2023-2024 Olympic College Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Olympic College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information


Olympic College offers many opportunities to excel. Our students can take courses to satisfy the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, allowing them to transfer to colleges and universities to complete their four-year degrees. Additionally, students can expand their job skills, enhance their academic skills to prepare for college, take courses to prepare for new careers or get retraining. We offer four bachelor’s degrees, in addition to numerous other bachelor’s level programs through university partners located on our campuses. Along the way, staff and faculty want students to succeed and many services are provided to help. Please use this catalog to learn about policies and procedures, degrees and certificates, enrollment, registration, and advisors who can help students create an academic plan that will assist in reaching personal and professional goals. A wealth of information about resources and cultural activities is also available to students.

About the College

Olympic College started in 1946 with 575 full-time students in Bremerton. Since then, the college has grown, serving nearly 12,000 full- and part-time students a year within Kitsap and Mason counties. The number of locations has continued to expand over the years as well. A satellite campus opened in Shelton in 1968 to provide classes to Mason County residents - a permanent campus was established in 1995. The Poulsbo campus opened in the winter of 2004 to create additional educational opportunities in Kitsap County. Other locations in the community as well as distance learning, evening and weekend classes provide even more options.

The college has made a variety of changes to meet the needs of our students. A Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking, Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management are available. Students may also choose to transfer to one of the universities that are co-located at the Bremerton and Poulsbo campuses.

In response to the growing need for housing, the College opened its own residence hall in 2013. Olympic College recently completed a 70,000 square-foot College Instruction Center where art, music, filmmaking and health occupations programs are located. This state-of-the-art, multipurpose instructional space includes a 270-seat theater. The College also opened a high-quality modular building in Poulsbo to provide more space for our growing partnership with Western Washington University, in addition to building a new welding shop at our Shelton campus.

These advancements and additions truly allow Olympic College to reach its full potential and strengthen the quality of education we provide.

College Environment

The site of the largest campus is located in Bremerton, a city of more than 45,000 residents in Kitsap County with spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier. Bremerton has many new parks, public art, hotels, and other developments that are changing the downtown area and the city. The city has a direct connection by ferry to Seattle, the largest city in Washington state, providing ample opportunities to attend professional sports events and explore art, theater and cultural offerings.

The Poulsbo campus is also located in North Kitsap. The city has a population of 12,000 and is growing. The site of the Poulsbo campus has seen the addition of new stores and new housing developments. The city of Poulsbo is close to ferries that can take residents and visitors to Seattle and surrounding towns across Puget Sound.

Shelton, a city of 11,000 residents, is in Mason County. The town is 22 miles from Olympia, the state’s capital, and is located a short distance from the spectacular beauty of Hood Canal, local and state parks, and Olympic National Park. The area is known for its relaxed pace and quality of life.

Mission, Vision, Values


Olympic College enriches our diverse communities through quality education and support so students achieve their educational goals.


At Olympic College we envision learning as a life enhancing journey of discovery where:

  1. Our students are life-long learners in a global society.
    To realize our vision, we will focus on student learning and success, promoting learning through accessible education, personalized service, adaptive and innovative teaching, and an ongoing commitment to academic excellence.
  2. Our employees are empowered to achieve the college mission.
    To realize our vision, we will appreciate and value our employees, providing opportunities to enhance professional skills, encouraging learning and advancement, and prioritizing and sharing institutional resources.
  3. Our community recognizes the college as its cornerstone of learning.
    To realize our vision, we will develop strong community partnerships and fulfill our role as a cultural center, enriching those we serve by creating relevant educational options and bringing a diverse array of activities to the region.


We honor our shared values by holding ourselves and each other accountable for:

  1. A Dedication to Public Service and Higher Education

    To demonstrate our values we…
    1. Commit ourselves to student learning and success.
    2. Embrace the wide-ranging mission of the community college.
    3. Meet or exceed professional standards of practice and ethics.
    4. Champion the principles of academic freedom and intellectual honesty.
    5. Foster innovation, creativity, and flexibility in our efforts to offer exemplary education and service.
    6. Regularly evaluate our practice and make changes to better support those who are underserved.
  2. A Commitment to Life-long Learning

    To demonstrate our values we…
    1. Assess our work rigorously and reflectively to improve our knowledge.
    2. Improve our practices and behaviors as we learn better ways of working.
    3. Take thoughtful risks to acquire new perspectives and skills.
    4. Create a learning environment in which each learner is welcomed, encouraged and supported.
  3. The Practice of Civil and Constructive Discourse and Respect for Diversity

    To demonstrate our values we…
    1. Exemplify civility as a hallmark of our institution.
    2. Appreciate and listen to one another with respect for our differences.
    3. Acknowledge that our own cultural conditioning influences our perceptions of other people.
    4. Are open-minded problem solvers who manage conflicts proactively and effectively.
  4. A Quest for Community and Environmental Health

