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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.

Nursing Programs Mission Statement

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.

Nursing Program Philosophy

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.    

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 at the Shelton Campus via ITV.

Information Sessions are vital to being admitted to the nursing programs and attendance is required in order to receive application materials for ADN, PN & TADN programs. At the information session you will receive:

  • program information,
  • application packet,
  • eligibility to schedule an appointment with our Nursing Advisor

You must attend the entire information session to receive program materials and to gain eligibility to schedule an appointment with the Nursing Advisor. 


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 bachelor's 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: nursing@olympic.edu or call Nursing Programs Administrative Office at 360-475-7748 for appointment.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 4:00-6:00pm on the Shelton Campus PB 002


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 31 of every year.

Register to attend the information session by e-mail: nursing@olympic.edu to reserve your place as space is limited. In order to receive an application and to maintain eligibility to schedule an advising appointment students must attend the entire information session.

(Please note: information session are scheduled for 1.5 hours, however may finish early depending on volume of questions)

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:00-11:30am on the Bremerton Campus room HSS 129

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:30-5:00pm on the Bremerton Campus room ST 203

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 4:00-6:00pm on the Shelton Campus PB 002

Thursday, June 15, 2017  at 10:30-12:00pm on the Bremerton Campus room HSS 129

Additional dates are being planned, please check back for future dates.


Transition to Associate Degree in Nursing (TADN/ LPN-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 31 of every year.

Register to attend the information session by e-mail: nursing@olympic.edu to reserve your place as space is limited. In order to receive an application and to maintain eligibility to schedule an advising appointment students must attend the entire information session.

(Please note: information session are scheduled for 1 hour, however may finish early depending on volume of questions)

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 4:30-5:30pm on the Bremerton Campus in room HSS 218

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:30-5:30pm on the Bremerton Campus in room HSS 110

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:00-10:00am on the Bremerton Campus in room HSS 214


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 31 of every year.

Register to attend the information session by e-mail: nursing@olympic.edu to reserve your place as space is limited. In order to receive an application and to maintain eligibility to schedule an advising appointment s.students must attend the entire information session.

(Please note: information session are scheduled for 1 hour, however may finish early depending on volume of questions)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:00-12:00pm on the Bremerton Campus in room HSS 125

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 9:00-10:00am on the Bremerton Campus in room HSS 209

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 4:30-5:30pm on the Bremerton Campus in room HSS 119

Interested Shelton & Poulsbo students are welcome at Bremerton Information sessions


Nursing Assistant (NAC) - One quarter modular formatted Nursing Assistant program designed to prepare 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.

The NAC program is a part-time program; two days per week; last module is 4 days per week; can be completed in one quarter (program offered fall, winter, spring). No Prerequisites!

For more information visit: http://www.olympic.edu/nursing-assistant-certificate-recognition

Information session attendance is voluntary but recommended. Register to attend the information session by e-mail: NACProgram@olympic.edu or call 360-475-7554 to reserve your place as space is limited. Funding for tuition and books may be available for those who qualify (qualified for unemployment benefits, left military service, displaced homemaker, currently working but must obtain new skills, unsustainably self-employed).

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 10:00 AM in CSC 104 on the Bremerton Campus

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 3:00 PM in CSC 104 on the Bremerton Campus

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 9:30 AM in CSC 104 on the Bremerton Campus

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 1:00 PM in CSC 104 on the Bremerton Campus

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 12:00 PM in CSC 104 on the Bremerton Campus

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 3:00 PM in CSC 104 on the Bremerton Campus

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:00 AM in CSC 104 on the Bremerton Campus

 

  • Students must be current on specific vaccinations. Students must also have health care insurance, medical malpractice and general liability coverage. Malpractice and general liability insurance may be purchased through the college. Students are provisionally accepted into the program pending submission of proof of documentation.
  • Background checks are required prior to practicing in clinical facilities. Individuals with criminal records may not be allowed into healthcare facilities as student. This would preclude the student from fulfilling the clinical requirements of the program, making them ineligible to continue in the Nursing Program.

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 nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000, Fax: (404) 975-5020, Email: info@acenursing.org, Web: www.acenursing.org formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

The Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Nursing Assistant Programs are approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission: P.O. Box 1099, Olympia, WA  98507-1099, Phone: (360) 236-4700, Fax: (360) 236-4738, Email address: nursing@doh.wa.gov, Web: http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission.

Median Hourly Wage in Washington State

Current wage information for nursing careers options is available at O*Net OnLine. After finding the career option in O*NET OnLine, scroll to Wages & Employment Trends, click Local Salary Info, select Washington, and click Go.


