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.


Thank you for your interest in the Pierce College Nursing Program. The links at the bottom of this page will assist you in finding additional information about the program prerequisites, application and admissions process, and the fundamentals of nursing education at Pierce College.

Important Announcement about 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.

Application Information

  • The application cycle for LPN to RN students is anticipated to begin in August 2018 for a spring quarter start (next cohort start date is March 2019). Application details be available in Summer 2018.
  • The application cycle for the 2-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 and 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.

Additional Application Change

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.

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.

Puyallup Campus

Date Time Campus Building/Room
Mon, January 29, 2018 5–7 p.m. Puyallup Campus Arts and Allied Health, AAH 130
Mon, February 26, 2018 5–7 p.m. Puyallup Campus Arts and Allied Health, AAH 130
Mon, March 26, 2018 5–7 p.m. Puyallup Campus Arts and Allied Health, AAH 130
No information session in December.

Learn More

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.


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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.

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 should work closely with their nursing advisor.



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.


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3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326


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Program Contacts

Nursing Department
Eustenia Kasjan
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions
Bebhinn Horrigan
Nursing Program Coordinator
Ronda Durano
Nursing Program Director