    To demonstrate our values we…
    1. Contribute to the wellbeing and sustainability of our community.
    2. Serve as stewards of our environment.
    3. Study and model choices and practices that enhance environmental health, economic vitality, and social justice.
  5. The Thoughtful Use of Our Finite Resources, Including Ourselves

    To demonstrate our values we…
    1. Empower employees to assert leadership and engage in institutional decision making.
    2. Develop, prioritize and communicate our goals corroboratively.
    3. Identify, share, and make the most effective use of our resources.
    4. Work together to accomplish our tasks and achieve the college mission.
    5. Strive for a balanced work environment in which we are efficient and competent, but also kind and friendly.

Equal Opportunity College

Olympic College provides equal opportunity in education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, use of a trained guide dog or service animal, and does not discriminate on any other unlawful basis.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact Vice President of Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator Josh Masters, jmasters@olympic.edu; 360-485-7305; 1600 Chester Ave.; Bremerton, WA 98337-1699.

For inquiries regarding sexual misconduct policies, contact Community Standards Office Igor Lukashin: ilukashin@olympic.edu, 360-475-6368; 1600 Chester Ave.; Bremerton, WA 98337-1699


With three campuses in Kitsap and Mason counties, students have flexibility to take classes where they want and at times that work with their schedules. In addition, campuses provide on-site services, cultural opportunities and student activities that create unique learning environments.

In addition to its campuses, Olympic College also offers classes and additional services at off-site locations as well as distance learning options to help students reach their educational aspirations.

Olympic College Bremerton

Olympic College’s largest campus is in Bremerton, Washington and provides students with what is needed to pursue their studies in a resource environment comparable to most colleges and universities.

The Bremerton campus offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking, Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management, Associate in Arts degrees (AA), Associate of Science degrees (AS), Associate in Technical Arts degrees (ATA), Associate of General Studies degrees (AGS), certificates, college-level freshman and sophomore courses, GED preparation and high school completion, transfer, and professional-technical programs.

Numerous services are available to help students during their time at the college including admissions, registration, advising, a bookstore, financial aid, library, tutoring, services for students with disabilities, and Military & Veteran Programs. An extensive list of services can be found in the “College Resources ” section of this catalog or on the Olympic College website.

The Bremer Student Center is the hub of student programs and activities at the Bremerton campus. It is also the location of food service (cafeteria and dining), a student lounge, athletic programs, multicultural services, and a gymnasium. See the “Student Life ” section in this catalog to learn more about student activities or search the college’s website.

The Bremerton campus also has a childcare center, fitness/weight training center, music practice rooms, art studio and gallery, and theater. Student parking is available in lots around the college campus. Kitsap Transit provides bus service to the campus and vicinity.

Contact Information
Olympic College Bremerton
1600 Chester Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98337-1699
360-360-475-7279, 1-800-259-6718
Bremerton Campus

Olympic College Shelton

Olympic College Shelton is a supportive learning community serving Mason County for more than 50 years. The 27-acre campus offers personalized services in a friendly environment. The campus has modern, high-tech facilities, including multiuse classrooms, computer labs, meeting rooms, a science lab, library, video teleconferencing, welding shop and wireless internet access.

Students may earn an associate degree or certificate. The Associate in Arts (AA) degree provides transfer opportunities as it satisfies the first two years of college study at many colleges and universities. The Associate in Technical Arts degree (ATA) is designed to provide entry into technical and professional occupations or additional training for those already working in a field but desire advancement.

Olympic College Shelton Basic Studies offers Adult Basic Education, GED preparation and testing, High School+ classes, adult high school completion, and classes for English Speakers of Other Languages. Running Start (for eligible high school juniors and seniors) is available through the cooperative efforts of local high schools, as are dual credit courses for Mason County high school students.

Olympic College Shelton students have access to a variety of student services such as advising and registration, cashiering services, financial aid assistance, tutoring, English and math placement, both on campus and via Skype to the Ranger Station in Bremerton. Multiple services are available for veterans and students with special needs, along with career development assistance and online internship and employment resources through the Career Center.

The Olympic College Shelton campus provides students with what is needed to pursue their studies in a resource environment comparable to most colleges and universities with branch campuses. Several classrooms are equipped with computers and interactive television systems that connect to Olympic College in Bremerton and Poulsbo for classes and meetings.

Contact Information
Olympic College Shelton
937 W. Alpine Way
Shelton, WA 98584
360-432-5400, 360-432-5412 FAX
Shelton Campus

Olympic College Poulsbo

Olympic College Poulsbo provides expanded access for residents of North and Central Kitsap, Bainbridge Island and surrounding areas. This state-of-the-art facility located at the junction of Route 305 and Route 3 in Poulsbo features multi-use classrooms, computer labs, meeting rooms, a science lab, interactive television classrooms, and a learning resource center/library. Currently, students can pursue courses toward transfer degrees, professional technical degrees, and the Running Start program.

