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Nursing Education

Industry Description

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Registered Nurses (RN) is expected to grow 16% from 2014-2024, faster than the average for other occupations. The median pay for an RN in 2016 was $68,450or $32.91/hour. Retirement of a large number of "baby boomers", chronic disease management, and longer life expectancies are all factors in the ongoing national shortage of nurses. In the future, more focus will be placed on preventive care, patient education, and community management of chronic diseases and nurses are essential in this objective. All associate level RNs are strongly encouraged to pursue further education in nursing to at least the Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) level to provide the most effective evidence-based nursing care in this ever changing healthcare environment.


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, 

Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP (Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program) Degree.
Graduates who complete the Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. Passing the NCLEX-RN exam and completion of this transfer degree provide the general education and nursing courses for direct transfer with only one additional year of study to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at four-year institutions in Washington state. While the agreements with baccalaureate institutions assure the transfer of credit, the admission to a particular university program is not assured. Each institution has separate admission criteria which can be based on grades and other considerations.

Practical Nursing Certificate (Please Note: Practical Nursing Certificate option is not accredited by ACEN.)
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 ADN courses and additional coursework in the summer quarter are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). If successful, they are licensed as practical nurses (LPN).

Career Opportunities
Nursing Careers
  • Acute Care (Emergency, Medical-Surgical, Critical Care)
  • Specialty Areas (Labor & Delivery, Pediatrics)
  • Community (Physician Office, Public Health, Department of Corrections)
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities


Many scholarships are available for nursing students through the Walla Walla Community College Foundation office. Application deadline for these scholarships is March 21st. If questions, please contact Denise Marr at 508-527-4275 or [email protected]. Other scholarships may be available as well; check with the Financial Aid Office, Foundation Office, and on the Nursing Program bulletin boards.

Other Information
The Nursing Program strongly encourages applicants to complete as many of the nursing degree requirements as possible prior to the application deadline. These courses provide points towards an applicant's Nursing Admission Rating score for the competitive admission process. All applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Skills (TEAS V) test prior to application and must meet the nursing assistant state testing or certification requirement prior to admission; please plan accordingly. For a full description of the requirements for admission to nursing core classes please see the Nursing Admission Guide.