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Nursing

Nursing Program Overview

If you’re interested in building a rewarding career in the high-demand field of nursing, then Bellingham Technical College’s nursing program is for you!

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Learn more about your degree options, get information about the admissions process, and requirements for our program.

Program Options

There is one Nursing Program at BTC which has two degree options. The two-year associate degree Nursing Program is an Associate Degree in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (DTA/MRP) and uses a concept-based curriculum with a full-time option only. Advanced placement students who are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are accepted into the second year (4th quarter) of the program on a space available basis. These advanced placement students complete the same curriculum and graduate ready to sit for their National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), but their degree is an Associate in Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) degree. Academic preparation includes core courses in arts and sciences and those focusing on basic nursing skills and knowledge.

Degree Options

Associate Degree in Nursing DTA/MRP (2-year ADN): DTA/MRP cohort entry: This pathway is designed for students new to the nursing field. The Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP has been collaboratively developed by the Washington State community and technical colleges, in conjunction with the four-year universities in Washington State to create a shorter, smoother pathway to the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The Associate Degree in Nursing DTA/MRP is a 3+1 pathway. This means that students spend 1 year (3 quarters full-time) completing prerequisite coursework. They then spend 2 years (6 quarters full-time) completing core nursing courses. Between prerequisites and nursing courses, students will spend 3 years earning their Associate Degree. Upon graduation from BTC, students will be prepared to test for licensure as a registered nurse. Graduates will be eligible to apply for admission to state-approved RN-BSN programs at WA state colleges and universities where they will spend 1 year (4 quarters full-time) completing their BSN. DTA/MRP credits are transferable to Washington state RN-BSN programs and will meet most if not all General University Requirements (GUR). Applicants are encouraged to plan early for Baccalaureate Degree completion by meeting with an admissions advisor at their school of choice. The Nursing Program enters cohorts of 20 students in Fall, 20 students in Winter, and 20 students in Spring quarter for a total of 60 available cohort seats every academic year. Applicants must also have healthcare experience and submit an Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) transcript showing proficient or higher scores in all four assessment areas.

Associate Degree in Nursing Advanced placement (LPN-RN): This pathway is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to complete their Associate Degree in Registered Nursing. LPNs holding an active WA license may apply for advanced placement into a second year RN cohort. LPN students take three quarters of second year nursing classes. Upon completion students are prepared to test for licensure as a registered nurse and can apply for admission to state-approved RN-BSN programs at Washington State colleges and universities. The Nursing Program enters LPN students as advanced placement into a second year cohort (4th quarter) on a space-available basis. Applicants must have completed all applicable prerequisites and submit the Second-Year LPN application. Applicants must also have an active and unencumbered WA state LPN license and be able to provide verification of work experience as an LPN (documenting at least 1,000 hours of work experience as an LPN). In addition, all applicants must submit an ATI TEAS transcript showing “proficient” or higher in all four areas.

General Information

Student Handbook

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC). The NCQAC may be reached at PO Box 47864 Olympia, WA 98504-7864 360-236-4700 nursing@doh.wa.gov.

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The Commission may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Phone: (404) 975-5000, email: info@acenursing.org

This workforce solution is funded in part (17.7%) by a $2.7m grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information linked on sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership.

Bellingham Technical College is an equal opportunity institution. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon requests to individuals with disabilities – please contact Accessibility Resources at 360-752-8576 for information.

Employment Information

$63,128 starting annual wage

$78,146 average annual wage

$95,285 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Jobs & Employment

Nursing Job & Employment Outlook

About 97% of BTC Registered Nursing students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $78,146, with an earning potential of about $95,285 per year. Graduates of the BTC nursing program find top jobs in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, skilled home care, hospice, clinics, day-surgery centers, schools, and public health.

As the Baby Boomer population ages, the number of healthcare jobs in our community and beyond is rapidly growing. The demand for nursing program graduates is high: 97 percent of Bellingham Technical College’s nursing degree students have jobs within nine months of graduating. This workforce solution is funded in part (17.7%) by a $2.7m grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information linked on sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership. Bellingham Technical College is an equal opportunity institution. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon requests to individuals with disabilities – please contact Accessibility Resources at 360-752-8576 for information.

