The RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin's University 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.

Program Highlights

Why choose Saint Martin's RN-to-BSN program?

  • 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
  • Accredited through CCNE
  • Approved by NCQAC
  • Located in the South Puget Sound region of Washington

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Upcoming information sessions:

  • May 15, Tuesday 8-9 a.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m., Old Main 349
  • June 6, Wednesday 3-4 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m., Old Main 349

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Christina Kressin '13, RN-to-BSN graduate


"The RN-to-BSN program is transformational. Sometimes I look back and don't even recognize myself. In nursing school, they teach you how to save a patient's life. This program teaches you how to change the world."
Christina Kressin '13, RN-to-BSN graduate

  • 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

Who to Contact

Diane Hamilton

Diane Hamilton, DNP, CNE, CCRN, NEA-BC

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Interim Director, RN-BSN Program,


  • Prerequisites
    • Admission to Saint Martin’s University
    • Associate degree or diploma in nursing 
    • Competitive GPA, with a minimum of a grade of C in each nursing core and prerequisite course
    • Unrestricted Washington State Registered Nurse license. (Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program may be offered provisional admission, pending passage of the NCLEX and receiving RN licensure which must be obtained by the end of the first semester in the program.)
    • Successful program interview
  • Nursing core courses (21 semester hours)

    Each core nursing course is offered at least once a year. Prerequisite or co-requisite course requirements may be waived if, in the judgment of the program director, it will significantly enhance the learning experience of the student.

    • NUR 310 Health Policy (3)
    • NUR 350 Translating Research into Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • NUR 370 Ethical Issues in Health Care (3)
    • NUR 410 Promoting Population Health in the Community (2)
    • NUR 411 Promoting Population Health in the Community Practicum (1)
    • NUR 430 Leadership for Advancing Health (3)
    • NUR 450 Care Coordination and Inter-professional Collaboration (3)
    • NUR 490 Capstone (3)

  • Approved elective courses (6 semester hours)

    Students may take an elective that is not listed if, in the judgment of the program director, it will significantly enhance their learning experience in the major

    • BA 303 Labor/Management Relations (3)
    • BA 340 Human Resource Management (3)
    • NUR 320 Traditional Chinese Medicine and Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • NUR 330 Practicum at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (3)
    • NUR 340 Global Health (1-6)
    • PHL 301 Ethics (3)
    • PSY 330 Psychology of the Family (3)
    • PSY 343 Health Psychology (3)
    • PSY 353 Drugs and Society (3)
    • PSY 387 Body Image and Eating Disorders (3)
    • PSY 440 Grief and Loss (3)
    • SOC 302 Sex, Race and Disability (3)
    • SOC 303 Sociology of Aging (3)
    • SOC 396 Intercultural Communication (3)