We have adjusted the start time of our traditional RN program to fall quarter. The program will be fall, winter, spring – with a break for the summer – to resume fall, winter, spring. This change more closely aligns with other programs and allows graduates to more seamlessly enter nursing residency programs offered in the hospitals.
Applications for the fall start will be available on this website in January, along with due dates for that year’s application cycle.
The Nursing Assistant Certified class allows students considering a career in healthcare to enroll in this 12 credit course and explore the many experiences of a caregiver. The course provides basic instruction in assisting patients in daily-living tasks. These tasks include: dressing, feeding, bathing, toileting, taking vital signs, providing catheter care and a host of assistive measures for patients and the healthcare team.
The skills acquired will enable students to successfully pass the state exam and become a Nursing Assistant Certified in Washington State.
Integrated Basic Skills program pairs up with ESL, Adult Basic Education, GED, and professional-technical instructors in the same classroom to concurrently provide adults with both literacy education and workforce skills. This integrated approach provides just the right level of education with the right amount of workforce training. This model allows students interested in healthcare to acquire a fundamental knowledge base in allied health and progress to the Certified Nursing Assistant class. The Basic Skills curriculum supports students as they develop the skills to pursue their career of choice.
Admission is open to all qualified applicants. Students applying to the program must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of 3.0 or better, are encouraged to complete additional courses for extra points with a grade of 2.0 or better, and must complete the following required application elements: functional resume, personal and professional recommendations, personal statements, and the Kaplan Entrance exam. Applications for admission will be made available in early winter. The application period for the ADN Program is yet to be determined.
The ADN Completion (Bridge) program is 3-quarters in length and is open to students who have an unencumbered Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license or have recently graduated from an accredited LPN program. Students applying to the program must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of 3.0 or better, are encouraged to complete additional courses for extra points with a grade of 2.0 or better, and must complete the following required application elements: functional resume, personal and professional recommendations, personal statement, and the Kaplan Entrance exam. Admission to the program occurs each fall. Accepted LPNs enter in the fourth-quarter of the ADN Program. Students complete the remaining 3-quarters building upon existing competencies and skills as they progress to become RNs. Applications for admission will be made available in early winter. The application period is yet to be determined.
The Pierce College Nursing Program has an agreement with University of Washington-Tacoma (UWT) and Saint Martin's University (SMU) where nursing students enrolled in the 5th or 6th quarter of our ADN program are able to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at UWT and SMU. This allows Pierce College ADN graduates to begin work toward their Bachelors or Masters degrees.
Nursing Dept. Coordinator
Eustenia Kasjan M.A.
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions
Ronda Durano MN, RN
Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Tiffany Smith MN, RN
Emily Mize PhD, MN-CNS, RN
Nursing Program Director
This nursing program is
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30326