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 LPN to 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).
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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.
National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission