​The Saint Martin’s nursing program is dedicated to educating nurses to care for diverse populations in the ever complex care environment.

Saint Martin's Nursing - Nurses with a heart

Nursing is a growing profession with a predicted shortage of 7,000 nurses in Washington in 2025.

A BSN in Nursing provides you opportunities to care for persons across the care continuum from community-based health promotion to caring for critically ill persons in the hospital, from birth in the obstetrics unit to a comfortable death. With a BSN, you will be a leader and policy maker, as well as a change maker in your community.  

We offer two paths to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN):

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Traditional BSN

The traditional BSN is right for you if you are not currently a practicing nurse.

Learn more about our traditional BSN program

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RN to BSN is the right program for you if you are already a RN.

Learn more about our RN to BSN program

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Already an LPN? Inquire about our upcoming LPN to BSN program.

Learn more about our LPN to BSN program

Why choose Saint Martin's Nursing?

  • Small class sizes to foster your learning
  • Clinical sites and experiences in the community and acute care settings designed to meet your learning needs and help you grow as a nurse
  • Faculty who practice as nurses and who are current on nursing practice 
  • Scholarships available for all students
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 


The Department of Nursing at Saint Martin’s University is dedicated to creating a learner-centered education grounded in the university core values of faith, reason, service and community. The program prepares nursing graduates who are committed to evidence-based practice, social justice and lifelong learning to meet the needs of the global community in the 21st century.

Who to Contact

Teach for Saint Martin’s Nursing Program

Do you have a Master’s degree in nursing or higher? We are looking for clinical and lab faculty for the BSN program. You can teach one day a week or more, depending on your availability. Contact the Director of Nursing Teri Woo and send your resume/CV to twoo@stmartin.edu.

Nursing program application timeline

  • Aug. 1, 2021: Fall 2022 transfer BSN application opens
  • Jan. 15, 2022: Deadline for transfer nursing applications for 2022-2023 academic year (both fall 2022 and spring 2023 entry cohorts)

Scholarships for nursing students

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

View scholarships and financial aid opportunities from AACN

The Bruno & Evelyne Betti Fund’s mission is to advance academic scholarship in nursing.


Awards are based on financial need and range from $500 to $1000. 


Awards are based on a combination of scholarship (GPA), need (FAFSA), and overall potential contribution to the nursing profession.

Apply for the Betti Foundation Scholarship

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

Northwest Monitoring, a local intraoperative neuromonitoring service provider, created the Northwest Monitoring Nursing Scholarship to provide annual scholarship support to nursing students from the local area, to include Thurston, Pierce, Mason or Lewis counties attending Saint Martin’s University.


  • Submission of a 500 word or less statement on why you chose nursing as a profession and why you deserve this scholarship
  • Enrolled fulltime in either the RN to BSN program or BSN program
  • From the local area, to include Thurston, Pierce, Mason, or Lewis counties
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong work ethic, leadership, compassion, and empathy

Apply for the Northwest Monitoring Nursing 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 


  • No. Transfer nursing students submit the same online transfer application as other Saint Martin’s transfer students.
  • There are specific essay question prompts for nursing applicants.
  • Transfer students are admitted on a space available basis into the upper division nursing program.
  • The number of transfer students admitted each year will vary.
  • Jan. 15 for both fall and spring cohorts.
  • Transfer students will be offered admission to either the fall or spring cohort when accepted.
  • Applications for the RN to BSN program (for those who already have or are completing a nursing degree) are accepted year round.
  • Students may start the RN to BSN program any semester.
  • Nursing is a competitive, academic rigorous major. Most competitive applicants will have a higher GPA than the 3.0 GPA minimum.
  • Applicants may repeat one pre-requisite science course one time.
  • Applicants with multiple repeated courses or withdrawals from courses will be less competitive.
  • An explanation of lower grades or withdrawals (i.e. deployment) may assist in the admissions review.
  • No, you do not have to have all the pre-requisite courses completed before applying to the nursing program. 
  • You do need to have enough of the science courses done to demonstrate you are able to get a 3.0 gpa or higher in the pre-requisite science courses. 
  • In your application you will provide a reasonable timeline of when you plan to complete your pre-requisite courses.
  • Applicants must complete all pre-requisite courses before beginning the nursing coursework at Saint Martin’s.
  • No. We will not require NAC certification for our BSN program.
  • No.
  • The BSN nursing curriculum includes 650 hours of direct patient-care clinical practicum, and 480 hours of lab and simulation learning in the Bruno and Evelyne Betti Nursing Education Center in Old Main hall.