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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.

We are committed to:

  • Facilitating an interactive environment that fosters growth and maximizes the potential of each individual student to achieve high academic and ethical standards;
  • Developing reflective, caring students who demonstrate professional behavior and commitment to lifelong learning;
  • Empowering students to optimize the health and wellness of diverse communities;
  • Challenging students to become responsible decision makers and to be accountable for the consequences of their actions.

Society today is characterized by diversity.  Clients in society exist within a continuum of wellness-illness.  Nursing is responsive to the dynamic, health-related needs of this diverse society.  Graduates of the nursing program practice safely within legal and ethical standards.

The Olympic College Nursing Program prepares graduates in multiple professional practice roles to be collaborative and caring as they assist each client to maximize health throughout the lifespan.  The nursing education program teaches students to critically reason and prepares graduates who hold competencies in the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for professional practice.

Faculty believe that students learn best when treated with respect and dignity.  Faculty nurture professional development through modeling and teaching students to attain the highest professional values and competencies.

Effective learning is based on trusting teacher-student relationship.  Optimal learning occurs when students are prepared, engaged, and responsible.  Ongoing evaluation is a critical element for faculty, students, and curriculum, in order to prepare professional nurses for multifaceted roles. 

  • Program completion rates
  • Job placement rates
  • Licensure pass rates
  • Level of Achievement
  • Program satisfaction

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.

Wed, July 15th, 2015, 4-5pm, OC Bremerton in HOC 141

Tues, July 28th, 2015, 9-10am, OC Bremerton in HOC 141

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015, 5-6pm, OC Bremerton in HOC 141

Thurs, Aug 27th, 2015, 9-10am, OC Bremerton in HOC 141

Wed, Sept 2nd, 2015, 4-5pm, OC Bremerton in HOC 141

Mon, Sept 7th, 2015, 9-10am, OC Bremerton in HOC 141

Tues, Sept 15th, 2015, 5-6pm, OC Bremerton in HOC 141


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.

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.

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

Thurs, Aug 6th, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Mon, Sept 14th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Wed, Oct 21st, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Wed, Dec 16th, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Bremerton in 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.

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.

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

Tues, Aug 4th, 2015, 8:30-9:30 AM, OC Bremerton in HSS 306

Thurs, Aug 27th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Bremerton in HSS 309

Thurs, Sept 17th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Tues, Oct 20th, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Wed, Nov 18th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Bremerton in HL 110 (room updated 7/27/15)

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Shelton Campus dates (PN only) For Shelton dates please specify location.

Interested Shelton & Poulsbo students are welcome at Bremerton Information sessions

Tues, Aug 4th, 2015, 8:30-9:30 AM, OC Shelton in TJL 121

Thurs, Aug 27th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Shelton in TJL 121             

Tues, Oct 20th, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Shelton in TJL 121

Wed, Nov 18th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Shelton in  TJL 121           

 


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

is a Four-quarter program (plus one 3 credit transitions course) designed to prepare qualified Licensed Practical Nurses for the licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) to become Registered Nurses. The application deadline for the TADN is August 31st of every year.

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.

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

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Tues, Aug 25th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Wed, Sept 23rd, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Wed, Nov 4th, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

Tues, Dec 15th, 2015, 9:00-10:00 AM, OC Bremerton in HSS 129

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.

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

Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET OnLine, click on Wages & Employment, click Local Salary Info, select Washington, and click Go.

Gainful Employment regulations passed by the federal government require colleges to disclose how certain programs (i.e., programs that meet certain criteria) prepare students for "gainful employment." Click on the link below to view gainful employment information for this program.

Practical Nursing - Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • 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
  • Olympic College
  • University of Washington, Tacoma

ADN Admissions Letters -

As stated on page 13 of the application packet and on the frequently asked questions webpage, after the deadline date, March 31, all applicants will be notified of their status prior to the start of the summer quarter. These notifications have been sent by the Admissions department via the USPS. Summer quarter begins on July 1st. Please do not contact Admissions or Nursing regarding the status of your application. After July 1st if you have not received notification of your status you may contact the Admission Department at 360-475-7200.

Applicants placed on the applicant pool list are strongly encouraged to make sure all immunizations are in order in the event that an opening becomes available.Information regarding the required immunizations was enclosed in the letter and was in the application packet. Please do not contact the Nursing Office regarding immunization/documentation requirements, you will receive further information regarding documentation requirements in the event an opening becomes available.

NCLEX Pass Rates on the 1st Attempt 2012 2013 2014
ATA: Associate in Nursing (ADN) 98% 89% 81%
Practical Nursing Certificate of Specialization 96% 93% 100%