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 Nursing as a Registered Nurse with duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: Associate Degree in Nursing; Associate in Applied Science - T Degree

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $4,930.48

Admission Dates: Fall quarter

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.

The program is designed to meet the 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.

The 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.

Students are 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.

All prerequisites must be completed before you apply.

Application Process: Because of an extensive wait list, at this time weare not accepting applications. Check the college website for updated information.

Employability Requirement: Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and meet state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check, in order to apply for licensure. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure. Physical Activity: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds) and handling body fluids. Nurses are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student nurse must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Students must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from bed to a chair, commode, or cart.

Program Length: 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.

Admission Dates: Fall quarter.

This is an evening program with clinical rotations on weekends (both Saturday and Sunday).

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, infant, and AED under the guidelines of the American Heart Association. Online CPR courses are not accepted.

Documentation of Immunizations

Documentation will be required by June 25 of the year the 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 vaccine is 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

Course # Course Name Credits
NURS 202 Pharmacology I 3
NURS 206 Pharmacology II 3
NURS 207 Complex Medical Surgical I 3
NURS 212DIV Caring for Women and the Childbearing Family 4
NURS 217 Client Care: Management Practice I 4
NURS 219 Complex Medical Surgical II 3
NURS 220 Caring for the Pediatric Patient  4
NURS 223 Complex Medical Surgical III 3
NURS 228 Complex Physical Health Assessment and Nursing Skills 6
NURS 230 Complex Mental Health Nursing 4
NURS 242 Client Care: Management Practice II 5
NURS 240 Perspectives in Professional Nursing 3
NURS 238CAP Capstone Clinical 5
  Total Credits for Completion 50