Practical Nurse

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To learn about enrolling in the Practical Nurse program,
please contact the Admissions Office
253.680.7002 or

Julia Campbell
LPN Program Technician


Location Downtown Campus

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Note: If you do not have any of the required coursework completed, it is recommended that you attend an Information Session on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the admissions office at the Downtown Campus.

Students prepare for careers as licensed practical nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. Clinical activities are an integral part of this program which is approved by the Washington Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. 

During the clinical phase, students demonstrate nursing competencies under supervision at clinical sites and improve skills by working with a healthcare professional in a preceptorship role. 

Graduates are required to pass the Washington State Practical Nursing licensing exam to practice as licensed practical nurses in Washington State. Prior to licensing exam, applicant will need to provide proof of high school graduation or equivalent.  

Program Length: Four quarters (approximate)

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College application fee is $50, and Practical Nurse application fee is $50, for a combined $100 fee.
Application deadline: There are no application deadlines. The fall and spring cohorts are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nursing Steps to Admission
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Foundation Coursework 
(You cannot apply until all foundation coursework has been completed.)

Applicants must:

(Do not complete these requirements until you have recieved an acceptance letter, and have attended the mandatory nursing program orientation.)

  1. Complete LPN  Pre-requisite Pathway
  2. Pass a clear national criminal background check covering Washington state.
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  3. Obtain medical and dental clearance.
  4. Pass a drug screen.
  5. Provide documentary evidence of current immunizations, medical insurance (illness and injury), Health Care Provider CPR.
  6. Possess current liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million.
  7. AIDS/HIV training - seven hours.
  8. Complete a CASAS test.

Learn more about our Health/Science continuing education courses, such as the Nursing Assistant Program.

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 105-119 Credits

General education requirements must be completed before enrolling in the PNUR coursework. Each required course must be completed with a 3.0 or higher.

(These courses must be completed before enrolling in the PNUR coursework.)  
BIOL& 241 Human A & P I 5
BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 5
BIOL& 260 Microbiology 5
CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry 5
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications 5
CTNA 101 Nursing Assistant Certified * 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
NUTR& 101 Nutrition 5
Nursing I  
(All PNUR coursework must be completed with a 3.2 grades or better.) 
PNUR 201 Nursing Math/Pharmacology 4
PNUR 202 Personal Vocational Relationships 4
PNUR 203 Nursing Fundamentals I/Sim I 7

PNUR 220 Nursing Fundamentals II/Sim II 4
PNUR 221 Med/Surg I 7
PNUR 222 Clinical I/Sim III/Clinical Math 4
Nursing III  
PNUR 230 Med/Surg II 5
PNUR 231 Newborn/Maternal/Reproductive Nursing 2
PNUR 232 Pediatrics 2
PNUR 233 Clinical II/Sim IV 3
PNUR 234 Advanced Clinical II/Sim V/Clinical Math 3
PNUR 233R Independent Project 3
PNUR 234R Independent Project 3
Nursing IV  
PNUR 240 Med/Surg III 7
PNUR 241 Clinical III /Sim VI/ Clinical Math 4
PNUR 242 Preceptor Experience 4
PNUR 241R Independent Project 3

* This course may be waived with proof of active NAC license.