Nursing

Once required prerequisites are completed, this is a two-year selective admissions program, designed to prepare students to become registered nurses (RN).

The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 33343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, (800) 669-1656 ext. 153 and approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, Department of Health, P O Box 47860, Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-236-4700.

The curriculum in nursing provides didactic education and clinical experience in medical, surgical, pediatric, behavioral health, maternity, and gerontological nursing.

To be considered for acceptance into the program, students must follow specific admission guidelines, published annually and updated as needed. Please refer to the nursing website for any significant changes occurring between publications.

Students planning to enroll in this program should be aware that a criminal history investigation will be required and may affect their continued enrollment. The applicant should also be aware that some clinical facilities are randomly screening for drug usage.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (RN-NCLEX). Although students receive a degree from BC, the actual license to practice nursing in the state of Washington is granted by the Department of Licensing, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and the Commission stipulates requirements for licensure.

College courses typically have a ratio of one credit hour to one clock hour (hour of attendance) per week. Nursing theory courses (X courses) have this 1:1 ratio. For example, Nursing 100X is a 7 credit course with an average of 7 clock hours per week for a TOTAL of 77 clock hours over the 11 week quarter. Nursing lab courses (Z courses) have a 1:2 ratio. For example, Nursing 100Z is a 5 credit course with an average of 10 clock hours per week for a TOTAL of 110 clock hours over the 11 week quarter.

Applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) to apply to the program. This must be done within one year of the application date.
Students in the Nursing program must earn a C (2.0) or better in all courses required for a degree or certificate.

 

Associate in Applied Science-T Degree
Nursing

The AAS-T combines technical courses required for job preparation and college level general education courses. These degrees are designed for the dual purpose of immediate employment and preparation for the junior year in a Washington state bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree program. The AAS-T degree generally
will not be accepted in transfer-in preparation for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees although the general education component of the degree will
be accepted in transfer.

Once required prerequisites are completed, the 6-10 quarter selective admissions nursing program prepares students to become registered nurses (RN). Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, the curriculum provides didactic education and clinical experience in medical, surgical, pediatric, behavioral health, maternity, and gerontological nursing. To be considered for acceptance into the program, students must follow specific admission guidelines, published annually on the Nursing website.

Students in the Nursing Program must earn a C (2.0) or better in all courses required for a degree or certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills & abilities described below:

  • Apply the standards of professional practice, be accountable for their own actions and practice nursing within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks
  • Assist the client to manage change, develop more satisfying interpersonal relationships, and integrate new knowledge and skills.
  • Collect information in an orderly fashion from multiple sources to establish a foundation for provision of nursing care, identify available resources and perform ongoing assessment to meet the client’s changing needs.
  • Identify individualized solutions and deliver accurate, safe care that moves the client and support person(s) toward positive outcomes.
  • Create an environment in which cultural values, beliefs, and lifestyles of the client are respected.
  • Promote and facilitate informed decision making, and support self-care activities of the client.
  • Collaborate with the client and health care team in planning and delivering care
  • Manage client care through efficient, effective use of human, physical, financial, and technological resources

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Note: this course requires either BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211) 6
BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 6
BIOL& 260 F Microbiology 6
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 6
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
MATH 130 F Introduction to Statistics 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
Writing Sample: All qualified applicants must take a COMPASS E-Writing Assessment
Full Time: Must be completed before starting the nursing program. Part Time: Must be completed by graduation.

Program Co-Prerequisite

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
CMST 280 Intercultural Communication 5

Note

There are two options. Take courses in only one option, not both.

Full Time Option (6 Quarters)

First Year – First Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NURS 100X Foundations of Nursing 7
NURS 100Y Foundations of Nursing Skills Lab 2
NURS 100Z Foundations of Nursing Clinical 3
First Year – Second Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NURS 101X Nursing Care of the Adult Client I 6
NURS 101Y Nursing Care of the Adult Client I Skills Lab 1
NURS 101Z Nursing Care of the Adult Client I Clinical 5
First Year – Third Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NURS 102X Nursing Care of the Adult Client II 6
NURS 102Y Nursing Care of the Adult Client II Skills Lab 1
NURS 102Z Nursing Care of the Adult Client II Clinical 5
Second Year – Fourth Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NURS 220X Maternal/Child Health Nursing 7
NURS 220Y Maternal/Child Health Nursing Skills Lab 1
NURS 220Z Maternal/Child Health Nursing Clinical 4
Second Year – Fifth Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NURS 217X Gerontology Nursing 3
NURS 221X Clinical Education IV 6
NURS 221Z Behavioral Health Clinical 3
Second Year – Sixth Quarter
Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NURS 222X Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 6
NURS 222Z Transition to Professional Nursing Practice Clinical 6

Part Time Option (10 Quarters)

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
NOTE: Consult the website for updated course information and 10 quarter schedule.
NURS 100X Foundations of Nursing 7
NURS 100Y Foundations of Nursing Skills Lab 2
NURS 100Z Foundations of Nursing Clinical 3
NURS 111X Acute Care Nursing I Theory 6
NURS 111Y Acute Care Nursing I Skills Lab 2
NURS 111Z Acute Care Nursing I Skills Clinical 5
NURS 112X Acute Care Nursing II Theory 2
NURS 113X Acute Care Nursing III Theory 4
NURS 113Z Acute Care Nursing III Clinical 5
NURS 114X Gerontology Nursing 1
NURS 230X Mental Health Nursing Theory 6
NURS 230Z Mental Health Nursing Clinical 4
NURS 231X Pediatric Nursing Theory 4
NURS 231Y Pediatric Skills Lab 1
NURS 231Z F Pediatric Nursing Clinical 3
NURS 233X Maternal/Newborn Nursing Theory 3
NURS 233Z Maternal/Newborn Nursing Clinical 1
NURS 234X F Professional Role Transitions 6
NURS 234Y Professional Role Transitions Skills Lab 1
NURS 234Z Professional Role Transitions Clinical 6

Professional or technical program offerings and course requirements listed in this website may be altered by the college to reflect the needs of industry, student interests and availability of resources.

This website is designed as a tool to assist in making degree selection decisions, but may not be up-to-date in all instances. Please review worksheets with an advisor to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

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