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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!


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.

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

Registered Nurses are the most advertised job online in Whatcom county. 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 Nursing Program students have jobs within nine months of graduating. The average annual wage in this field is $78,666, with an earning potential of about $96,658 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 acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, skilled home care, hospice, clinics, day-surgery centers, schools, and public health.


Many of the Nursing Program graduates go on to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The DTA/MRP degree that BTC offers allows graduates to seamlessly transfer to WA State RN-BSN programs. A BTC Associate Degree in Nursing is the first step on a path to further career advancement towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a doctoral degree.

Courses

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

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    1/7-3/26DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARRFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24ARRRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24WThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    4/7-6/24DAILY 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 higher.

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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 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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    1/7-3/26ARR 6:30a-3:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24ARR 6:30a-3:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24WThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 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 higher.

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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 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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    1/7-3/26ARR 6:30a-3:00pCARSON TOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24ARR 6:30a-3:00pCARSON 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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    1/7-3/26ThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 16
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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 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 higher or acceptance into LPN-ADN Pathway.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:30pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:30pSCHUMAN 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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    1/7-3/26ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 7
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    1/7-3/26ARR 2:30p-11:00pCARSON TOpenings: 3
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    4/7-6/24ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
    4/7-6/24ARR 2:30p-11:00pCARSON 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
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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 higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 20
  • NURS 225Complex Health Concepts- Clinical Lab6 credits

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


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCOTT KOpenings: 3
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    1/7-3/26ARR 2:30p-11:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 4
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    1/7-3/26WThF 6:30a-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 7
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    1/7-3/26WThF 2:30p-10:00pSTAFFOpenings: 9
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    4/7-6/24ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCOTT KOpenings: 10
    4/7-6/24ARR 2:30p-11:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 10
    4/7-6/24ARR 2:30p-11:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 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.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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 higher

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 19
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
    4/7-6/24WThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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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    1/7-3/26ARRSCOTT KOpenings: 19
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    4/7-6/24ARRSCOTT 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.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 19
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    4/7-6/24WThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    4/7-6/24DAILY 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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    1/7-3/26TTh 5:30p-8:30pQUESADA AOpenings: 18
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    1/8-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aQUESADA AOpenings: 7
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    1/8-3/25MW 1:00p-4:00pQUESADA AOpenings: 18
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    4/8-6/24MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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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    1/7-3/26TTh 8:30a-12:00pWECHTER MOpenings: 6
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    1/9-3/26Th 5:30p-9:30pLEBITZ MOpenings: 17
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    1/7-3/24T 5:30p-9:30pWESTER LOpenings: 6
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    1/8-3/25MW 8:30a-12:00pWILKINSON GOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/23T 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24MWF 8:30a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/11-6/20Sa12:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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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    1/7-3/26TTh 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AWaitlisted: 12
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    1/11-3/21Sa12:00p-4:00pLEBITZ MWaitlisted: 0
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    1/8-3/25W 5:30p-9:30pLEBITZ MOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24W 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/9-6/18Th 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 8:30a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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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    1/8-3/25MW 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AWaitlisted: 6
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    1/7-3/26TTh 8:30a-12:00pOLAH AOpenings: 1
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    4/8-6/24MW 5:30p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 8:30a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24MW 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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 higher, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or higher or AENGL 100 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or higher.

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    1/8-3/25W 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 15
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    1/11-3/21Sa 8:30a-11:30aWECHTER MOpenings: 17
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    1/7-3/26TTh 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 14
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    1/8-3/25MW 1:00p-4:00pMILLER AOpenings: 16
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    4/8-6/24MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/11-6/20Sa 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24MW 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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 higher, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or higher and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or higher or AENGL 100 with a C or higher.

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    1/7-3/26Online HATCH LOpenings: 8
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    1/7-3/26TTh 1:10p-3:20pRICHARDS JOpenings: 18
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    1/8-3/25MW 8:30a-9:50aGERNAND JOpenings: 22
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    1/7-3/26Online HATCH LOpenings: 23
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    4/8-6/24MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/7-6/23T10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/7-6/24Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • 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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    1/8-3/25MWF10:10a-11:30aRING COpenings: 23
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    4/8-6/24MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 30
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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 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.

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    4/8-6/24MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 30
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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 Nursing Program Application Window for the 2019-2020 academic year is now closed.

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 will be posted in January, 2020. 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)


The deadline to submit Healthcare Experience Verification forms for review for the 2020-2021 Academic Year will be posted in January 2020. 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
  • 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 will be posted in January, 2020.

