The Lower Columbia College Nursing Program has a long history of preparing graduates to be compassionate and competent nurses. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN®).

The AN DTA/MRP degree and RN licensure prepare graduates for transfer as seniors to the following institutions in Washington: Heritage University, Pacific Lutheran University, St Martin's University, Seattle Pacific University, UW Bothell, UW Seattle, WSU, WWU and Western Governors University. Additional options for continuing on in nursing education are available. For information about continuing your education in nursing with LCC partners, please see the University Center.

Applications for the full program are accepted twice a year, for a total of 60 openings – 20 students begin fall, winter, and spring quarters. Applications for entering LPNs are accepted once a year. Approximately 48 LPNs are selected in August for the LPN2RN eLearning program option which begins in September. The campus-based program has 4 to 6 openings each fall, winter, and spring quarter for LPNs to opt-in. These 12-18 LPN applicants are selected for admission in August each year. A Nursing Assistant course is available. Entry to the Nursing Program is not required for this course.

Our Mission

We are committed to providing excellence in nursing education that encompasses critical thinking, competencies in the role of provider of care, manager of care and member in the discipline of nursing, with an emphasis on life-long learning.

Our Approval and Accreditation

The Lower Columbia College Nursing Program (Registered Nurse - Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP) is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Washington State Nursing Commission
111 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
(360) 263-4700 / (800) 525-0127

The Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP nursing program at Lower Columbia College located in Longview, WA is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400,
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Eligibility for Registered Nurse Licensure by State

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the nursing program at Lower Columbia College is known to meet the state education requirements for a registered nurse license in the states of Washington and Oregon. Lower Columbia College has not determined if the nursing program meets the state education requirements of any other state or any U.S. Territory. Those seeking registered nurse licensure in any state or U.S. Territory outside of Washington or Oregon are advised to contact the state regulatory agency for the state for which this information is needed. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has resources that may be helpful, including links to every Nursing Practice Act.

Contact information for each State Licensing Board

Our Faculty & Staff

We are here to help you reach your educational goals. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help! Our contact information is at the bottom of every page. Or see the full list of all nursing faculty and staff.

Contact Nursing Programs

We are located on the second floor of the Health & Science Building. Stop by during regular office hours, or call (360) 442-2860 to make an appointment. For a full list of all nursing faculty and staff, please see our Contact Us page.

General Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Health & Science Building, 2nd floor
   (360) 442-2860
Fax: (360) 442-2879

Nursing Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Program Coordinator
  (360) 442-2860

Nursing Program Advising

  Donovan Tate, Health Careers Specialist
  (360) 442-2351

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