RN Program


Full-time, face-to-face

The face-to-face 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.

Whatcom Community College offers a two-year Associate in Science Degree Program to prepare graduate nurses to take the NCLEX-RN exam. The RN degree contains prerequisite courses including study in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, general education/related instruction requirements such as English, statistics and social science, and the RN core courses and practical clinical experience.

The full-time, on campus RN program spans six, full-time quarters beginning each fall, with summer off. Students accepted into the program should be prepared for academic rigor and significant time commitment to ensure academic success.

Students must complete the prerequisite courses and requirements before applying to the program. The prerequisite courses may be completed at another college or university and transferred to WCC. There is a competitive entry process for acceptance into the RN program.

Nursing core courses must be taken in sequence. The program is a rigorous and academically demanding course of study. It is recommended that students admitted to the RN full-time 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.

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.


Cost of the core RN program


  Tuition  Fees  books  Supplies  other  total 
Resident   $7,980 $1,250  $1,400  $400  $415  $11,445 
 Non-Resident $18,370  $1,250  $1,400  $400  $415  $21,835 

Quarter-by-Quarter Course Sequence

The full-time, face-to-face Nursing course sequence includes...
 first year
 NURS 160 Introduction to Pharmacology concepts         2
 NURS 161 Introduction to Nursing Concepts with Practicum        12
 NURS 162  Nursing Concepts with Practicum l        12
 NURS 163  Nursing Concepts with Practicum ll        12
 NURS 261 Nursing Concepts with Practicum lll        12 
 NURS 262  Nursing Concepts with Practicum lV        12
 NURS 263  Nursing Concepts with Practicum V        12



First-Aid / CPR Requirements

Due to a change in policy at our facility partners, Nursing students must have a current American Heart Association: Health Care Provider Course CPR certification. This replaces the former requirement of the American Red Cross First Aid / CPR.