ACEN-Seal-Color-WebNational Accreditation by ACEN  

3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

Nursing Program Changes 2015 Application Scoring

The nursing program has revised application requirements and scoring. Effective fall 2015 (and applications due spring 2015),
  • Applications will be granted an additional 0.25 points for a prior degree or for any military veteran with an honorable discharge or for 1,000+ hours of documented NAC employment. This is an 'either / or' score, not cumulative; i.e., someone with a prior degree and an honorable discharge, may be granted 0.25 points.
  • Personal statements will continue to be given a score between 0 and 20, and then used as a tiebreaker, when needed.
  • The seven prerequisite classes have not changed.

Please contact Entry & Advising to discuss your unique situation.

What is the nursing program?

Students who complete the nursing program at WCC receive an Associate in Science in Nursing (AS-Nursing) Degree.

Students are then eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs). 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. The WCC program has a very high retention rate for students accepted to the program, and WCC nursing graduates pass the NCLEX at a rate well above the national average. WCC's nursing program uses an integrated curriculum which does not allow an entry at the second year for LPNs, nor does the first year prepare students to sit for the LPN NCLEX.

Additional information, including what to expect and additional requirements once accepted into the Nursing program, can be found in the Nursing Program Student Handbook.

Find out more at an information session

Applying to the program

What can I do as a registered nurse?

Registered Nurses practice in a collaborative health care team with physicians, allied health professionals, social service providers, clients/patients, and others in the healthcare environment. Registered Nurses are required to use decision-making skills, communication techniques, health teaching strategies, and delegation skills in assisting individuals who are experiencing health care problems to progress toward an optimal level of health and wellness.

Degree information

International Student Health Mentor Project

Whatcom’s Student Nurses of Tomorrow (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.

National Accreditation by ACEN

3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review by ACEN


Whatcom Community College wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its ASN Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 3:30 pm on October 21, 2014 at the Health Professionals Education Center Room #203, 475 Stuart Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

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