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Degrees & Classes

Nursing

Nursing Program Overview


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Bellingham Technical College Nursing Program is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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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!


Nursing & Allied Health Programs Attend the online session and learn about our Nursing & Allied Health programs, and about funding and student support resources that can help you get started at BTC


Join us for Information Sessions about the Two Year RN program!

At an Info Session, you will learn more about the BTC Nursing Program and get information about the admissions process and requirements of our program.


Program Overview

The Bellingham Technical College Nursing Program is the largest nursing program in the region and has been educating nurses since 1954.


The DTA/MRP Associate Degree Nursing Program is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is a concept-based Associate Degree in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (DTA/MRP). This degree was collaboratively developed by the Washington State community and technical colleges and four-year universities to create a streamlined pathway to the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Graduates of the BTC Nursing Program are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and can apply for admission to RN-BSN programs at WA State colleges and universities.


There is one Nursing Program at BTC which has three program options. The two-year registered nurse associate degree option 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 admitted into the part-time, evening LPN-RN option and complete the DTA/MRP degree. Academic preparation includes core courses in arts and sciences and those focusing on basic nursing skills and knowledge. Students who graduate from the two-year full-time RN and LPN-RN pathway are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).


Starting in spring of 2020 the Nursing Program will be offering a Practical Nursing Certificate. This certificate program option will be part-time and will take six quarters to complete. The PN certificate will use the DTA curriculum scaled to the PN scope of practice and will have integrated General University Requirement (GUR) courses. Students who graduate from the PN Certificate pathway will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Once these graduates become licensed LPN’s and complete 1,000 hours of work as an LPN they will be able to apply to the LPN-RN program option to complete the Associate Degree in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (DTA/MRP).


Nursing Student Handbook 2019-2020.


The DTA/MRP and PN Certificate Nursing Programs are approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC).

PO Box 47864

Olympia, WA 98504

360-236-4700

www.doh.wa.gov


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.

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Please Note:

BTC has not made a determination that the Nursing curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.

Employment Information


92% Average placement rate for program graduates

$64,522 starting annual wage

$78,666 average annual wage

$96,658 potential annual wage

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Tuition Fees and Rates


Jobs & Employment

Nursing Job & Employment Outlook

About 92% of BTC Registered Nursing students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $78,666, with an earning potential of about $96,658 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.

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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 are from the 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS135 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • NURS 110Introduction to Health Concepts4 credits

    This integrated course introduces the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts within each domain including: comfort, elimination, health, wellness and illness, mobility, tissue integrity, cognition, assessment, clinical decision making, communication, professional behaviors, teaching and learning, accountability, legal issues, safety, basic principles of pharmacology, and foundational nursing skills.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 146, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260, ENGL& 101, and PSYC& 200 all with a B or better. CHEM& 121 with a B or better or CHEM& 161 with a B or better. PSYC& 100 and BIOL& 160 all with a C or better. 5 credits of Communications all with a grade of C or better. 10 credits of Humanities all with a grade of C or better. Completion of NA 101 with a grade of C or better and NA 102 with a grade of C or better or Healthcare Experience verification. ATI TEAS scores: Reading 69.0 or better, Mathematics 63.3 or better, Science 45.8 or better, and English & Language Usage 60.0 or better

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    1/5-3/25DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17ARRFOLLMAN KWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25ARRFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ARRFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online WEG SWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ThF 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online WEG SWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ThF 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online WEG SWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
  • 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.

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    9/28-12/17Online RUTLEDGE SOpenings: 1
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    9/28-12/17Online PORT TOpenings: 10
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17ARRFOLLMAN KOpenings: 1
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    1/5-3/25ARRFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
    1/5-3/25ARRSTAFFOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ARRFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online RUTLEDGE SOpenings: 1
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    9/28-12/17Online PORT TOpenings: 10
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
  • 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 120.


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    9/28-12/17Online RUTLEDGE SOpenings: 1
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
  • 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.

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    9/28-12/17Online KENNEDY HOpenings: 1
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17ARRCARSON TOpenings: 1
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    1/5-3/25ARRCARSON TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ARRCARSON TOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online KENNEDY HOpenings: 2
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online KENNEDY HOpenings: 2
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
  • 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.

