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					        PIERCE COLLEGE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN
                     NURSING
                PROGRAM APPLICATION HANDBOOK
                  PROGRAM STARTS WINTER, 2012



          Ap p l i c a t i o n D u e D a t e i s J u l y 8 , 2 0 1 1
                                        12:00Noon




The Pierce College Puyallup Associate Degree Nursing Program’s mission is to provide students
with a comprehensive, quality education based upon current professional practice and
incorporating respect of the individual, to meet the diverse needs of our community.

                   WORKSHOP FOR WINTER 2011 APPLICANTS
           Application Workshop: Fri. June 3, 2:00 – 4:00pm Room AAH 234
                             Arts and Allied Health Building
      (This is a complimentary workshop and attendance and sign-up is not required.)
    ___________________________________________________________________
                    Contact: Stania Kasjan (253) 840-8355 ekasjan@pierce.ctc.edu
       SECTION
         ONE
 Letter from the Director

 Program Introduction

 Program Contact Information

 Faculty and Support Staff
                             LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR


Greetings!
       It is my pleasure to welcome you to Pierce College. The application process for the Pierce
College Nursing Program is challenging yet rewarding. Our aim is to ensure that all individuals
have an equal opportunity to “shine” during this process; we support prospective students in their
endeavor toward achieving the next step in the academic journey toward becoming a professional
registered nurse and obtaining an Associate Degree in Nursing.


       You will find that the Pierce College Nursing Program is outstanding and distinctive. We are
built on a foundation of respect for all individuals in our community. We strive for inclusion of all
from our diverse community by training qualified registered nurses and developing each student’s
unique abilities. Our commitment to quality nursing education and teaching excellence prepares
learners to live and work successfully as registered nurses in an ever-changing healthcare
environment in this new millennium.


       I urge you to take advantage of the rich resources that are available to you at Pierce College
during this application process. Nursing is a rewarding career choice, and our application and
selection process are rigorous. We will ask many questions to assess your academic qualifications.
Remember, the faculty and staff of the Pierce College Nursing Program support you in this
endeavor and we encourage you to ask questions throughout the process.


Good luck!


Warmest Regards,
Kathy Hensley, R.N., M.S.N.

Nursing Director, Nursing Faculty
Pierce College Puyallup Allied Health
                                                   PROGRAM INTRODUCTION
Pierce College offers the Associate Degree in Nursing for students who wish to become Registered Nurses. This
program begins with a strong foundation in basic nursing skills, from which students then advance to more complex
nursing concepts. A solid base in the natural and social sciences is included to provide students with a greater
understanding of patient care in a variety of settings. During the course of the program, students receive experience in
acute care, maternal/child, acute care specialties, community and mental health settings.



Graduates will earn an Associate Degree in Nursing from Pierce College, then must take and pass the NCLEX-RN
examination in order to be licensed as Registered Nurses in their state of residence. Licensed graduates qualify to be
employed as entry-level nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, clinics, health care
providers’ offices, and home care agencies. They are also able to plan and coordinate patient care. In addition, Pierce
College ADN graduates have the option of enrolling in the BSN program at UW-Tacoma.



The Pierce College Puyallup Nursing Program seeks students who are committed to the profession of nursing. Before
applying to our program, applicants should explore all facets of a nursing career, which may include, but not be limited
to: infection control, practice settings, and the law as it pertains to nursing practice.


Our program is distinctive. We are built on a foundation of respect and openness to change. We strive to meet the
needs of our diverse community by training qualified registered nurses and developing each student’s abilities. Our
commitment to quality nursing education and teaching excellence prepares learners to live and work successfully as
registered nurses in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

                Please read the enclosed information carefully and follow the application procedures exactly.

EACH APPLICANT MUST MEET ALL DEADLINES AND SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO BE
CONSIDERED A QUALIFIED APPLICANT TO THE PIERCE COLLEGE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING
PROGRAM. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS MADE.


