Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Nursing

Associate Degree in Nursing DTA/MRP

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.

BTC’s nursing program will give you training in the art and science of nursing, teaching you the specialized skills, judgment, and knowledge it takes to be a successful registered nurse. You’ll learn the science and the process of nursing in the classroom, and then apply that training in our high-tech simulation labs – where you can practice your nursing skills on high-fidelity mannequins – and in clinics that will prepare you for what you’ll face in real-world healthcare jobs.

In addition to providing a nursing program designed for those new to the healthcare and nursing fields, Bellingham Technical College is committed to providing pathways for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who want to become a registered nurse. BTC’s Associate Degree nursing program offers advanced placement for LPNs who want to earn an associate degree in nursing and become an RN. With an associate degree in nursing, you’ll be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN (the state exam required for licensure as a nurse), which will qualify you for registered nurse jobs.

With our transfer degree options, nursing program graduates at BTC can to continue their training and get their bachelor’s degree in nursing at select four-year colleges and universities in the state.

Bellingham Technical College’s Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC).

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

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

Associate in Applied Science- Transfer Degree: You’ll take six quarters of classes and training focused on nursing and healthcare, after completion of general education courses. After graduating with your associate degree in nursing, you’ll be qualified to take the NCLEX-RN and work as a registered nurse, or you can transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Associate in Applied Science-Transfer Degree for LPNs: You’ll take three quarters of nursing classes and training, and be prepared to test for licensure as a registered nurse or transfer to four-year colleges and universities to pursue your nursing bachelor’s degree.

Nursing Job & Employment Outlook

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. The average annual pay for registered nurses is $76,398, with a wage potential of $91,686 annually.

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.

Program Facts

Average annual wage $78,603

Wage potential $95,181 annually

Employment and wage data sources

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

Jobs & Employment

Potential Positions

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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 7
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 7
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 7
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 7
  • 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
    9/20-12/9ARRROSE JULIEOpenings: 7
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 2
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 2
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 2
  • 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
    9/20-12/9ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCHRAMER COpenings: 2
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 1
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 1
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 1
  • 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
    9/20-12/9ARR 2:30p-11:00pRINEHART DOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/9ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCHUMAN TWaitlisted: 0
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pDAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    9/20-12/9ARR 6:30a-3:00pROSE JULIEWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/9ARR 2:30p-11:00pSCOTT KWaitlisted: 0
  • 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-11:30aHUMEN JOpenings: 11
  • 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.
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9ARRCURRAN MOpenings: 11
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 8:30a-11:30aBILLHARZ RWaitlisted: 5
    9/21-12/9MWF 1:00p-3:00pBILLHARZ RWaitlisted: 4
    9/24-12/3Sa 8:30a-11:30aVANDENBERG AOpenings: 4
  • 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
    9/24-12/3Sa12:00p-4:00pVANDENBERG AOpenings: 21
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:00p-4:30pBILLHARZ RWaitlisted: 0
    9/21-12/7W 5:30p-9:30pHORNE KOpenings: 12
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF 8:30a-11:15aOLAH AOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/6T 5:30p-9:30pOLAH AOpenings: 8
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 8:30a-12:00pOLAH AWaitlisted: 0
    9/21-12/7MW 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AOpenings: 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
    9/21-12/7MW 8:30a-11:30aYAMAMOTO KWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/6T 5:30p-8:30pWESTER LWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:00p-4:00pWESTER LOpenings: 2
  • 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
    9/20-12/6T 5:30p-7:40pHATCH LOpenings: 10
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFWaitlisted: 4
    9/26-12/5M 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/9Online HATCH LOpenings: 4
    9/20-12/9Online NELSON NOpenings: 14
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF12:30p-1:50pWHITMORE DOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/9Online SCHIVITZ BOpenings: 5
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 13
    9/21-12/9MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 13
    9/21-12/7MW12:30p-1:50pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/20-12/9Online MUDD SOpenings: 2
  • 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
    9/20-12/9Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 3
  • Communications (elective)5 credits

  • Humanities (electives)10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS135 credits

Program Entry Information

Program Start

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

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 acceptence 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 Certified Background 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

Complete Nursing Assistant training and obtain certification.

NOTE: (New changes as of February 1, 2016)

Visit the link below for current requirements: http://www.pearsonvue.com/wa/nurseaides/

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.

In the nursing program, students use a product called Assessment Technologies Institute which includes interactive learning activities, on-line text books, skills videos and benchmark testing as well as a three day live review for NCLEX at the end of the program.

The nursing skills and simulation lab areas have up to date equipment used in the regional clinical agencies, additionally there are a number of task trainer models, low, medium, and high fidelity simulators that require maintenance and /or replacement on a regular basis.

