May 18, 2021  
2018-19 Catalog 
    
2018-19 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, RN to BSN, BS


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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (RN-BSN) is designed for students with an associate degree in nursing. The RN-BSN Program curriculum expands knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice, community health, professional communication, leadership, and health information technology. Healthcare systems and healthcare policies are also covered in the curriculum. Learning experiences are focused on individuals, families, groups and communities. Students have the opportunity to complete additional courses or fieldwork in specialty areas such as global health.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Evaluate and apply evidence-based research to clinical practice
  • Appraise protective and predictive factors, including genetics, which influence the health of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations
  • Develop and implement creative strategies to enable systems to change
  • Negotiate and resolve conflicts to support professional, positive working relationships
  • Utilize intra- and inter-professional resources to resolve ethical and other practice dilemmas
  • Assess and fully utilize sophisticated healthcare information management systems to maximize patient outcomes

Program Eligibility

Individuals must have:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally Accredited Institution (must include at least 35 quarter credits in nursing.)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all college courses.
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ (2.0) in in all required courses for the associate degree in nursing.
  • College level statistics course that includes inferential statistics. Course must be equivalent to 5-credits.
  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in WA state. Students in final year of an associate degree nursing program may be admitted, but must take and pass the NCLEX-RN by the end of their second quarter of the program. Successful passing of NCLEX earns the student 45 college credits.

Degree Requirements

Completion of all required courses as shown in the worksheet. In addition to eligibility requirements, students must also achieve the following:

  • Complete a total of at least 180 applicable college-level quarter credits (including the 90 credits required for admission to the degree program).
  • Earn a GPA of 2.0 for each course applied to the degree, including credits transferred from other colleges.
  • Complete at least 45 quarter credits for the degree in residence at BC, of which 30 credits must be upper division.

Application Process

To be considered for the bachelor of science in nursing degree, prospective students must submit the following:

  • Completed general Bellevue College admission form
  • Nonrefundable admissions and placement fee of $55
  • Completed Bachelor of Applied Science application form
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $60
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college
  • Three letters of recommendation on an official recommendation form
  • Essay
  • Resume/CV

Prerequisite Requirements


Associate Degree in Nursing from a Regionally Accredited Institution


(Must include at least 35 quarter credits in nursing.)

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all college courses
  • Minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in all required courses for the associate degree in nursing
  • College level statistics course that includes inferential statistics. Course must be equivalent to 5-credits

Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in WA state.


Students in final year of an associate degree nursing program may be admitted, but must take and pass the NCLEX-RN by the end of their second quarter of the program. Successful passing of NCLEX-RN earns the student 45 college credits.

General Education: 20 CR


Total BSN Coursework: 50


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