Take the Next Step to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree!

Our RN to BSN program prepares registered nurses (RNs) who hold an Associate of Science in Nursing to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Complete a program of study that builds upon existing knowledge and skills and prepares you to take on a broader role in health care.  With a BSN, you are prepared to achieve leadership roles, gain professional mobility and continue on to graduate study in nursing.

How Long Will It Take?

  • Our RN to BSN program may be completed in 12, 15, or 24 months.
  • The program is a hybrid of online and in-person courses allowing for flexibility of nurses work schedules.
  • WSU accepts up to 90-credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
  • The program starts in September or January with admission deadlines of April 1st or November 1st.

What Will I Learn?

Our curriculum covers subjects including:

  • research and the application of evidence-based practice
  • patient safety
  • legal issues
  • ethical standards
  • technology integration
  • health care systems and policies

Receive crucial training in key areas such as:

  • communication
  • cultural and ethical understanding
  • leadership and critical thinking
  • knowledge in effectively managing the complex and changing landscape of today’s health care delivery systems

How Much Will It Cost?

We offer the most affordable RN-BSN program in Western Massachusetts.
The total cost to complete all Nursing courses is under $11,000.

Program Director Jessica Holden gives an inside look at Westfield State University’s RN to BSN program, offered at three locations.

What Are The Admission Requirements?

  • Have an associate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on college/ university courses completed prior to admission
  • Possess an unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the United States by the start of the program
  • Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended
  • Submit one academic or professional recommendation


Requirements for the Nursing Major (RN-BSN)

Nursing courses and science lab courses require a grade of "C" or better to remain in good standing. Students may repeat only one clinical course with less than a "C" grade during their entire program.

Required "Non-Nursing" Courses - 31 credits

This area includes both core and non-core courses.

Nursing Courses in the Major - 30 credits

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking ability for clinical judgment
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interaction with a diverse population of individuals, families and groups
  • Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interactions
  • Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces
  • Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe and effective nursing care
  • Auditory and visual ability sufficient for observing, monitoring and assessing health needs
  • Ability to make observations in connection with other identified professional nursing student competencies
  • Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment
A Westfield State Nursing student assists with a procedure
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Contact us

Jessica Holden
Nursing Faculty