For Immediate Release
January 24, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for a Lower Columbia College and Washington State University-Vancouver pilot program for Registered Nurses seeking to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The application deadline to enter the program in Fall 2014 is Feb. 1.

Participants in the program will complete coursework through online studies and may meet clinical requirements in local healthcare facilities. Pending approval by the Nursing Commission, classes are scheduled to begin in August.

Eligible applicants include Registered Nurses who earned an Associate of Arts/Direct Transfer Agreement degree from LCC (or other community college in Washington State) with a minimum cumulative grade point of 3.0. RN's who have not yet completed the transfer degree requirements can work with an LCC advisor to identify courses needed prior to qualify for the RN-BSN program.

In a community survey last year, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) was among the bachelor's degree programs most in demand by local residents. In a survey of nurses at local healthcare facilities, more than 50 RNs expressed interest in having a local option to complete a BSN from WSU Vancouver. The majority of the approximately 80 LCC nursing students scheduled to graduate this year plan to continue their education in nursing to advance their careers.

LCC and WSU Vancouver nursing programs have been working together for the past year to develop a cohort program that meets industry standards while serving the needs of local RNs for a non-commuting option to advance their education.

For additional information contact:

Jenny Schrock, WSU Vancouver nursing advisor, at 360-546-9618 or

Admissions information is available online at

Additional information about the program is available at

News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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