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Nursing

Olympic College offers several programs to prepare qualified men and women to deliver quality nursing care. Nursing graduates find employment in numerous healthcare settings: home health care, hospitals, community based agencies and more.


DEGREES & CERTIFICATES


Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN-BSN) 
Current registered nurses can earn a RN-BSN degree by choosing flexible program plans that can be completed in 1, 2, or 3 years.

Associate in Pre-Nursing

Associate in Pre-Nursing—Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

Associate in Technical Arts

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
The ADN program prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. The curriculum is six quarters plus prerequisites. Transition to Associate Degree (LPN-RN):
The TADN program prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. The program is spring to spring, plus one additional winter quarter. Prerequisites apply.

Certificate of Specialization

Practical Nursing
The Practical Nursing program prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-PN to become Licensed Practical Nurses. The curriculum is four quarters plus prerequisites.

Certificate of Recognition

Nursing Assistant
The Nursing Assistant program prepares students to assist registered nurses or licensed practical nurses in providing basic nursing care for clients in acute and long-term settings. This is a one quarter program, 2-3 days per week.

Transfer/Articulation Program

  • The Evergreen State College
  • Olympic College
  • University of Washington, Tacoma

Accreditation

The Olympic College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs are approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.


CAREER OPTIONS

For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in Occupation Search field.


MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.


REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT

  • Students will be required to be current on specific vaccinations and to purchase insurance for medical and malpractice coverage. Definitions and requirements of Nursing Care may be found in Washington State Legislature in Chapter 18.17 of the RCW code.
  • Washington State law requires background checks prior to certification or employment in healthcare. Individuals with a criminal record may not be allowed into a healthcare facility as a student. Because it is not possible to meet the objectives of the program without having clinical experience, anyone with a positive criminal or abuse history may not be eligible for acceptance in the Nursing Program. The type of background check required is defined by the Nursing Commission at the time of application.
  • To become certified and registered in nursing assisting (NA) requires successful completion of an approved training program. Olympic College’s Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Students will participate in clinical clock hours that the college will assist with placement in appropriate facilities.
  • College Transcript verification will commonly be required for credentialing and employment.
  • To be employed as a LPN or RN requires a current license after successful completion of the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) and registration in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) database at https://www.nursys.com/. To be eligible to write the NCLEX, the nursing commission requires information on physical/mental conditions and any filed criminal charges.
  • Assistance in applying for a Nursing License or to be a registered Nursing Assistant, fee payment, and taking the examination is maintained by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
  • Renewal, payment of fees, and continuing competency (active practice, continuing education and attestation), as well as, post-education training and advancement needs should be checked before license or certification expiration through the DOH website. http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/669240.pdf


ADVISOR

Nursing Program Advisor/BSN Recruiter (RN-BSN, ADN, PN, TADN):
Sarah Cook
Phone: 360.475.7175
Email: scook2@olympic.edu



Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book"