Potential Positions

Our graduates work in a variety of settings including acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, skilled home care, hospice, clinics, day-surgery center, schools, and public health.

Courses

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • NURS 110Introduction to Health Concepts4 credits

    This course introduces the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts within each domain including: Elimination, Tissue Integrity, Sensory Perception, Cognition, Health, Wellness and Illness, Mobility, Comfort, Spirituality and Culture, Professional Behaviors, Communication, Assessment, Clinical Decision Making, Teaching and Learning, Foundational Nursing Skills, Legal issues, and Safety. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills and simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences at local elder care agencies, assisted living and long-term care facilities.

    Prerequisite:
    Acceptance into the Nursing program.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 19
  • NUTR 115Nutrition in Healthcare I1 credits

    Examines the scientific, economic, cultural, ethnic, and psychological implications of nutrition in relation to health across the lifespan and in the context of healthcare professions through an integrated format with theory NURS 110.

    Prerequisite:
    Acceptance into the Nursing program.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 19
  • PHIL 115Ethics and Policy in Healthcare I1 credits

    Explores values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people and groups within the context of the healthcare professions through an integrated format with theory NURS 110.

    Prerequisite:
    Acceptance into the Nursing program.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 19
  • PSYC 115Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare I1 credits

    Examines some determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of health care through an integrated format with theory NURS 110.

    Prerequisite:
    Acceptance into the Nursing program.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 19
  • NURS 115Introduction to Health Concepts- Clinical Lab6 credits

    This course introduces the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts within each domain including: Elimination, Tissue Integrity, Sensory Perception, Cognition, Health, Wellness and Illness, Mobility, Comfort, Spirituality and Culture, Professional Behaviors, Communication, Assessment, Clinical Decision Making, Teaching and Learning, Foundational Nursing Skills, Legal issues, and Safety. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills and simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences at local elder care agencies, assisted living and long-term care facilities.


    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16ARRJOHNSON DOpenings: 19
  • Quarter 2
  • NURS 120Health and Illness Concepts 15 credits

    This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of acid base balance, fluids and electrolytes, inflammation, metabolism, mobility, oxygenation, perfusion, thermoregulation, culture and diversity, development, spirituality, assessment (pediatric variations), caring interventions and self-care, clinical decision making, and documentation.

    Prerequisite:
    NURS 110, NURS 115, NUTR 115, PHIL 115, and PSYC 115 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KWaitlisted: 0
  • NUTR 116Nutrition in Healthcare II1 credits

    Examines the scientific, economic, cultural, ethnic, and psychological implications of nutrition in relation to health across the lifespan and in the context of healthcare professions through an integrated format with theory NURS 120.

    Prerequisite:
    NUTR 115 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KWaitlisted: 0
  • PSYC 116Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare II1 credits

    Examines some determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of health care through an integrated format with theory NURS 130.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC 115 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KWaitlisted: 0
  • NURS 125Health & Illness Concepts 1- Clinical Lab6 credits

    This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of fluid and electrolyte, acid base balance, oxygenation, metabolism, thermoregulation, perfusion, inflammation, mobility, infection, developmental concepts, family, health/wellness/illness, variations of physical assessment (pediatrics), communication, clinical decision making, caring and self-care. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills and simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences at same day procedural units, community based agencies, acute care, assisted living and long-term care facilities.


    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16ARR 6:30a-3:00pFOLLMAN KWaitlisted: 0
  • Quarter 3
  • NURS 130Health & Illness Concepts 23 credits

    This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of comfort, immunity, oxygenation, perioperative care, sensory perception, sexuality, addiction, family, stress and coping, teaching and learning, advocacy, ethics, informatics, safety, and care of the family are introduced.

