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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The RN-to-BSN adds a fourth year of courses for those students who have already graduated with their associate degree in nursing (ADN). The ADN includes one year of prerequisites and two years of required nursing courses. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for area nurses to finish their last year of education and get the bachelor’s degree that is becoming an industry standard. The industry aims for 80 percent of the nursing work force to have a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2020.

WVC will accept 25 students into the RN-to-BSN program each year. 

The program will be 80 percent online and 20 percent face-to-face instruction. Students will attend classes on the Wenatchee campus only three times a quarter so that they can continue to work while completing their bachelor’s degree. To be accepted, students will need to have an ADN as well as a current, unencumbered RN license. The program will take one year, or four quarters, to complete full time.

For additional information about the RN-to-BSN program, call 509-682-6673.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of the RN to BSN program, successful graduate will be able to:

  1. Provide patient centered care for diverse populations to promote health and wellness.
  2. Utilize organizational leadership skills to collaborate with health care teams in a community and/or health care agency to promote safe and effective quality care.
  3. Utilize reliable evidence to inform and support clinical decisions which shape health care delivery and policy.
  4. Manage information and technology to promote communication, access research and other reliable evidence, and mitigate error in a variety of health care systems.
  5. Apply quality improvement processes to effectively implement patient safety initiatives and affect health system change.
  6. Demonstrate professional core values and behaviors that reflect baccalaureate nursing practice.

Graduates will demonstrate accomplishment of the program learning outcomes by successful completion of all course requirements, which will measure competencies in each learning area.

Curriculum Framework

The RN to BSN curriculum is guided by six student centered program outcomes that reflect professional standards and the relevant knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary for success as a professional nurse in today’s complex health care environment.

 Outcomes are leveled by quarter so students may have a clear understanding of expectations and their progress through the program. Upon completion of the program students will have met the program outcomes, the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate practice competencies, and the competencies set forth by the Quality and Safety for Nurses (QSEN) initiative.

 The organizing framework of Wenatchee Valley College RN to BSN program is based on significant core concepts which are integrated throughout the curriculum. These concepts are:

Professional nurses support patient-centered care that recognizes and respects the differences, values, preferences, and needs of diverse people. Advocacy and health promotion assist the patient or designee in making informed clinical decisions. The baccalaureate –prepared nurse will formulate plans of care which provide culturally sensitive, non-discriminatory care to individuals, groups, and communities in today’s global environment.



Washington State Nursing Commission

310 Israel Road SE

Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 236-4700