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If you enjoy helping people and want to make a real difference in patient care, consider a career in nursing.

Our ACEN-accredited nursing program prepares you for licensure as a registered nurse in a variety of health care settings. Your training will include nursing courses, hands-on practice in the nursing simulation laboratory, computer-assisted instruction and supervised clinical experiences. As a graduate of the program, you could enter a bachelor of science in nursing program as a junior or senior (depending on the pathway you choose) at a four-year university. You can learn more about the program below or in the Nursing Program Handbook.

Whether you want to work in a hospital, extended care center, home health care agency, physician office, mental health facilities, or other area of specialty, this program will open doors to many exciting career opportunities in the nursing field.

Mission Statement

SCC’s Nursing Program meets community needs by preparing graduates for entry-level practice in a variety of health care settings. The Nursing Program offers quality, student-centered education, emphasizing critical thinking skills, clinical reasoning, patient-centered care, and lifelong learning. Nursing students are provided with the opportunity to succeed in a supported environment that enhances individual and professional growth through academic, personal and professional development. Nursing graduates are well prepared to transfer their nursing degree credits in pursuit of their next step in their educational plan. The nursing program reflects SCC’s Mission in its support of a diverse community of adult learners.

Frequently Asked Questions

For questions regarding the program in general, visit our General Frequently Asked Questions page. For questions about accreditation, visit our Accreditation page. If you have questions about the admissions process, see our Frequently Asked Questions About Admissions PDF.

  1. The Nursing Assistant graduate will provide patient care and assist with patient basic daily needs in hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, extended care facilities, convalescent centers and home health care settings.
  2. The Nursing Assistant graduate will complete the required forty-eight (48) didactic hours in the classroom and fifty (50) supervised clinical hours in a skilled nursing facility.
  3. The Nursing Assistant graduate will be able to care for patients in a variety of health care settings and will recognize physical, social and emotional patient needs, and will care for these patients and meet their needs in a caring manner.
  4. The Nursing Assistant graduate will be eligible to take the Washington State Certified Nursing Assistant test, which includes a written and skills test with minimal competency according to the state standards.

Nursing assistants care for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospice, and in the home. This course introduces students to this fulfilling career, covering basic nursing assistant skills, patient and family relationships, health care teams and legal issues. CPR and HIV/AIDS training is included in this course.
This course prepares students to provide direct patient care in a variety of health care settings. The Nursing Assistant Certified has direct contact with the patients and residents in these settings in the process of providing care for their basic daily needs. Students learn to recognize the patient’s physical, social and emotional needs and to care for these patients and meet their needs in a caring manner.
Required: Background check and 100 percent attendance in lecture and clinical required to qualify to take the Nursing Assistant Certification exam.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Program Credits: 6

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
NURS 108
Nursing Assistant Certified  
Total Credits

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.

Estimated costs for completing this program

WA Resident
Military Tuition Assistance Program
$ 741
$ 1,067
$ 1,908
$ 593
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 45
$ 45
$ 45
$ 45
Institutional Fees
$ 96
$ 96
$ 96
$ 96
Total Costs
$ 1,584
$ 1,910
$ 2,751
$ 1,436

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Spokane Community College located in Spokane, Washington is accredited by the:
Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Spokane Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Board of Nursing (WABON).

Year Completion Rate Completed in 6 quarters (100% of Nursing Program length) NCLEX Pass Rate
2019 77% 82.5%
2020 85% 96.59%
2021 76.5% 93.42%
2022 68% 82.78%

The Spokane Community College nursing program meets the requirements for licensure in Washington State. The nursing program has not made a determination that the curriculum meets the requirements for licensure in any other state/jurisdiction. Please check with the state/jurisdiction where you hope to be licensed. 

Licensure Requirements by State (Resource is from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing):

To easily find professional nursing licensure requirements (RN, PN, and APRN programs), please click on the button below and select the states/jurisdictions where you want to know their professional licensure requirements.

Disclaimer: NCSBN has gathered this information from a variety of sources. Although NCSBN has made every effort to provide complete, accurate, and up-to-date information, NCSBN makes no warranties, express or implied, or representations as to the accuracy or reliability of this information. The information is fluid and evolving. Spokane Community College and NCSBN assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained in this resource.

Admission to the nursing program is a competitive admissions process. You will find more information about the competitive admission process by visiting the Admissions Process links. Once all pre-requisite requirements are met, please contact the Health Sciences counselor in SCC Building 1 to review your transcripts and be advised regarding the competitive admission scoring process.

Applications to the nursing program are generally accepted:

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

Nursing Application Workshops

Join us via Zoom to learn the ins and outs of the SCC Nursing/DTA application. Choose one of the following sessions and send an inquiry to for the meeting link and password:

  • Tuesday, March 12, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Wednesday, April 10, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP at SCC the following outcomes are expected of the graduate:

Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP Pathway

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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