Program Outcomes

  • Practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued practice by providing care requiring substantial knowledge, judgment and skill based on the principles of biological, behavioral, health and nursing sciences.
  • Integrate knowledge of holistic needs to provide an individual centered assessment and implement caring interventions based on respect for patient preferences, values and needs.
  • Demonstrate self-care by extending the notion of caring to interactions with self, peers, and co-workers; this includes promoting healthy behaviors, reflection, self-analysis, and a healthy work environment.
  • Actively participate within the nursing profession by seeking opportunities for continued learning, self-development, leadership, and management skills.
  • Use effective communication techniques to: therapeutically interact with the individual/family; provide health education; completely and accurately convey information to other professionals and coworkers; establish rapport, educate and resolve conflict.
  • Utilize substantive evidence to demonstrate critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving by reflecting on, integrating, and building upon theoretical concepts.
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for positive individual, organizational and community outcomes.
  • Coordinate health care for the individual including appropriate allocation of resources, quality improvement processes, and informatics to formulate evidence-based clinical judgments and decisions.
  • Collect, interpret and prioritize information from a variety of sources to provide safe evidence-based nursing care using a legally defined scope of practice and professionally defined standards.

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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.


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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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Julie Rose

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

License, Progressive Care Certified Nurse, American Association Critical Care Nurses

License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8430
jrose@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 208

 

Background


Profile
Julie became interested in nursing while working as a nurse's aide in 1977. She completed her practical nurse training in Idaho in 1984 and worked in ...

    • Julie became interested in nursing while working as a nurse's aide in 1977. She completed her practical nurse training in Idaho in 1984 and worked in long term care, hospice, and acute care. She worked for a home health agency while studying for her associate degree in nursing at Whatcom Community College. After licensure as an RN, Julie began working at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. During her 22 years at St. Joseph Hospital she completed her bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Washington. Julie has held certification in medical-surgical nursing, progressive care nursing, and as an adult clinical nurse specialist. She began her teaching career at Bellingham Technical College in 2014.

Specialties
Medical-Surgical Nursing

    • Medical-Surgical Nursing
    • Cardiovascular Nursing


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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


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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 117


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Jennifer Tachiyama

Area of Instruction


Grants

Contact Info


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


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Matthew Bryant

Area of Instruction


Grants

Contact Info


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


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Rika Winquist

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Contact Info


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


Associate in Applied Science- Transfer

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are prepared to take the state licensure exam for Registered Nurses- NCLEX-RN. 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

The Registered Nurse performs acts that require substantial knowledge, judgment and skill based on the principles of biological, behavioral, health, and nursing sciences. Such acts are grounded in the elements of the nursing process which includes, but is not limited to, the assessment, analysis, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care and health teaching in the maintenance and the promotion of health or prevention of illness of others and the support of a dignified death. The registered nurse using specialized knowledge can perform the activities of administration, supervision, delegation and evaluation of nursing practice.

Graduates are well prepared in the art and science of nursing to meet the challenging and changing demands of the healthcare industry. Graduates of the BTC Nursing program work in a variety of settings including acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, skilled home care, hospice, clinics, day-surgery centers, schools, and public health.

Academic preparation includes core courses in arts and sciences and those focusing on basic nursing skills and knowledge. In addition to providing pathways designed for those new to the field, Bellingham Technical College is committed to providing pathways for the movement of licensed practical nurses into its Associate Degree- Transfer program. Agreements are in place with baccalaureate programs, enabling graduates to continue their education. Applicants are encouraged to plan early for Baccalaureate Degree completion by meeting with an admissions adviser at their school of choice.

This workforce solution is partially 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 request to individuals with disabilities, please contact Accessibility Resources at 360-752-8576.

Program Facts

97% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $78,603

Wage potential $95,181 annually

Employment and wage data sources

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

Jobs & Employment

About 97% of BTC Registered Nursing students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $78,603, with an earning potential of about $95,181 per year.*

Courses

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • NURS 110Introduction to Health Concepts7 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pWEG SOpenings: 7
  • 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
    9/20-12/9ARRROSE JULIEOpenings: 7
  • Quarter 2
  • NURS 120Health and Illness Concepts 17 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 2
  • 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
    9/20-12/9ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCHRAMER COpenings: 2
  • Quarter 3
  • NURS 130Health & Illness Concepts 27 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.
  • 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.