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    9/28-12/17Online SCHUMAN TOpenings: 1
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:30pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:30pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ThF 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17ARRCARSON TWaitlisted: 0
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    9/28-12/17ARRSCHUMAN TOpenings: 1
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    1/5-3/25ARRCARSON TOpenings: 10
    1/5-3/25ARRSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
    4/6-6/23ARRCARSON TOpenings: 10
    4/6-6/23ARRSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
  • 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:
    Acceptance into the LPN to RN to BSN DTA.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SCHUMAN TOpenings: 1
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ThF 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
  • 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:
    Acceptance into the LPN to RN to BSN DTA.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online SCHUMAN TOpenings: 1
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ThF 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
  • 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
    9/28-12/17Online DAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 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.


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    9/28-12/17ARRDAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25ARRDAVIDSON DOpenings: 10
    1/5-3/25ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 10
    4/6-6/23ARRDAVIDSON DOpenings: 10
    4/6-6/23ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 10
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online DAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online DAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
  • 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

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    9/28-12/17Online HUMEN JOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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    9/28-12/17Online HUMEN JOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
  • 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.

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    4/7-6/23MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • 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.

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    1/6-3/24MW 8:30a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • 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.

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    4/6-6/22TTh 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • 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.

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    9/28-12/17Online OLAH AWaitlisted: 0
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  • 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 RDG 085 with a B or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or better or AENGL 100 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or better.

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  • 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 RDG 085 with a C or better, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or better and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or better or AENGL 100 with a C or better.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 Classic Reading (85) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (256) OR RDG 085 with a B or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (86) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (255) or higher OR AENGL 100 with a C or higher OR BUS 191 with a C or higher.

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  • 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.

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  • Communications (elective)5 credits

  • Humanities (electives)10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS135 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


Two-Year DTA/MRP Program Admission

All students interested in the Nursing Program should meet with the Nursing Student Navigator, to schedule an appointment contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center at 360.752.8345.


Associate Degree in Nursing DTA/MRP (two-year, full-time RN):

This pathway is designed for students new to the nursing field who wish to complete their associate degree full-time. The two-year, full-time Nursing Program option enters sixty students into three cohorts each academic year using the Annual Program List-Nursing (ALP-N) process.


The Bellingham Technical College Nursing Program is not able to accept advance placement students that are not Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).


2-Year Nursing DTA Education Planning Guide

2-Year Nursing DTA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2020-2021


This program requires a criminal history background check prior to attending the clinical practicum. More information is available on the Criminal History Background Check Info Sheet


The application window for the 2020-2021 Academic year is now closed. Please attend an upcoming Info Session about 2021-2022 Admissions.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) v.6

Applicants must score at the "PROFICIENT" level or higher in each of the four areas on one transcript. See the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills handout for more information about this entrance assessment.


The deadline to submit ATI TEAS scores for the 2020-2021 Application Window is Thursday, July 2, 2020 5pm. Note: Scores for ATI TEAS assessments taken at BTC will automatically be submitted to the Nursing Program.


Healthcare Experience

Two-year, full-time applicants must submit a Healthcare Experience Verification Form for prior approval. Experience in healthcare may be demonstrated by certification or training in an allied healthcare field. Other experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by program staff. DO NOT turn in original certificates or lisences. Please follow the instructions on the form regarding which paperwork to submit.


Healthcare Experience Verification Form (For DTA/MRP 2-year Program & PN Cert Entry Only)


Currently submissions are only accepted by email to nursing@btc.edu


The deadline to submit Healthcare Experience Verification forms for review for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is Thursday, July 2, 2020 5pm. Applicants with previsouly approved Healthcare Experience Verifications forms do not need to re-submit.


Pre-Program Course Requirements


Meet with the Nursing Student Navigator to plan a course of study.


ALL COURSES MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 5 QUARTER CREDITS OR 3 SEMESTER CREDITS


The following courses must be completed with a B (3.0) or higher in each course:
  • Intro to Statistics (MATH& 146)
  • Human A & P 1 (BIOL& 241)
  • Human A & P 2 (BIOL& 242)
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161)
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101)
  • Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200)
The following courses must be completed with a C (2.0) or higher in each course:
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
  • General Biology with lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Five (5) credits of Communication Electives (CMST& 210 will no longer be accepted as a Communications Elective)
  • Ten (10) credits of Humanities Electives
    • The Transcript Evaluation Process must be complete before an application is submitted. The deadline for Transcript Evaluation for the 2020-2021 Application Window is Thursday, July 2, 2020 5pm.

    Program Application/Forms


    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.

    What Are My Next Steps?


