Nursing - About our Programs

Nursing Assistant Certified

The Nursing Assistant Certified class allows students considering a career in healthcare to enroll in this 6.5 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.

I-BEST Foundations - Nursing Assistant Certified

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.

Traditional 2-year ADN Program (RN)

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, research paper (2 pages), Kaplan Entrance exam and interview. Applications for admission will be made available on-line around mid May. The application period for the ADN Program will be June 1 to July 6-10. Applications will not be accepted before June 1.

LPN to ADN Completion Program (Bridge RN)

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, 2-page research paper, KAPLAN Entrance exam and interview. 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 on-line about mid-February. The application period will be March 1 to April 4-10. Applications will not be accepted before March 1.

University of Washington-Tacoma and
Saint Martin's University Bachelors of Science in Nursing Completion programs

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.

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