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Nursing RN to BSN

Are you a registered nurse (RN) looking for a pathway to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) while working in the field? Saint Martin’s RN to BSN program may be the best fit for you.

Why Saint Martin's University?

The RN to BSN program at Saint Martin's provides Registered Nurses a pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Pursuing your degree in Saint Martin's hybrid RN to BSN program allows you to earn your degree in as little as one year, attend class only one night per week, learn through a hybrid teaching model and advance your career earning power.

RN to BSN applications are open year-round.

Learn more about transfer requirements

Mission statement

The nursing program at Saint Martin’s University is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of its students and others through the core values of faith, reason, service and community. It empowers its students to pursue lifelong learning, accomplishment and fulfillment as nurses and human persons.

Program highlights

  • Complete your BSN in as little as one year
  • Attend class one night a week
  • Affordable
  • Hybrid (traditional/online) learning model
  • Scholarships
  • Small class sizes
  • Flexible program start dates
  • Option to attend full or part time
  • Located in the South Puget Sound region of Washington


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Saint Martin's University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The RN to BSN program at Saint Martin's University is fully approved by the Washington Board of Nursing.

Practicum and capstone opportunities

Proximity to the state capital provides RN to BSN students with a variety of opportunities with government agencies and non-profit organizations. Students often design capstone projects with a service component, maximizing meaningful engagement with the community. Projects have included:

  • Development of a Department of Health statewide webinar on immunizations for pregnant women
  • Creation of a presentation on compassion fatigue for nurse residents at a local hospital
  • Providing the evidence-base for naloxone distribution in Thurston County
  • Establishing policies and procedures for a community shelter for people experiencing homelessness
  • Collaborating with the Thurston County Nurse Family Partnership

Nursing RN to BSN Requirements

In addition to the undergraduate requirements, please submit completed nursing paperwork by email, fax or mail.

Download admitted nursing students packet

Fax: 360-486-8404
5000 Abbey Way SE
Burton #102
Lacey WA 98503

Fall start - May 1
Spring start - Nov. 1


The American Association of College of Nursing maintains a database of scholarships, grants and loan forgiveness programs that are specific to nursing.  

View scholarships and financial aid opportunities from AACN


As a student accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree nursing program, you can receive funding for tuition, fees, and other educational costs. In exchange, you must work at an eligible facility with a critical shortage of nurses—a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF)—upon graduation.

We give funding preference depending on your financial need.

You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized), a national, or a lawful permanent resident;
  • enrolled—or accepted for enrollment—in a professional nursing degree program at an accredited school of nursing in the U.S.;
  • beginning classes no later than September 30;
  • free from any federal judgment liens;
  • free from an existing service commitment;
  • not overdue on a federal debt.

Apply for the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program


The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) addresses access to health care by developing a Native Hawaiian health care workforce of professionals committed to serve the unique health needs of Hawaiian communities. The program recruits and nurtures professionals in-training for primary health care disciplines and specialties most needed to deliver quality, culturally competent health services to Native Hawaiians throughout the State of Hawai‘i. 

The merit-based program awards generous scholarships to eligible individuals that appear to be dedicated to providing primary health services to Native Hawaiians and their families in Hawai‘i.

Apply for the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship


Nursing scholarship funds are set aside each year to assist students with nursing school finances.

To be eligible for an award, a student must be in good academic standing in the RN-BSN or BSN program.

Apply for the Nursing Fund Scholarship


PCNA offers four different types of scholarships to nursing students. Scholarship funds are sent directly to the accredited school.

PCNA scholarships are available to students living or attending school in Pierce County as well as within our expanded jurisdictional boundaries of Thurston, Kitsap, Grays Harbor, Mason, Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Apply for the Pierce County Nurses Association Scholarship


The Providence Foundation scholarship is from the Foundation’s Greatest Need Fund.

Amount of the awards are based on a combination of need (FAFSA) and overall potential contribution to the nursing profession.

To be eligible for an award, students must meet employment criteria at Providence Southwest Region, submit an essay addressing specified criteria, and be enrolled, at least half-time as a student in Saint Martin’s University RNBSN program, and be in good standing in the program.

Apply for the Providence Saint Peter Foundation Scholarship


The Washington State Nurses Foundation (WSNF) awards scholarships annually to qualified students who meet the eligibility requirements as outlined on the application website.

The minimum amount of each scholarship is $1,000. 

Apply for the Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship

Option A: 2 semesters


  • NUR 350: Translating Research into EBP (3 credits)
  • NUR 430: Leadership (3 credits)
  • NUR 450: Care Coordination (3 credits)
  • SMU Online COR110: Religious Studies (3 credit core)
  • Elective course (3 credits)


  • NUR 310: Health Policy (3 credits)
  • NUR 410: Promoting Population Health (3 credits)
  • NUR 411: Population and Community Practicum (1 credit)
  • NUR 490: Capstone (4 credits)
  • SMU Online Ethics and the Dignity of Work (4 credit core)

Option B: 3 semesters


  • NUR 350: Translating Research into EBP (3 credits)
  • NUR 430: Leadership (3 credits)
  • NUR 450: Care Coordination (3 credits)
  • SMU Online COR 110: Religious Studies (3 credits core)


  • NUR 310: Health Policy (3 credits)
  • NUR 410: Promoting Population Health (3 credits)
  • NUR 411: Population and Community Practicum (1 credit)
  • NUR 490: Capstone (4 credits)


  • SMU Online Ethics and the Dignity of Work (4 credit core)
  • Elective course (3 credits)

Nursing RN to BSN at a Glance

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Program Type
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
College of Arts and Sciences
Nursing programs
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Academic excellence

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Nursing College of Distinction

Saint Martin's was named a Nursing College of Distinction for 2024-25.

Dedication wall in Nursing wing to Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation

$3.5 million donated for nursing labs and scholarships

Generous gifts have fully funded our 2,000 square feet remodel of Old Main to create an eight-bed nursing learning lab, two-bed simulation suite, classroom, faculty offices and equipment storage rooms.

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