Nursing

Nursing is among the top 10 occupations in the US with over 4 million nurses in current practice. Despite the large number of nurses currently practicing, the industry continues to experience a nursing shortage. The demand is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 7% through 2029.

Nursing can be described as an art and a science; it incorporates the fundamental respect for human dignity and clinical judgment in meeting patient needs across the lifespan. It is a highly specialized profession that is constantly evolving to address the healthcare needs of society.

WSCC Nursing Pathways

Washington State Community College offers multiple nursing pathways to meet individual career goals. The rigorous curriculum and clinical experiences prepare graduates to provide exceptional, compassionate nursing care in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The RN to BSN program is designed to enhance the education and professional growth of registered nurses with a diploma or an associate degree in nursing (ADN) as they earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). In combination with support courses, the curriculum will focus on nursing leadership, community health, nursing research, collaborative healthcare, and healthcare policy. Baccalaureate-prepared nurses are linked to improved patient outcomes and are positioned for career advancement. Upon program completion, graduates may choose to continue their education to graduate-level nursing degrees such as a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

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Pending HLC approval
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) in Nursing provides classroom and clinical experience to prepare graduates to become exemplary members of the healthcare team. Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Registered Nurses provide ongoing patient care and support, promote healthy lifestyles, and coordinate all aspects of patient care in acute and long-term care facilities, as well as other community settings. The Associate Degree Nursing program offers both educational and career mobility. In addition to a broad range of employment opportunities, graduates may choose to advance their nursing education through baccalaureate (BSN) or advanced practice (MSN) programs.

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Practical Nursing

Practical nursing is an integral part of nursing practice. Graduates of the Practical Nursing program at Washington State Community College are prepared, under the guidance of a registered nurse or licensed physician, to function as responsible members of the health care team. Practical Nurses collaborate with Registered Nurses and physicians in the planning and delivery of direct nursing care in acute and long-term care facilities as well as other community settings. The Certificate of Practical Nursing Education provides classroom and clinical experiences to prepare graduates to become exemplary members of the healthcare team. Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).

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Advanced Placement: LPN to RN

The Advanced Placement Pathway for LPNs is intended for currently Licensed Practical Nurses who want to pursue their Associate Degree in Nursing. The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) in Nursing provides classroom and clinical experience to prepare graduates to become exemplary members of the healthcare team. Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Registered Nurses provide ongoing patient care and support, promote healthy lifestyles, and coordinate all aspects of patient care in acute and long-term care facilities, as well as other community settings. The Associate Degree  Nursing program offers both educational and career mobility. In addition to a broad range of employment opportunities, graduates may choose to advance their nursing education through baccalaureate (BSN) or advanced practice (MSN) programs.

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Bridge: LPN to RN (Current WSCC LPN Students Only)

The Associate Degree Nursing Bridge for LPNs pathway is intended only for students who are currently enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program or the EARN (Education Advancement to Registered Nurse Pathway (LPN to RN). The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) in Nursing provides classroom and clinical experience to prepare graduates to become exemplary members of the healthcare team. Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Registered Nurses provide ongoing patient care and support, promote healthy lifestyles, and coordinate all aspects of patient care in acute and long-term care facilities, as well as other community settings. The Associate Degree Nursing program offers both educational and career mobility. In addition to a broad range of employment opportunities, graduates may choose to advance their nursing education through baccalaureate (BSN) or advanced practice (MSN) programs.

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Education Advancement to Registered Nurse (EARN)

Students accepted for college admission may apply to the EARN Pathway. The program includes two semesters of Practical Nursing (PN) education, and three semesters of Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) education.

Graduates of the Practical Nursing program are required to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) and meet the GPA requirements prior to progressing toward the Associate Degree Nursing Education.

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Registered Nurses provide ongoing patient care and support, promote healthy lifestyles, and coordinate all aspects of patient care in acute and long-term care facilities, as well as other community settings.

In addition to a broad range of employment opportunities, graduates may choose to advance their nursing education through baccalaureate (BSN) or advanced practice (MSN) programs.

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Nursing

To learn more:

Health Sciences Office
740.885.5648

Tricia Schaad, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
740.885.5699
taschaad@wscc.edu