    Prerequisite:
    NURS 120, NURS 125, NUTR 116, and PSYC 116 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 5
  • PSYC 117Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare III2 credits

    Examines some determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of health care through an integrated format with theory NURS 130.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC 116 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 5
  • NUTR 117Nutrition in Healthcare III1 credits

    Examines the scientific, economic, cultural, ethnic, and psychological implications of nutrition in relation to health across the lifespan and in the context of healthcare professions through an integrated format with theory NURS 130.

    Prerequisite:
    NUTR 116 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-11:30aKENNEDY HOpenings: 5
  • NURS 135Health & Illness Concepts 2- Clinical Lab6 credits

    This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of oxygenation, metabolism, perfusion, cellular regulation, sexuality, mobility, infection control, comfort, stress, coping, grief, mood, addictive behavior, self, family, community, violence, health/wellness/illness. Concepts of professional behaviors, patient educator, collaboration, safety, health care systems, evidence based practice, informatics are introduced. These concepts are applied at on-campus theory, skills and simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences through local community based agencies, acute care, assisted living and long-term care facilities.


    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16ARR 6:30a-3:00pCARSON TOpenings: 5
  • Quarter 4
  • NURS 210Acute Health Concepts5 credits

    This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of fluid and electrolyte, acid base balance, elimination, oxygenation, metabolism, intracranial regulation, thermoregulation, perfusion, inflammation, tissue integrity, mobility, infection control, stress/coping, family, health/wellness/illness, hospitalized individual, communication, clinical decision making, advanced clinical skills, patient educator, collaboration, managing care, safety, advocacy, informatics , point of care documentation, clinical decision and support systems. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills and simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences at inpatient regional facilities with focus on adult medical surgical acute care, and assisted living.

    Prerequisite:
    NURS 130 and NURS 135 with a B- or better or acceptance into LPN-ADN Pathway.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 4
  • NUTR 215Nutrition in Healthcare IV1 credits

    Examines the scientific, economic, cultural, ethnic, and psychological implications of nutrition in relation to health across the lifespan and in the context of healthcare professions through an integrated format with theory NURS 210.

    Prerequisite:
    NUTR 117 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 4
  • PHIL 215Ethics & Policy in Healthcare II1 credits

    Explores values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people and groups within the context of the healthcare professions through an integrated format with theory NURS 210.

    Prerequisite:
    PHIL 115 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 4
  • NURS 215Acute Health Concepts- Clinical Lab6 credits

    This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of fluid and electrolyte, acid base balance, elimination, oxygenation, metabolism, intracranial regulation, thermoregulation, perfusion, inflammation, tissue integrity, mobility, infection control, stress/coping, family, health/wellness/illness, hospitalized individual, communication, clinical decision making, advanced clinical skills, patient educator, collaboration, managing care, safety, advocacy, informatics , point of care documentation, clinical decision and support systems. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills and simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences at inpatient regional facilities with focus on adult medical surgical acute care, and assisted living.


    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16ARR 6:30a-3:00pCARSON TWaitlisted: 0
    4/4-6/16ARR 2:30p-11:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 4
  • Quarter 5
  • NURS 220Complex Health Concepts4 credits

    This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of acid base balance, newborn thermoregulation, perfusion, reproduction, development, cellular regulation and cancer, comfort, violence, communication, collaboration, managing care, ethics and mastering previously learned concepts. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills and simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences at inpatient regional facilities with focus on specialty nursing areas and assisted living.

    Prerequisite:
    NURS 210 and NURS 215 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
  • NUTR 216Nutrition in Healthcare V1 credits

    Examines the scientific, economic, cultural, ethnic, and psychological implications of nutrition in relation to health across the lifespan and in the context of healthcare professions through an integrated format with theory NURS 220.

    Prerequisite:
    NUTR 215 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
  • PSYC 215Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare IV1 credits

    Examines some determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of health care through an integrated format with theory NURS 220.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC 117 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
  • NURS 225Complex Health Concepts- Clinical Lab6 credits

    This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of acid base balance, newborn thermoregulation, perfusion, reproduction, development, cellular regulation and cancer, comfort, violence, communication, collaboration, managing care, ethics and mastering previously learned concepts. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills and simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences at inpatient regional facilities with focus on specialty nursing areas and assisted living.


