RN-to-BS in Nursing

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Bachelor of Science
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
As Few As 3 Semesters


Through the RN-to-BS program, you will expand on the associate-level nursing degree you already have, shaping yourself into a healthcare leader and opening the doors to many career opportunities. Westminster’s program focuses on individualized instruction, a custom plan of study, and real-world connections to set you up for a successful career. You will complete most of the program through an interactive, online format that fits your personal and professional schedule, only coming to campus during the last week of the program to present the projects you have completed.

Who It's For

This program is carefully designed to give registered nurses everything they need to excel in a wide range of healthcare environments.

Key Benefits

  • Ability to work directly with a program coordinator to create a tailored study plan that works with your schedule
  • Class sizes are limited to 11 students to maximize interaction
  • One-on-one feedback and mentoring opportunities
  • Dedicated professors who know your name, check up on your progress, and make themselves fully available to lend a hand or discuss a question
  • A close-knit community that cultivates friendships, giving you connections that will help you advance your career
  • Work with faculty and fellow students in online classes, on-campus seminars, coffee shops, and study groups
  • Seminars offer a chance to showcase projects, learn together, and meet other professionals in the nursing community
  • Volunteer opportunities at places such as local food pantries, rehabilitation centers, Head Start, Salt Lake County Aging, The Inn Between, the English Skills Learning Center, Catholic Community Service, after-school programs, and the juvenile justice system.

How Long It Takes

Start fall, spring, or summer and finish your degree in as few as 3 semesters. Or, you can take fewer classes each semester to leave more room for your existing work.

Accreditation Employers Trust

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Westminster College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202)887-6791.

Tran Vo

“I loved the fact that the RN-to-BS was not just your typical online program. I enjoyed coming in to see my classmates and teachers and having those face-to-face interactions that I would not have had in other online classes. The program has helped me learn to step out of my comfort zone at work and has given me the confidence to take on projects in my unit—all skills I needed to have in order to be a great nurse, and I learned it from this program.”

Tran Vo ’16, bone marrow transplant clinical nurse, Huntsman Cancer Hospital
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About the Program

Emerge a Confident Leader in the Healthcare World

Grounded in well-rounded liberal arts, Westminster's program is enriched by faculty who actively mentor, support, and share their own clinical experiences. You'll gain more than skills: you'll develop expertise in patient care technologies, healthcare policy, conflict resolution, creative problem-solving, and evidence-based practice. Program curriculum draws upon things happening in your workplace to encourage the development of knowledge that will help you make an impact right away.



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What You'll Learn

The goal of the RN-to-BS program is to prepare professional nurses who are competent, caring, ethical, critical thinkers, scholarly, and effective communicators. The program is structured so that graduates will be able to:

  1. Provide professional nursing care based on knowledge derived from theory and research.
  2. Synthesize the theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, life, physical and social sciences, and the arts and humanities of professional nursing practice.
  3. Apply the nursing process to provide nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities in various health care settings.
  4. Accept responsibility and accountability for the effectiveness of their nursing practice.
  5. Influence the quality of nursing and health care within practice settings through the use of leadership skills, management concepts, and knowledge of the political system.
  6. Evaluate research to determine the applicability of research findings in the domains of professional nursing practice.
  7. Collaborate with other health care providers and members of the general public in promoting the health and well-being of people throughout the life cycle.
  8. Incorporate professional values with the ethical, moral, and legal aspects in the domains of professional nursing practice.
  9. Recognize the health needs of today’s society and function in a changing health care delivery system.
  10. Apply critical thinking skills in personal and professional transitional situations.

Plan of Study

Westminster's curriculum prepares you to be a creative problem-solver with the ability to think critically and adapt to dynamic working environments. You will complete most of the program in an online, interactive format that fits your personal and professional schedule, only coming to campus during the last week of the program to present the projects you have completed.

Liberal Education Courses

Any WCore requirements you have to fulfill can be completed online along with the requirements for the RN-to-BS in Nursing program. WCore is Westminster’s liberal education program that gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, exploring new subjects and ideas through unique, engaged, and challenging courses.

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Career Opportunities

Westminster's program does everything possible to ensure that students graduate and move forward in their careers. Nurses graduating from Westminster are in high demand thanks to the critical thinking, professionalism, and work ethic you develop. Faculty leverage their experience and industry connections to help you find jobs that suit your interests and skill sets.

Student Success

Westminster nurses are the first to be hired because employers know that our graduates have the skills and competencies to lead teams and organizations. Here's where recent graduates have gone:

  • Graduate Programs
    • 9 students are in a nurse practitioner program
    • 2 students in a nurse anesthesia program
    • 1 student in a nurse educator program
    • 1 student who has applied to medical school.
  • Career Promotions
    • 2 graduates working in management
    • 2 graduates working in case management
    • 1 graduate teaching in a regional LPN program
Alyssa Vest

"Westminster’s RN-to-BS program has been so valuable to my career as a registered nurse. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in just three semesters and was accepted into graduate school. I could not be happier with the education I received at Westminster College."

Alyssa Vest ’14

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.

Tuition and Fees


Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment.


Students in the RN-to-BS in Nursing program are not eligible for Westminster merit scholarships due to a discounted tuition rate. However, Westminster still offers tips on finding external scholarships.


Students in the RN-to-BS in Nursing program are eligible for federal grant programs but are not eligible for the Westminster institutional Griffin Grant. Grants are generally need-based and do not need to be repaid. Some grants have requirements upon graduation to ensure repayment is not necessary.


Undergraduate students are eligible for a number of federal loans, as well as alternative, private loans. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to consider federal student loans first before considering alternative loans, as the terms and conditions of federal loans may be more favorable than the provisions of alternative loans.

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