                                                           Send Completed Application Packet To:
                                           Pierce College Puyallup Associate Degree in Nursing Program
                                                                 ATTN: Stania Kasjan/Nursing
                                                                      Pierce College Puyallup
                                                                          1601 39th Ave. SE
                                                                    Puyallup, WA 98374-2222


          Pierce College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age in their programs
                                                                               and activities.

                                        Admission to the Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing Program is competitive.
                             Completion of prerequisite coursework and this application does NOT guarantee admission into the program.

  The Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing program forms a community of learners committed to the discipline of nursing. Our specialized
community is built on a foundation of respect and an openness to change. Together we strive to meet the needs of our diverse community for qualified
   registered nurses and develop each nursing student’s abilities in nursing. Our commitment to quality nursing education and teaching excellence
                  prepares learners to live and work successfully as registered nurses in an ever-changing health-care environment.
                       PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Nursing Program Office / Staff           Full Time Nursing Faculty

Pierce College Nursing / Allied Health   Kathy Hensley, RN, MSN
1601 – 39th Avenue SE
Puyallup, WA 98374                       Ilene Johnson, RN, MSN
(253) 864-3272
www.pierce.ctc.edu                       Gwen Darks, RN, MSN

Talwinder Bhandal                        Becky Piper, RN, M.A.
Nursing Office Assistant
(253) 864-3272
tbhandal@pierce.ctc.edu                  Other Pierce College Support Offices

Nursing Program Director
Kathy Hensley, RN, MSN                   Pierce College–Puyallup Financial Aid
(253) 840-8375                           (253) 840-8398
khensley@pierce.ctc.edu                  Federal School Code: 005000

Eustenia (Stania) Kasjan, M.A.           Pierce College-Puyallup Testing Center
Allied Health Program Manager            (253) 840-8343
Nursing Program
(253) 840-8355                           Pierce College – Puyallup Access
ekasjan@pierce.ctc.edu                                    Disability Services
                                         (253) 840-8335
Leslie Watts
Faculty and Part-time Advisor
Ft. Steilacoom
lwatts@pierce.ctc.edu

Mike Peluso
General Advising
Pre-Nursing Advising (On Call)
mpeluso@pierce.ctc.edu
SECTION TWO
 Nursing Prerequisite Requirements

 Other Prerequisite Information
                                            NURSING PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
Please see the Course Equivalency Chart at the back of this packet for course transferability from other Washington State
schools. For credits earned outside Washington State or courses not listed on the Course Equivalency Chart, please contact
the nursing program office to obtain the proper waivers prior to submitting your application to the nursing program.

                                                                    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
 ENGL& 101                -            COMPOSITION – EXPOSITION
 BIOL& 241                -            ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I / LAB
 BIOL& 242                -            ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II / LAB
 BIOL& 260                -            MICROBIOLOGY
 CHEM& 121                -            INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
       -     MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED BY END OF AUGUST 2011
       -     APPLICANTS MUST EARN A 3.0 (B) OR BETTER IN EACH COURSE
       -     ALL COURSES MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS OF APPLICATION DATE (since SUMMER 2001)
             Eng. Course may be more than 10 years old if part of a degree.




                                 TRANSFER-READY COURSE WORK FOR ADDITIONAL 4 POINTS
 TRANSFER-READY APPLICANTS MUST HAVE ALL OF THE ABOVE COURSES, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:
 MATH& 146 -    INTRO TO STATISTICS                                                                                       = 2 POINTS
 WORLD LANGUAGES – 10 COLLEGE CREDITS, OR 2 YEARS HIGH SCHOOL (of same language), or native speaker*                      = 2 POINTS

 *Must meet native speaker requirements (see advisor for details)

       -     GRADES MUST BE NO LOWER THAN A 2.0 (C)
       -     STATISTICS COURSE MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS OF APPLICATION DATE



                               RECOMMENDED COURSEWORK (WILL ADD UP TO 2 EXTRA POINTS)
 CHEM& 131 -                           INTRO TO ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY                                                   = 1 POINT
 PSYCH& 200 -                          HUMAN DEVELOPMENT LIFESPAN                                                          =1 POINT


       -     GRADES MUST BE NO LOWER THAN A 2.0 (C)
       -     CHEM COURSE MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS OF APPLICATION DATE.
       -     PSYCH COURSE MAY BE MORE THAN 10 YEARS OLD IF PART OF A COMPLETED DEGREE.




