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The mission of the SCC nursing program is to assist in meeting the needs of the community by preparing graduates for entry-level practice in a variety of health care settings. The nursing program offers a high-quality and student-centered educational curriculum which emphasizes critical thinking skills and promotes lifelong learning. The program reflects the mission of Spokane Community College in its support of a diverse community of adult learners.

Our curriculum provides the opportunity for students to move from one level to the next, including advancing to a Bachelor of Science in nursing or a master's degree after graduation if the student desires.

This program of study includes both nursing and general education courses. Supervised clinical experience is provided in selected nursing areas.

RNs are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, extended care centers, home health care agencies, physicians' offices, mental health facilities, and corrections. RNs work under the direct supervision of a physician. New technologies are continually developing in the health care field, offering exciting and challenging career opportunities.

» Nursing Program Student Handbook


The Spokane Community College Nursing Program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The Spokane Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission.

310 Israel Rd.
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 236-4700.

Student Learning Outcomes

The department is dedicated to the idea that our students will demonstrate four critical Student Learning Abilities as they relate to our institution and the larger community: Responsibility, Communications, Problem Solving and Global Awareness.

Persons with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website: Addressing Student Concerns.

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Admissions Process

Please read the following information carefully so you fully understand the changes and what will be required as you apply to the SCC nursing program.

Clinical Requirements

Admission to take the nursing core courses is a competitive process. You will find more information about the competitive process by visiting the Nursing Core Courses Process links. Once all nursing required support courses are completed, please contact the Health Sciences counselor in SCC Building 15 to review your transcripts and be advised regarding the competitive scoring process and eligibility to complete the nursing core courses.

Application deadlines for eligibility to take the nursing core courses are:

  • March 15 - April 15 for fall quarter
  • September 15 - October 15 for spring quarter

Note: If the dates listed above fall on a weekend or holiday, the applications will be accepted the following business day.

What is the nursing program? (Click to open)

The nursing program is a sequence of six quarters:

  • After completing the 1st quarter, the student is eligible to take the examination for nursing assistant certification.
  • After completing the 2nd quarter, the student may become employed as a Nurse Technician.
  • After completing the 4th quarter, the student is eligible to take the practical nurse licensing examination.
  • After completing the program, the graduate is eligible to register and take the nursing licensure exam: The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Do students have much experience taking care of patients?

Students begin patient care in the first quarter of the program. Beginning students take care of patients in extended care facilities. In the second quarter of the program, they learn in acute care facilities, caring for medical and surgical patients. Students then have experiences caring for maternity and newborn patients, mental health patients, advanced and more complex medical-surgical patients, specialty areas, and patients in a variety of settings.

How often can students apply to take the nursing core courses?

Students can apply twice a year and begin the nursing core courses fall or spring quarters.

How is the program approved?

As of January 29, 2016, the Spokane Community College Nursing Program has been placed on conditional approval by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission.

What is the nursing program's pass rate on the national licensure exam?

SCC NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates
Year Graduate Cohort NCLEX Pass Rate
2012-13 Spring 2013 (N=66) 80%
2013-14 Fall 2013 (N=47) 87%
Spring 2014 77%
2014-15 Fall 2014 (N=48) 65%
Spring 2015 (N=41) 85%
2015-16 Fall 2015 83%
Spring 2016 80%
2016-17 Fall 2016 96%

What are the nursing program completion rates?

SCC Nursing Program Completion Data
Cohort Graduated On-time Graduated within 150% Attrition Rate
Fall 2011 Entering Cohort (N=68) 81% 88% 13%
Spring 2012 Entering Cohort (N=60) 67% 82% 18%
Fall 2012 Entering Cohort (N=54) 69% 74% 26%
Spring 2013 Entering Cohort (N=56) 70% 77% 23%
Fall 2013 Entering Cohort (N=55) 66% 73% 27%
Spring 2014 Entering Cohort (N=57) 88% 93% 7%
Fall 2014 Entering Cohort (N=58) 88% 91% 9%
Spring 2015 Entering Cohort (N=55) 89% 89% 11%
Fall 2015 Entering Cohort (N=64) 83% 86% 14%

Are the graduates able to find employment?

Our graduates are well-qualified for entry-level positions at a variety of health care facilities in the area. They find employment in the health care industry upon graduation.

Employment rates for SCC graduates who responded to a survey six to twelve months after graduation were the following:

  • Fall 2014 Graduate Cohort - 87%
  • Spring 2015 Graduate Cohort - 86%
  • Fall 2015 Graduate Cohort - 87%
  • Spring 2016 Graduate Cohort - 100%

* Alumni Employed as RNs six to twelve months after graduation

What can I expect for a salary in this area?

