Accreditation

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Bellevue College's ADN program is NLN-CNEA Accredited

The Bellevue College Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. (February 2019 – February 2025)

The ADN program is also approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Find information regarding health care providers, regulations for professional practice and contact information. The Department of Health works to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State.

Department of Health
PO Box 47865
Tumwater, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 236-4700
Fax: (360) 236-4818
Physical location: 310 Israel Rd, Tumwater, WA 98501

Overview

The Bellevue College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program has been accredited—without interruption–since its inception in 1969. In 2020, it was ranked the #6 ADN program in Washington by Nursing Schools Almanac 2020.

Recently, the ADN program changed accrediting agencies to the National League for Nursing, Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). The change in accrediting agencies resulted in current students no longer being eligible for clinical placements at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System. All other clinical partners continue to host Bellevue College ADN students.

FAQ’s

Is the program accredited?

Yes, currently, the program is accredited by NLN CNEA for the period of February 2019 through February 2025 and meets all of the quality educational standards evaluated by NLN CNEA and the Washington Department of Health, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The only change is that current students are no longer eligible for student clinical placement in the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.

Are ADN students still eligible for licensure?

Absolutely! The change in accrediting agencies does not affect ADN students’ eligibility for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.

Are ADN program graduates eligible to work at the VA after they are licensed?

No, not unless they go on to seek the BSN from BC or another college whose program accreditation is recognized by Department of Education.

What about BSN students at BC?

Bellevue College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program accreditation is with a different agency and is approved by U.S. Department of Education, therefore students from the BSN program are welcome at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Please reach out to the program at: bellevueADN@bellevuecollege.edu

Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Bellevue College's RN-BSN Program is CCNE Accredited

The RN-BSN program at Bellevue College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The RN-BSN program is also approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC).

Last Updated November 13, 2020