    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCOTT KOpenings: 10
    4/4-6/16ARR 2:30p-11:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 10
  • Quarter 6
  • NURS 230Professional Nursing Concepts3 credits

    This course is designed to assimilate the concepts within the three domains of individual, nursing and healthcare. Emphasis is placed on oxygenation, tissue integrity, clinical decision making, health policy, health care systems, legal issues, evidenced based practice and mastering previously learned concepts. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills/simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences. The opportunity to be mentored in professional nursing practice is provided through preceptor-guided experiences in a variety of community based and inpatient regional facilities as assigned.

    Prerequisite:
    NURS 220 and NURS 225 with a B- or better

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-11:30aHUMEN JOpenings: 3
  • PHIL 216Ethics & Policy in Healthcare III3 credits

    Explores values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people and groups within the context of the healthcare professions through an integrated format with theory NURS 230.

    Prerequisite:
    PHIL 215 with a B- or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16TWThF 9:00a-11:30aHUMEN JOpenings: 3
  • NURS 235Professional Nursing Concepts- Clinical Lab6 credits

    This course is designed to assimilate the concepts within the three domains of individual, nursing and healthcare. Emphasis is placed on oxygenation, tissue integrity, clinical decision making, health policy, health care systems, legal issues, evidenced based practice and mastering previously learned concepts. These concepts are applied through on-campus theory, skills/simulation labs and off-campus clinical experiences. The opportunity to be mentored in professional nursing practice is provided through preceptor-guided experiences in a variety of community based and inpatient regional facilities as assigned.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 3
  • Pre-Program
  • BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW 5:30p-8:30pWESTER LOpenings: 15
    4/5-6/19MWF 1:00p-3:00pWESTER LOpenings: 13
  • BIOL& 241Human A & P 15 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. Biol& 241 includes anatomy survey; tissues; and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF 8:30a-11:15aHORNE KOpenings: 8
    4/8-6/17Sa12:00p-4:00pVANDENBERG AOpenings: 14
  • BIOL& 242Human A & P 25 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. Biol& 242 includes circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 241 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AOpenings: 3
    4/4-6/20T 5:30p-9:30pVANDENBERG AOpenings: 10
  • BIOL& 260Microbiology5 credits

    Exploration of microbial world with a focus on medical microbiology for students in the health field. Areas of study include classification of microbes, life cycle, metabolism, control, and common infectious diseases of the human body. Laboratory component will demonstrate procedures to identify and control microbes.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW 5:30p-9:00pOLAH AOpenings: 2
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:30a-12:00pOLAH AWaitlisted: 6
  • CHEM& 121Introduction to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MW 8:30a-11:30aYAMAMOTO KOpenings: 18
    4/8-6/17Sa 8:30a-11:30aMALO GOpenings: 13
    4/4-6/20TTh 1:00p-4:00pWESTER LOpenings: 9
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 19
    4/4-6/20T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20Online NELSON NOpenings: 15
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 credits

    Fundamental concepts and basic tools of descriptive and inferential statistics. How to describe data and make reasonable conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken. Topics include: sampling distribution patterns, organization of data, sampling methods and experimental design, probability and simulation of random events, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression and basic hypothesis testing. Internet/computer access and graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    4/5-6/19MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 15
    4/4-6/20Online KHRAMOV AOpenings: 6
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/19MWF10:10a-11:30aSMITH MOpenings: 21
    4/5-6/19MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 25
    4/4-6/20Online MUDD SOpenings: 11
  • PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5 credits

    A systematic study of the developmental processes in humans from conception to late adulthood. Special emphasis will be given to the topics of physical development, cognitive development, and personality/social development.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC& 100 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 9
  • Communications (elective)5 credits

  • Humanities (electives)10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS135 credits

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • Nursing Admissions Process 1.25.17
  • DTA/MRP Program Start

    Spring 2017 New Admission Process!!!

