Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Application Instructions

ADN Application Instructions

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.

Apply to Bellevue College

Applicants to the ADN program must apply for general admission to Bellevue College and attend the new student orientation. This guides students through the basics of being a BC student, including signing up for classes, financial aid, campus resources, Canvas, etc.

Any applicant who attended schools other than Bellevue College must submit official transcripts and a then submit a transfer credit request.

Go to ADN Prerequisite Validation information to submit a request.

  1. Fill in the correct personal information  
  2. Select Professional/Technical Associate Degrees under ‘What type of degree…’  
  3. Select Health & Science under ‘Professional/Technical Associate Degree Area.’  
  4. Select Nursing AAS-T (RENNUAAS) under ‘Associate Degree Title – Health & Science Area.’  

Please submit your transfer credit request by the priority deadline so your application may be fully considered. You can see when requests are processed by visiting the Student Central Dashboard.

Go to our Associate Degree in Nursing Prerequisites page for more information. There are 9 prerequisites that must be completed before starting in the program.

Currently, we do not differentiate between online and in-person lab for our science prereqs. This is not expected to change for Academic Year 2023-2024, or 2024-2025. If this does change, we will update appropriately.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS™) assesses preparedness for the Associate degree in Nursing (ADN) program with questions on Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage.

No other test or coursework may substitute for the TEAS™ exam.

  • Minimum score: 70% in all content areas (no rounding up to that percentage)
  • Retakes: No limit on number of retakes.
  • Expiration date: 2 year
  • Fees: varies online or at other locations.
  • Reports: Official ATI reports do not need to be sent to Bellevue College. Submit score report with application.

Where to take the TEAS™

TEAS™ Resources

  • ATI TEAS™ prep
  • If students retake the TEAS, we encourage them to use previous test results to focus their preparation for retaking the test.

Complete your NAC (or other qualifying license) AND your BLS certifications.

  1. Applicants must first complete Nursing Assistant training and/or certification as Medical Assistant-Certified (MA-C), or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) before applying to the program.
    1. You can meet this requirement in one of the following ways:
      • Complete your Nursing Assistant training at a Washington State Community/Technical College.
      • Obtain your Washington State NAC Certification (can be expired or current).
      • Obtain MA-C to substitute for the NAC requirement (can be expired or current).
      • Obtain EMT Licensure to substitute for the NAC requirement (can be expired or current).
      • Obtain LPN Licensure to substitute for the NAC requirement (can be expired or current).
  2. Students are also required to complete Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association BLS Provider certification. Students can take BLS classes at Bellevue College.

Red Cross and other AHA certifications are not accepted.


The Bellevue College Nursing program will use CommonAPP starting Winter 2024 cohort to collect and review applications. All applicants must submit all parts of their application within CommonAPP.

Please select Transfer degree when setting up your CommonAPP account.

Go to our Associate Degree in Nursing Clinical Passport page for information.

Applicants to the ADN Program must be prepared to participate in clinical courses. This includes getting the appropriate vaccinations as outlined in the Clinical Passport, training in BLS/CPR and AIDS/HIV, and a background check.

Clinical Passport for ADN students

Clinical Participation Requirements

Clinical Passport Tutorial

All applicants to the ADN program must sign the following acknowledgement. Students at any external sites or practicum are required to follow the business, local, state, and federal requirements. This may include vaccination requirements. Bellevue College does not make any guarantees of placement for practicum or external sites to students not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Practicum facilities and businesses may deny not fully vaccinated students or students without a booster shot(s) access to their site which may result in an inability or delay to fulfill academic requirements. Alternatives to clinical work and site placements may not be available and these students may not be able to finish the program.

Use the ADN admissions criteria PDF for guidance on what is required for Fall 2023-Spring 2024 applicants.

Use the PDF instructions to assist in uploading a video in YouTube.

If you cannot access Step 7, the admissions criteria PDF, you can download the file below.

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.

Return to ADN Program Page

Last Updated July 16, 2024