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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 Accreditation

The Lower Columbia College Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

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

Eligibility for Registered Nurse Licensure by State: July 2020

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Nursing Program Director at Lower Columbia College has reviewed RN licensing requirements of the 50 states, District of Columbia, US Virgin Islands, and Guam to determine potential eligibility of LCC nursing program graduates for licensure in that state/territory. Based on available information at this time, it appears that LCC graduates likely meet licensing requirements for all of the above. Several states require that the applicant must be at least 18 years old (such as Hawaii, New Jersey and New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina), and several require a valid social security number (such as Hawaii, Guam, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada). Information was inconclusive for Northern Marietta Islands and American Samoa.

Many states are “Compact States” (currently 33) and allow RNs to practice in their state with an active license in another compact state. For more information and a current list of these states, please see the NCSBN website.

Information is current as of July 30, 2020. Any errors are unintentional.

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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