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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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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.

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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, 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: 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: 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: 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, 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.