Career Options

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  • Registered Nurse (RN)
    Charge Nurse, Director of Nursing (DON), Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Public Health Nurse (PHN), Registered Nurse (RN), School Nurse, Staff Nurse, Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)
  • Practical Nurse (LPN or PN)
    Charge Nurse; Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN); Clinic Nurse; Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN); Licensed Practical Nurse, Clinic Nurse (LPN, Clinic Nurse); Office Nurse; Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN); Private Duty Nurse; Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE LPN)
  • Nursing Assistant (NA)
    Certified Medication Aide (CMA), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA), Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), Nurses' Aide, Nursing Aide, Nursing Assistant, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Licensure Pass Rates - Performance on NCLEX-RN (% First- Time Passage of Exam)

  National Mean of ADN Program Olympic College
2011-2012 89.32% 98.00%
2012-2013 81.43% 89.00%
2013-2014 79.26% 81.00%
2014-2015 83.00% 87.00%
2015-2016 85.25% 93.22%

Licensure Pass Rates - ADN NCLEX Pass Rates Compared to Expected Level of Achievement

Olympic College Academic Year

Olympic College

Actual Level of Achievement

(Greater than or Equal to) Annual NCLEX Pass Rate

Expected Level of Achievement

 

 

Expected Level of Achievement

2011-2012 98.00% 80% Met
2012-2013 89.00% 80% Met
2013-2014 81.00% 80% Met
2014-2015 87.00% 80% Met
2015-2016 93.22% 80% Met

Program Completion Rates - (Percent Completed within 150% of Program Length)

 

 

Year Cohort Entered

Olympic College Completion Rate within 9 Quarters

Actual Level of Achievement

 

 

 

Expected Level of Achievement

 

 

Expected Level of Achivement Results

2009 90.00% 80% Met
2010 84.29% 80% Met
2011 80.26% 80% Met
2012 82.05% 80% Met
2013 88.57% 80% Met
2014 77.46% 80% Not Met
2015 In progress 80% In progress

Program Satisfaction - End-of-Program Student Satisfaction Survey – Quality of Instruction in Program Percent Rating Program as Good to Excellent

Cohort Graduating n= (Graduates who responded to survey) Actual Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement
2012 50 88.0% 75% Met
2013 61 95.5% 75% Met
2014 63 98.4% 75% Met
2015 65 100.0% 75% Met
2016 57 96.2% 75% Met

Program Satisfaction - One-Year-Post Graduation Survey – Overall Satisfaction with Nursing Program Curriculum Percent Rating Program as Adequate to Excellent

Cohort Graduating n= (Graduates who responded to survey) Actual Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement
2011 10 90.00% 75% Met
2012 14 100.00% 75% Met
2013 9 100.00% 75% Met
2014 19 100.00% 75% Met
2015 19 100.00% 75% Met
2016 Pending - June 2017      

Program Satisfaction - One-Year-Post Graduation Survey – Overall Satisfaction with Nursing Program Professional Preparation and Development Percent Rating Program as Adequate to Excellent

Cohort Graduating n= (Graduates who responded to survey) Actual Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement
2011 10 100.00% 75% Met
2012 14 100.00% 75% Met
2013 9 80.00% 75% Met
2014 19 100.00% 75% Met
2015 19 100.00% 75% Met
2016 Pending- June 2017      

Program Satisfaction - Employer Satisfaction with Preparation of OC Graduate "Good to Excellent" – One-Year Post Graduation

Cohort Graduating n= (Employers who responded to survey) Actual Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement
2011 4 100.00% 75% Met
2012 4 100.00% 75% Met
2013 4 75.00% 75% Met
2014 9 89.00% 75% Met
2015 6 100.00% 75% Met
2016 Pending - June 2017      

Job Placement Rates- One-Year-Post Graduation Survey – Employment as a RN. (80% of Graduates Desiring Employment as an Registered Nurse Employed 9 Months Post-Graduation)

Cohort Graduating

n= (Graduates who responded to survey)

Actual Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement Expected Level of Achievement
2010 13 85.00% 80% Met
2011 13 92.00% 80% Met
2012 14 86.00% 80% Met
2013 9 100.00% 80% Met
2014 19 89.47% 80% Met
2015 19 93.8% 80% Met
2016 Pending - June 2017      

 

NCLEX Pass Rates on the 1st Attempt 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Practical Nursing Certificate of Specialization 96% 100% 93% 95% 94.12%