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Industry Description
Nursing is the largest health care profession, nationally, regionally and locally. Employment for RNs will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. There will always be a need for nurses in hospitals, but an increasing number of nurses will be employed in home health, long-term care, and ambulatory care settings.  

Department Overview
The Associate Degree Nursing Program at WWCC is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission: 310 Israel Rd., Tumwater, WA 98501, phone (360) 236-4700, ( The Associate Degree Nursing Program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing- ACEN (formerly called the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission- NLNAC): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.
Phone (404) 975-5000.(

The Associate Degree Nursing Program encompasses two professional levels of nursing: Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing. The college also has an NA (Nursing Assistant) program (see Allied Health). Graduates, upon successful completion of the licensing examination, may practice at the designated level.
The Practical Nurse is able to recognize and meet the basic needs of the client while providing nursing care under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed physician in routine nursing situations. Students who complete the first year courses and additional coursework in the summer quarter are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nursing. If successful, they are licensed as practical nurses (LPN). Please note, the Practical Nursing certificate option is not accredited by ACEN.
The Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) or AAS-T Nursing degree utilizes the nursing process to provide and/or supervise client care while maintaining responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided in complex and varied situations. Graduates who complete the ADN program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nursing. If successful, they are licensed as Registered Nurses (RN).

Students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Nursing should consult with a pre-nursing advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended transfer institution to determine an appropriate education plan. WSU offers Bachelors and Masters degrees in nursing onsite at WWCC. For more information call or email Linda Miller at 509.372.7202 or

Career Opportunities
  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Office/Clinic Nurse
  • Extended Care Facility Nurse
  • Home Health Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Charge Nurse


Scholarships are available through the WWCC Foundation Office (ext. 4275). Scholarships other than those listed below may be available from time to time; check with the Financial Aid Office, Foundation Office and the bulletin boards in the nursing department.

  • Amalia Greenwald Baker/Peggy Baker Henry Scholarship in Nursing
  • James Borgman Memorial Scholarship in Nursing
  • LaRue Rice Memorial Scholarship and Special Need Assistance in Nursing (2nd Year Only)
  • 40 and 8 Scholarship(should be used in last quarter of their last year)
  • Rebekah Lodge #2(usually two students)
  • Mary Hare Alumni Memorial Scholarship
  • Mildred A Marshall Light Memorial Scholarship in Nursing
  • The Morris and Adelle Ganguet Scholarship in Nursing
  • PEO Scholarships in Nursing(usually two, must be women)
  • Washington League for Nursing Scholarship
  • St. Mary Alumni Scholarship
  • Multi-Cultural Scholarship
  • Ruby Blum Memorial Scholarship for Science Majors
  • Mary Garner Esary Scholarship
  • AAWWCC Scholarship
  • Altrusa Scholarships
  • Carolyn Desjardins Memorial Scholarship (must be a woman)
  • Columbia County Scholarship (if student is from Dayton)
  • Rasty Ketcherside Scholarship (if student is from Dayton or Waitsburg)
  • Harold and Helen Shepherd Scholarship (first preference given to students from Pomeroy area)
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship (Clarkston campus)
  • Lewis & Clark Chapter 135 Women of the Moose Scholarship (Clarkston campus)
  • K.B. Wells Scholarship (must go to a student of color)
  • Avista Minds in Motion Scholarship (Clarkston campus, student of color)
  • Kristen Elizabeth Johnson Scholarship (a 2nd year nursing student)
  • John Isley Scholarship in Nursing
  • James and Marybelle Savage Scholarship in Nursing
  • Micheal W. Gillespie Scholarship
  • Carrie Welch Trust Scholarship
  • Undesignated Foundation Scholarships

Other Information
The Associate Degree Nursing Program strongly encourages students to complete as many of the nursing support courses as possible before entrance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. These courses provide points toward admission. For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see