Welcome Letter

Dear Prospective Nursing Student:

Thank you so much for your interest in the Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing Program. We hope that your pre-nursing coursework and application process goes well for you and want to let you know that we are available to answer any questions that you may have regarding the program and application process.

The Pierce College Nursing Program is accredited by both the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and the Washington State Department of Health Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Monthly information sessions will be held at Pierce College Puyallup throughout the year for those of you who need further assistance, information and direction. All information sessions are from 5 p.m. to about 6:30/7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. See the Nursing home page for details about information sessions.

You may print all application material from our website when it becomes available.

If you wish to request further information, please contact the Pierce College Puyallup Allied Health Office at 253-864-3272 or the Nursing and Allied Health Advisor at 253-840-8355.

Eustenia (Stania) Kasjan, M.A.
Allied Health Program Manager
Pre-Nursing Advisor and Admissions
Pierce College Puyallup
1601 39th Avenue S.E. Puyallup, WA 98374

The Pierce College Associate Degree Nursing program forms a community of learners committed to the discipline of nursing. Our specialized community is built on a foundation of respect and openness to change. Together, we strive to meet the needs of our diverse community for qualified registered nurses and develop each nursing student’s abilities in nursing. Our commitment to quality nursing education and teaching excellence prepares learners to live and work successfully as registered nurses in an ever-changing health-care environment.

Nursing Prerequisite Requirements

Please see the Course Equivalency Chart for course transferability from other Washington State schools. For credits earned outside Washington State or courses not listed on the Course Equivalency Chart, please contact the nursing program office to obtain the proper waivers prior to applying to the nursing program.

NOTE: Many of these courses have other prerequisites that cannot be waived, e.g., Chem&100, Psych&100, Biol&160, and a possible Math or English series. It is critical that you work closely with the nursing advisor.

The following courses are the minimum requirements for applying to the Pierce College ADN program:

  • CHEM& 121 – INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (Formerly CHEM 101)
  • BIOL& 241 – ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I - LECTURE and LAB (Formerly BIOL 240/241)
  • BIOL& 242 – ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II - LECTURE and LAB (Formerly BIOL 250/251)
  • Applicants must earn a 3.0 or better in each of the above courses.
  • Courses listed above must have been taken within 7 years of the application date. (Exception: the 7-year limitation for English& 101 and Psych& 200 may be waived if the course was taken as part of a completed degree in an accredited program.)
  • Only ONE repeat of each course is allowed. A withdrawal (W) and a NO CREDIT (NC) WILL COUNT as a “take” in our repeat policy.

Applicants who successfully complete the following transfer-ready courses will gain 2 extra points each (for a total of 4) in the application process:

  • WORLD LANGUAGE (Language 121 and 122 or two years of the same high school world language.)
  • Bilingual students must follow UW admission guidelines for native speaker status. See an advisor for further information. There is no time limit for the language requirement.
  • Applicants must earn a 2.0 or better in Statistics, and must have received a passing grade in the world language.
  • The Statistics course must have been taken within 7 years of the application date.

The following course is not required to apply for the program; however, applicants who successfully complete the following course will receive one extra point for the class on their application:

  • Applicants must earn a 2.0 or better in CHEM& 131.
  • The Chem& 131 must have been taken within 7 years of the application date.

The following courses, although not required by Pierce College, may be listed as prerequisites by other nursing programs in the area:

  • ENGLISH 102

Any information provided in this packet is subject to change without notice. Please keep abreast of department changes by visiting your advisor regularly, attending information sessions and visiting the program website often.

Qualification and Selection Criteria

Phase I (Qualification Phase)

A fully completed application packet will include the following:
(appropriate forms will be provided in the packet)

  • Admissions to Pierce College for new students/Updated Admissions for former students
  • $65 Application Fee ($50 for LPN to RN option)
    (paid directly to the Pierce College Puyallup Cashier)
  • All OFFICIAL transcripts documenting successful completion and minimum grade requirements for all required and optional courses. To be turned in as part of the application and NOT mailed to the college. If you met the language requirement in high school, a high school transcript is also required.
    (Pierce College transcripts not necessary)
  • Nursing Program Application with Student ID#
    (Must complete admissions, or reactivate a prior admission, to the college to obtain an active student ID#)
  • Course Prerequisite Listing Form
  • All waivers
    (To determine equivalency, prerequisites must have been previously submitted to and approved by pre-Nursing advisor and will be added to your application by the pre-Nursing advisor)
  • Proof of winter and spring registration and ANOTHER official transcript upon completion of classes(s) (if applicable)
  • Proof of first Hepatitis B injection (in a series of three, as it takes 6 months to complete the series)
  • Professional recommendation, to include soft skills (format provided in packet)
  • Functional resume (based on SKILL SETS - not the employer-based resume that most of us have)
  • Personal Statement (essay question is provided in the packet) 
  • KAPLAN entrance exam
  • (For LPN to RN option applicants only) Active and Unencumbered Washington State LPN license is mandatory**(reflects change in criteria)

If any of the above criteria is missing or if the application is not postmarked by the deadline, the applicant will not be considered a qualified applicant.

If all of the above criteria is met, applicant will be considered active, and will be eligible for further consideration.

*****An application workshop will be scheduled in winter/early spring for the first week of each application cycle. Dates will be determined yearly and will be posted on the website during the application cycle and will appear on the front page of the application itself.

** reflects change in criteria

Phase II (Selection Phase) Spring

Notification of applicant status will be established based on the scoring committee’s points awarded for an applicant’s required elements. Everyone who applies will receive a phone call and then a follow-up letter confirming their status.

*****We are reinstating Group Interviews. The top 20-40 applicants with the highest score will be notified of the mandatory interview day/time.

Phase III (Admissions)

Applicants who are being offered admissions will receive official notification. A small list of alternates will be established. Prior to the start of the program, incoming students must return a formal acceptance response, successfully pass a criminal background check and attend a mandatory orientation. They will then receive an additional packet to be completed before classes start.

Frequently Asked Questions

Washington State Nursing Programs

Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart

Curriculum Plan

Post-Acceptance Requirements

Newly admitted students and alternates will receive nursing program orientation paperwork upon final class selection.

Please keep the following in mind during the application process:

Proof of immunizations/titers:

  • Completed Hepatitis B series (3 injections in all) and Positive Hep B titer result
  • Tdap (in the last ten years)
  • 2-step TB screening (annually) or chest x-ray (if history of positive TB skin test)
  • Positive Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer or (2) injections
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or positive titer for all 3 diseases)
  • Flu vaccine (Proof of vaccination for current season)
  • Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical policies)

Other Documentation

  • Documentation of current American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider training. (Must include infant and child CPR)
  • Proof of personal health insurance
  • Background Check
  • Upon Admission: HIPAA training (Fire safety and blood borne pathogens – modules online) facilitated by the Nursing program
  • Upon Admission: Drug testing (Information provided by the Nursing Program)
  • Proof of successfully completing an NAC course for traditional ADN applicants only
  • Any additional requirements will be given at a mandatory orientation 

**The occupation of an RN/NAC requires physical strength and stamina. The student may be expected to lift up to 60 lbs. and stand for long periods of time.

Please contact the Nursing Department for more detailed information at 253-864-3272.