    1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
    3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
    4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

The BTC Associate Degree Nursing graduate will be able to:

  • Nursing Care: Integrate the nursing process to deliver individualized culturally competent care.
  • Self-Care Promotion: Formulate strategies to promote the health of self and others.
  • Professionalism: Model integrity through professional boundaries, ethical behaviors, and respectful communication.
  • Collaborative Leadership: Maximize positive health outcomes through the promotion of evidence-based clinical care within the interdisciplinary team.
  • Clinical Judgment: Model safe nursing care by integrating critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and prioritization.

First Attempt NCLEX Pass Rates From NCQAC Quarterly Reports

2017-2018

    1st Quarter - 100%
    2nd Quarter - 100%
    3rd Quarter - 95%
    4th Quarter – No Summer Cohort
    Aggregate - 98%

2016-2017

    1st Quarter - 89%
    2nd Quarter - 76%
    3rd Quarter - 95%
    4th Quarter – No Summer Cohort
    Aggregate - 86%

2015-2016

    1st Quarter - 89%
    2nd Quarter - 89%
    3rd Quarter - 89%
    4th Quarter - No Summer Cohort
    Aggregate - 89%

Summary of Annual Program Completion Data

Jennifer Tachiyama - Instructor image

Jennifer Tachiyama

Area of Instruction


Nursing Student Navigator – Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

Contact Info


360 752-8481
Jennifer.tachiyama@btc.edu
H Building (H) - Room H20

 

Background


Profile
Nursing Student Navigator - Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

Master of Education

Bachelor of Science – Mathematics

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    • Nursing Student Navigator - Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

      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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Shane Weg

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


MSN, Nursing/Health Care Education, University of Phoenix

BS, Nursing, University of Phoenix

BS, Animal Science, Iowa State University

AA, Registered Nurse, Skagit Valley College

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8573
sweg@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 208


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Kathy Follman

Area of Instruction


Contact Info


- Room


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Holly Kennedy

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


MN, Nursing, University of Washington

Certificate, Nurse Educator Specialist Training

BS, Nursing, University of Victoria

BS, Industrial Technology, Central Connecticut State University

Diploma, Nursing, Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing

License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8402
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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Tiffany Schuman

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


MSN, Nursing Education, Western Governors University, Washington

BSN, Nursing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

Licensed Practical Nurse, Louisiana Technical College

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8394
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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Diana Davidson

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


MN, Nursing, University of Washington

BA, Biology, Western Washington University

ATA, Nursing, Skagit Valley College

License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8386
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


MSN, Nursing Education, Western Governors University

BS, Nursing, Washington State University

Certificate, Hospice and Palliative Care

Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

Certificate, Practical Nursing, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8360
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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Mary Curran

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


MN, Nursing, University of Washington

BS, Nursing, University of Washington

ATA, Nursing, Skagit Valley College

License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8373
mcurran@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 117

 

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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Rika Winquist

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


BA, Anthropology-Archaeology, Western Washington University

Contact Info


360 752-8449
rwinquist@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 206


LPN to RN


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Bellingham Technical College Nursing Program is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

ACEN
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 850 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org



If you are a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in WA State and are interested in continuing your education to become a Registered Nurse (RN), then Bellingham Technical College’s Nursing Program LPN-RN option is for you!


Join us for the LPN to RN Information Sessions!

At an Info Session, you will learn more about the BTC Nursing Program and get information about the admissions process and requirements of our program.


Program Overview

The Bellingham Technical College Registered DTA/MRP Nursing Program is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is a concept-based Associate Degree in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (DTA/MRP). This degree was collaboratively developed by the Washington State community and technical colleges and four-year universities to create a streamlined pathway to the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Graduates of the BTC Nursing Program are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and can apply for admission to RN-BSN programs at WA State colleges and universities.


The Bellingham Technical College Nursing Program is the largest nursing program in the region and has been educating nurses since 1954.


There is one Nursing Program at BTC which has three program options. The two-year registered nurse associate degree option 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 admitted into the part-time, evening LPN-RN option and complete the DTA/MRP degree. Academic preparation includes core courses in arts and sciences and those focusing on basic nursing skills and knowledge. Students who graduate from the two-year full-time RN and LPN-RN pathway are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Starting in spring of 2020 the Nursing Program will be offering a Practical Nursing Certificate. This certificate program option will be part-time and will take six quarters to complete.


Nursing Student Handbook 2019-2020.


The DTA/MRP and PN Certificate Nursing Programs are approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC).

PO Box 47864

Olympia, WA 98504

360-236-4700

www.doh.wa.gov


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.

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Please Note:

BTC has not made a determination that the Nursing curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.