    New Admissions Process Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    The application window will open on Dec. 5 for the Spring Quarter Nursing Cohort. We will be offering cohort seats to 20 students to start in April. Completed application packets will be accepted in Admissions beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 5, and qualified students will be added onto the Annual Program List for Nursing (APL-N) on a first-come first-served basis. Applicants on the APL-N will be offered cohort seats beginning the second week of January

    Academic Year 2017-2018: Program will be entering Fall, Winter and Spring!

    New Admissions Process Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    For academic year 2017-2018, the application window for all three cohorts (Fall, Winter and Spring) will open the second Monday of July. Completed application packets will be accepted in Admissions beginning at 8 a.m. July 10, and students will be added onto the Annual Program List for Nursing (APL-N) on a first-come first-served basis. Applicants on the APL-N will be offered cohort seats for Fall, Winter and Spring quarter after the first week of August. The APL-N will remain open for complete applications through Fall and Winter and will close at the beginning of Spring quarter. Once the APL-N is closed at the beginning of Spring quarter, it will be cleared and students will need to reapply. Applications will not be retained past the academic year applied for.

  • LPN Advanced Placement Program Start

    LPN’s who are interested in applying to the Nursing program should meet with an advisor to plan a course of study. Please call Jennifer Tachiyama at 360-752-8481 or email at Jennifer.tachiyama@btc.edu to make an appointment.

    Program will be entering LPNs into the second year Fall, Winter and Spring of 2017 on a space available basis

    As we are transitioning to the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) all LPN's as of July 1, 2017 will be required to have the additional 5 credits of Communications and 10 credits of Humanities.

    Advanced Placement Admission Process

    Second Year Nursing Program (LPN) Application

Testing Requirements

  • The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS).

    Applicants must score at the "PROFICIENT" level or higher in each of the four areas, see the detailed table in the handout titled “ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills” .

    ATI Test for Essential Academic Skills Handout

Pre-Program Course Requirements

NOTE: As we are transitioning to the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) all LPN’s after June 2017 will be required to have the additional 5 credits of Communications and 10 credits of Humanities. MEET WITH AN ADVISOR TO PLAN A COURSE OF STUDY

* Must achieve a B (3.0) grade or higher

Only the first two attempts at the B (3.0) grade or higher required prerequisites will be considered. If a first attempt resulted in a grade less than B and it was more than 5 years ago, students will be allowed a 2nd retake to meet the minimum grade requirement.

** Must achieve a C (2.0) grade or higher

  • Intro to Statistics (MATH& 146) *
  • Human A & P I (BIOL& 241) *
  • Human A & P II (BIOL& 242) *
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260) *
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121) *
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101) *
  • Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200) *
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)**
  • General Biology w/Lab (BIOL& 160)**
  • 5 credits of Communications**
  • 10 credits of Humanities**

Program Application/Forms

Other Application Forms

  • AFTER Admissions acceptance into the program and Prior to Registration for Quarter 1, students must submit proof of the following:
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time classes start
  • Physical Exam and Specified Immunizations
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Handout
  • Criminal Background Check
  • 10-Panel Drug Screen
  • Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR
  • Create an online account with Castel Branch and pay a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen and tracking of required health documents
  • Medical Insurance Coverage
  • Current Nursing Assistant Requirements

Program Tuition/Fees

Program fees address distinct and specified costs such as lab assistants, supplies, materials, equipment, rentals, software licensing, replacement and upgrade, maintenance, and other operational costs.

Program Outcomes

  • Nursing Care: Apply the nursing process to develop individualized culturally competent care.
  • Caring & Self-Care: Promote the health of self and others.
  • Professionalism: Participate in the nursing profession.
  • Communication: Determine effective communication techniques.
  • Clinical Judgment: Evaluate evidence to demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Collaboration: Function within the interdisciplinary team to provide positive health outcomes.
  • Leadership : Promote evidence-based clinical care.
  • Safety: Prioritize information to provide safe, evidence-based nursing care.