    Program Application/Forms


    • AFTER Admissions acceptance into the program and prior to beginning Nursing classes students must submit proof of all Clinical Placement Requirements.

      Clinical Placement Requirements Info Sheet

    • Applicants do not need to submit an Application Packet for the 2020-2021 Application Window.

    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


    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)

    2017-2018
    85% employed 9 months after graduation

    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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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 License, 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, Education, Western Governors University, Washington

BSN, Nursing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

License, 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, Education, Western Governors University

BS, Nursing, Washington State University

Certificate, Certification in 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
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(404) 975-5000
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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.

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

Registered Nurses are the most advertised job online in Whatcom county. 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 Nursing Program students have jobs within nine months of graduating. The average annual wage in this field is $78,666, with an earning potential of about $96,658 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 acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, skilled home care, hospice, clinics, day-surgery centers, schools, and public health.


Many of the Nursing Program graduates go on to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The DTA/MRP degree that BTC offers allows graduates to seamlessly transfer to WA State RN-BSN programs. A BTC Associate Degree in Nursing is the first step on a path to further career advancement towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a doctoral degree.

Courses

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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 higher or acceptance into LPN-ADN Pathway.

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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:30pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:30pSCHUMAN 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
  • 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.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 7
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    1/7-3/26ARR 2:30p-11:00pCARSON TOpenings: 3
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    4/7-6/24ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCHUMAN TOpenings: 10
    4/7-6/24ARR 2:30p-11:00pCARSON TOpenings: 10
  • 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 higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 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
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 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
    1/7-3/26ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCOTT KOpenings: 3
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    1/7-3/26ARR 2:30p-11:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 4
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    1/7-3/26WThF 6:30a-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 7
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    1/7-3/26WThF 2:30p-10:00pSTAFFOpenings: 9
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    4/7-6/24ARR 6:30a-3:00pSCOTT KOpenings: 10
    4/7-6/24ARR 2:30p-11:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 10
    4/7-6/24ARR 2:30p-11:00pDAVIDSON DOpenings: 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
    1/7-3/26ThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 16
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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 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 higher

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 19
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 20
    4/7-6/24WThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pHUMEN JOpenings: 19
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    4/7-6/24WThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    4/7-6/24DAILY 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.


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  • 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.


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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 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.


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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)


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:
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
  • General Biology with lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Five (5) credits of Communication Electives
  • 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 will be posted in January, 2020.

    Program Application/Forms


    • LPN-RN Admission Application

      Submit application in-person to Haskell Center, Room 206 OR by mail to BTC Nursing Program, Haskell Center 206, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

    • AFTER Admissions acceptance into the program and prior to beginning Nursing classes students must submit proof of all Clinical Placement Requirements.

      LPN-RN Clinical Placement Requirements Info Sheet

    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


    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)

    2017-2018
    85% employed 9 months after graduation

    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

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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

<>

    • 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 License, 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, Education, Western Governors University, Washington

BSN, Nursing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

License, 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, Education, Western Governors University

BS, Nursing, Washington State University

Certificate, Certification in 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.

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.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS12.5 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • HO 127Healthcare Provider CPR0.5 credits

    This basic life-support course is designed for healthcare providers and includes adult one- and two-rescuer CPR, pediatric one-rescuer CPR, and barrier devices. Successful written and mannequin skill evaluation and attendance at all sessions is required to receive a card.


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    6/11Th 3:30p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • HLTH 133HIV/AIDS: For Healthcare Professional1 credits

    This workshop is designed for the professional needing seven hours of HIV/AIDS education for licensure or professional update. The program utilizes a multi-media approach and meets Washington State certification requirements.


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  • 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 higher and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or completion of ABE 050 with a C or higher.

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  • NA 102Nursing Assistant Clinical5 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:
    Program admission and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 50 or completion of ABE 054 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or completion of ABE 050 with a C or higher. Successful completion of HO 127 and HLTH 133.

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    4/7-6/24DAILYTELLING ROpenings: 10
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS12.5 credits

Entry Information

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When Can I Start?


Nursing Assistant Program Information Sheet


Students are admitted in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters on a space available basis.


Register now for Winter Quarter 2020!

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

ACCUPLACER Classic (valid for 5 years from testing date):

  • Reading Comprehension score of 50 or ABE 054 with a grade of C or higher
  • Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a grade of C or higher

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (starting January 23, 2019):

  • Reading score of 232 or ABE 054 with a grade of C or higher
  • Arithmetic score of 230 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a grade of C or higher


Pre-Program Course Requirements


  • There are no pre-program requirements. Healthcare Provider CPR (HO 127) and 7 hour HIV/AIDS Education (HLTH 133) may be taken before the program starts but this is not required.

