Associate Degree in Nursing

Two female nurses in a simulated nursing lab.

If you are part of the 1223 grad cohort, please check your BC email for info re: NCLEX sent on 19th Dec 2023.

If you are a current or prospective nursing student with the Associate Degree program, please direct all questions to “Associate Nursing Degree”

Changes to Fall 2023, and beyond, cohort requirements:

  • All nine prerequisite courses must be completed prior to applying.
  • When taking or transferring Engl&101 or Engl 201 AND CMST 250, 252 or 280, you must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to be considered.
  • TEAS score is a minimum of 70% in all content areas.

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

The most recent accreditation decision made by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation for the Bellevue College nursing program is continuing accreditation with a probationary status through June 15, 2024.

Update to accreditation status (June 2023). The National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) Board of Commissioners met on June 14-15, 2023 and placed the Bellevue College, Associate Degree in Nursing Program on probationary status for a period of one year (June 2023 – June 2024). Full information regarding the probationary status is provided on the NLN CNEA website, under the June 2023 Board of Commissioners actions:

Please contact the Acting Associate Dean of Nursing at should you have any questions regarding the probationary status of the program.

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Why choose our ADN program?

  • 90% 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. The next Info Session will be mid-Nov and will focus on the Spring 2024 part-time program.

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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.

There are no current plans to change any Covid policy or procedures as of July 31, 2023.

Last Updated March 26, 2024