Academic Options

The nursing program functions within the framework of the mission and goals of Bellevue College. As part of the larger community, the nursing program builds upon the college’s mission by preparing students for life-long learning by offering a high-quality, flexible, and accessible education. Our programs are responsive to the changing needs of the community, and are representative of the diverse demographics of the college. The nursing program provides full and equal access to opportunities for educational advancement.

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Step 1: Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC)

Certified nursing assistants have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide daily care to patients and clients who are unable to care for themselves. Certification can be used as a stepping stone into nursing or other healthcare professions. This profession is expected to grow faster than average in the next eight years—11% according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published in 2016 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Step 2: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Our program prepares graduates for beginning level clinical practice as Registered Nurses through an associate degree in nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Washington is granted by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.


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Step 3: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

The Bellevue College RN to BSN program builds upon the academic foundations and experience of the Associate Degree prepared nurse. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing is the basic foundation of the RN to BSN program.


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Step 4: Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

Classes and workshops for Healthcare Professionals.


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Step 5: RN Refresher (RNR)

Our RN refresher program is for registered nurses who have not been actively practicing, have been working in nursing positions other than acute care, or need to reactivate their Washington State license.

Last Updated March 1, 2019