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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Age out for required and extra point classes is now 7 years from the date of application.

Each required prerequisite class must be successfully passed with a 3.0 or higher within two attempts of taking the course. These attempts now include all withdrawals in addition to all grades below 3.0. Unsuccessful attempts that are more than 7 years old from the date of application will not be counted.

Although it is not required, we strongly recommend the completion of an NAC (Nursing Assistant Certified) course with an active license – however, NO extra points will be awarded.

Starting in 2014, applicants to our nursing programs (traditional ADN and LPN/Bridge) will be required to take an entrance exam. The Kaplan Entrance Exam will be offered at the Puyallup Campus testing center five (5) days a week from 8 AM to 1 PM – starting Jan 2, 2014. (We are currently checking to see if our other campus locations are also going to be administrating this exam.) Please call the Testing Center at 253-840-8341 or 253-840-8343 for an appointment. The cost will be $25.00 – payable at the Cashiers Office.

There will NOT be a minimum required score. We will be retrieving your score through our Nursing Kaplan account and it will be added to the other required elements in your application to our program.

The test must be taken within 1 year of the application date and only one (1) repeat is allowed.

If you take the test at another institution, you will need to request an official transcript of your Kaplan test results be sent to:

Pierce College Puyallup
Attn: Stania/Nursing
1601 39th Ave. S.E.
Puyallup, Wa. 98374-2222
Or, you may include it in your application packet.

Copies of the study guide may be obtained through the campus bookstore and there are limited copies in the Library.

Nurses are on the front lines of medical care, providing patients the help and support they need when they're most vulnerable. At Pierce College, nurses are trained to meet the rigorous demands of this taxing work, while relishing its incredible, lasting rewards.

Pierce College's Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) fully prepares students for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). This exam measures the competencies needed to be a safe, effective, entry-level registered nurse. Pierce's program is accredited by the ACEN and approved by the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, Washington State Department of Health.

Pierce College also offers an LPN-RN Bridge program. Students who are already Licensed Practical Nurses, or are recent graduates of an LPN program, may be able to transfer directly into the fourth quarter of Pierce's ADN program through this option. However, these students must take the LPN articulation course (NURS 218) the week prior to the start of fall quarter.

Begin today

Pierce College's Nursing program has a unique application process.

  • Application packets for the LPN-RN Bridge program are available for download from this website around the middle of February for a fall quarter start (September).
  • Application packets for the ADN program are available for download from this website about the middle of May for a winter quarter start (January).

Students wishing to apply are encouraged to meet with the Allied Health Program Manager to go over application requirements, prerequisite courses, deadlines and other important details. To schedule an appointment, call 253-840-8355. To download application packets and more nursing information please visit our department website.

Prerequisites
All program candidates must first complete college-level courses and meet minimum GPA requirements for consideration. All courses must have been taken within 10 years of the application date. A complete list of prerequisite courses, application, and admission requirements is available on the department website or, schedule an advising appointment at 253-840-8355.

Program length
The Associate Degree in Nursing at Pierce College takes six quarters. Students start in winter quarter and finish at the end of spring quarter the following year (January through May of the next year). The program continues through the summer quarter.

Transfer possibilities
Pierce College's Associate Degree in Nursing transfers directly to the University of Washington-Tacoma and Saint Martin's University's bachelor's degree program, allowing students to transition quickly and seamlessly.

Students intending to transfer into a four-year program are asked to work closely with their nursing advisor.

Employment possibilities
Washington is experiencing a shortage of registered nurses in all medical settings. Students who complete Pierce College's Nursing program are trained and ready to begin their career immediately.

Special notes
Students who are already Licensed Practical Nurses may be able to transfer directly into the fourth quarter of Pierce's associate's degree program through a special "bridge" option. However, these students must take the LPN articulation course (NURS 218) the week prior to the start of fall quarter.

For more nursing information please visit the Nursing department website.

Becky Piper RN, MN
Program Director
253-864-3111

Eustenia Kasjan M.A.
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions
253-840-8355

Cindy Porn
P/T Office Assistant
253-864-3272

Glenine Collins MSN, RN, NCS-BC
Faculty
253-840-3182

Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Faculty, Clinical Liaison
253-840-8379

Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Nursing Faculty
253-840-8375

National Accreditation

This nursing program is
accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org