Excellence in nursing education

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).

There is a very high retention rate for students accepted into WCC’s nursing 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 requirements once accepted into the Nursing program, can be found in the Nursing Program Student Handbook.

Find out more at an upcoming information session. These sessions cover a lot of information and will likely answer most of your questions.

Full-time, face-to-face

Whatcom’s nursing program is a full-time program requiring attendance in daytime lecture and lab classes, and both daytime and evening clinicals. Students will need reliable transportation since clinical sites may be located as much as an hour away.

The nursing degree contains prerequisite courses and requirements that must be completed with a grade of B (3.0 GPA) or better before applying to the core nursing program. There is a competitive entry process for acceptance into the nursing program.

The core nursing program spans six, full-time quarters beginning each fall, with summer off. Nursing core courses must be taken in sequence. Students accepted into the program should be prepared for academic rigor and significant time commitment to ensure academic success.

It is recommended that students admitted to the nursing program limit their outside obligations as much as possible. The program demands an average of 20 hours per week outside of class on homework assignments.

Quarter-by-quarter course sequence

 First Year
 Fall Quarter
 NURS 160
 Introduction to Pharmacology Concepts
 NURS 161
 Introduction to Nursing Concepts with Practicum
 Winter Quarter
 NURS 162
 Nursing Concepts with Practicum I
 Spring Quarter
 NURS 163
 Nursing Concepts with Practicum II
 Summer Quarter
 No classes
 Second Year
 Fall Quarter
 NURS 261
 Nursing Concepts with Practicum III
 Winter Quarter
 NURS 262
 Nursing Concepts with Practicum IV
 Spring Quarter
 NURS 263
 Nursing Concepts with Practicum V

Technology Requirements

Nursing students should have high-speed internet access and an up-to-date personal computer. The nursing program continues to incorporate current resources and technology including an increasing use of web-based, multi-media technologies. Most required textbooks will be electronic and a significant amount of classwork and assignments will be online. Dial-up and other slower internet connections will not be sufficient to meet their needs.

Click here to view technology and system requirements recommended by WAshington OnLine (WAOL). Internet connection speeds should be a download speed of at least 1.5 mbps. Click here to check your internet speed.