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

Changes to Whatcom's nursing program prerequisites

WCC’s nursing program is adding prerequisites, all of which must be completed prior to the program application deadline. This includes students intending to apply in spring of 2016 to start the nursing program in fall of 2016.

New prerequisites include General Biology (BIOL& 160) and General Psychology (PSYC& 100). Most students have already taken or plan to take these to move on to classes such as Microbiology (BIOL& 260) and Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200). Additional new prerequisites include five (5) credits of any Oral Communications (OC) course. The Nursing program recommends, but does not require include Interpersonal Communication (CMST& 210), Public Speaking (CMST& 220) or Small Group Communication (CMST& 230). Finally, applicants must also have 10 credits of Humanities courses. These include subjects such as art, music, philosophy, film, etc.

These additional prerequisites will not count toward your RN application score and do not require a specific, minimum grade. This change may have an impact on your academic plan as well as your Financial Aid status, including adding summer courses to finish in time. If you have questions or would like to review your course history with an Advisor, please call 360.383.3080 to schedule a planning appointment.

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, clinical reasoning, 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.

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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