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Big Bend Community College Nursing

General Program Information

The Nursing program provides an environment in which students are encouraged to develop a systematic approach to problem solving and acquire the knowledge and skill to meet the health needs of the individual, the family and the community during health and/or illness. The programs offer a multi-dimensional series of experiences. Using the classroom, skills laboratory, clinical sites and simulation, students gain a wide variety of experiences to prepare them for the healthcare work environment.

Career Ladder Program

BBCC utilizes a “ladder” concept of nursing education, which provides students with an opportunity to seek gainful employment at three levels.

Nursing Assistant Program (NA-C)

BBCC Nursing 6Successful completion of the one-quarter program prepares students to take the Washington State Certification Examination. Successful completion of the examination is required to become licensed as Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C). This program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Certified Nursing Assistants work in community, long-term, and acute care settings. NA-C certification is a requirement for application into the Level I Associate Degree Program.

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Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN)

Successful completion of the ADN program prepares the student to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of the exam and subsequent licensure allows the student to enter the workforce as a Registered Nurse. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission and the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. In 2010, the program received continuing accreditation through ACEN: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Individuals interested in becoming a Nurse in the State of Washington may visit www.WACenterforNursing.org for additional information.

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