Advance your nursing career

The RN to BSN program at Bushnell University is designed for working adults who have graduated from an accredited nursing program and want to enhance their knowledge and advance their nursing career.

The Bushnell University Difference

  • Six starts per year
  • Earn your degree in 12-18 months
  • 30+ years’ experience educating working adults
  • Flexible, 100% online CCNE-accredited program
  • A supportive academic environment that puts students first
  • Program prepares students for graduate education
  • Project-based practice experiences completed in your local community


Pacific Christian Hospital Staff 1908-1929


A Heritage of Healing

Between 1908 and 1929, Bushnell University constructed and operated the Pacific Christian Hospital—known today as PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Quick Facts for the BSN Major

*Time to completion will vary by student depending on individual progress and credits transferred.
Credit Hours30 Credits (10 Courses)
Program Length

Part-time enrollment (one course every 8 weeks): 5 semesters (1.5 years)*

Full-time enrollment (two courses every 8 weeks): 3 semesters (1 year)*

PrerequisitesActive, unencumbered registered nursing license
Cost per Credit$495 per credit (financial aid available)
Total Tuition Cost for BSN Major$14,850
Additional Fees$0
Estimated Book Cost (new)$680
Delivery Method100% online
Start Dates6 entry points per year (August, October, January, March, May, July)

Transfer Credits

  • Transfer up to 94 credits at no cost
  • Free, no-obligation transcript evaluation
  • No transfer credit expiration*
  • Free and low-cost test out options available for select general education courses

Most nurses have completed the majority of the general education requirements as part of their AAS Nursing program, but it varies case-by-case. To identify any gaps, all applicants receive a free transcript evaluation. If general education courses are needed, students can take them online through Bushnell University (while enrolled in the BSN program) or through a community college. In some cases, test-out options are also available. Enrollment advisors assist students in determining the best options for their situation.

Knowing Your Real Cost

We know that cost is one of the most important factors for nurses looking to advance their education. That’s why we believe in price transparency. As a Bushnell University student, your only program expenses will be tuition and books. That’s it.


Bushnell University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The RN to BSN program at Bushnell University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Mission and Purpose of the Program

Mission of the RN to BSN Program

The mission of the RN to BSN program, as an integral part of Bushnell University, is to respond to the higher educational and healthcare needs of our culturally diverse communities. We prepare ethical nurse leaders to lead the way toward continuous improvement in evidence-based healthcare within their complex workplace as well as local and global communities. The nursing department embraces Bushnell University’s mission to foster wisdom, faith, and service through excellent academic programs grounded in the arts and sciences that demonstrate compassion and respect toward all people served.

Purpose of the RN to BSN Program

The purpose of the RN to BSN program at Bushnell University is to equip nurses to pursue a professional career, enable nurses to immediately impact their workplace and positively affect the health of our community, and to prepare nurses for graduate education.

Student Manual 2019

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and ethical discernment in the provision of safe, quality, client-centered nursing care to individuals, families, and communities across the continuum of health care environments.
  2. Utilize leadership principles and knowledge to deliver, manage, and evaluate health care, advance safe, quality, evidence-based nursing practice, and improve health outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate an ethical and socially just view of nursing as a profession and ministry.
  4. Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts, humanities, and sciences including nursing science to promote and enhance human flourishing for patients, families, communities, and self.
  5. Synthesize nursing science and knowledge from other disciplines to make sound, evidence-based nursing judgments.
  6. Develop a professional identify as a nurse through actions reflecting integrity, standards of ethical, moral, and legal conduct, advocacy, and caring for all patients, families, and communities.
  7. Demonstrate a spirit of inquiry by acting as an evolving scholar who contributes to the science of nursing through identification of practice issues in need of study, appraisal, and integration of evidence, evaluation of outcomes, and sharing of evidence with the interprofessional team.
  8. Demonstrate ability to engage in appropriate, effective communication and collaboration with clients, families, and inter-professionally to provide safe, quality, patient-centered care.
  9. Utilize knowledge of the political process and healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, to influence safety and quality in healthcare systems and nursing practice.
  10. Incorporate professional nursing standards, behaviors, and values into nursing care and practice.

RN to BSN program objectives are based on outcomes/competencies expected of graduates from a baccalaureate nursing program as established by the National League of Nursing (NLN, 2010) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2008) Essentials for Baccalaureate Educations for Professional Nursing Practice.

Courses in the BSN Major

Foundations for Lifelong Learning in Nursing

This introductory nursing course helps students navigate Bushnell University’s online learning, communication, and assessment systems and explore academic support services. Nursing as a ministry, Jesus as healer, and Behaviors Implying the Presence of Professional Values are explored.

Evidence-Based Practice and Health Care Policy in Nursing

This course examines the concept of evidence-based practice in nursing with an emphasis on substantiating nursing judgements in practice with evidence. The way health care policies influence nursing practice and health care systems are explored.