First Attempt NCLEX Pass Rates From NCQAC Quarterly Reports

2016

    1st Quarter - 84%
    2nd Quarter - 89%
    3rd Quarter - 89%
    4th Quarter - Not yet available
    Aggregate - To date 88%

Summary of Annual Program Completion Data

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0614
    20 began, 20 graduated
    100% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 1214
    20 began, 19 graduated
    95% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0315
    20 began, 19 graduated
    95% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0615
    34 began, 27 graduated
    79% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 1215
    19 began, 18 graduated
    95% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0316
    34 began, 28 graduated
    82% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0616
    30 began, 27 graduated
    90% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 1216
    19 began, 18 graduated
    95% Retention

Job Placement Summary (Academic Year and Job Placement)

    2013-2014
    95% employed 9 months after graduation

    2014-2015
    97% employed 9 months after graduation

Julie Samms - Instructor image

Julie Samms

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


M.N., Nursing, University of Washington

B.S.N., Nursing, University of Washington

License, Registered Nurse, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8339
JSamms@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 207

 

Office Hours


Usual office hours are:

    Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

 
 

Background


Profile
Julie Samms has experience in nursing instruction in a variety of settings. Julie taught as lead faculty for the LPN-RN program followed by the RN pro...

    • Julie Samms has experience in nursing instruction in a variety of settings. Julie taught as lead faculty for the LPN-RN program followed by the RN program at BTC for five years. During that time, she participated in the curriculum revision for the current two-year RN program. She served as Lead Clinical Nurse Educator for PeaceHealth Medical Group for the Northwest Network coordinating caregiver education for outpatient services in Washington and Alaska. In addition, she was involved in the development of the RN-BSN program at WWU and teaches in the first quarter of the RN-BSN program. Julie received her nursing education at BTC in three stages, first completing the Nursing Assistant course, then the Practical Nursing program and finally receiving her AAS-T in Registered Nursing. She continued her education at the University of Washington Bothell where she completed both her BSN and MN. Julie has worked in a variety of medical settings in the Bellingham area including ambulatory clinics, long-term care facilities, acute and critical care.

Specialties
Program Development and Implementation, Curriculum Development and Design, Continuous Quality Improvement, Accreditation, Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Long-Term Care, Maternal/child Nursing.

    • Program Development and Implementation, Curriculum Development and Design, Continuous Quality Improvement, Accreditation, Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Long-Term Care, Maternal/child Nursing.


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Holly Kennedy

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


M.N., Nursing, University of Washington

Certificate, Nurse Educator Specialist Training Certificate

B.S., Nursing, University of Victoria

B.S., Industrial Technology, Central Connecticut State University

Diploma, Diploma, Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing

License, Registered Nurse License, State of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8402
hkennedy@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 209

 

Background


Profile
Holly Kennedy has a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington and a Certificate from the University of Washington in Nurse Educator...

    • Holly Kennedy has a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington and a Certificate from the University of Washington in Nurse Educator Specialty Training. She has over 27 years of experience providing nursing care to patients in a variety of settings. Her background includes acute care hospitals, home health, home infusion, industry, Sara Lee Corporation, American Red Cross and medical office nursing. Holly Kennedy has over 9 years experience as a medical office nurse and clinic coordinator. She is committed to nursing education and facilitating the best experience possible for students in the clinical setting.


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Mary Curran

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


M.N., Nursing, University of Washington

B.S., Nursing, University of Washington

A.T.A., Nursing, Skagit Valley College

License, Registered Nurse License, State of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8373
mcurran@btc.edu
H Building (H) - Room H16

 

Background


Profile
Mary Curran has experience in providing nursing care in a variety of settings. Mary began her pursuit in the field of nursing at Bellingham Technical...

    • Mary Curran has experience in providing nursing care in a variety of settings. Mary began her pursuit in the field of nursing at Bellingham Technical College by completing the nursing assistant program in 1991 and practical nursing program in 1993. The solid nursing foundation gained at Bellingham Technical College laid the ground work for her journey in nursing. Working at each level Mary continued her nursing education: Associate's Degree in Nursing, Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, and Master's Degree in Nursing. Mary is dedicated to quality nursing care and education through role modeling.


