Nursing (RN-BSN Progression Track)

Bachelor of science in nursing (BSN)

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Credits required: 122

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Industry highlights

Many hospitals not already requiring the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) have established "BSN-preferred" policies for new hires.The American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Be part of something greater

Often times, the thing that patients remember most about their stay in a hospital is the care they received from the nurses there. While compassion can't be taught, the other skills nurses need to be successful certainly can.

The RN-BSN nursing progression track at Western Michigan University prepares thoughtful, professional nurses who possess the skills, knowledge and values necessary to deliver quality health care in the 21st century.

Additionally, WMU will award you 18 credits if you have passed the NCLEX. These count toward the 60 WMU credit hours required to earn a bachelor's degree from WMU.

Why Nursing (RN-BSN) at Western Michigan University

Some hospitals already require nurses to have a BSN degree. And many others have "BSN-preferred" hiring policies. WMU's Bronson School of Nursing has developed a unique program, specifically designed for RNs, that leads to the completion of a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree.

The RN-BSN curriculum integrates knowledge from liberal arts, sciences and the discipline of nursing. The program emphasizes the development of skills, knowledge and the competencies essential for the scope of clinical judgment that distinguishes the practice of a professional nurse. Become a strong and well-rounded nurse with a degree from a university health leaders know and trust.

CCNE accredited

This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The curriculum has been specifically designed for registered nurses.

Who should apply

Registered nurses who are interested in applying can review the course requirements on the WMU Bronson School of Nursing website.

Career opportunities

RNs return to school for a variety of reasons, including the potential for career advancement. Nurses in management with a BSN degree are able to serve in positions such as:

  • Assistant head nurse
  • Head nurse
  • Assistant director
  • Director
  • Vice president

Additional opportunities such as research, teaching, managing a home health care clinic or consulting are all options for nurses with a BSN.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.