The Olympic College Associate in Technical Arts in Nursing (RN) Program prepares graduates for employment as Registered Nurses in home care, acute care, long term care, and community-based care agencies. The program is comprised of two pathways. The –Nursing (RN) ATA Pathway is designed to prepare qualified candidates to become Registered Nurses in two years. The –Nursing (LPN to RN) ATA Pathway is designed to prepare qualified Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to become Registered Nurses in four quarters, plus one transition course. The curriculum includes a balance of general education courses, nursing theory, and nursing practice.
Graduates of the Nursing (RN) and Nursing (LPN to RN) Pathways will receive the Associate in Technical Arts Degree, which qualifies candidates for eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. This license permits the nurse to use the legal title of Registered Nurse in the State of Washington. Graduates are prepared for employment as Registered Nurses in home health care, hospitals, long-term care, and community-based care agencies.
The ATA in Nursing (RN) program at Olympic College located in Bremerton, Washington is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC).
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC)
P.O. Box 47864
Olympia, WA 98504-7877
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) nursing program is continuing accreditation.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Synthesize empirical and evidence-based knowledge from nursing, including a foundation in natural and social sciences to form the basis for clinical judgment and innovation in nursing practice.
- Integrate person-centered care supporting and improving equitable outcomes.
- Incorporate foundational elements of quality, safety, and ethics in the coordination and delivery of care to achieve quality person-centered outcomes.
- Utilize clinical informatics and healthcare technology to enhance person-centered care through system efficiency and responsible allocation of resources.
- Influence healthcare systems through interdisciplinary collaboration in the unique role of nursing.
- Pursue a spirit of inquiry, reflection, self-care, and resiliency that fosters professional growth and accountability.
Admission to the Nursing Program
Application to the Nursing Program is a separate procedure in addition to the application to Olympic College. Admission to Olympic College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. Admission to the Program is based on a factoring system.
Please visit www.olympic.edu/nursing for application instructions and admission information.
Students who have completed some formal nursing education must complete prerequisite coursework and meet grade requirements, and are required to enter into the applicant pool. If accepted to the Associate in Technical Arts (ATA) in Nursing (RN) Program, previous coursework may be reviewed to determine advanced standing. Applicants must provide a letter from their previous nursing school stating they left in good standing.
Reentering Olympic College Nursing Students
Reentering Olympic College Nursing students must complete an application for reentry by the specified date.