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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 are already Licensed Practical Nurses, or are recent graduates of an accredited 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.

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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
Monday, July 255-7 p.m.Puyallup CampusArts & Allied Health Building - AAH 130
Monday, August 295-7 p.m.Puyallup CampusArts & Allied Health Building - AAH 130
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 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.

Contact

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

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

Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Nursing Faculty

Tiffany Smith MN, RN
Nursing Faculty

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