Director: Ronda Durano, MN, RN
Faculty: Tiffany Smith, MN, RN, Elizabeth Webber, MSN, RN (PY)
The Pierce College Nursing Program prepares students to become Registered Nurses and provides students with the opportunity to become not only a Certified Nursing Assistant but also a Nurse Technician during the program. The program is designed to articulate with local four-year universities that offer a BSN completion program. The curriculum builds on prerequisite courses in the natural and social sciences and provides a strong foundation in basic nursing skills, from which students then advance to more complex nursing concepts in the second year.
During the course of the program, students receive experience in medical surgical, maternal-newborn, pediatric and mental health nursing in acute care, long-term and community settings such as clinics and schools. Graduates receive an Associate Degree in Nursing, then must pass the NCLEX-RN examination in order to be licensed as Registered Nurses in Washington State. Licensed graduates are qualified to be employed as entry-level nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, clinics, health care provider’s offices and home care agencies. Registered Nurses plan and coordinate patient care.
Clinical courses are taught at a variety of health care agencies in the Pierce County area and may occur days, evenings and Saturdays. Most courses are taught by master’s prepared nurse educators. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Education in Nursing.
Selection for the RN pathway is competitive, and the program begins each fall. The course of study is six quarters (fall, winter, and spring) over two academic years with the interim summer off so the student can gain experience as a nurse technician. Professional/technical program competencies can be found at www.pierce.ctc.edu/dept/nursing/outcomes