Nursing Department - Admission Requirements

A background in the basic sciences, along with general education college courses, is essential to prepare a student to succeed in the Nursing Program.

It is critical that you work closely with an advisor in order to be fully prepared. Please read all the information contained on this site and make a list of your questions to assist the advisor. Assessment (ASSET or COMPASS) test scores and/or all unofficial transcripts are needed prior to the advising appointment.

Previous Degrees and Waivers

For students with previously earned Associate or Bachelor degrees, the 7-year limit on some non-science prerequisite courses can be waived for credits earned within that degree.

Only the Nursing Program Director or the Allied Health Program Manager at Pierce College Puyallup may consider exceptions to this requirement, and it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain a waiver prior to the application deadline.

This waiver will then be added to the course prerequisite listing form in phase I of the application process.

Other Programs and BSN Completion

Requirements for other nursing programs and BSN completion in the area may be different.

If you are planning to apply to other programs in addition to this one, or intend to complete a Bachelor's in Nursing, please contact the nursing program at the two or four-year program you wish to apply to.

Because admission into this program is competitive, we encourage all of our applicants to prepare to apply to several area programs.

Course Equivalence of Prerequisite Courses from Other Colleges

All applicants must completely fill out and submit the Course Prerequisite Listing Form (along with the rest of the Phase I paperwork) to the Pierce College Puyallup Nursing Office to be considered in the selection process. When evaluating transcripts, the Course Prerequisite Listing Form is a necessary tool.

Equivalence of courses taken at colleges in the State of Washington may be determined by referring to the Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart. Any course not indicated on the Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart MUST be accompanied by a signed Pierce College Nursing Waiver Form in order to be eligible for admission consideration. Please see a Pierce College Nursing Advisor to prepare the form, if applicable.

There may be questions regarding course transferability. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all prerequisite coursework will transfer to Pierce College. Please contact a Pierce College Nursing Advisor to obtain the necessary support paperwork PRIOR to the application deadline.

Disqualifying Factors

As part of the admission requirement, an applicant must successfully pass a criminal background check.

Immediate disqualifiers are as follows:

  • Major misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving weapons, violence, embezzlement, dishonesty, misappropriation, fraud, or sex crimes.
  • Any felony conviction
  • More than one drunk driving or related conviction in the past three years.
  • Registered sex offender
  • Sex offender match

You can also check the DSHS Secretary's List of Crimes and Negative Actions at http://www.dshs.wa.gov/bccu/bccucrimeslist.shtml

This is intended to be used only as guidance for students. Please be aware that individual clinical sites may have additional disqualifying crimes that would prevent a student from fulfilling their clinical rotation requirement.

The Washington State Nursing Commission also provides guidance on criminal disqualifying factors for licensure.

Read more on Criteria for License Applications From the Nursing Commission.

Becky Piper RN, MN
Program Director
253-864-3111

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

Cindy Porn
P/T Office Assistant
253-864-3272

Glenine Collins MSN, RN, NCS-BC
Faculty
253-840-3182

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)
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