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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
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||3-year mean WCC
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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
Job placement rates*
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*Sources: 2014-2016 - surveys of program alumni conducted approximately six months after graduation; 2017-2018 - alumni self-reporting directly to program
What are the standards to be successful in the nursing program?
Students of Whatcom Community College's nursing program must be able to meet these minimum standards with or without reasonable accommodation, for successful completion of the program requirements. Students must be capable of meeting these skills requirements in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. There are no substitutes for these essential skills. The applicant must also be able to perform these skills throughout the course of the program. The essential functions include: Observation, Communication, Motor, Intellectual/Conceptual, and Professional Conduct. Please see the Nursing Student Handbook for details.
It is the policy of Whatcom Community College to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with a disability so they can meet these required standards, if requested by the student. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis and will be provided as long as it does not fundamentally alter the nature of the program, impose undue hardship, expense or difficulty, or is unduly disruptive to the educational process. Reasonable accommodation does not mean that students with disabilities will be exempt from certain tasks; it does mean that WCC will work with students with disabilities to determine whether there are ways the college can assist the student toward completion of the tasks.
Are there any special requirements for students in the nursing program?
The nursing program is full-time, very demanding and requires significant study time. Faculty highly recommends that students admitted to the program limit their outside obligations, particularly work hours. The first five quarters average 18 hours per week in the classroom with an expectation that students work up to 20 hours per week outside of class on homework assignments. The final quarter is full-time clinical assignments scheduled at 40 hours per week.
Health care workers are required to have current CPR, TB tests, measles vaccination, and hepatitis immunization. Students are also required to undergo drug screening and a national criminal history background check. Students are required to have these completed and current before entering into clinical experiences.Uniforms are necessary. The student is responsible for dressing according to the policy in the Nursing Program Student Handbook. A name tag and a watch with a second hand are also required for each clinical experience.
Can I take my nursing prerequisites online?
Yes! Many prerequisites are offered through Whatcom Community College, Washington Online and other colleges around and outside of Washington State. Check with your academic advisor to make sure a prerequisite course will transfer to the Nursing program.