semester. The traditional program can be completed in four years; this includes three years of nursing courses and clinical experiences. LPN-BSN students take prerequisite courses in the first year of the program, including courses in chemistry, anatomy and microbiology. An additional five semesters of nursing courses are required to earn the BSN.
Seattle Pacific University
Students at Seattle Pacific University, in Seattle, can earn a traditional BSN. The traditional program is 180 credits and covers topics in nursing theory, childbearing, community and family nursing, nursing research, mental health nursing and professional nursing roles.
Seattle University is located in Seattle and has a 180-credit BSN program that consists of two years of general education requirements and prerequisites and two years of nursing courses. Junior and senior nursing students take courses involving the care of older adults and children, drugs and nursing, mental health nursing, community nursing care and nursing interventions.
University of Washington - Bothell
The University of Washington in Bothell offers an RN-BSN program. Nursing students who enroll in the program must complete 45 credits at the Bothell campus. In addition to a senior portfolio, students take courses in critical thinking, healthcare issues, legal and ethical issues, community health and nursing leadership.
University of Washington - Seattle
Students enrolling at the University of Washington in Seattle can pursue a traditional or accelerated BSN program. The traditional program is 180 credits and consists of general education requirements, prerequisites and nursing courses. The accelerated BSN program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in another area and want to become RNs. Students can complete the accelerated program in five semesters and are required to take courses in health assessment, human responses, illness care, family nursing, pediatric nursing and healthcare systems.
University of Washington - Tacoma
Registered nurses can pursue an RN-BSN program at the University of Washington in Tacoma. The program features both a part-time and full-time plan. Courses cover topics in clinical nursing, healthcare and nursing, genetics, chronic conditions, healthcare ethics and nursing leadership.
Walla Walla University
Students in the nursing program at this university first take courses at the College Place, Washington, campus and then move to the Portland, Oregon, campus, where they can participate in clinical experiences. Students who are already licensed RNs or LPNs have the option to apply for admission to the final two years of the program.
Washington State University
Washington State University is located in Pullman and offers traditional BSN and RN-BSN programs. After completing 60 credits of general education courses and prerequisites, students in the traditional program spend two years taking nursing courses. Students have an opportunity to learn about health assessment, nursing pharmacology, community health nursing, chronic illness and family health.
The RN-BSN program can be completed on campus or online and features coursework in nursing leadership, community health nursing, mental health nursing and nursing management. Students are also required to participate in an 80-hour practicum.
To earn a license in Washington, students must complete an education program approved by the Washington State Department of Health and take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Below are summaries of ten of the largest schools that offer state-approved programs. All of these programs prepare students for the NCLEX-RN exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||BSN Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Gonzaga University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Nursing||$43,210*|
|Olympic College||4-year, public; small city||RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing|| $3,771 in-state;
|Pacific Lutheran University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
LPN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing
|Seattle Pacific University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Nursing||$42,939*|
|Seattle University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Nursing||$44,610*|
|University of Washington - Bothell||4-year, public; large suburb||RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing|| $11,138 in-state;
|University of Washington - Seattle||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
| $11,207 in-state;
|University of Washington - Tacoma||4-year, public; midsize city||RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing|| $11,261 in-state;
|Walla Walla University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; small suburb||Bachelor of Science in Nursing||$28,035*|
|Washington State University||4-year, public; distant town|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing
| $11,584 in-state;
Source: *NCES College Navigator