Employment Information


92% Average placement rate for program graduates

$64,522 starting annual wage

$78,666 average annual wage

$96,658 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

Tuition Fees and Rates


Jobs & Employment

Nursing Job & Employment Outlook

About 92% of BTC Registered Nursing students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $78,666, with an earning potential of about $96,658 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 are from the 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS47 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • 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.

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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:30pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
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    4/6-6/23ThF 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
  • 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:
    Acceptance into the LPN to RN to BSN DTA.

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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ThF 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
  • 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:
    Acceptance into the LPN to RN to BSN DTA.

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    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 20
  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • Quarter 2
  • 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.


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    1/5-3/25ARRCARSON TOpenings: 10
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    4/6-6/23ARRCARSON TOpenings: 10
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  • Quarter 3
  • 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
    9/28-12/17Online DAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online DAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online DAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online RUTLEDGE SOpenings: 1
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    9/28-12/17Online PORT TOpenings: 10
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online KENNEDY HOpenings: 2
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
  • Quarter 4
  • 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
    9/28-12/17ARRDAVIDSON DWaitlisted: 0
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    9/28-12/17ARRSCOTT KWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25ARRDAVIDSON DOpenings: 10
    1/5-3/25ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 10
    4/6-6/23ARRDAVIDSON DOpenings: 10
    4/6-6/23ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 10
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online KENNEDY HOpenings: 2
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 4:00p-7:30pPORT TOpenings: 20
  • Quarter 5
  • 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
    9/28-12/17Online HUMEN JOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online HUMEN JOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online WEG SWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
  • PSYC 116Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare II3 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 120.


    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online RUTLEDGE SOpenings: 1
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    9/28-12/17Online PORT TOpenings: 10
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
  • Quarter 6
  • 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
    9/28-12/17ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 20
    4/6-6/23ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 20
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS47 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


Apply now for the LPN-RN Part-Time Evening Cohort!

The Nursing Program enters advanced placement LPN-RN applicants into cohorts utilizing a program-ready list (waitlist). Complete applications are placed on the program-ready list in the order in which they are received by the Nursing Program.


The program will no longer be entering LPNs into the second year of the full-time Nursing Program instead all advanced placement LPN students will apply to the new part-time evening cohort. This cohort will enter 20 students in Spring quarter every two years as demand dictates. Next possible cohort start is April 2021.


All students interested in the Nursing Program should meet with the Nursing Student Navigator, to schedule an appointment contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center at 360.752.8345.


LPN-RN DTA Education Planning Guide

LPN-RN Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


Entry Requirements

ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) v.6

Applicants must score at the "PROFICIENT" level or higher in each of the four areas on one transcript. See the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills handout for more information about this entrance assessment.


Note: Scores for ATI TEAS assessments taken at BTC will automatically be submitted to the Nursing Program.


Healthcare Experience

LPN-RN applicants must have an active, unencumbered WA Sate LPN license and submit the Verification of Work Experience Form documenting 1,000 hours of work as an LPN within the last five years. Proof of current LPN license is required to be included with LPN-RN admission application.

Verification of Work Experience as LPN Form (LPN-RN only)


Currently submissions are only accepted by email to nursing@btc.edu


Pre-Program Course Requirements


Meet with the Nursing Student Navigator to plan a course of study.


ALL COURSES MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 5 QUARTER CREDITS OR 3 SEMESTER CREDITS


30 credits of Practical Nursing - only required for students who completed Practical Nursing education at a college other than BTC


The following courses must be completed with a B (3.0) or higher in each course:

  • Intro to Statistics (MATH& 146)
  • Human A & P 1 (BIOL& 241)
  • Human A & P 2 (BIOL& 242)
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161)
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101)
  • Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200)
The following courses must be completed with a C (2.0) or higher in each course:

Program Outcomes

The BTC Associate Degree Nursing graduate will be able to:

  • Nursing Care: Integrate the nursing process to deliver individualized culturally competent care.
  • Self-Care Promotion: Formulate strategies to promote the health of self and others.
  • Professionalism: Model integrity through professional boundaries, ethical behaviors, and respectful communication.
  • Collaborative Leadership: Maximize positive health outcomes through the promotion of evidence-based clinical care within the interdisciplinary team.
  • Clinical Judgment: Model safe nursing care by integrating critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and prioritization.