Leadership in Nursing Practice

Examine the concepts of servant leadership, nursing as a ministry, and professional commitment to human flourishing. Throughout this course the student will study leadership models, the competencies that are critical to nursing as a profession, and develop an understanding of organizational success in change management.

Role of the Professional Nurse

Introduce students to the attributes of the professional nurse and differentiate roles, identity, behaviors, core values, and competencies of the technical versus professional nurse. Students will also examine the concepts of leadership during a variety of situations within an organization.

Ethics in Nursing

In this course students will examine the practice of nursing as a ministry within the context of ethical obligations, including patient rights versus the duty to deliver care. Students will develop in-depth knowledge of and reflect on core ethical issues of moral authority, patient autonomy, justice, and the sanctity of human life in light of a variety of ethical situations which traverse the lifespan and are encountered in nursing practice.

Population Health in Nursing

This course examines factors influencing the health of populations and communities with a focus on the role of the nurse to assess, implement, and evaluate culturally appropriate, community-based efforts aimed at promoting and maintaining health.

Health Care Operations and Information Management

This course examines concepts of healthcare operations and information management. The way patient care technologies, finance, and regulatory environments influence health care systems, nursing practice, quality, safety, and patient care outcomes will be explored.

Research in Nursing

This course assists students in developing a spirit of inquiry and to act as an evolving scholar. How evidence is developed, the basic elements of the research process, including quantitative and qualitative processes, and the ethical conduct of research will be studied. Methods for locating, retrieving, communicating, and critiquing health and other relevant research literature and other sources of evidence will be explored.

The Aging Population

The study of care and management of the aging population focusing on geriatric care including approaches to chronic illness, rehabilitative care, and palliative care. A focus will be on communication and collaboration with patients, families, health care team members, and care options, including home health care.

Nursing Capstone

Theories, concepts, and knowledge learned in prior BSN and other course work are integrated into a Project Based Experiential Learning Experience (PBELE) carried out within the context of an organization or community agency. The PBELE: includes direct care and/or in-direct care experiences; is based on an identified health problem or issue; involves interaction with other providers and/or individuals, families, groups, communities, or populations and; allows for transition of student competencies to the baccalaureate level of proficiency.

Transfer Guides for Oregon RN Programs

Complete all your Bushnell-required general education courses while enrolled in your AAS Nursing program.

Save time and money by following one of Bushnell University’s RN to BSN transfer guides. This will put you on track to meet all of your general education requirements while completing your associate degree.

  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Clackamas Community College
  • Lane Community College
  • Linn-Benton Community College
  • Mt. Hood Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Sumner College
  • Treasure Valley Community College

Contact an enrollment advisor at or 541-684-7343 for more information.

Nursing Program Scholarships

Helen Stafford Walsh Nursing Scholarship

Through charitable gifts to the university, this scholarship has been established to help students preparing for their careers in nursing. Helen Stafford Walsh was proud to be a registered nurse and her family established this award to honor her commitment to nursing, her long career in the profession, and the colleagues she worked with along the way. Through the funding of this award, Helen would be pleased that her hard work now supports a colleague continuing their nursing education.

Bushnell Partners Scholarship

Employees of specific Bushnell University business partners are eligible for up to $1,000 in scholarship funds per academic year. The scholarship is based on completion of 12 credits per semester; students enrolled for fewer credits will be awarded a pro-rated amount. Current business partners include:

  • Good Samaritan
  • PeaceHealth
  • McKenzie Willamette
  • CHI – Mercy Medical Center
  • Oregon Medical Group

Sigma Pi Delta, Nursing Honor Society

These three Greek words forming the name of the society characterize the university’s mission of Wisdom (Sigma), Faith (Pi), and Service (Delta). There are three ways Bushnell University nursing students and nurse leaders in our community may become a Sigma Pi Delta member:

  • Undergraduate nursing students who achieve academic excellence in their nursing courses and rank in the top 35% of their graduating class are granted membership in Sigma Pi Delta.
  • Master’s students who have completed at least 1/4 of the nursing curriculum and achieve academic excellence (GPA of 3.5 or above) are granted membership in Sigma Pi Delta.
  • Nurse Leaders who are legally recognized to practice in their countries, have at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing or other field, and demonstrate achievement in nursing in Scholarship or Leadership or Service or Practice may apply to become a member of Sigma Pi Delta.

Sigma Pi Delta members are inducted in December and May during the Blessing of the Hands Ceremony.

State Authorization

Bushnell University, like other institutions of higher education, must obtain authorization from individual states and territories to enroll students residing outside of Oregon into the RN to BSN program. Most states are authorized or exempt from authorization because the RN to BSN program is 100% online. At this time, only students from authorized states can be enrolled into the RN to BSN program.

Program Director
Linda Veltri, Ph.D., RN
Associate Dean of Nursing

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee MSN Gonzaga University BSN Whitworth College BA Whitworth College Dr. Veltri arrived at …