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IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Age out for required and extra point classes is now 7 years from the date of application.
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NEW FOR 2014:
Starting in 2014, applicants to our nursing programs (traditional ADN and LPN/Bridge) will be required to take an entrance exam.
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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 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 around the middle of February for a fall quarter start (September).
  • Application packets for the ADN program are available for download 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.

Information Sessions

Date Time Campus Building/Room
Thursday, May 29 5-7 p.m. Puyallup LSC 128
Monday, June 30 5-7 p.m. Puyallup AAH 233
Monday, July 28 5-7 p.m. Puyallup AAH 233
Monday, Aug. 25 5-7 p.m. Puyallup AAH 233

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

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 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

Leah Webster
Nursing Program Coordinator
Front Office
253-864-3272

Becky Piper RN, MN
Program Director/ Associate Professor
253-864-3111

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

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