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Application deadline extended

The nursing program has extended the fall 2020 cohort application deadline through June 3, 2020 due to the disruption of COVID 19 on application and advising processes. Applications with postal date stamps for June 3 or earlier will be accepted as meeting the application deadline. 

New admission requirements, effective fall 2020

Beginning with the cohort starting fall 2020, applicants to Whatcom’s nursing program are no longer required to be currently certified as a nursing assistant in the state of Washington. However, Washington healthcare licensure/certification and experience in the following fields are evaluated for points toward the applicant’s entrance score: nursing assistant, medical assistant, paramedic, emergency medical technician, radiology technician, surgical technologist, home care aid, phlebotomist, pharmacy technician, physical therapist assistant, massage therapist, respiratory therapist or licensed clinical social worker. Veterans who served as military medics/corpsman may provide military documentation to demonstrate this training/experience. Other allied health professionals may be considered by request. Experience must have been obtained within five years of the application due date to be eligible for points. See the allied healthcare licensure/certification and experience verification form and mock scoring rubric for more details.

WCC graduates eclipse national licensing pass rate

WCC's nursing program is dedicated to fostering and nurturing the caring, compassion, clinical reasoning, problem solving, and lifelong learning skills needed by leaders in professional nursing. Students who complete the nursing program at Whatcom Community College earn an Associate in Nursing - Direct Transfer Agreement / Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) and are then eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs).

Graduates of Whatcom Community College’s nursing program consistently pass the NCLEX at rates far above the national average.

NCLEX-RN first attempt pass rates

Grad year
% passed WCC
% passed national
3-year mean WCC
3-year mean national
2015 93% 82% 97.6% 80.7%
2016 93% 82% 95% 82%
2017 97% 87% 94% 84%
2018 100% 88% 96.7% 86%
2019 96% 88% 97.6% 87.6%


These stellar results are a reflection of the academic rigor of the program curriculum, the caliber of the faculty members, and the commitment of the students. Further evidence of this are the program completion and job placement rates.

Program completion rates

Starting #
# completers
Rate %
2013-15 30 29 96.6%
2014-16 30 29 96.6%
2015-17 30 30 100%
2016-18 30 29 96.6%
2017-19 30 26 86.6%


Job placement rates*

Graduation year
% employed as RN within 6 months
2015 94%
2016 92%
2017 93%
2018 100%
2019 100%

*Sources: 2015-2016 - surveys of program alumni conducted approximately six months after graduation; 2017-2019 - alumni self-reporting directly to program


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