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 delivered online. Students will have the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty via virtual sessions that are offered at times throughout the program.
- WSU accepts up to 90-credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
- The program starts in September or January.
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:
- 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.
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.
- BIOL 0223 - Microbiology
- or BIOL 0209 - Medical Microbiology Credits: 4
- BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- CHEM 0103 - Chemistry of the Life Sciences
- or any Chemistry course listed under "Allied Science" or "Lab Science" Common Core.
- MATH 0108 - Elementary Statistics
- PSYC 0101 - Introduction to Psychology
- SOCI 0101 - Principles of Sociology
- any Philosophy course listed under "Literary & Philosophical Analysis" Common Core any Psychology or Sociology course beyond 0101 listed under "Social Understanding" Common Core
Nursing Courses in the Major - 30 credits
- NURS 0301 - Professional Nursing: Concepts and Issues in Globalized Healthcare
- NURS 0302 - Advanced Health Assessment
- NURS 0303 - Quality Improvement and Intra- and Inter-Professional Collaboration
- NURS 0305 - Nursing Research
- NURS 0307 - The Business of Nursing Care
- NURS 0309 - Community Health Nursing (RN-BSN)
- NURS 0354 - Nursing Leadership (RN-BSN)
- NURS 0396 - Nursing Capstone and Clinical Internship (RN-BSN)
The goals for the Westfield State University Nursing Program are to assist its students to:
- Integrate knowledge from the humanities, physical and social sciences and to recognize and to support diversity in the practice of nursing.
- Use evidence-based skilled nursing practice to promote, maintain and restore health across the lifespan to individuals, families and groups in a variety of health care settings.
- Become beginning professional nurses who embody legal, cultural and ethical understanding to deliver patient centered care in a collaborative, caring and safe manner.
- Utilize critical thinking skills to formulate skillful, caring nursing interventions to effectively meet health care challenges for individuals, families and/or communities.
- Utilize current gerontological knowledge to maintain and restore health to aging clients or to support a peaceful end-of-life.
- Value and confidently use appropriate health care technologies to enhance the care of patients.
- Model an understanding of the role of the professional nurse as a leader who recognizes the importance of effective communication skills, the understanding of resource demands, the promotion of teamwork and the need to be flexible and delegate appropriate
- Demonstrate a spirit of inquiry, an understanding of self and a commitment to life-long learning.