The entry-level salary for certified nursing assistants is about 25 to 50 percent above current minimum wage. The starting salary for licensed practical nurses is higher, and the entry-level salary for registered nurses is approximately $28-30 per hour for work in an acute care setting. Opportunities for advanced income vary greatly depending on the person’s skills, personality, work ethics, and employer.

How often can students apply to take the nursing core courses?

Students can apply twice a year and begin the nursing core courses fall or spring quarters.

How can I get further information and an application to take the nursing core courses?

Contact the Counseling Center at (509) 533-7026 to make an appointment with the counselor for the nursing program.

What is accreditation? (Click to open)

Accreditation "is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. In the United States, this recognition is extended largely through nongovernmental, voluntary membership associations that establish accreditation criteria, evaluate institutions against [those] criteria and approve institutions that meet the criteria." (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities)

SCC's nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The Spokane Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission.

What is the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)?

The ACEN is the entity that is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer either a certificate, a diploma, or a recognized professional degree (clinical doctorate, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical). - ACEN

How does program accreditation differ from program approval?

Program accreditation means a program meets specific national standards determined by an accrediting body, such as ACEN.

Program approval means a program meets standards defined by state rules and regulations. In the case of nursing, a program also must meet rules and regulations defined by the state Nurse Practice Act. State program approval allows nursing graduates to sit for the national certification exam (NCLEX) to be licensed as registered nurses.

In Washington, nursing program approval is determined by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission under the state Department of Health. This means SCC graduates can sit for the national certification exam (NCLEX).

SCC nursing faculty members believe there are varying levels of nursing practice that provide unique contributions to meet the health care needs of society. The Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree program builds on the practical nurse foundation, guiding the graduate to become a Registered Nurse. The curriculum allows each student to move from one level to the next including advancing to a Bachelor of Science, master's, or doctorate in nursing after graduation if the student desires.

In the nursing classes, the students have both supervised clinical experience and classroom theory. Students study introduction to nursing, medical-surgical nursing including gerontology and pediatrics, prenatal nursing, mental health nursing, and beginning management/leadership concepts. Required clinical rotation hours vary and may include early morning (6:00 AM), evening, and weekend hours one or two days per week.

In addition to the nursing classes, students take courses in biology, algebra, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, general psychology, lifespan psychology, English composition and liberal arts elective courses. Students must complete all required support courses with a 2.5 or better before applying to take the nursing core courses. Once all requirements are met, please contact the Health Sciences counselor in SCC Building 1 to review your transcripts and be advised regarding the competitive scoring process. Completion of required support courses with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above and a minimum 2.5 grade in each course is required. Students are admitted to begin the nursing core courses fall and spring quarters. Students receive an Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree upon completion of the six quarters of the program.

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Nursing Program Grading Policy

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Our nursing program is built on a standard of excellence. SCC has had a nursing program since 1946 with the introduction of a practical nurse program. The associate degree nursing program, which prepares the graduate for licensure as a registered nurse, began in 1970. Part of the success of the nursing program can be attributed to the fact that the students have access to a nursing practice laboratory, computer-assisted instruction, and a variety of excellent clinical settings. The campus Learning Resources Center provides a wealth of information for the student in the form of books, journals, DVDs, and electronic media. Students consistently practice the theories and skills learned in the classroom in the lab and in the clinical settings.



Shawn Mielke    (Graduated June 2010)

"I am grateful to SCC for opening up a very important doorway after graduation - one to my preferred specialty! I was fortunate enough to be allowed to do my senior capstone on the SHMC psychiatric unit, where I was approached by the nurse manager. This contact led to a supplemental position not long after graduation! It was, and continues to be, a very positive experience. Thanks again, SCC!"


Laurie Lee Potts    (Graduated June 2005)

"I am so thankful that I chose to attend SCC's nursing program to prepare for my career. They offer a wide variety of hands-on experiences that support book knowledge as well as instructors who knew when I needed to be shoved and when I needed to be hugged."

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Looking for resources to help you
land a nursing job?
Visit SCC's Student Success and
Career Services website


Washington Center for Nursing

Washington State Dept. of Health -
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Washington State Nurses Association

Washington State University
College of Nursing


The AfterCollege™ Nursing Job Resource Center website

provides an array of employment tools and resources.

Note: Spokane Community College does not assume any responsibility for the contents of the external and independent sites linked here.

Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
Alexander, Kimberly     Kimberly.Alexander@scc.spokane.edu
Allen, Mikel; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223 Mikel.Allen@scc.spokane.edu
Barrett, Cassie; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Cassie.Barrett@scc.spokane.edu
Beier, Crystalyn; Adjunct Faculty (509) 540-2302 009-0126b Crystalyn.Beier@scc.spokane.edu
Cameron, Deborah; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009 Deborah.Cameron@scc.spokane.edu
Caulk, Rachel; Faculty (509) 533-7134 009-0222 Rachel.Caulk@scc.spokane.edu
Clark, Sam; Adjunct Nursing Instructor (509) 599-0503 009-0145 Sam.Clark@scc.spokane.edu
Crowley, Jason; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009-0126B Jason.Crowley@scc.spokane.edu
Curtin, Elizabeth; Faculty (509) 533-7302 009-0024 Elizabeth.Curtin@scc.spokane.edu
Droter, Rebecca; Adjunct Faculty - NURS/NAC (509) 533-7311 009- Rebecca.Droter@scc.spokane.edu
Elston, Maureen; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Maureen.Elston@scc.spokane.edu
Flanigan, Rebecca; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Rebecca.Flanigan@scc.spokane.edu
Gartrell, Melody; Faculty (509) 533-7486 009-0025 Melody.Gartrell@scc.spokane.edu
Gaudette, Sandra; Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223 Sandra.Gaudette@scc.spokane.edu
Gillingham, Erin; Faculty (509) 533-8128 009-0134B Erin.Gillingham@scc.spokane.edu
Goodwin, Nicholas; Faculty (509) 533-8091 009-0118 Nicholas.Goodwin@scc.spokane.edu
Heffernan, Devin; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223 Devin.Heffernan@scc.spokane.edu
Hyden, Kari; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Kari.Hyden@scc.spokane.edu
Jarrett, Alani; Non-Instructional Academic (Lab Assistant) (509) 533-8151 009-0146A Alani.Jarrett@scc.spokane.edu
Johnson, Debbie; Nursing Clinical Placement Manager (509) 533-8410 009-0134A Debbie.Johnson@scc.spokane.edu
Johnson, Jeremiah; Adjunct Faculty (509) 481-7650 009-0126B Jeremiah.Johnson@scc.spokane.edu
Kimery, Dara; Adjunct Faculty (208) 446-8856 009-0126b Dara.Kimery@scc.spokane.edu
Kuznetz, Suzie; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223 Suzie.Kuznetz@scc.spokane.edu
Mahoney, Teresa; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223 Teresa.Mahoney@scc.spokane.edu
Merritt, Elizabeth; Adjunct Faculty (509) 251-1706 009-0126B Elizabeth.Merritt@scc.spokane.edu
Morasch, Sara; Adjunct Faculty (509) 459-8760   Sara.Morasch@scc.spokane.edu
Munoz, Michael; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Michael.Munoz@scc.spokane.edu
Nance, Christi; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Christi.Nance@scc.spokane.edu
Orth, Kimberly; Adjunct Faculty--Nursing (509) 533-7311 009- Kimberly.Orth@scc.spokane.edu
Pickering, Neal; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Neal.Pickering@scc.spokane.edu
Rahn, Linda; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223 Linda.Rahn@scc.spokane.edu
Rapoza, Sarah; Department Chair (509) 533-8622 009-0018 Sarah.Rapoza@scc.spokane.edu
Schlittenhart, Jean; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Jean.Schlittenhart@scc.spokane.edu
Schmidt, Kyra; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Kyra.Schmidt@scc.spokane.edu
Sells, Marty; Faculty (509) 533-7489 009-0227 Marty.Sells@scc.spokane.edu
Smith, Matt; NAC Instructor (509) 279-6230 050-112A Matt.Smith@scc.spokane.edu
Smock, Alison; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Alison.Smock@scc.spokane.edu
Trunkey, Darci; Adjunct Non-Instructional Academic (509) 533-8151 009-0146A Darci.Trunkey@scc.spokane.edu
Ward, Sonnye; Lab Assistant (509) 533-8151 009-0146 Sonnye.Ward@scc.spokane.edu
Warren, Stasia; Faculty (509) 533-7416 009-0226 Stasia.Warren@scc.spokane.edu
White, Amy; Nursing Lab Assistant (509) 533-8151 009-0146 Amy.White@scc.spokane.edu
Wintersteen-arleth, Laura; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009- Laura.Wintersteen-arleth@scc.spokane.edu
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