2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Jan 30, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program

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In the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Completion Program, current registered nurses (RNs) who have a diploma or associate degree in nursing are provided with the opportunity to earn a BSN degree.

Walden’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)–accredited RN-BSN completion program is structured to support and equip RNs with specialized skills and current knowledge they can apply on the job immediately. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 75%* of the required credits. Classes start every 6 weeks.**

The hallmark offering of this program is the interactive Digital Learning Experience™ by Shadow Health®. With real-time, virtual assessments, students can engage in a highly interactive learning environment through the simulation.

Prospective Washington students: Walden University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing; Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Leadership and Management, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. For more information, go to the following website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NursingEducation/NursingPrograms.



Note: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.

*, **Transfer credits and start times do not apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (Competency Based) modality.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply leadership and informatics concepts in decision making to promote patient safety and quality care.
  2. Use evidence based on the sciences, humanities, and research to guide nursing practice across the health-illness continuum in a variety of healthcare settings.
  3. Evaluate the implications of policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery including the health of vulnerable populations and healthcare disparities.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills to improve patient outcomes.
  5. Implement individual and population-focused interventions to promote health and to prevent and manage disease and injuries.
  6. Exhibit accountability for personal and professional behaviors in accordance with standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct with a commitment to continuous professional development.
  7. Provide patient-centered nursing care based on a comprehensive and focused health assessment across the lifespan using sound clinical judgment as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches.

Competency-Based Education

In addition to the course-based option described below, students can choose to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through the competency-based education modality. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will earn the same Walden degree in either modality. See the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (Competency Based)  page for program details.

Course-Based Program


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Note on Field Experience and Relocating

Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their student success advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program.  Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their student success advisor immediately when considering relocating.

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