First Attempt NCLEX Pass Rates From NCQAC Quarterly Reports

2016-2017

    1st Quarter - 89%
    2nd Quarter - 76%
    3rd Quarter - 95%
    4th Quarter – No Summer Cohort
    Aggregate - 86%

2015-2016

    1st Quarter - 89%
    2nd Quarter - 89%
    3rd Quarter - 89%
    4th Quarter - No Summer Cohort
    Aggregate - 89%

Summary of Annual Program Completion Data


    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0618
    20 began, 19 graduated
    95% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0318
    21 began, 16 graduated
    76% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 1217
    20 began, 18 graduated
    90% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0617
    22 began, 20 graduated
    91% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 0317
    22 began, 21 graduated
    95% Retention

    Cohort (Grad month year) - 1216
    18 began, 18 graduated
    100% Retention

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

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

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

Job Placement Summary (Academic Year and Job Placement)

    2016-2017
    95% employed 9 months after graduation

    2015-2016
    88% employed 9 months after graduation

    2014-2015
    97% employed 9 months after graduation

    2013-2014
    95% employed 9 months after graduation

Jennifer Tachiyama - Instructor image

Jennifer Tachiyama

Area of Instruction


Nursing Student Navigator – Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

Contact Info


360 752-8481
Jennifer.tachiyama@btc.edu
H Building (H) - Room H20

 

Background


Profile
Nursing Student Navigator - Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

Master of Education

Bachelor of Science – Mathematics

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    • Nursing Student Navigator - Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

      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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Tiffany Schuman

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


MSN, Nursing Education, Western Governors University, Washington

BSN, Nursing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

Licensed Practical Nurse, Louisiana Technical College

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8394
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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Diana Davidson

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


MN, Nursing, University of Washington

BA, Biology, Western Washington University

ATA, Nursing, Skagit Valley College

License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8386
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


MSN, Nursing Education, Western Governors University

BS, Nursing, Washington State University

Certificate, Hospice and Palliative Care

Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

Certificate, Practical Nursing, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8360
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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Mary Curran

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


MN, Nursing, University of Washington

BS, Nursing, University of Washington

ATA, Nursing, Skagit Valley College

License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360 752-8373
mcurran@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 117

 

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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Rika Winquist

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Degrees and Certifications


BA, Anthropology-Archaeology, Western Washington University

Contact Info


360 752-8449
rwinquist@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 206


Nursing Assistant Certificate

Nursing Assistants are in high demand by employers in Whatcom County!

Choose BTC’s Nursing Assistant program to train for nursing assistant jobs in a wide variety of medical settings. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain are highly valued by healthcare industry employers such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies.


Nursing Assistant training meets the Healthcare Experience requirement for entry into the BTC Registered Nursing Program.


The Nursing Assistant Program at Bellingham Technical College is approved by the State of Washington, Department of Health, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.


Students who complete the Nursing Assistant program will be eligible to take their state certification exams.

Nursing & Allied Health Programs Attend the online session and learn about our Nursing & Allied Health programs, and about funding and student support resources that can help you get started at BTC


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Please Note:

BTC has not made a determination that the Nursing curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.

Employment Information


$26,104 starting annual wage

$30,969 average annual wage

$35,464 potential annual wage

79% BTC job placement rate within nine months

Employment and wage data sources

Estimated Program Costs:


Estimated Books, Tools and Supplies Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates


Jobs & Employment

Employment of nursing assistants is expected to increase. Employment of nursing assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations in response to an emphasis on rehabilitation and the long-term care needs of a rapidly aging population.

The average annual wage in this field is, $30,969 with an earning potential of about $35,464 per year.*

*Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as nursing assistants in extended care facilities, hospitals, clinics and home health agencies. Others work in residential care facilities, such as halfway houses and homes for the elderly or disabled, or in private households. Nationally, about one-half of all nursing assistants work in nursing homes, and about one-fourth work in hospitals.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS12 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • NA 101Nursing Assistant Essentials6 credits

    Provide the student an opportunity to study the essential theoretical content necessary to meet the OBRA nursing assistant objectives. Fundamental caregiving skills are taught with an emphasis on safety and activities of daily living. While studying the care necessary for an individual of any age, a primary focus is placed on the care of the elderly, including rehabilitation and death and dying.

