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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.

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.

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  • 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.

  • The Evergreen State College
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  • University of Washington, Tacoma

Please be aware that our information sessions for the NAC, ADN and TADN programs are held at the Bremerton Campus unless otherwise noted. For the PN program, information sessions are held at the Bremerton, and Shelton Campus.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Offers students who have obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing or a current Registered Nurse an opportunity to obtain a four-year degree in their field. Pre-major admission is offered in all quarters.

Current RN's who are interested please schedule an appointment with the Nursing Advisor. Please email: scook2@olympic.edu or call Nursing Programs Administrative Office at 360-475-7748 for appointment.


Nursing Assistant (NAC)

One quarter modular formatted Nursing Assistant program designed to prepares students for the licensure exam (NAC). Graduates are trained to assist in providing care for clients in acute care, community-based, and long-term care settings. Part-time program; two days per week; last module is 4 days per week; can be completed in one quarter. No Prerequisites! For more information visit: http://www.olympic.edu/NAC

Register to attend the information session by E-mail: NACProgram@olympic.edu to reserve your place as space is limited.

Date: Thurs, Jan 15, 2015
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 218

Date: Thurs, Jan 29, 2015
Time: 11:00-12:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HOC 139

Date: Tues, Feb 10, 2015
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HOC 139

Date: Mon, Feb 23, 2015
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 218

Date: Mon, March 9, 2015
Time: 11:00-12:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HOC 139

Date: Mon, March 23, 2015
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 218

Date: Thurs, April 2, 2015
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HOC 139


Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN/RN)

2 year curriculum designed to prepare graduates to become Registered Nurses (RN). The application deadline for the ADN is March 31st of every year.

Register to attend the information session by E-mail: nursing@olympic.edu to reserve your place as space is limited.

Date: Wed, Feb 4th, 2015
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Thurs, March 5th, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Mon, March 30th, 2015
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton ENG 117

Date: Tues, April 14th, 2015
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Thurs, May 14th, 2015
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Fri, June 12th, 2015
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129


Practical Nursing Program (PN)

1 year program designed to prepare graduates to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). The application deadline for the PN is August 31st of every year.

Register to attend the information session by E-mail: nursing@olympic.edu to reserve your place as space is limited.

Date: Fri, Feb 6th, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 309

Date: Wed, March 4th, 2015
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Tues, April 21st, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 306

Date: Mon, May 11th, 2015
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 306

Date: Thurs, June 11th, 2015
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Shelton Campus dates (PN only)

Interested Shelton & Poulsbo students are welcome at Bremerton Information sessions

Date: Fri, Feb 6th, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Room: OC Shelton TJL 121

Date: Tues, April 21st, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Room: OC Shelton TJL 111             

Date: Mon, May 11th, 2015
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Room: OC Shelton TJL 111             

For Shelton dates please specify location.


Transition to Associate Degree in Nursing (TADN/ PN-RN)

3 quarter program designed to prepare qualified Licensed Practical Nurses to become Registered Nurses. The application deadline for the TADN is August 31st of every year.

Register to attend the information session by E-mail: nursing@olympic.edu to reserve your place as space is limited.

Date: Thurs, Feb 5th, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Tues, March 3rd, 2015
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Thurs, April 16th, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Tues, May 12th, 2015
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Date: Fri, June 5th, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Room: OC Bremerton HSS 129

Attendance is required in order to receive application materials. Information Sessions are vital to being admitted to the nursing programs. By attending one, you will receive program information, an application packet, and eligibility to schedule an appointment with our Nursing Advisor.

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

  1. Complete the Application for Admissions form for Olympic College
  2. Send an Official copy of all college transcripts to: Registration and Records (1600 Chester Ave. Bremerton, WA 98337-1699)
  3. Fill out the Transcript Evaluation form and submit to Registration and Records once you have been an Olympic College student for at least 10 days.
  4. 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.
  5. Review the information on our Nursing Program website.
  6. Call 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 are free and open to the public.

If 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

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.

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 link to print the application from the RN-BSN website.

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

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

Do the results for the ACCUPLACER reading comprehension test expire?

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

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.

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.)

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

If you do not have an advanced degree, only English 101 meets the Prerequisite Requirements.
If you have an advanced degree (BA, MA, MS, Ph.D.), please contact the Nursing Programs Advisor directly: scook2@olympic.edu

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.

Check out the factor system for the ADN here.

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 or support courses. 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.

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..

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.

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 2.0 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.

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 (located at the Registration & Records counter) 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.

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.

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.

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? Check out the factor system for the ADN here, PN here, TADN here.

Have you completed some or all of the Support Courses prior to the application deadline? Some may be worth factor points.

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.