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Nursing Programs

Frequently Asked Questions


What are my first steps to begin the prerequisites for the Nursing Programs (ADN, TADN, PN)?

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oComplete the Application for Admissions form for Olympic College

oSend an Official copy of all college transcripts to: Registration and Records (1600 Chester Ave. Bremerton, WA 98337-1699)

oFill out the Transcript Evaluation form and submit to Registration and Records once you have been an Olympic College student for at least 10 days.

oIf you have not had college level Math or English, contact the Testing Center, 360-475-7531 to take the ACCUPLACER placement assessment in English, Math, and Reading Comprehension.

oReview the information on our Nursing Program website.

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oCall the Nursing Programs Office at 360-475-7748 or email nursing@olympic.edu to arrange to attend an information session, specifying which program ADN/RN, PN/LPN, or TADN (LPN-RN). Information Sessions

oIf you are currently a Registered Nurse, and are interested in the RN-BSN program, contact the BSN Recruiter, Sarah Cook directly at 360-475-7175 or scook2@olympic.edu

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When can I make an appointment with the Nursing Programs advisor?

  • You can make an advising appointment after you have attended an Information Session. You must have attended an information session within the past 12 months to have an appointment with the nursing advisor.
  • For the ADN program, make sure you are ready to begin CHEM& 121 when you make the appointment.
  • For the PN program, make sure you are ready to begin MATH 099.
  • If you have not had college level Math or English, contact the Testing Center, 360-475-7531 to take the ACCUPLACER placement assessment in English, Math, and Reading Comprehension before scheduling an advising appointment.

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How can I get a copy of the application?

  • For all programs (ADN, TADN, PN), you must attend an Information Session. If you have attended a session more than 12 months ago, it is highly recommended that you attend another information session because requirements may change within a year.
  • For RN-BSN, schedule an advising appointment with the RN-BSN Recruiter (scook2@olympic.edu) or click on the following link to print the application from the RN-BSN website.

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Where do I find out about the ACCUPLACER reading comprehension test?

  • Please contact Assessment; telephone number (360) 475-7531, for further information.

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Do the results for the ACCUPLACER reading comprehension test expire?

  • The results do not expire for entrance into the ADN/TADN program. If you plan on using these results to enter an English class, they will expire after two years.

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I took the COMPASS Reading Test. Do I need to take the ACCUPLACER test now?

  • Yes. We no longer accept Compass Reading Test scores for admission in the Nursing Programs.

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How do I find out if my classes from another college will transfer?

If you are a transfer student, you are considered a new student to Olympic College. As a new student, you should see an advisor at the Advising Center to have your general education classes evaluated. You may reach Advising at (360) 475-7230. For more information and steps to enroll in the college as a New Student, please visit the college web site on Getting Started and follow the steps below for the program you are considering: For ADN, PN, & TADN:

  • If you took your sciences, (inorganic and organic/bio-chemistry; anatomy and physiology I and II; microbiology) out of state or from The Evergreen State College, you will need to provide the following to the Nursing Programs Office on the Bremerton Campus College Service Center building, room 341 or via mail at Nursing Programs 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337-1699
  • Syllabi with lab component clearly listed and Unofficial transcript showing the listed courses and grade received to the Nursing Programs Administrative Office.
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic/Biological Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Human Biology (only applicable for LPN applicants)
  • Microbiology

Students taking the above courses from a Washington State college or university will not need a formal course review. For students taking these course at another college or university other than Olympic College, you will need to provide the syllabi and unofficial transcripts to the Nursing Programs office located on the Bremerton Campus College Service Center building, room 341 or via mail at Nursing Programs 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337-1699

  • Medical Terminology
  • Dosage Calculations
  • Pharmacology

(ALL course reviews must be submitted before the March 31st deadline for ADN and August 31st for TADN and PN. Please make sure your transcripts and syllabi are submitted in a timely manner to ensure that they will have time to be assessed.)

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Can I use English 102 or a higher level English class as a prerequisite instead of English 101?

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Can I still get the factoring point(s) for Biology 242, Biology 260, or Psychology 100 if I am enrolled for those classes in the Spring quarter of the year I hope to enter the ADN Program?

  • NO. In order to get those Factoring Points the classes must be completed prior to the application deadline of the year you hope to enter the program. You can apply to the program as long as you are registered for BIOL 242 by the Spring and have all other prerequisites completed.
  • ADN: Factor Points

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Do I have to take Nurse 151 & Nurse 152 before I apply to the nursing program?

  • NO. Students are not required to take Nurse 151 & 152 before applying to enter the program. Additional factor points are not awarded for taking these classes prior to entering the program. If you do not take these classes prior to being admitted into the program, you will take them during your first quarter in the ADN program.
  • However, students are highly encouraged to take these classes as close to entry in to the ADN program as possible. You may take these courses Fall or Spring quarter once you have completed BIOL& 241.

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Am I able to apply to the LPN program without taking PNURS 108 & 126 prior to the August 31st deadline?

