Nursing RN-BSN

Advance your education without putting your career on hold through CBC’s RN-BSN program! We know nurses lead busy lives, which is why we have created a program that allows you to balance work, school and everyday life.

To be considered for the RN-BSN program, the applicant must have completed 40 general education credits in an Associate Degree in Nursing program, including:

  • MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics (or equivalent), and
  • CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry with Lab (or equivalent), and
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition (or equivalent), or
  • ENGL& 102 Composition (or equivalent), or
  • ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (or equivalent), and
  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition (or equivalent) Note: this course may be taken concurrently during the RN-BSN program. Students accepted into the RN-BSN program are encouraged to complete NUTR&101 prior to starting the program

Please note: Transcripts will be reviewed by the CBC Transcript Evaluator to ensure course equivalency. Prerequisite courses do not have an expiration date; however, prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting nursing courses in the RN-BSN program.

To be considered for the current year, all entrance requirements must be complete. Students applying to the RN-BSN program must:

  • Have a current unrestricted Washington State Registered Nurse License. Nurses holding an RN license from another state will need to obtain a Washington RN license by August 31of the application year.
Requirements include:
  • Must graduate with an Assoc. Degree in Nursing by June 30th of the application year.
  • Must have earned a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. in all prerequisite and nursing courses.
  • Must obtain a Washington State Registered Nurse License by August 31st of the application year.
  • Hold an Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. in all prerequisite and nursing courses.

Submit a current resume that outlines the following:

  • Short-and long-term professional goals
  • Formal education (college/university)
  • Current (within last year) continuing education (if applicable)
  • Nursing experience
  • Other job experience
  • Community service or volunteer experience

Submit a three-minute video essay describing a personal philosophy of nursing. The presentation will be scored by RN-BSN faculty using the criteria listed in the Admission Index Score under Video Essay. Video essays must be submitted via YouTube. Preference will be given to RN's with work experience.

Once accepted into the RN-BSN program, students will need to submit the following:

  • Required immunization records
  • Current American Heart Association BLS Provider or Healthcare Provider CPR card
  • Satisfactory criminal history background check using a college approved vendor

Criminal history background information is required of all Nursing students. Information obtained will be considered in determining student eligibility to complete clinical coursework. Inability to participate in practicum experiences due to the information obtained from the background check may result in the student’s inability to satisfactorily complete program degree requirements. Any infraction while enrolled in the Nursing program should be self-reported to the coordinator/director. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Director of Nursing at 509-544-8318.

Program Approval and Accreditation

CBC Nursing programs are approved by the:

Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Washington State Department of Health, Nursing Commission
310 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501

The RN-BSN program is accredited by:


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20001

Application Process

The RN-BSN application is available each year in March. Columbia Basin College admits up to 40 students per year. Students will be selected using an RN-BSN Admission Index Score that incorporates the applicant’s cumulative GPA in core ADN Nursing courses, years of experience as an RN, and evaluation of the video essay by nursing faculty. Applicants will be awarded a raw score in each of the three categories. These scores are multiplied by a factor that levels each category at 10 points each for a maximum possible score of 30 points.

A wait list of potential applicants will be drafted and ranked in order of highest to lowest admission index score. If an accepted applicant declines entry into the program, the first applicant on the wait list is selected. Students who are not admitted to the program after the first week of fall quarter must reapply for the next admission cycle.

Program Application

The 2020 RN-BSN program application is now available. Detailed instructions are available in the RN-BSN program application packet. Applicants will be notified about their application status by July 31, 2020. 

Fall quarter 2020 classes will start on September 21, 2020.

Please download and complete the application. A hard copy of the completed application must be sent or delivered, with the $29 application fee, to CBC Student Records (the full address is on the application).

National Background Search & Drug Screen Requirement

As part of the admission requirements for Health Science programs, applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen prior to working with patients in clinical areas. The background check and drug screen are paid by the student and administered through a third party company, CastleBranch. In addition to the background check required by CBC, each clinical facility reserves the right to conduct its own criminal background check prior to allowing a student to enter its health care facilities for clinical participation.

Certain criminal convictions, pending charges or negative actions may automatically disqualify a person from having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults, juveniles and children. Clinical facilities reserve the right to accept or decline a student’s placement in its facility.     

RN-BSN Program Outcomes

Member of the Profession
The RN-BSN graduate will:

1. Formulate nursing practice decisions using research and evidence derived from nursing science. (Essential III)

2. Integrate critical thinking, clinical reasoning, assessment data, and clinical skills to promote the health of communities and vulnerable populations across the lifespan and continuum of healthcare environments. (Essential VII)

Provider of Patient-Centered Care
The RN-BSN graduate will:

3. Incorporate knowledge from the arts, humanities, and sciences in the planning and provision of holistic nursing care. (Essential I)

4. Integrate and demonstrate the nursing core values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, advocacy and social justice in the care of individuals, families and communities throughout the life span and across the continuum of health care environments. (Essential VIII and IX)

5. Apply principles of leadership, and knowledge of quality improvement and organizational systems in designing, managing and coordinating safe, quality and cost effective patient-centered care. (Essential II)

Patient Safety Advocate
The RN-BSN graduate will:

6. Utilize evolving information systems and technological advances to assess, monitor and maximize patient safety and outcomes. (Essential IV)

7. Advocate for responsible, humane health care policies that address care for the global community in which we live. (Essential V)

Member of the Health Care Team
The RN-BSN graduate will:

8. Demonstrate coordination in the delivery of healthcare services through effective communication and collaboration with individuals, families, communities and interdisciplinary healthcare teams. (Essential VI)

More and more hospitals are requiring RN’s to have a BSN. One of the most important reasons for pursuing the bachelor’s degree in nursing is to open the various doors for personal enrichment and advancement. A well-rounded education increases confidence and competence for nurses. Nurses with the BSN degree may be able to practice in a wider variety of settings such as:

  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Nurse educator
  • Clinical research
  • Public health
  • Quality assurance or improvement coordinator
  • Case management
  • Research laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Private and public education institutions
  • Insurance and law firms


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