2017-2018 Pierce College Catalog 
    Dec 01, 2020  
2017-2018 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (ADN) (PY Only)

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Applicants must meet general entrance requirements for Pierce College as well as the specific pre-nursing course requirements. Prerequisite courses typically take one to two years depending on the number of credits taken per quarter. Some nursing prerequisite courses may have prerequisites. Check with the college early to plan a specific course of study.

The application deadline for admission to the nursing program is set annually. Check the nursing program website for up-to-date information at www.pierce.ctc.edu/nursing. No waiting list is established. The admission committee selects students in early spring and successful candidates are then notified. Evaluation is based on each prerequisite science course and ENGL& 101 being completed with a 3.0 or higher, other college prerequisite courses completed with a 2.0 or higher, designated tests, a personal statement, two recommendations, essays which are scored according to a faculty established rubric.

Prospective students who have proof of unencumbered Washington State LPN license or Certificate of Completion from a Washington State approved practical nurse training program may apply on a space available basis to enter the program in the fourth quarter of the program. This LPN to RN option is limited in space and the student must take assessment tests and a specific LPN to RN option course at Pierce College. Please see the nursing advisor for more information.

There are additional courses recommended for students planning to continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. It is recommended that the applicant make an appointment with an advisor to make sure the planned course of study meets the program’s admission requirements. The pre-nursing advisor’s number is (253) 840-8355.

Nursing students will have additional college expenses, including uniforms, supplies and pre-licensure testing. Application packets and additional information are available online at www.pierce.ctc.edu/nursing or by contacting the nursing program office at (253) 864-3272.

Graduates of the Pierce College Nursing Program who successfully pass the NCLEX examination for RN licensure may apply to the University of Washington Tacoma or St. Martins University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. An articulation agreement is in place and students who plan to transfer should work closely with their Pierce College advisor to make sure that all requirements are met.

The pre-nursing course requirements apply to other allied health fields or to an associate degree for transfer to a four-year institution should a student change fields or not be accepted into the nursing program.

Prerequisites - Minimum Qualifications

The following must be completed with a grade of 3.0 (B) or higher and be completed within the last seven years of the date of the student’s application.

All courses have pre-requisites that cannot be waived. Please work closely with a pre-nursing advisor.

Pierce College Requirement beginning summer 2015:

For all students beginning college courses and pre-nursing prerequisites at Pierce College, COLLG 110 College Success  must be taken within the first two quarters of starting coursework at Pierce College. You may be exempt from this requirement. Check with your advisor for the latest information.

Recommended Coursework

Must be completed with a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher:


* The 10-year limitation on ENGL& 101   and PSYC& 200  may be waived if the course was completed as part of a degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

** No time limit on the World Language requirement. Two years of the same high school world language will also satisfy this requirement. Native speakers can satisfy this requirement following UW guidelines. See a Nursing advisor for details.

First Year (37 Credits)

Total Credits (Quarters I, II, III) 37

Second Year (39 Credits)

Total Credits (Quarters IV, V, VI) 39

Total Credits (Quarters I-VI) 76

includes theory, lab, preceptorship and service-connected learning

Total Credits including prerequisites 129

Each ADN course must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.7 and all courses must be completed in the designated quarter.

Program code: 323

Last revision: 2016-17

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