Admission to the Practical Nursing Program
Application to the Practical Nursing Program is a separate procedure in addition to the application to Olympic College. Because enrollment in the Practical Nursing Program is limited, admission to Olympic College does not guarantee admission to the Practical Nursing Program.
Admission to the Practical Nursing Program is based on a factoring system. Students are admitted to the Practical Nursing Program for a Winter Quarter start. An admission score is determined for each applicant based on the following criteria:
- Cumulative GPA of prerequisite courses (excluding NURSE 151 or 152)
- Support course(s) completion
- Current Washington State Nursing Assistant Certification (optional)
Please refer to the Practical Nursing Admission Policy and Procedures Handbook for point values assigned for each criterion listed above. This can be obtained by attending a Practical Nursing Program information session. Reservations to attend can be made either by calling 360.475.7748 or via the web page at www.olympic.edu/Nursing.
To be considered for admission to the Practical Nursing Program, all of the following must be submitted to the Admissions Office:
- Practical Nursing Program application when all prerequisite courses will be complete by the application deadline with the exception of NURSE 151 and NURSE 152.
- Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended beyond high school (this includes all colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, and hospital nursing schools).
- Copy of Transfer Credit Evaluation—tran-script evaluation results (if applicable).
- Completion of the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 or above in each course: BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242, ENGL& 101, and PSYC& 100. Completion of the prerequisite course NURSE 151 with a minimum grade of 3.7 (94%), and comple-tion of the prerequisite course NURSE 152 with a minimum grade of 2.2 (80%).
- Completion of the prerequisite course NURSE 151 with a minimum grade of 3.7 (94%), and completion of the prerequisite course NURSE 152 with a minimum grade of 2.2 (80%) before starting the program.
- Achievement of 260 on the Accuplacer Reading Test
- Copy of current Nursing Assistant Certification if applicable.
It is the student’s responsibility to request all transcript(s). Transcript(s) and/or credentials must be official and must be sent DIRECTLY to the Office of Admissions by the issuing institution(s).
If accepted into Olympic College Associate Degree in Nursing Program, a student’s application to the Practical Nursing Program will be removed by Admissions, and that student will no longer be considered for the Practical Nursing Program.
To be considered for Winter Quarter admission, all documentation must be received by the Office of Admissions by August 31.
Students who have been offered acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program will be required to attend an orientation session prior to the beginning of Winter Quarter.
Acceptances are granted for a particular quarter and year. Students not enrolling for the specified quarter and year as noted in their letter of acceptance must reapply for admission to the Practical Nursing Program.
Proof of the following is required after provisional acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program:
- Current immunizations
- American Heart Association / Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Certification
- Non-refundable liability insurance
- Proof of personal health insurance
- Criminal History Information Background Inquiry Check
A student who cannot participate in patient care delivery in clinical settings based on a positive Background Inquiry Check will not be able to meet program progression requirements.
The Olympic College Nursing Program values a foundation of information technology upon entry into the Practical Nursing program. This foundation of information technology includes word processing, accessing information and communicating through email and on-line teaching and learning tools, such as textbook resources or a Learning Management System, such as Canvas©. Performance of searches using Internet and intranet resources (electronic course reserves and library searches) is expected of students in the LPN program.
The Olympic College Licensed Practical Nursing Program is approved by:
Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
P.O. Box 47865
Olympia WA 98504-7865
Practical Nursing Program
The Olympic College Practical Nursing Program is a one-year program that prepares graduates to provide safe direct patient care as licensed practical nurses (LPN) in acute care, longterm care, home health, and ambulatory care settings. The program includes both classroom study and supervised clinical practice (patient care). The curriculum includes diverse learning experiences consistent with the Practical Nursing Program outcomes. Varied clinical experiences provide opportunities to learn and provide care to clients from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Concepts of social, behavioral, and biological foundations are integrated throughout the curriculum. The role of the LPN in relation to client needs; safe, effective care environment; health promotion and maintenance; and psychosocial and physiological integrity are integrated throughout the curriculum. A Certificate of Specialization is awarded upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program requirements.
A minimum grade of 2.0 (75%) or above must be earned in each Practical Nursing course for program progression. NURSE 118 or NUTR&101, which can be taken prior to admission in the Practical Nursing Program, and NURSE 152 require a grade of 2.2 (80%) or a bove. NURSE 151, Dosage Calculations, requires a 3.7 (94%) for continuation to the program and graduation. Certified nursing assistants and military medics may receive credit by examination for PNURS 107. Students are encouraged to take support course prior to entry into the program. Support course registration is based on space availability.
Pending satisfactory completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). The license permits the practical nurse to use the legal title of Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Washington.
- Uniforms, including regulation shoes, laboratory coat, name pin, Olympic College patch (2)
- Nursing Skills course lab fees ($15/course)
- Wristwatch with sweep hand and stethoscope
- Nursing student liability insurance
- State licensure application fee
- NCLEX-PN fee
- Transportation to and from clinical facilities
- Criminal background check and Immunization Tracker.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Professional Values/Lifelong Learner/Global Perspectives
Definition: Professional values are demonstrated by providing direct care for clients across the life span, collaborating with nursing colleagues and other caregivers, and accepting accountability and responsibility for one’s practice within a legal and ethical framework. Lifelong learning is a commitment to developing an awareness of one’s knowledge limitations and formulating a plan to meet those needs in order to positively impact client care. Global perspectives is recognizing diversity of ideas, pointsof- view, opinions and backgrounds and demonstrating the ability to develop a mutually respectful working environment that will benefit client care.
- Communication (Member of Profession, Manager of Care, Provider of Care)
Definition: Communication is an interactive sharing of information (verbal, nonverbal & written) that can be demonstrated by continuity of quality care for the client and their family. Effective communication is an ongoing and dynamic process that includes the use of therapeutic skills and health education strategies in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health that has clarity, purpose and sensitivity.
- Clinical Reasoning (Provider of Care, Manager of Care)
Definition: Clinical reasoning uses the skills of clinical judgment and decision making, to provide nursing care for clients experiencing common, well defined health problems in structured health care settings. It includes the ability in collaboration with appropriate licensed professionals, to notice clinical signs, interpret observations, respond appropriately, and reflect on actions taken. It is the process used to assimilate information, analyze data, and make decisions regarding client care. (Noticing, Interpreting, Responding, Reflecting)
- Nursing Informatics
Definition: Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom into nursing practice. (ANA, 2009)
Advisor / Program Contacts
- Program completion rates: number of students who complete the program within 150% of the time of the stated program length.
- Job placement rates: number of graduates, one year after graduation, employed in a position for which the program prepared them.
- Licensure pass rates: performance on the licensure examination for first time writers.
- Program satisfaction: perceptions of the graduates and employers as to the adequacy and effectiveness of the program.
Gainful Employment Information
OLYMPIC COLLEGE is participating in early implementation of the rescission allowed by the Secretary’s authority under section 482(c) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) to designate the regulatory changes to subpart Q and subpart R of the Student Assistance General Provisions at title 34, part 668, of the Code of Federal Regulations, included in this document, for early implementation beginning on July 1, 2019.