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Welcome to the Pierce College Nursing Program

On this page, you will find:

Nursing Program Information

Pierce College offers three options for students to obtain their associate degree in nursing:

  1. A Traditional ADN (T-ADN) program that students complete in 6 terms. (32 students accepted every other fall: 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.)
  2. An LPN-RN Transition program that students complete in 3 terms beginning in term 4. This option is open to applicants who have an active and unencumbered Washington State Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license. (32 students accepted every spring)
  3. A Part-Time Evening Weekend (PTEW) LPN-RN Transition program that students complete in 5 terms. This option is open to applicants who have an active and unencumbered Washington State Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license. (16 students accepted every summer)

All options prepare students to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). This exam measures the competencies needed to be a safe, effective, entry-level registered nurse.

Graduate End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

For more information on the philosophy, mission, vision and graduate end-of-program student learning outcomes for Pierce’s College Nursing Program, see the ADN Mission and Graduate Outcomes web page.

Program Outcomes and Student Achievement Data

The Pierce College Nursing Program is a program that has a reputation for delivering skilled, competent nurses who not only do well in school, but are also highly thought of in our community. Our program outcomes composed of the program’s graduation rates, job placement rates and NCLEX-RN pass rates make us a nursing program that speaks to our reputation. The faculty and nursing program director make it their mission to help create opportunities for all students to make a living wage. This includes students with families, disabilities, single-students, single parents, married students, students of all backgrounds, students from other countries, etc. We value our students and create support systems to help them weather most storms.

Accreditation Information

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The Pierce College Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and is accredited with conditions by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.

Additional Information

See the Nursing Program Student Handbook and the Nursing Curriculum page for additional information.

If you are interested in applying for our nursing program, please click the link below for next steps.

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