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Big Bend Community College Nursing

What degree and opportunities are available?

  • BBCC provides a career ladder program. Our programs are accredited by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
  • Successful completion of the one-quarter nursing assistant program prepares students to take the Washington State Certification Examination. Successful completion of the examination is required to be a Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C).
  • Successful completion of the Level II 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.
When can I apply and start course work?

  • Program prerequisites and support courses may be started any quarter. Acceptance and enrollment into non-nursing courses must be completed through BBCC’s application and enrollment process.Courses transferred from other educational institutions must be reviewed and approved by BBCC college personnel.
  • Complete applications may be submitted to the Registration Office beginning March 15th. Applications received after the deadline may be considered for admission to the alternate pool only if the class is not filled for the upcoming school year. (See nursing program packet for annual deadline).
How many times a year do you offer enrollment?

  • New applicants to the nursing program are accepted for the fall quarter only.
  • Transfer and returning students are eligible for consideration any quarter, contingent upon a space-available basis and fulfilling the program requirements.
What is TEAS testing?

  • Please click here for more information on the TEAS testing.
  • If you would like to schedule a test date please contact Kristen Young at our BBCC testing center 509-793-2064
What prerequisites are required for the program?

  • Please see Prerequisites and Nursing Courses
  • Transfer credits for prerequisites may be accepted from other colleges. However, you must apply to BBCC in order to apply to the program.
I’m already an LPN: What can I do to get my RN?

Licensed practical nurses may seek advanced placement in the program. In order to be eligible for advanced placement, the LPN must have met the minimum requirements for admission and have completed all of the other Level I corequisite courses as outlined in this packet before admission.

  • The application process for LPNs is outlined below:
    • Submit a letter of intent to the Director of Health Education Programs.
    • Submit an application for admission
    • Submit transcripts from each college and institution attended
    • Submit three recent letters of recommendation from past and current employers. These letters should be sent directly to the Director of Health Education Programs
How long does it take to complete the program?

  • The program for the Associate Degree in Nursing program is 2 years after admission.
  • Prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the nursing program.
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