EARN (Education Advancement to Registered Nurse)

EARN is a pathway developed by Washington State to meet the immediate needs of local healthcare providers by helping you advance through our practical nursing program and then directly into our associate degree nursing program while you are working in the healthcare field.

This unique pathway preemptively admits you into our Associate Degree Nursing program even prior your completion of any pre-requisite classes. Furthermore, to help ensure your success, we’ve embedded one-on-one support from a dedicated faculty success coach who will help you throughout your enrollment.

The EARN pathway can be completed in as little as 7 semesters. The first 2 semesters allows you to concentrate on completing all general education courses needed for the nursing cohorts. Once you've completed your gen-eds and have met our ACT or TEAS requirement, you will then focus your studies on the practical nursing curriculum, which takes 2 semesters (32 weeks).

All of the courses in the practical nursing program must be successfully completed to earn the practical nursing certificate and be eligible to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-PN). Once you've successfully passed the NCLEX-PN, you will complete the final three semesters of the associate degree nursing program. The successful completion of this final phase results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) and makes you eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.


Once you’ve completed your pre-requisites and finished the practical nursing program, this pathway allows you to enroll in the Associate Degree Nursing program as a part-time or full-time student. This will give you the flexibility you need to work and study.

Admission Requirements

High School Graduate or GED

  • High School Biology or BIOL 0955/BIOL 095L*
  • High School Chemistry or CHEM 0955/CHEM 095L*
  • High School Algebra I and II or Math 0106*

Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Must have earned a “C” or higher

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Information Packets

Submission Dates: November 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
EARN Nursing Pathway Information Packet

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TEAS Information:

TEAS registration can be completed via atitesting.com by selecting "TEAS@ATI" from the Online Store. Contact Amanda Stilgenbauer at astilgenbauer@wscc.edu or 740.885.5718 with any questions.

EARN Pathway

To learn more:


Health Sciences Office

Tricia Schaad, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing

Schedule a time with a Student Success Coach

Continuing students: https://calendly.com/healthprograms-wscc/hlth1

New students: https://calendly.com/healthprograms-wscc/newhlth1

Text 740.697.5652
Email healthprograms@wscc.edu

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