​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

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.

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Nursing program application timeline

  • Aug. 1, 2019: Fall 2020 transfer BSN application opens
  • Jan. 15, 2020: Deadline for transfer nursing applications for 2020-2021 academic year (both fall 2020 and spring 2021 entry cohorts)

Scholarships for nursing students

  • Betti Foundation Scholarship

    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

  • Health Resources & Services Administration Nurse Corps scholarships

    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

  • Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship

    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 Nursing 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

  • Providence Saint Peter Foundation 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


  • Is there a separate nursing application?
    • 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.
  • Do I have to have all the prerequisites done before applying for the BSN program?
    • 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.
  • How many clinical hours are in the BSN program?
    • 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.