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Whatcom’s nursing graduates eclipse national licensing pass rate
Students who complete the nursing program at Whatcom Community College earn an Associate in Science degree in Nursing (AS-Nursing) and are then eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs).
Graduates of Whatcom Community College’s nursing program consistently pass the NCLEX at rates far above the national average. This includes a 100% pass rate for the each of the past five graduating cohorts! These stellar results are a reflection of the academic rigor of the program curriculum, the caliber of the faculty members, and the commitment of the students.
WCC's nursing program is dedicated to fostering and nurturing the caring, compassion, critical thinking, problem solving, and lifelong learning skills needed by leaders in professional nursing. Students who complete the nursing program at WCC receive an Associate in Science degree in Nursing (AS-Nursing).
International Student Health Mentor Project
Whatcom’s Student Nurses of Whatcom (S.N.O.W.) club has been working on a project with International Programs in which second year nursing students are paired with international students to help the latter learn how to navigate the health resources available to them in the community and, through quarterly workshops, develop good health and nutrition habits and stress-coping mechanisms, among other skills that are particularly helpful while living abroad.
Click here or more information about this collaborative project.
Community invited to campus open house on June 19
5/18/2015 10:45:00 AM
Start planning for summer quarter (July 1 - Aug 21) now!
5/18/2015 10:35:00 AM
WCC student leaders present social justice conference
5/23/2015 8:00:00 AM
What are the standards to be successful in the nursing program?
Students of Whatcom Community College's nursing program must be able to meet these minimum standards with or without reasonable accommodation, for successful completion of the program requirements. Students must be capable of meeting these skills requirements in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. There are no substitutes for these essential skills. The applicant must also be able to perform these skills throughout the course of the program. The essential functions include:
- Regular access to high-speed internet access
- Sensory and motor function
- Conceptual, integrative and qualitative
- Behavioral and social skills, professionalism
It is the policy of Whatcom Community College to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with a disability so they can meet these required standards, if requested by the student. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis and will be provided as long as it does not fundamentally alter the nature of the program, impose undue hardship, expense or difficulty, or is unduly disruptive to the educational process. Reasonable accommodation does not mean that students with disabilities will be exempt from certain tasks; it does mean that WCC will work with students with disabilities to determine whether there are ways the college can assist the student toward completion of the tasks.
Are there any special requirements for students in the nursing program?
The nursing program is full-time, very demanding and requires significant study time. It is highly recommended that students admitted to the program limit their outside obligations, particularly work hours. The first four quarters average 18 hours per week in the classroom with an expectation that students work up to 20 hours per week outside of class on homework assignments. The final quarter is full-time clinical affiliations scheduled at 40 hours per week.
Health care workers are required to have current CPR, TB tests, measles vaccination and hepatitis immunization. Students are also required to undergo drug screening and a national criminal history background check. Students are required to have these completed and current before entering into their clinical experiences.Uniforms are necessary. The student is responsible for dressing according to the policy in the Nursing Program Student Handbook. A name tag and a watch with a second hand are also required for each clinical experience.
Can I take my nursing prequisites online?
Yes! Many prerequisites are offered through Whatcom Community College, Washington Online and other colleges around and outside of Washington State. Check with your academic advisor to make sure a prerequisite course will transfer to the Nursing program.