Olympic College Poulsbo provides extensive services including admissions, registration, tuition and fee payment, English and math placement, career counseling, advising, and tutoring.

Specifically, Olympic College Poulsbo offers courses leading to the Associate in Arts (AA) degree which can satisfy the first two years of college study at many colleges and universities. Courses available include Social Sciences, Humanities, Art, Music, Mathematics, Science, and Business as part of a transfer option. Students at Olympic College Poulsbo may also pursue an Associate in Technical Arts (ATA) degree or a certificate in multiple professional technical programs including Accounting, Administrative Office Support, Business Management, Legal Professional, and Computer Information.

Through a joint vision to serve the community and businesses on the Kitsap Peninsula, Olympic College partners with Western Washington University, offering a variety of degree programs, professional development opportunities, a lecture series and programs for youth grades K-12.

Contact Information
Olympic College Poulsbo
1000 Olympic College Place N.W.
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Poulsbo Campus

Distance Learning Options

Distance Learning (sometimes called “eLearning”) at Olympic College is defined as any program which uses electronic media to deliver course content using the Internet. Distance Learning may also occur within a traditional classroom when electronic media is used to enhance instruction. Distance Learning courses may use a Learning Management System such as Canvas, web tools provided by textbook publishers, or other sites developed by faculty or available as open source.

Distance Learning courses may be taught in one of three modes: web-enhanced, hybrid or fully online. Fully online courses deliver all course materials using some form of electronic media. Online courses may be held synchronously with the class meeting online at a specific time, or asynchronously with students able to access the material online at their convenience. Direct contact with the instructor occurs through Canvas or other online conferencing systems such as Zoom. Hybrid courses combine traditional classroom instruction with online instruction. Each instructor teaching a hybrid course determines the instructional content that is delivered in the traditional face-to-face mode, and what content will be delivered online. Web-enhanced courses are those that meet face-to-face as scheduled and provide access to course materials through the Internet.

Contact Information
The Center for Learning Innovation
360-475-7770, distancelearning@olympic.edu
Distance Learning


Olympic College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course of program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission Colleges and Universities; 8060 165th Ave. N.E., Suite 100; Redmond, WA 98052 425-558-4224; Northwest Commission Colleges and Universities

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities refers to the institution as a whole. Therefore, statements like “fully accredited” or “this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” or “this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” are incorrect and should not be used.

For more information, see our Accreditation and Core Themes webpage. 

The Olympic College Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 350; Washington, DC 20036-1120; 202-887-6791, American Association of College Nurses

The two-year ATA in Nursing curriculum is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and/or ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850;
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000, American Association of College Nurses

Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
P.O. Box 47864
Olympia, WA 98504-7877
360-236-4700, Fax number: 360-236-4738
Email address: nursing@doh.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Health Nursing Commission

The Olympic College Practical Nursing Program is approved by:

Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission; P.O. Box 47865; Olympia, WA 98504-7865
Washington State Department of Health Nursing Commission

The Culinary Arts Institute is accredited by the American Culinary Federation

The Human Services & Chemical Dependency Professional Program is accredited by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals

The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. The commission may be contacted at: 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Olympic College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. The commission may be contacted at 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria; VA 22314-1488, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

About This Catalog

This catalog is effective July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to form the basis for a contract. The college makes a reasonable effort to ensure the contents of the catalog are accurate at the time of printing but reserves the option to amend, modify, or revise any course or program in this catalog for reasons that may include, but are not limited to: a lack of funds to operate a program or course; unavailability of instructor(s); a change in administrative or Board of Trustees policy; and/or a change in the laws, rules, or regulations by the state of Washington which governs the operations of community colleges. In any case, the College’s liability for claims arising from reliance upon the contents of this catalog shall be limited to the tuition and fees paid by the student to the college for those courses or programs. In no event shall the college be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss of earnings or profit.

Olympic College Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is comprised of community members appointed by the Washington state Governor. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Olympic College and all meetings are subject to Washington state’s Open Meeting Act.

The general public is welcome to attend Board of Trustees meetings. The regular, monthly meeting takes place on the third Tuesday of each month at the Bremerton campus.

The April meeting is held annually at the Poulsbo campus and the August meeting is at the Shelton campus.

Any additional meetings, off-campus Board meetings (e.g., Shelton campus) or cancellations of the regular meeting are announced in advance.

Olympic College Board of Trustees

Harriette Bryant
Frankie L. Coleman
Candelario Gonzalez
Cheryl Miller