Associate Degree in Nursing

Two female nurses in a simulated nursing lab.

If you’re applying for the full-time Fall 2023 cohort, please ensure any transfer credits have been submitted for review by Feb 15, 2023.

If you’re interested in attending an Informational Session, sign-up today. Our next virtual session is Tuesday Feb 7th, 2023.

What does the ADN program prepare you to do?

This program prepares graduates for beginning level clinical practice as Registered Nurses. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. The license to practice nursing in the State of Washington is granted by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.  To be eligible to write the NCLEX (the nursing licensure exam), the commission requires you to provide information about physical/mental conditions and any filed criminal charges.

The Bellevue College Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). The ADN program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

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Why choose our ADN program?

  • 96% first attempt NCLEX Pass Rate
  • Emphasis on all areas of nursing, i.e. Med-Surg, Pediatrics, Ambulatory clinics, and OB-GYN
  • Prioritize working adults
  • Study full-time or part-time.

Are you ready to apply?

First, watch our video overviewing the application process, including a tour of our simulation labs.

Second, use the Application Dates page to find out important dates for the application.

Third, look at our Plan of Study that lays out the 6-quarter and 10-quarter programs.

Fourth, go to the Application Instructions Overview webpage to apply.

Sign up for an Information session. There will be two Info Sessions focused particularly for the Fall 2023 full-time program – one in early Feb and one in March. After March, the next Info Session will be mid-July and will focus on the Winter 2024 full-time program.

The Bellevue College Associate Degree Nursing Program curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for the national certification that is required for employment in the United States. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) administers the exam.   

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the associate degree nursing program at Bellevue College meets the state education requirements for a registered nursing license in the states of Washington. Washington State Department of Health is the agency responsible for individual licensure.   

Oregon licensure requires, in addition, seven hours of pain management-related CE for licensure.   

Bellevue College has not determined if the associate degree nursing program at Bellevue College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Please contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed. 

Nursing Professional Licensure spreadsheet.

Nursing: Directory of State Boards Offices

More information for Out of State students can be found at:

NCLEX & Other Exams | NCSBN

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops the NCLEX exam to test the competency of nursing school graduates in the U.S. and Canada.

Many of our clinical partner are requiring that clinical students be fully vaccinated, or even have a booster, against COVID-19 regardless of whether the student qualifies for a religious or medical exemption as an accommodation from the College. Therefore, if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 (regardless of whether you qualify for a religious or medical exemption), Bellevue College likely will not be able to place you in a clinical site, which means you will not be able to complete the program you have started.

Please ensure you regularly check your Bellevue College email and see our website for details which will be updated by November 1, 2022, in determining if there is space and a Covid policy change in the Winter 2023 cohort that may allow you to continue your program. There are no current plans to change any Covid policy or procedures as of June 2, 2022.

Last Updated January 18, 2023