On Campus 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.