  • Quarter 4
  • NURS 210Acute Health Concepts7 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 1
  • 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
    9/20-12/9ARR 2:30p-11:00pRINEHART DOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/9ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCHUMAN TWaitlisted: 0
  • Quarter 5
  • NURS 220Complex Health Concepts7 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-12:00pDAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
  • 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
    9/20-12/9ARR 6:30a-3:00pROSE JULIEWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/9ARR 2:30p-11:00pSCOTT KWaitlisted: 0
  • Quarter 6
  • NURS 230Professional Nursing Concepts6 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
    9/20-12/9TWThF 8:30a-11:30aHUMEN JOpenings: 11
  • NURS 235Professional Nursing Concepts- Clinical Lab4 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/9ARRCURRAN MOpenings: 11
  • Pre-Program
  • BIOL& 160General Biology with 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 8:30a-11:30aBILLHARZ RWaitlisted: 5
    9/21-12/9MWF 1:00p-3:00pBILLHARZ RWaitlisted: 4
    9/24-12/3Sa 8:30a-11:30aVANDENBERG AOpenings: 4
  • 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
    9/24-12/3Sa12:00p-4:00pVANDENBERG AOpenings: 21
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:00p-4:30pBILLHARZ RWaitlisted: 0
    9/21-12/7W 5:30p-9:30pHORNE KOpenings: 12
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF 8:30a-11:15aOLAH AOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/6T 5:30p-9:30pOLAH AOpenings: 8
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 8:30a-12:00pOLAH AWaitlisted: 0
    9/21-12/7MW 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AOpenings: 6
  • CHEM& 121Intro 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
    9/21-12/7MW 8:30a-11:30aYAMAMOTO KWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/6T 5:30p-8:30pWESTER LWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:00p-4:00pWESTER LOpenings: 2
  • 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
    9/20-12/6T 5:30p-7:40pHATCH LOpenings: 10
    9/21-12/9MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFWaitlisted: 4
    9/26-12/5M 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFWaitlisted: 0
    9/20-12/9Online HATCH LOpenings: 4
    9/20-12/9Online NELSON NOpenings: 14
  • 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
    9/21-12/9MWF12:30p-1:50pWHITMORE DOpenings: 12
    9/20-12/9Online SCHIVITZ BOpenings: 5
  • 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
    9/20-12/8TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 13
    9/21-12/9MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 13
    9/21-12/7MW12:30p-1:50pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/20-12/9Online MUDD SOpenings: 2
  • 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
    9/20-12/9Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 3
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS122 credits

Program Entry Information

Twenty LPN seats available for Winter 2017! 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.

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.

Program Start

  • Winter 2017

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

Program Application/Forms

Program Outcomes

  • Practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued practice by providing care requiring substantial knowledge, judgment and skill based on the principles of biological, behavioral, health and nursing sciences.
  • Integrate knowledge of holistic needs to provide an individual centered assessment and implement caring interventions based on respect for patient preferences, values and needs.
  • Demonstrate self-care by extending the notion of caring to interactions with self, peers, and co-workers; this includes promoting healthy behaviors, reflection, self-analysis, and a healthy work environment.
  • Actively participate within the nursing profession by seeking opportunities for continued learning, self-development, leadership, and management skills.
  • Use effective communication techniques to: therapeutically interact with the individual/family; provide health education; completely and accurately convey information to other professionals and coworkers; establish rapport, educate and resolve conflict.
  • Utilize substantive evidence to demonstrate critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving by reflecting on, integrating, and building upon theoretical concepts.
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for positive individual, organizational and community outcomes.
  • Coordinate health care for the individual including appropriate allocation of resources, quality improvement processes, and informatics to formulate evidence-based clinical judgments and decisions.
  • Collect, interpret and prioritize information from a variety of sources to provide safe evidence-based nursing care using a legally defined scope of practice and professionally defined standards.

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Cindy Hollinsworth

Area of Instruction


Contact Info


- Room

 

Background


Profile
Cindy Hollinsworth has a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years' experience in providing nursing care...

    • Cindy Hollinsworth has a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years' experience in providing nursing care to acute and chronically ill adults. Cindy graduated from Bellingham Technical College practical nursing program and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for six years before pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and later Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Nursing from University of Washington Bothell. She is dedicated to the concept of articulation in Nursing Education and enthusiastically brings her professional knowledge to the nursing program. She has pursued certification as both a professional technical educator as well as a nurse educator.


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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.


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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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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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Julie Rose

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


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

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

License, Progressive Care Certified Nurse, American Association Critical Care Nurses

License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8430
jrose@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 208

 

Background


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Julie became interested in nursing while working as a nurse's aide in 1977. She completed her practical nurse training in Idaho in 1984 and worked in ...

    • Julie became interested in nursing while working as a nurse's aide in 1977. She completed her practical nurse training in Idaho in 1984 and worked in long term care, hospice, and acute care. She worked for a home health agency while studying for her associate degree in nursing at Whatcom Community College. After licensure as an RN, Julie began working at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. During her 22 years at St. Joseph Hospital she completed her bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Washington. Julie has held certification in medical-surgical nursing, progressive care nursing, and as an adult clinical nurse specialist. She began her teaching career at Bellingham Technical College in 2014.

Specialties
Medical-Surgical Nursing

    • Medical-Surgical Nursing
    • Cardiovascular Nursing


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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


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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 117


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Lisa Wolfe

Area of Instruction


Degrees and Certifications


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

B.A., Psychology, Ohio University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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Jennifer Tachiyama

Area of Instruction


Grants

Contact Info


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


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Matthew Bryant

Area of Instruction


Grants

Contact Info


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


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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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Rachel Worthy

Area of Instruction


Advising & Career Services

Contact Info


752-8422
rworthy@btc.edu
A Building (A) - Room A9-B