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Merit awards (based on transfer GPA) combine with online courses to make Saint Martin's RN-to-BSN an affordable option for working professionals. View tuition for 2015-2016.

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Providence Southwest Washington Region nurses eligible for $5000 scholarship to attend Saint Martin's RN-to-BSN program.

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For their community nursing practicum, Everett RN-to-BSN students organized a dinner at the Salvation Army combining health education, community service and a great meal!

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Louise Kaplan, director

RN-to-BSN Program

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What is the RN-to-BSN Program?

Saint Martin's RN-to-BSN program provides registered nurses with an associate degree a pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Nurses play vital roles in the nation's rapidly changing, increasingly complex health care system. The program prepares nurses to:

  • Provide evidence-based care for a diverse and aging population that contributes to safe and high quality patient outcomes
  • Face the challenges associated with working with new technology and informatics
  • Create innovative changes to improve the delivery of health care
  • Promote inter-professional collaboration
  • Understand the research process and translate evidence into practice
  • Provide leadership in the workplace, community and profession
  • Influence policies, laws and regulations that promote nursing practice and improve the health care system

Why enroll in the RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin's?

The RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin’s empowers students as lifelong learners, ensures that they have the competencies needed to practice in a wide range of roles, and helps prepare them as leaders in the nursing profession. The program is:

Saint Martin's is ideally located to serve the communities of southwest Washington. Its students enjoy:

  • Small classes taught by experienced, award-winning, accessible, student-centered faculty
  • Courses that combine on-site classes with online learning
  • Flexibility in class schedules that allow them to attend full-time or part-time, continue to work and meet the needs of their personal lives
  • Guest speakers from the Olympia community
  • Financial aid support
  • An opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese medicine

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our RN-to-BSN nursing outcomes website.

Prerequisites for admission to the RN-to-BSN program

  • Admission to Saint Martin's University
  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing
  • Competitive GPA, with a minimum or 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

What's required to earn a BSN?

In addition to the University's general education requirements, the RN-to-BSN program requires:

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of nursing courses and requirements.

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

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