College of Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Online)

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.

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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.

"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."

Erin-Joy Bjorge DNP, RN, CNE, COI
Dean, Buntain College of Nursing

Program Length

  • Complete the 30-credit program in 5 semesters or about 18 months
  • Enroll in core bible, theology, and statistics courses (6-9 credits) online prior to the nursing courses or concurrently with nursing courses if not taken as part of an ADN program
  • Take one 3-4 credit course at a time
  • Complete each course in 7+ weeks

Course Map

Core Courses (6 credits)

  • BIBL 1103 – Old Testament History and Literature (3 credits)
  • BIBL 1203 – New Testament History and Literature (3 credits)
  • THEO 1213 – Christian Thought (3 credits)
  • THEO 2323 – Jesus the Messiah (3 credits)

Science and Mathematics (3 credits)

  • MATH – Introduction to Statistics*

*If not taken as part of ADN program, must take prior to NURS 4664

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-Based Health Care: Ethics, Legal, Faith, and Social Policies
  • NURS 4673 - Global Health: Practicing Community Wellness
  • NURS 4754 - Health in Community Based Populations
  • NURS 4664 - Principles of Research and Scholarship Inquiry

Cost of the Program ~ $3,500/semester

(Costs are estimates only and subject to change)

  • $445/credit (30-39 credits)

One-time Fees (subject to change)

  • $67 online portfolio access 
  • $125 background checks and immunization tracking
  • $70 graduation fee
  • Cost of books varies

RN to BSN Application Deadlines

  • Fall – June 1st
  • Spring – November 1st
  • Summer – March 1st

*The NU application, transcripts, letter of recommendation, resume, and employment verification must all be submitted by the application deadline above to be considered for admission.

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Next Steps

Ready to get started? Begin the admission process now by completing our online application form. Or fill out the Request Info form, and a member of our Admissions team will contact you soon. Would you prefer to meet with one of our faculty face-to-face? Please schedule a campus visit at a time that convenient for you.

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