Thinking about starting the Nursing Program in 2012?
The prerequisites and program requirements have changed. Please view the 2012-13 guidelines for application (full-time option) [PDF] and the Nursing Program website.
Once required prerequisites are completed, this is a two-year selective admissions program, designed to prepare students to become registered nurses (RN). The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 33343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, (800) 669-1656 ext. 153 and approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, Department of Health, P O Box 47860, Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-236-4700. The curriculum in nursing provides didactic education and clinical experience in medical, surgical, pediatric, behavioral health, maternity, and gerontological nursing. To be considered for acceptance into the program, students must follow specific admission guidelines, published annually and updated as needed. Please refer to the nursing website for any significant changes occurring between publications. Students planning to enroll in this program should be aware that a criminal history investigation will be required and may affect their continued enrollment. The applicant should also be aware that some clinical facilities are randomly screening for drug usage. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (RN-NCLEX). Although students receive a degree from BC, the actual license to practice nursing in the state of Washington is granted by the Department of Licensing, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and the Commission stipulates requirements for licensure.
College courses typically have a ratio of one credit hour to one clock hour (hour of attendance) per week. Nursing theory courses (X courses) have this 1:1 ratio. For example, Nursing 100X is a 7 credit course with an average of 7 clock hours per week for a TOTAL of 77 clock hours over the 11 week quarter. Nursing lab courses (Z courses) have a 1:2 ratio. For example, Nursing 100Z is a 5 credit course with an average of 10 clock hours per week for a TOTAL of 110 clock hours over the 11 week quarter.
Applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) to apply to the program. This must be done within one year of the application date.
Students in the Nursing program must earn a C (2.0) or better in all courses required for a degree or certificate.
Associate in Applied Science-T Degree Nursing – AAS-T
The AAS-T combines technical courses required for job preparation and college-level general education courses. These degrees are designed for the dual purpose of immediate employment and preparation for the junior year in a Washington state bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree program. The AAS-T degree generally will not be accepted in transfer-in preparation for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees although the general education component of the degree will be accepted in transfer.
Once required prerequisites are completed, the 6-10 quarter selective admissions nursing program prepares students to become registered nurses (RN). Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, the curriculum provides didactic education and clinical experience in medical, surgical, pediatric, behavioral health, maternity, and gerontological nursing. To be considered for acceptance into the program, students must follow specific admission guidelines, published annually at http://bellevuecollege.edu/nursing/.
Degree recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:
- Apply the standards of professional practice, be accountable for their own actions and practice nursing within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
- Assist the client to manage change, develop more satisfying interpersonal relationships, and integrate new knowledge and skills.
- Collect information in an orderly fashion from multiple sources to establish a foundation for provision of nursing care, identify available resources and perform ongoing assessment to meet the client's changing needs.
- Identify individualized solutions and deliver accurate, safe care that moves the client and support person(s) toward positive outcomes.
- Create an environment in which cultural values, beliefs, and lifestyles of the client are respected.
- Promote and facilitate informed decision making, and support self-care activities of the client.
- Collaborate with the client and health care team in planning and delivering care.
- Manage client care through efficient, effective use of human, physical, financial, and technological resources.
|Course No.||Course Name||Credit Hrs.|
|BIOL& 241||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||6|
|BIOL& 242||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||6|
|CHEM& 121||Introduction to Chemistry||6|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|MATH 130||Introduction to Statistics||5|
|PSYC& 200||Lifespan Psychology||5|
|Writing Sample: All qualified applicants must take a COMPASS E-Writing
|Full Time:||Must be completed in spring or summer quarter before starting the nursing program.|
|Part Time:||Must be completed by graduation.|
|CMST 280||Intercultural Communication||5|
|Full Time - 6 Quarters|
|FIRST YEAR - FIRST QUARTER|
|NURS 100X||Foundations of Nursing||7|
|NURS 100Y||Foundations of Nursing Lab||2|
|NURS 100Z||Foundations of Nursing Clinical||3|
|FIRST YEAR - SECOND QUARTER|
|NURS 101X||Nursing Care of the Adult Client I||6|
|NURS 101Y||Nursing Care of the Adult Client I Lab||1|
|NURS 101Z||Nursing Care of the Adult Client I Clinical||5|
|FIRST YEAR - THIRD QUARTER|
|NURS 102X||Nursing Care of the Adult Client II||6|
|NURS 102Y||Nursing Care of the Adult Client II Lab||1|
|NURS 102Z||Nursing Care of the Adult Client II Clinical||5|
|SECOND YEAR - FOURTH QUARTER|
|NURS 220X||Maternal/Child Health Nursing||7|
|NURS 220Y||Maternal/Child Health Nursing Lab||1|
|NURS 220Z||Maternal/Child Health Nursing Lab||4|
|SECOND YEAR - FIFTH QUARTER|
|NURS 221X||Behavioral Health & Gerontological Nursing||7|
|NURS 221Z||Behavioral Health & Gerontological Nursing Lab||5|
|SECOND YEAR - SIXTH QUARTER|
|NURS 222X||Transition to Professional Nursing Practice||6|
|NURS 222Y||Transition to Professional Nursing Skills Lab||1|
|NURS 222Z||Transition to Professional Nursing Practice Lab||5|
|Part Time - 10 Quarters|
|NURS 110X||Nursing Fundamentals Theory||7|
|NURS 111X||Acute Care Nursing I Theory||6|
|NURS 110Y||Nursing Fundamentals Skills Lab||1|
|NURS 110Z||Nursing Fundamentals Clinical||4|
|NURS 111Y||Acute Care Nursing I Skills Lab||2|
|NURS 112X||Gerontology Theory||1|
|NURS 111Z||Acute Care Nursing I Skills Clinical||6|
|NURS 113X||Acute Care Nursing II Theory||2|
|NURS 113Z||Acute Care Nursing II Clinical||5|
|NURS 114X||Acute Care Nursing III Theory||4|
|NURS 230X||Mental Health Nursing Theory||6|
|NURS 230Z||Mental Health Nursing Clinical||3|
|NURS 231X||Pediatric Nursing Theory||4|
|NURS 231Z||Pediatric Nursing Clinical||4|
|NURS 232Z||Mental Health Out Patient Clinical||1|
|NURS 233X||Maternal/Newborn Nursing Theory||3|
|NURS 233Z||Maternal/Newborn Nursing Clinical||1|
|NURS 234Y||Professional Role Transitions Skills Lab||1|
|NURS 234X||Professional Role Transitions||6|
|NURS 234Z||Professional Role Transitions Clinical||6|
Professional or technical program offerings and course requirements listed in this website may be altered by the college to reflect the needs of industry, student interests and availability of resources.