​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 three 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 a first year or transfer student not currently practicing nursing.

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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This program is for LPNs who want to earn their BSN.

Learn more about our LPN to BSN program

Why choose Saint Martin's Nursing

  • Small class sizes foster an engaging and caring learning environment
  • Clinical sitesexperiences in the community, and acute care settings are designed to meet your learning needs and help you grow as a nurse
  • Faculty practice as nurses 
  • Scholarships are 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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Saint Martin's nursing prgram receives $2.22 million HRSA nursing workforce diversity grant

Saint Martin’s nursing program has been awarded a $2.22 million four-year Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Read more about the workforce diversity grant

Building a Culture of Health and Health Equity through Native American Nurses

Saint Martin's University HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant provides financial and academic support for diverse students. We welcome Native American/Alaskan Native students to our Saints nursing community.

Saint Martin's Nursing Faculty Collaborating with Social Work is Awarded

Drs. Lori Sirs (Social Work) and Shandeigh Berry (Nursing), collaborating in a multidisciplinary research project between Social Work and Nursing, were awarded the Washington Campus Compact (WACC) "Student Civic Leader Fellowship Grant." This project focuses on supporting fathers experiencing grief following perinatal loss by using a movement modality known as ‘poi spinning.’ Dr. Sirs, who has been exploring poi spinning as a therapeutic movement modality for the past eight years, is working in collaboration with Dr. Berry, who specializes in perinatal loss, grief, and bereavement. Poi spinning workshops will be used to investigate the efficacy of this ancient practice in mitigating the risk of fathers developing complicated perinatal grief following perinatal loss, and provides two student Research Assistants perusing careers in Social Work and Nursing. Sanyt Shores from Nursing (left) and Cristina Tapia from Social Work (right) have been chosen from a pool of highly competitive applicants to serve as Research Assistants to Drs. Sirs and Berry.

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. 1st: Applications open for Traditional BSN and LPN-BSN students.
  • Jan. 15th: Deadline for transfer nursing applications for the following academic year (both fall and spring cohorts).


  • Rolling Admission: Applications for the RN-BSN program are accepted year round for the following semester.


  • 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.

Saint Martin's has a holistic admission review process that considers academic factors in conjunction with:

  • A student's unique talents and experiences
  • Extra curricular activities (leadership positions, service activities,hobbies, jobs, clubs, family commitments, experience in or withhealth care, etc.)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Nursing application essays

Other factors may be considered include: being a first generation college student or being economically or environmentally disadvantaged

  • 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, academicly 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.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in all course work, and a 3.0 GPA or higher in a pre-requisite science courses.
  • 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.
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  • 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. 

Traditional BSN transfer students: 14%-16% acceptance rate
RN-BSN students: 100% acceptance rate
LPN-BSN students: This program is too new, but will have acceptance rates in 2023 after the first cohort's graduation.