Nursing is one of the most diverse and exciting careers in today’s health care field.  It provides unlimited opportunities and intangible benefits for those who enter the profession.  Nursing is a career for those interested in a challenge, as well as those who seek the reward of caring for others.

Big Bend Community College’s Nursing Program combines classroom work with skills laboratory and clinical experiences to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience.  Nurses are educated to function in a variety of clinical situations that meet the diverse needs of individuals, their families, and communities. As students progress from simple to complex concepts, the primary goal of the school is to prepare students to become safe and responsible beginning nurses.

The Mission of the Nursing Program

The Primary purpose of the Nursing Program at Big Bend Community College is to prepare the students to become safe and responsible beginning practitioners.

We Believe that Nursing Education:

  • is a continuing process
  • builds on previous learning and experiences and requires the active involvement of the student
  • focuses on health for the individual, the family & the community


The Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and accredited by the ACEN: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Comments about this program may be directed to ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326. Phone: (404) 975-5000. Website:

All programs at Big Bend Community College are approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Nursing Contact

Nursing Faculty/Staff

Heidi Bratsch

Wiester, Heidi

Health Education Program Assistant
(509) 793-2137
Health Education Director, Wendy Farr

Farr, Wendy

Director of Health Education
(509) 793-2131
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Leaf, Hannah

Nursing Faculty
(509) 793-2139
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Gonzalez-Aller, Mercedes

Nursing Faculty
(509) 793-2136
Nursing Instructor, Katherine Christian

Christian, Katherine

Nursing Faculty
(509) 793-2130
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Koehn, Cortney

Nursing Associate Faculty
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