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Diana Davidson

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


M.N., Nursing, University of Washington, Bothell

B.A., Biology, Western Washington University

A.T.A., Nursing, Skagit Valley College

License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8386
ddavidson@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 209

 

Background


Profile
Diana began as a nursing instructor at Bellingham Technical College in 2010. She has worked as a nurse in many settings in both Whatcom and Skagit Cou...

    • Diana began as a nursing instructor at Bellingham Technical College in 2010. She has worked as a nurse in many settings in both Whatcom and Skagit County. Areas of experience include Acute Care, Long Term Care, Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Health Clinics, Camp Nurse, and School Nurse. Diana began her nursing education at Skagit Valley College, and completed her Master of Nursing degree at University of Washington Bothell. Her research and projects focus on improving the health of student nurses and clients by promoting exercise and a plant strong diet.

Specialties
Diana is a member of the Diversity Committee, and the Vice President of Instruction’s Advisory Committee. She also collaborates with nursing faculty on Curriculum Development, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Accreditation.

    • Diana is a member of the Diversity Committee, and the Vice President of Instruction’s Advisory Committee. She also collaborates with nursing faculty on Curriculum Development, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Accreditation.


Kathy Follman - Instructor image

Kathy Follman

Area of Instruction


Contact Info


- Room


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Joan Humen

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Nursing, Western Governors University

B.S., Nursing, Washington State University

Certificate, Practical Nursing, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute

Certificate, CHPN, Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8360
jhumen@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 210

 

Background


Profile
Joan has been a nurse for 35 years. Joan graduated from Bellingham Technical College in 1979 and completed her BSN at Washington State University in 1...

    • Joan has been a nurse for 35 years. Joan graduated from Bellingham Technical College in 1979 and completed her BSN at Washington State University in 1983. In 2014 Joan completed her Master's of Nursing. Joan spent 30 years in industry before leaving to teach at BTC in 2008.

Specialties
Nursing Leadership

    • Nursing Leadership
    • Gereontology
    • Long-Term Care
    • Home Health and Hospice


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Tiffany Schuman

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Nursing - Education, Western Governors University, Washington

B.S.N., Nursing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

License, Licensed Practical Nurse, Louisiana Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8394
TSchuman@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 208

 

Background


Profile
Tiffany began her nursing career as an LPN while immediately working toward her BSN. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 20...

    • Tiffany began her nursing career as an LPN while immediately working toward her BSN. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005. She completed graduate school at Western Governor's University with a MSN-Ed in 2015 followed by earning her national certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) in 2016.

Specialties
Geriatrics

    • Geriatrics
    • Hospice
    • Nursing Administration and Leadership


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Shane Weg

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Nursing/Health Care Education, University of Phoenix

B.S., Nursing, University of Phoenix

B.S., Animal Science, Iowa State University

A.A., Registered Nurse, Skagit Valley College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8573
sweg@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 208


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Rika Winquist

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Contact Info


752-8449
rwinquist@btc.edu
H Building (H) - Room H16


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Jennifer Tachiyama

Area of Instruction


Instruction

Contact Info


752-8481
Jennifer.tachiyama@btc.edu
H Building (H) - Room H20

 

Background


Profile
Master of Education Bachelor of Science – Mathematics I am a dedicated, goal oriented, team player with eight years’ experience teaching and four ...

    • Master of Education Bachelor of Science – Mathematics I am a dedicated, goal oriented, team player with eight years’ experience teaching and four years teaching Middle School Summer School, three years running an After School Homework Center, and four years as an Accounting Clerk. I have been a Site Team Chair, Mathematics Head Chair, and the Middle School and High School Curriculum Director for Mathematics. I like challenges and finding solutions to them. I thrive on providing excellence in all areas of my job. My undergraduate schooling was completed at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics and was awarded one of four of the University’s top awards, the George S. Benson Citizenship Award for Outstanding Contribution in Academics and Athletics. I have completed my Master of Education Degree and Teaching Certification in Secondary Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.


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Matthew Bryant

Area of Instruction


Instruction

Contact Info


752-8365
mbryant@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 204