The creation of the associate degree registered nurse
during the 1950s stemmed from the nursing shortage, growth of community and junior colleges and consumer and government interest.
WSU offers students the option to earn a degree as an associate degree registered nurse
or a baccalaureate registered nurse, or a certificate as a practical nurse.
Today, over 1,000 community colleges throughout the United States are actively engaged in educating students who will be able to enter the workforce as associate degree registered nurses