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What is the RN to BSN Program?

The RN to BSN program is designed for Kaiser Permanente registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing who wish to further their education. As the industry evolves, health care delivery rapidly is becoming more complex. This requires the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.

The RN to BSN program aligns with a growing movement in nursing, exemplified by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 Report on the Future of Nursing. The report asserts that nurses have a critical role in the future of health care, specifically in producing safe, quality care for all patients. The IOM recommends that health systems increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020 and build an infrastructure that helps enable nurses to lead change and promote health.

Eligibility Overview

Click this Samuel Merritt University link for eligibility requirements, the application process and opportunities for generous scholarships and financial aid.

Academic Partner

Kaiser Permanente is collaborating with Samuel Merritt University to provide an academic program for working registered nurses that culminates in a BSN degree.

Program Details

Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University offers a specialized curriculum developed collaboratively with Kaiser Permanente that reflects our theoretical foundations in Caring Science and commitments to enhanced quality and safety for our members. Courses are designed to promote teamwork among nurses with different learning styles and will include the opportunity for online and in-person interactions with a peer cohort.

This is a year-round program that takes place over 5 consecutive semesters. Students enroll in 6-7 units per semester (32 credits total).  Students can expect to complete this program in 21 months. Typically, students will meet in person for one 4-hour session each week at or near a Kaiser Permanente facility. One Saturday intensive per term. Information on Practicum requirements is available on Samuel Merritt University’s website.

There is a plan to form cohorts of Kaiser Permanente RNs in groups by medical centers. The goal of the cohort includes building a professional network and giving RNs the opportunity to work collaboratively and use course assignments as a catalyst to improve patient safety and quality care in their local medical center.



This initiative is time-limited, running through December 31, 2020. Cohorts will be held in different locations throughout the region during that time. Cohorts for 2017 are forming now.

Interested? Request more information and updates here.

Financial Assistance

Generous scholarships and financial aid solutions are available to qualified applicants through Samuel Merritt University.

Students will be responsible for books and other expenses. KP employees may also be eligible for tuition reimbursement and employee discounts benefits through MyHR. Click here for Kaiser Permanente employee tuition reimbursement policy.


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