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


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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Nursing Assistant Instructor...


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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

<>

    • 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!

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.


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.

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.

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

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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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    4/7-6/24DAILY 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.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24WThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    4/7-6/24DAILY 8:30a-1:00pWEG SOpenings: 20
  • 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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    1/7-3/26ARRFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24ARRRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
  • 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 higher.

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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 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.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24WThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 20
    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
  • 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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    1/7-3/26ARR 6:30a-3:00pFOLLMAN KOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24ARR 6:30a-3:00pRUTLEDGE SOpenings: 20
  • 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 higher.

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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 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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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 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.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ThF 4:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 16
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    1/7-3/26DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24DAILY 9:00a-12:00pKENNEDY HOpenings: 20
  • 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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    1/7-3/26ARR 6:30a-3:00pCARSON TOpenings: 20
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    4/7-6/24ARR 6:30a-3:00pCARSON TOpenings: 20
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/25MWF10:10a-11:30aRING COpenings: 23
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    1/7-3/26Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 13
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    1/7-3/26Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 25
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    4/8-6/24MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/7-6/24Online 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.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 8:30a-12:00pWECHTER MOpenings: 6
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    1/9-3/26Th 5:30p-9:30pLEBITZ MOpenings: 17
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    1/7-3/24T 5:30p-9:30pWESTER LOpenings: 6
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    1/8-3/25MW 8:30a-12:00pWILKINSON GOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/23T 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24MWF 8:30a-11:15aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/11-6/20Sa12:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BIOL& 242Human A & P 25 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 241 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TTh 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AWaitlisted: 12
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    1/11-3/21Sa12:00p-4:00pLEBITZ MWaitlisted: 0
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    1/8-3/25W 5:30p-9:30pLEBITZ MOpenings: 7
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    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24W 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/9-6/18Th 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 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 higher, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or higher or AENGL 100 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/25W 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 15
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    1/11-3/21Sa 8:30a-11:30aWECHTER MOpenings: 17
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    1/7-3/26TTh 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 14
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    1/8-3/25MW 1:00p-4:00pMILLER AOpenings: 16
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    4/8-6/24MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/11-6/20Sa 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24MW 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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 higher, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or higher and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or higher or AENGL 100 with a C or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online HATCH LOpenings: 8
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    1/7-3/26TTh 1:10p-3:20pRICHARDS JOpenings: 18
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    1/8-3/25MW 8:30a-9:50aGERNAND JOpenings: 22
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    1/7-3/26Online HATCH LOpenings: 23
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    4/8-6/24MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/7-6/23T10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/7-6/24Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

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

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

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online SMITH MOpenings: 10
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    1/8-3/25MWF10:10a-11:30aSMITH MOpenings: 28
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    1/8-3/25MW12:30p-1:50pSMITH MOpenings: 24
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    4/8-6/24MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-6/24MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/7-6/24Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • 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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    1/7-3/26TTh 5:30p-8:30pQUESADA AOpenings: 18
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    1/8-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aQUESADA AOpenings: 7
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    1/8-3/25MW 1:00p-4:00pQUESADA AOpenings: 18
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    4/8-6/24MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/24MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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.


Practical Nursing Certificate admits 20 students every two years through a limited program-ready waitlist. The first cohort will start SPRING QUARTER 2020.


PN Certificate Application Window opens October 21, 2019 with a priority deadline of January 31, 2020.

Transcript Evaluation, Healthcare Experience Verification Form, and ATI TEAS scores must be completed and/or approved prior to submitting an application during the Application Window.


PN Certificate Education Planning Guide

PN Certificate Frequently Asked Questions (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)


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)

  • The Transcript Evaluation Process must be complete before an application is submitted.

Program Application/Forms


  • PN Certificate Program Application form

    Submit application in-person to Haskell Center (HC) 206 OR by mail to BTC Nursing Program, Haskell Center 206, 3028 Lindbergh AVE, Bellingham, WA 98225. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

  • AFTER Admissions acceptance into the program and prior to beginning Nursing classes students must submit proof of all Clinical Placement Requirements.

    PN Clinical Placement Requirements Info Sheet

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:

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

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 License, 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, Education, Western Governors University, Washington

BSN, Nursing, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Certificate, Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

License, 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, Education, Western Governors University

BS, Nursing, Washington State University

Certificate, Certification in 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