Nursing: RN Option Degree

Due to the current extensive wait list for the RN Option program we will not be opening the acceptance of applications to this program. Please continue to watch the website for any additional information. Those students who applied prior to November 1, 2013 and have received a targeted start date will not be affected by any changes to the application process.

Graduates of this program are educated in the field of Nursing as a Registered Nurse with duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code. The nursing programs at CPTC (1) are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and (2) have program approval through the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission Nursing Program Approval Panel (graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam). CPTC courses with an “&” in the course name are seamlessly transferable to other Washington State educational institutions. Upon successful completion of university prerequisites, the CPTC nursing graduate with an unrestricted and current RN license can pursue a BSN.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT or AAS-T

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $4,930.48

Admission Dates: Fall quarter

The program is designed to meet needs of practicing LPNs who desire additional education to progress to the role of a Registered Nurse. The combination of previous experience and further education via lecture and clinical practice prepares the student to assume the role of a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical settings. The student will receive the AAS-T degree upon successful completion of all prerequisites, nursing courses, and general educational courses required. After receiving the degree, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

RN Option program complies with all the guidelines set forth in WAC 246-840-575. The curriculum contains theory and clinical experiences in the areas of medical/surgical nursing, obstetric nursing, nursing of children, and psychiatric nursing. Clinical experiences will include opportunities for students to have direct involvement in and accountability for nursing care for patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Clinical experiences will include opportunities for the student to demonstrate assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care of diverse individuals and groups. Finally, history, trends, and legal and ethical issues pertaining to the nursing profession will be presented as a separate course; however, the concepts will be incorporated throughout.

This four quarter program is a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. A capstone clinical experience with a practicing Registered Nurse as preceptor will allow immersion into the role of the RN during a regular working schedule.

Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at clinical sites without proof of insurance.

Deadlines for submission of prerequisites will be June 25th of the year your class is forming.

Prerequisites: Students must complete the following:

  1. General education courses
  2. Certifications
  3. Required immunizations

General Educational Courses

Students must receive a grade of B or higher in the following required prerequisite courses:

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition (5 credits)
  • BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 with lab and (5 credits)
  • BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 with a lab (5 credits)
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology with lab (5 credits)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (5 credits)
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (developmental psychology) (5 credits)
  • CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry with lab (5 credits)
  • And one of the following math courses: MATH& 141 Precalculus I, or MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats, or MATH& 151 Calculus I
  • Speaking, understanding, and writing the English language is required

Certifications and Background Check(s)

The student must have an active, unrestricted LPN license in Washington State and 500 hours of employment experience as an LPN, verified by either documented work hours or a letter from your supervisor with a signature. Students will be required to pass a national and local background check with a result of No Record on File in order to continue in the program. Students must have current CPR for the Healthcare Provider training that includes adult, child, and infant, and AED under the guidelines of the American Heart Association (online CPR course not accepted).

Documentation of Immunizations

Documentation will be required by June 25th of the year student is expected to start. Immunizations are not required to submit an application. Immunizations include: Hepatitis B series plus positive titer, Tetanus/Diphtheria(Tdap), TB: (1) 2-step TB screening, OR (2) Quantiferum Gold TB test, or (3) history of past three years TB testing or (4) negative chest X-ray report with annual free note from physician. Measles/ Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or 1 injection and positive titer), Varicella (2) immunizations or positive titer. Seasonal flu and H1N1 are also required. Immunization requirements may change, based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies.

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (20 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in Communication: ENGL& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
NURS 208 Pharmacology for Professional Nursing 5
NURS 210 Transitioning to Professional Nursing 2
NURS 211 Advanced Physical Assessment and Nursing Skills 6
NURS 212DIV Caring for Women and the Childbearing Family 4
NURS 217CL Client Care: Management Practice I 4
NURS 218 Caring for the Pediatric Patient 3
NURS 222DIV Care of the Adult with Chronic Health Problems 4
NURS 224 Mental Health Nursing 4
NURS 227 Client Care: Management Practice II 4
NURS 233 Perspectives in Professional Nursing 2
NURS 236 Care of the Adult with Acute Health Problems 4
NURS 237CAP Capstone Clinical 6
  Total Credits for Completion 48