Associate Degree in Nursing
Associate in Applied Science - T Degree
Graduates of this program are educated in the duties and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code.
The program is designed to meet the needs of LPNs who desire additional education to progress to the role of a Registered Nurse. The student will receive the AAS-T degree upon successful completion of all prerequisites, nursing courses, and general educational courses required. Students must receive a “B-” or better in all technical courses to satisfy graduation requirements. After receiving the degree, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.
The RN Option program complies with all the guidelines set forth in WAC 246-840-575. The curriculum contains theory and clinical experiences in the areas of medical/surgical nursing, obstetric nursing, nursing of children, and psychiatric nursing. Clinical experiences will include opportunities for students to have direct involvement in and accountability for nursing care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Clinical experiences will include opportunities for the student to demonstrate assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care of diverse individuals and groups.
Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations.
All prerequisites must be completed before you apply.
Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.
There is often an extensive waitlist. Applications are accepted as space allows. Please check the college website for updated information.
Physical Activity Requirements
This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds) and handling body fluids. Nurses are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student nurse must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations.
Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and meet state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check, in order to apply for licensure.
This four-quarter program is a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.
This is a full-time evening program with clinical rotations on weekends (both Saturday and Sunday). The preceptorship could happen during evenings and/or weekends.
No part-time option is currently available. This is an academically rigorous program that requires a high degree of ability to read, understand and critically think about and apply complex concepts in order to provide quality patient care. Students can expect 3-4 hours per week per class for homework and study (e.g., 15-20 hours a week for five classes) in addition to actual class time. It is strongly recommended that students not work more than 20 hours a week while in the nursing program to allow for adequate study time.
CPTC courses with an “&” in the course name are transferable to other Washington State educational institutions. Students must complete the following:
(1) General education courses
(3) Required immunizations
1. General educational courses: Students must receive a grade of B (3.0) or higher in the following required prerequisite courses:
Speaking, understanding, and writing the English language is required.
2. Certifications and background check(s): The student must have an active, unrestricted LPN license in Washington State and 500 hours of verified employment experience as an LPN. Students are required to pass a national and local background check with a result of No Record on File. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students must maintain a current CPR for the Healthcare Provider training that includes adult, child, infant, and AED under the guidelines of the American Heart Association. Online CPR courses are not accepted.
3. Documentation of Immunizations: Documentation will be required by June 25 of the year the student is expected to start.
Immunization requirements are based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies and may change. Please check the college website for current requirements.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|NURS 204||PN to RN Transition||1|
|NURS 229||Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare||2|
|NURS 231||Nursing Concepts IV||3|
|NURS 239||Nursing Concepts IV Lab||3|
|NURS 243||Nursing Concepts V||4|
|NURS 244||Ethics and Policy in Healthcare||2|
|NURS 245||Nursing Concepts VI||4|
|NURS 246||Nursing Concepts VI Clinical||3|
|NURS 248||Nursing Concepts VII||3|
|NURS 250||Nursing Concepts VIII||4|
|NURS 252CAP||Practical Capstone||4|
|NURS 254||Nursing Concepts IX||4|
This is a self-paced course that offers the introduction to the transition process of the Licensed Practical Nurse to the Registered Nurse student. Students will be provided an opportunity to remediate on skills and knowledge learned in Practical Nurse training. Students will be introduced to the scope of practice decision tree. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in identified practical nurse skills and knowledge before continuing into the RN program.
Utilizes a concept based approach and focuses on the emotional, mental and social well-being of the client, throughout the life span within a diverse population.
Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on assessment, clinical decision making, evidence based practice, and managing care.
Utilizes a concept based approach to learn, practice and demonstrate competency on identified nursing skills within the scope of practice for the Registered Nurse.
Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on provision of comfort, mobility, health wellness and illness, safety, development and elimination.
Utilizes a concept based approach to address ethical issues and policies in healthcare.
Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health and illness related concepts of infection, inflammation and immunity.
Provides the student with opportunities to learn and have direct involvement in responsibility and accountability for the provision of basic nursing care and comfort of clients, with acute and chronic illnesses, pharmacological, and parenteral therapies and pain management.
Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health and illness related concepts: reproduction, tissue integrity, oxygenation, and perioperative care.
Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health and illness related concepts: perfusion, digestion, acid based balance, fluid and electrolytes and metabolism.
Provides the student with an opportunity to learn and have direct involvement in responsibility and accountability for the provision of care, within the scope of practice of a Registered Nurse, in a mentored clinical experience. Each student will be assigned a preceptor to work with for a minimum of 145 hours.
Utilizes a concept based approach to explore the nursing process in providing safe patient care for clients with complex health care issues. The focus of this course will be on health and illness related concepts: intracranial regulation, sensory perception, thermoregulation and cellular regulation.