    Prerequisite:
    Program admission and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 50 or completion of ABE 054 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or completion of ABE 050 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17DAILY 1:30p-5:30pTELLING RWaitlisted: 4
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    4/6-6/23DAILY 1:30p-5:30pTELLING ROpenings: 20
  • NA 102Nursing Assistant Clinical6 credits

    During the clinical practicum the student is given the opportunity to put into practice those skills learned in the classroom and lab settings. The clinical experiences include orientation to the extended care facility and a clinical final exam which is conducted in the college lab.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading Comprehension (50) or higher OR ACCUPLACER Next-Gen Reading (233) or higher OR ABE 054 with a C or higher AND ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (38) or higher OR ACCUPLACER Next-Gen Arithmetic (230) or higher OR ABE 050 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17DAILY 6:00a-2:30pTELLING RWaitlisted: 0
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    1/5-3/25DAILY 6:00a-2:30pTELLING ROpenings: 10
    1/5-3/25DAILY 6:00a-2:30pTELLING ROpenings: 10
    4/6-6/23DAILY 6:00a-2:30pTELLING ROpenings: 10
    4/6-6/23DAILY 6:00a-2:30pTELLING ROpenings: 10
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS12 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


Nursing Assistant Program Information Sheet


Students are admitted in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters on a space available basis. CPR class (AHA BLS Healthcare Provider) and 7-hour HIV/AIDS Education are now included in the Nursing Assistant Program! Students do NOT need to register for these in addition to NA 101 & NA 102. Email nursing@btc.edu if you have questions.


  • Nursing Assistant Fall 2020 Course Calendar
  • This program requires a criminal history background check prior to attending the clinical practicum. More information is available on the Criminal History Background Check Info Sheet

    What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


    Entry Requirements

    Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

    Program Application/Forms


    • Documentation of a two-step tuberculin skin test (TB) completed within the last year. TB must be current through Nursing Assistant enrollment. This may be completed while starting the program (not an entry requirement, but encouraged to get started before starting the program)
    • Student Tuberculosis (TB) Test Form
    • Official transcripts documenting prerequisite completion (if applicable).

    Other Application Forms


  • http://www.pearsonvue.com/wa/nurseaides/

    What Are My Next Steps?


    1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
    3. Meet with Nursing Student Navigator, Jennifer Tachiyama, for advising. Contact her at jennifer.tachiyama@btc.edu or 360-752-8345 to make an appointment.
    4. Prepare to Attend

    Program Outcomes

    • Demonstrate clinical competencies defined in WAC 246-841
    • Identify and apply nursing knowledge necessary in the nursing assistant role

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    Roxanne Telling

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing

    Contact Info


    rtelling@btc.edu
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    Background


    Profile
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    Jennifer Tachiyama

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing Student Navigator – Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

    Contact Info


    360 752-8481
    Jennifer.tachiyama@btc.edu
    H Building (H) - Room H20

     

    Background


    Profile
    Nursing Student Navigator - Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

    Master of Education

    Bachelor of Science – Mathematics

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      • Nursing Student Navigator - Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

        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


    Practical Nursing Certificate

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


    Join us for Information Sessions about the Practical Nursing program!

    Attend the online session and learn about our Practical Nursing Program, and about funding and student support resources that can help you get started at BTC.

    Nursing & Allied Health Programs Attend the online session and learn about our Nursing & Allied Health programs, and about funding and student support resources that can help you get started at BTC

    Attend the online session and learn about our Practical Nursing Program, and about funding and student support resources that can help you get started at BTC



    Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate Overview

    The Bellingham Technical College Nursing Program is the largest nursing program in the region and has been educating nurses since 1954.


    There is one Nursing Program at BTC which has three program options. The two-year registered nurse associate degree option 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 admitted into the part-time, evening LPN-RN option and complete the DTA/MRP degree.


    Starting in spring of 2020 the Nursing Program will be offering a Practical Nursing Certificate. This certificate program option will be part-time and will take six quarters to complete. The PN certificate will use the DTA curriculum scaled to the PN scope of practice and will have integrated General University Requirement (GUR) courses. Students who graduate from the PN Certificate pathway will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Once these graduates become licensed LPN’s and complete 1,000 hours of work as an LPN they will be able to apply to the LPN-RN program option to complete the Associate Degree in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (DTA/MRP).


    Nursing Student Handbook 2019-2020.


    The PN Certificate Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC)

    PO Box 47864

    Olympia, WA 98504

    360-236-4700

    www.doh.wa.gov


    The Practical Nursing Certificate is applying for accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) but is not nationally accredited at this time.

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

    3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 850

    Atlanta, GA 30326

    (404) 975-5000

    www.acenursing.org


    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.

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    Please Note:

    BTC has not made a determination that the Nursing curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.

    Jobs & Employment

    Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are in demand by employers in our region. As the Baby Boomer population ages, the number of healthcare jobs in our community and beyond is rapidly growing. Projected job openings in WA State are expected to grow 12% over the next ten years. The average annual wage in this field is $46,240, with an earning potential of about $62,160 per year.

