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FROM THE DIRECTOR:

We are pleased you are interested in applying to the Pierce College Nursing Program. Our faculty is committed to student success and for this reason is working diligently on a full curriculum revision with an anticipated start date in Fall 2017 for incoming Traditional ADN students. Due to the new course outlines, newly admitted ADN students for Fall 2017 will be required to show evidence of completion of a Nursing Assistant Certified course prior to the start of fall quarter.

Our BRIDGE application (LPN to RN Bridge) will be available on line starting January 20, 2017. Although not yet scheduled, I plan on doing the BRIDGE application workshop on Friday, Jan 27, 2017. Check back for exact date, time and location. The BRIDGE application will be due on March 3, 2017. There will be no exceptions to this due date.

Our traditional ADN application will be available on line starting April 7, 2017. Although not yet scheduled, I plan on doing the ADN application workshop on Friday, April 14, 2017. Exact date etc. will be posted end of March or beginning of April. The traditional ADN application will be due on May 19, 2017. There will be no exceptions to this due date.

NOTE: Starting this application cycle ‘No Credit’ (NC) will be considered one (1) ‘take’ of a class. A class may be taken only twice (2) to achieve the 3.0 required for a valid application.

Nursing Degrees Offered

Pierce College's Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) fully prepares students for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). This exam measures the competencies needed to be a safe, effective, entry-level registered nurse. Pierce's program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (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 have an unencumbered and active Washington St. LPN license, may be able to transfer directly into the fourth quarter of Pierce’s ADN program through this option. However, these students must complete the application process and must take the LPN articulation course (NURS 218) as scheduled prior to the start of fall quarter.

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

  • Application packets for the LPN-RN Bridge program are available for download in early winter for a fall quarter start (September).
  • Application packets for the ADN program are available for download in early winter for a fall quarter start (September).

*Application dates to be determined.

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.

Information Sessions

Puyallup Campus

Date Time Campus Building/Room
Tuesday, September 275-7 p.m.Puyallup CampusArts & Allied Health Building - AAH 130
Tuesday, October 255-7 p.m.Puyallup CampusArts & Allied Health Building - AAH 130
Tuesday, November 295-7 p.m.Puyallup CampusArts & Allied Health Building - AAH 130
*We will not be offering a Nursing Information Session in December.

Prerequisites

All program candidates must first complete college-level courses and meet minimum Grade requirements for consideration. All courses must have been taken within 7 years of the application date. A complete list of prerequisite courses, application, and admission requirements is available on this website or, call 253-840-8355 to schedule an advising appointment.

Program length

We are adjusting the start time for our Traditional RN Program. The program will be fall, winter, and spring with a break for the summer. It will then resume in the fall, winter, and spring.

Transfer possibilities

Pierce College's Associate Degree in Nursing transfers directly to the University of Washington-Tacoma and Saint Martin's University Bachelor of Science degree program (BSN), 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 Washington State 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 student must complete the application process and take the LPN articulation course (NURS 218) as scheduled prior to the start of fall quarter.

Contact

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

Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Program Director
253-840-8379

Bebhinn Horrigan MACM
Nursing Program Coordinator
253-964-6353
Front Office

Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Nursing Faculty

Tiffany Smith MN, RN
Nursing Faculty

Vicki Dickson ARNP, MN
Nursing Faculty
253-840-8307

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