Put your compassion to work as you earn an associate’s degree in nursing and prepare for your licensure exam. Options include immediate employment or transfer to a four-year college. We also offer a LPN to RN bridge program.


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.


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 should work closely with their nursing advisor.

Transfer Institution Information

Course Maps

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.

Career Pathway Course Maps

About the Program

Information Sessions

Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session with our Allied Health Program Manager/Advisor. These are held on a regular basis throughout the year on the Puyallup campus.

Date Time Campus Building/Room
Tue, October 29, 2019 5–7 p.m. Puyallup Campus Arts and Allied Health, AAH 131
Tue, November 26, 2019 5–7 p.m. Puyallup Campus Arts and Allied Health, AAH 130


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326


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Get Started

The Nursing Program application cycle differs from the regular Pierce College schedule and depends on the type of program. Review the application information and contact the advisor to get started.

Apply to the Program

ADN Program

The application cycle for the two-year ADN program is anticipated to begin Spring 2019 for a NEW every other fall quarter start (next cohort start date is September 2019). Application details will be available in Spring 2019.

We recognize this is a dramatic shift in the traditional admissions cycle for our program, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to create additional pathways and increase access for all prospective nursing students. We encourage you to work very closely with the nursing program advisor in the coming months to understand the changes and options during this time.

Pierce College's Nursing program has a unique application process. Students wishing to apply are encouraged to meet with the Allied Health Program Manager/Advisor and/or attend an information session to go over application requirements, prerequisite courses, deadlines and other important details. To schedule an appointment, please call 253-840-8355 or email Stania Kasjan at ekasjan@pierce.ctc.edu.

Program Changes

The Pierce College Nursing Program is working on changes to the program curriculum and structure that will improve the learning outcomes and opportunities of students. We are also seeking ways to offer increased options for LPN students in local programs and practicing LPNs in the community to gain entry into an Associate Degree in Nursing Program as a pathway to becoming a Registered Nurse.

In order to implement the changes, we will not be reviewing applications for Fall 2018. We anticipate admission of a full cohort of LPN to RN Transition students in Spring 2019. For this reason, our next Traditional Associate Degree in Nursing cohort is currently scheduled to start in Fall 2019. Please check this website periodically over the next several months for specific details on application information for both the LPN to RN Transition and Traditional 2 year ADN admissions cycles.

Additional Application Changes

  • The NAC (Nursing Assistant Certified) class is not required for application or for the start of the program.
  • ENG 102 MAY garner an extra point in the application process with a minimum of 2.0 and taken within 7 years of application, but is not required for application.

Related Pages


Nursing Department
Eustenia Kasjan
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions
Bebhinn Horrigan
Nursing Program Coordinator
Tiffany Smith
Interim Nursing Program Director