  • YES. PNURS 108 & 126 are only offered fall quarter. Applicants may submit their application by the August 31st deadline, if they are registered to take PNURS 108 & 126 fall quarter.
  • Students who are taking these courses fall quarter and are granted provisional acceptance in to the PN/LPN program must achieve a 3.7 or higher in PNURS 126, and 2.3 or higher in PNURS 108.
  • Students may take NURSE 151 & 152 in lieu of PNURS 108 & 126 as long as they have completed BIOL& 241 with a 2.0 or higher. NURSE 151 & 152 are offered Fall and Spring quarters.
  • Students interested in the ADN program will need to take NURSE 151 & 152 – PNURS 108 & 126 will not fulfill the Dosage Calculations and Introduction to Pharmacology for the ADN program.
  • We prefer students desiring entrance to the PN program to take PNURS 108 & 126.

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Where do I turn in my application?

  • Turn in nursing program applications (ADN/RN, PN, TADN, and RN-BSN) and all supporting documents to the Admissions Office at the Bremerton campus. The mailing address is: Olympic College Office of Admissions, 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337-1699
  • It is recommended that you submit your application in person if possible. This gives you the peace of mind knowing that the college has received your application. In addition, the admissions office will typically alert you if any required documents are not on file.

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I have submitted my application to Admissions. When do I find out if I made it into the program?

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN/RN):

After the deadline date, March 31, all applicants will be notified of their status prior to the start of the summer quarter. Notification will be sent via the USPS by the Admissions office.

Practical Nursing (LPN):

After the deadline date, August 31, all applicants will be notified of their status during the fall quarter. Notification will be sent via the USPS by the Admissions office.

Transition to Associate Degree Nursing (TADN):

After the deadline date, August 31, all applicants will be notified of their status during the fall quarter. Notification will be sent via the USPS by the Admissions office.

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When do the classes start once I am in the program?

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN/RN):

Once admitted to the ADN program, classes begin Fall Quarter (September) and last for two years (six quarters – Fall, Winter, and Spring).

Practical Nursing (LPN):

Once admitted to the PN program, classes begin Winter Quarter (January) and lasts for four quarters (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall).

Transition to Associate Degree Nursing (TADN):

Once admitted to the TADN program, there will be a 3 credit LPN-RN Transitions course winter quarter, and then classes begin spring Quarter and lasts for 4 quarters (Spring, Fall, Winter and Spring).

Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN-BSN):

Once admitted to the RN-BSN program, classes begin Fall Quarter (September). Depending on the program course plan you choose to follow, the program will typically last from one to three years.

Interested applicants are welcome to take Upper Division Electives prior to the start of the RN-BSN program.


Is there a waitlist?

NO, there is no waitlist. Each year there is a competitive applicant pool from which the next class is chosen. Applicants may rollover their completed and eligible applications to the following year if they are not accepted into the program. They can earn a one-time factor point for the rollover.

Factor Point System

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What do you think my chances are?

Acceptance is solely based on your cumulative GPA for certain prerequisite classes and the factor points that you have in relation to the other qualified applicants.

Are your grades competitive?

Have you completed some or all of the Support Courses prior to the application deadline?

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How much does the Nursing Program cost?

Please visit the pages below for the program you are interested in:

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I am a pre-nursing student working on my prerequisites. I have applied for financial aid through Olympic College and received a notice that I need to have a Petition to Extend Financial Aid Limits form filled out by my advisor.

Unfortunately, until you are formally admitted into the Nursing Program, we are unable to help you complete the form. If you are accepted into the program, we will be able to provide you with the information that you need. In the meantime, the advisors at the Advising Center, Counseling Services (at the Bremerton Campus) and Student Services (at the Poulsbo Campus) can help you complete the form and sign it.

For more information regarding the petition please contact Financial Aid at 360-475-7160.

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Is there a limit to how many times an applicant can take a prerequisite course

YES there is. Please see the requirements below listed by program.

Associate Degree of Nursing Program (ADN): starting in 2015, all first-time applicants are restricted in the number of retakes for prerequisites. For the purpose of factoring, if an applicant has retaken a course multiple times, only the second attempt will be considered. Grades below a 2.0 will not be accepted. If a student’s second attempt at a course is below a 2.0, the student will not be considered eligible for application to the Olympic College ADN program.

Practical Nursing (PN) and Transition to Associate Degree of Nursing (TADN) Programs: For the purpose of factoring, if an applicant has retaken a course multiple times, only the most recent grade will be considered. We will not take your highest grade, or average all of your attempts. If the student’s most recent grade is below a 2.0, the student will not be considered eligible for the application to the Olympic College PN or TADN programs until the grade in that course is above a 2.0.

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Are there any changes to the ADN factoring system?

YES, as noted at the information session and on the prerequisites and factoring points, ENGL& 102 will be worth one additional factoring point for applicants applying for the first time in 2015 and beyond..

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