    Potential Positions

    BTC graduates are highly sought after by employers in our region and beyond. Graduates of BTC find top jobs in a variety of healthcare settings, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, skilled home care, hospice, acute care hospitals, clinics, and schools.


    The BTC Nursing Program has partnered with employers in Whatcom County on its PN Certificate pathway to help meet the need for LPNs in our community.

    Courses

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    Courses are from the 2020-21 Catalog

    TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS73 credits

    • Quarter 1
    • NURS 110Introduction to Health Concepts4 credits

      This integrated course introduces the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts within each domain including: comfort, elimination, health, wellness and illness, mobility, tissue integrity, cognition, assessment, clinical decision making, communication, professional behaviors, teaching and learning, accountability, legal issues, safety, basic principles of pharmacology, and foundational nursing skills.

      Prerequisite:
      MATH& 146, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260, ENGL& 101, and PSYC& 200 all with a B or better. CHEM& 121 with a B or better or CHEM& 161 with a B or better. PSYC& 100 and BIOL& 160 all with a C or better. 5 credits of Communications all with a grade of C or better. 10 credits of Humanities all with a grade of C or better. Completion of NA 101 with a grade of C or better and NA 102 with a grade of C or better or Healthcare Experience verification. ATI TEAS scores: Reading 69.0 or better, Mathematics 63.3 or better, Science 45.8 or better, and English & Language Usage 60.0 or better

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    • 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.


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    • 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.


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    • 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.


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    • Quarter 2
    • 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.


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    • Quarter 3
    • 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.

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    • 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.


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    • 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 120.


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    • Quarter 4
    • 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.


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    • Quarter 5
    • 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.

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    • 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.


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    • 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.


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    • Quarter 6
    • 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.


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    • Pre-Program
    • 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.

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      4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    • 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.

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    • 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.

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      4/6-6/22TTh 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
      4/7-6/23W 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
      4/8-6/17Th 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
      4/6-6/22TTh 8:30a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    • 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 RDG 085 with a B or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or better or AENGL 100 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or better.

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    • 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 RDG 085 with a C or better, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or better and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or better or AENGL 100 with a C or better.

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    • 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 Classic Reading (85) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (256) OR RDG 085 with a B or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (86) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (255) or higher OR AENGL 100 with a C or higher OR BUS 191 with a C or higher.

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    • 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.

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    TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS73 credits

    Entry Information

    Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

    When Can I Start?


    Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate

    All students interested in the Nursing Program should meet with the Nursing Student Navigator, to schedule an appointment contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center at 360.752.8345.


    Practical Nursing Certificate Pathway: This pathway is designed for students interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and looking for a part-time option that better meets their needs. The prerequisite foundational courses for the PN Certificate are fewer than those for the 2-year RN and LPN-RN options. Students will complete 6 quarters part-time including summer quarter then upon graduation sit for the NCLEX-PN. The graduates of the PN Certificate pathway are eligible to apply to the LPN-RN program option to complete the DTA/MRP Associates Degree after completing 1,000 hours of employment as an LPN and the remaining prerequisite foundational courses. Students enrolled in the PN pathway will not be allowed to transfer to the 2-year, full-time program option.


    LPNs are in high demand and the BTC Nursing Program has partnered with Whatcom county employers to offer this program option.


    Students should be aware that this pathway will take a student five or more years to complete their associate DTA/MRP degree to become an RN. This pathway is intended for students who want to work as an LPN and who part-time education better meets their needs.



    BTC is currently accepting applications to the Practical Nursing Program.


    Students who are program-ready may submit a Practical Nursing Certificate application at any time. Complete applications will be added to the PN Cert Program-Ready Waitlist in the date/time order in which they are received. PN cohort start dates will be determined by demand and cohorts are generally ten students. No more than two PN cohorts will run at the same time.



    Practical Nursing is a self-support program and is eligible for Financial Aid.


    Nursing PN Certificate Checklist

    Nursing PN Certificate FAQ


    This program requires a criminal history background check prior to attending the clinical practicum. More information is available on the Criminal History Background Check Info Sheet

    What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


    Entry Requirements

    ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) v.6

    Applicants must score at the "PROFICIENT" level or higher in each of the four areas on one transcript. See the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills handout for more information about this entrance assessment.


    Note: Scores for ATI TEAS assessments taken at BTC will automatically be submitted to the Nursing Program.


    Healthcare Experience

    PN Certificant applicants must submit a Healthcare Experience Verification Form for prior approval. Experience in healthcare may be demonstrated by certification or training in an allied healthcare field. Other experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by program staff. DO NOT turn in original certificates or lisences. Please follow the instructions on the form as to which paperwork to submit.


