Online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Note: We are no longer accepting applications for the Online RN-BSN program.
Local Roots, Online Classes, Global Impact.
The online Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Northwest University’s Mark and Huldah Buntain College of Nursing provides RNs with skills in clinical judgment, leadership, case management, community health, and global health. You will integrate cross-cultural effectiveness, faith integration, and a holistic assessment of health in your professional practice. The online delivery method allows you to fit your academic pursuit with your work schedule and personal obligations. A variety of practice experiences will enrich your understanding of the roles of nurses at clinical agencies within driving distance of your home. Although an online student, you are welcome to interact with university nursing educators in person on the Kirkland, Washington campus. Achieving a BSN at NU will expand your career opportunities and open the door to graduate education.
Buntain College of Nursing Mission Statement
The Buntain College of Nursing at Northwest University prepares graduates to answer their call to serve God throughout the world and lead others by using their professional expertise as nurses.
- Complete the 30-credit program in 5 semesters or about 18 months
- Enroll in a 3 credit statistics course prior to NURS 4664 if not taken as part of an ADN program
- Take one 3-4 credit course at a time
- Complete each course in 7+ weeks
Hear From a Student
“I had my official nursing training when I was in Japan. So after I started working here…I feel like everyone has a hard time understanding me in the language skills or I always had a lower self-esteem, but through this program I was able to increase my confidence. My writing skills are better. This confidence really helps me in my nursing practice. Each material that the professor provided was very useful. I can use the materials in my daily [nursing] practice.”
Science and Mathematics (3 credits)
- MATH – Introduction to Statistics*
Sample Course Progression
- NURS 4603 - Professional Nursing Concepts & Applied Critical Thinking
- NURS 4643 - Health Assessment, Pathophysiology & Pharmacotherapeutics
- NURS 4763 - Contemporary Health Care Systems & Health Policy
- NURS 4734 - Leadership, Quality Management, and Shared Coordination
- NURS 4653 - Culturally Responsive Nursing: Theory and Practice
- NURS 4723 - Values, Faith, and Ethics in Professional Nursing Practice
- NURS 4673 - Global Health: Practicing Community Wellness
- NURS 4754 - Population Health Nursing in the Community
- NURS 4664 - Principles of Research and Scholarship Inquiry
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you must be a registered nurse before enrolling in the program.
No, we only offer online programs for currently registered nurses.
Yes, you can find all required vaccinations under the Program Practice Experience Requirements section of the course catalog.
Please see the Cost section below on this page.
Yes, our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which is the highest accreditation for nursing programs.
Approximately 18 months over the course of five semesters.
Yes, except for practice experiences, which you will complete at hospitals/clinics in your local area. The program is designed for working nurses.
Cost of the Program ~ $2,500/semester
(Costs are estimates only and subject to change)
- $415/credit (30-33 credits)
One-time Fees (subject to change)
- $136 background checks and immunization tracking
- $75 graduation fee
- Cost of books varies
Word from the College of Nursing
“The Buntain College of Nursing at Northwest University offers a unique online RN-BSN program that provides personal and professional opportunities for growth. The program offers the opportunity for practice experiences in every course. Students build on their current knowledge and experience as RNs to strengthen skills in clinical reasoning, leadership, community health, research, and global and intercultural healthcare. Our BSN graduates are leaders and catalysts of change in advancing the profession of nursing.”
Dr. Erin-Joy Bjorge DNP, RN, CNE, COI
Dean, Buntain College of Nursing