2022-2023 Olympic College Catalog 
    Mar 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Olympic College Catalog

Veterans and Licensed Practical Nurse to BSN (VL-BSN) Pathway

The VL-BSN pathway is designed for LPNs and Veterans with military healthcare experience who have multiple roles with work, family, and school. Courses are offered in a hybrid format, blending online learning and in-person interaction. The pathway supports veteran and LPN students to successfully matriculate, graduate with their BSN, and pass the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX), opening access to new employment opportunities in high demand RN jobs.

Required Courses (180 credits)

Prior Learning (28 credits)

Nursing credits applied for LPN License, Military Medic or Corpsman applicants with required clinical experience as defined and documented in admission requirements.

General Education Requirement (63 credits)

RN to BSN General Education Requirements

  • World Language: Two years in high school of the same world language or 10 credits of one language at the college level. Students who were educated in another language through the 8th grade may be exempt from this requirement.
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (10 credits): 5 credits fulfilled by statistics (at Olympic College, approved classes are BNURS 320, MATH& 146, and BUS 215); 5 credits fulfilled by advanced mathematics (MATH& 107 and higher).
  • Writing (15 credits): Must include 5 credits of English composition and 10 additional credits of writing-intensive coursework. The 10 additional credits may be earned by BSN core courses.
  • Humanities (15 credits): College-level foreign language credits can be applied towards this requirement and may be completed while in OC ADN and BSN programs. Up to 9 credits of BNURS classes may count toward the humanities requirement.
  • Social Sciences (15 credits): May be completed while in OC ADN and BSN programs. Up to 12 credits of BNURS classes may count toward the social sciences requirement.
  • Natural Sciences (23 credits): Must include 6 credits of college-level chemistry, 12 credits of anatomy and physiology (can be met via examination), 5 credits of microbiology (can be met via examination).
  • Electives: As needed to complete total pathway general education requirements. 

Some BNURS courses may be used for social science, humanities, and symbolic reasoning/quantitative skills distribution requirements. Program progression is contingent upon successful completion (minimum grade of 2.0 or above) in each course. Please see advisor for details.