    Healthcare Experience Verification Form (For DTA/MRP 2-year Program & PN Cert Entry Only)


    Currently submissions are only accepted by email to nursing@btc.edu


    Pre-Program Course Requirements


    Meet with the Nursing Student Navigator to plan a course of study.


    ALL COURSES MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 5 QUARTER CREDITS OR 3 SEMESTER CREDITS


    The following courses must be completed with a B (3.0) or higher in each course:
    • Intro to Statistics (MATH& 146)
    • Human A & P 1 (BIOL& 241)
    • Human A & P 2 (BIOL& 242)
    • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161)
    • English Composition I (ENGL& 101)
    The following courses must be completed with a C (2.0) or higher in each course:
    • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
    • General Biology with lab (BIOL& 160)

    Program Application/Forms


    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.

    What Are My Next Steps?


    1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
    2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
    3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
    4. Prepare to Attend

    Program Outcomes

    The BTC Practical Nursing graduate will:

    • Clinical Judgement: Administer safe nursing care by integrating critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and prioritization.
    • Collaborative Leadership: Build positive health outcomes through the promotion of evidence-based clinical care within the interdisciplinary team.
    • Professionalism: Demonstrate integrity through professional boundaries, ethical behaviors, and respectful communication.
    • Self-Care Promotion: Build strategies to promote the health of self and others.
    • Nursing Care: Apply the nursing process to deliver individualized culturally competent care.

    First attempt NCLEX-PN pass rates, program completion, and job placement data will be available once the first cohort has completed the Practical Nursing Certificate Pathway in 2021.

    Jennifer Tachiyama - Instructor image

    Jennifer Tachiyama

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing Student Navigator – Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

    Contact Info


    360 752-8481
    Jennifer.tachiyama@btc.edu
    H Building (H) - Room H20

     

    Background


    Profile
    Nursing Student Navigator - Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

    Master of Education

    Bachelor of Science – Mathematics

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      • Nursing Student Navigator - Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

        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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    Shane Weg

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing

    Degrees and Certifications


    MSN, Nursing/Health Care Education, University of Phoenix

    BS, Nursing, University of Phoenix

    BS, Animal Science, Iowa State University

    AA, Registered Nurse, Skagit Valley College

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Contact Info


    360 752-8573
    sweg@btc.edu
    Haskell Center (HC) - Room 208


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    Kathy Follman

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing

    Degrees and Certifications


    MN, Nursing, University of Washington

    Certificate, Advanced Practice Nursing-Nurse Educator Specialist, University of Washington

    BSN, Nursing, University of Washington

    AAS, Nursing, Everett Community College

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Contact Info


    360 752-8430
    kfollman@btc.edu
    Haskell Center (HC) - Room 117


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    Holly Kennedy

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing

    Degrees and Certifications


    MN, Nursing, University of Washington

    Certificate, Nurse Educator Specialist Training

    BS, Nursing, University of Victoria

    BS, Industrial Technology, Central Connecticut State University

    Diploma, Nursing, Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing

    License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Contact Info


    360 752-8402
    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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    Tiffany Schuman

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing

    Degrees and Certifications


    MSN, Nursing Education, Western Governors University, Washington

    BSN, Nursing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

    Licensed Practical Nurse, Louisiana Technical College

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Contact Info


    360 752-8394
    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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    Diana Davidson

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing

    Degrees and Certifications


    MN, Nursing, University of Washington

    BA, Biology, Western Washington University

    ATA, Nursing, Skagit Valley College

    License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Contact Info


    360 752-8386
    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


    MSN, Nursing Education, Western Governors University

    BS, Nursing, Washington State University

    Certificate, Hospice and Palliative Care

    Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

    Certificate, Practical Nursing, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Contact Info


    360 752-8360
    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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    Mary Curran

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing

    Degrees and Certifications


    MN, Nursing, University of Washington

    BS, Nursing, University of Washington

    ATA, Nursing, Skagit Valley College

    License, Registered Nurse, State of Washington

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Contact Info


    360 752-8373
    mcurran@btc.edu
    Haskell Center (HC) - Room 117

     

    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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    Rika Winquist

    Area of Instruction


    Nursing

    Degrees and Certifications


    BA, Anthropology-Archaeology, Western Washington University

    Contact Info


    360 752-8449
    rwinquist@btc.edu
    Haskell Center (HC) - Room 206