       IMPORTANT NOTES ON ALL PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS:
            Only the grades in these required courses or their equivalents will be considered in the qualifying phase.
            Successful completion of the required prerequisites does NOT guarantee admission to the Nursing Program.
            Only ONE repeat of EACH required prerequisite course will be accepted within the past 10 years.
Previous Degrees
For students with previously earned Certificates, Associate or Bachelor degrees, the ten-year limit for non-science
prerequisite courses may be waived for credits earned within that degree. Only the Nursing Program Director or Pre-
Nursing Advisors at Pierce College Puyallup may consider exceptions to this requirement, and it is the responsibility of
the applicant to obtain a waiver prior to the application deadline. This waiver must then be submitted along with the
Course Prerequisite Listing Form in the application packet.


Other Programs and BSN Completion
Requirements for other nursing and BSN completion programs in the area may be different. If you are planning to apply
to other programs in addition to this one, or intend to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, please contact the
nursing program at the two or four-year college you wish to apply to. Because admission into this program is
competitive, we encourage all of our applicants to prepare to apply to other nursing programs as well.


Course Equivalence of Prerequisite Courses from Other Colleges
All applicants must completely fill out and submit the Course Prerequisite Listing Form (as part of the application
process) to the Pierce College Puyallup Nursing Office to be considered in the selection process. When evaluating
transcripts, the Course Prerequisite Listing Form is a necessary tool.

Equivalence of courses taken at colleges in the State of Washington may be determined by referring to the Prerequisite
Course Equivalency Chart. Any course not indicated on the Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart MUST be
accompanied by a signed Pierce College Nursing Waiver Form, along with a copy of the course description, course
outline, or course syllabus, in order to be eligible for admission consideration. Please see the Pierce College Puyallup
Pre-Nursing & Allied Health Advisor to prepare the form, if applicable.


  All required prerequisites/courses must be completed no later than August 2011 to be eligible to apply.


   There may be questions regarding course transferability. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that
      all prerequisite coursework will transfer to Pierce College. Please contact the Pierce College Puyallup
             Pre-Nursing & Allied Health Advisor to obtain the necessary support paperwork WELL IN
                           ADVANCE of the application deadline, as this may take some time.



  Any information provided in this packet is subject to change without notice. Please keep abreast of departmental changes by visiting
                       your advisor regularly, attending information sessions and visiting the program website often.
                                                      www.pierce.ctc.edu/nursing
SECTION THREE
                   Application Materials




 Notes on Scored Requirements

 Scoring, Priority Status, Qualification Information and
  Timeline

 Application Checklist

 Program Application

 Course Prerequisite Listing Form

 Professional Recommendation Form

 Personal Recommendation Form

 Personal Statement

 Post-Acceptance Requirements
                                    NOTES ON SCORED REQUIREMENTS
Recommendations
    Two letters of recommendation are required for application. Forms are provided in this application handbook and may
    accompanied by additional documentation. Applicants are to submit ONE professional and ONE personal recommendation.
    It is essential that the applicant carefully choose who will be submitting their recommendations. The following are some
    examples of the type of recommendations the Nursing Program is looking for:
    Note: We are looking for letters of recommendation that address SPECIFICS rather than generalities. Ask your
    recommenders to include our “4 C’s” in their comments about you.

    Personal: This would include someone who could attest to your personal attributes or soft skills such as compassion, integrity,
        empathy, etc. Examples include, but are not limited to: long-time co-workers, first-line supervisors, a former
        teacher/professor, a professional nurse (RN, MN, ARNP, FNP) who you have known for some length of time. This
        CANNOT be your best friend, a fellow student, relative, parent, or significant other.
    Professional: This would include someone who could attest to your professional characteristics or potential such as reliability,
        professionalism and conduct. Examples include, but are not limited to: current employer, second-line supervisor, member of
        the clergy, recent college professor, a professional nurse or physician you have known for some time. This CANNOT be
        your best friend, a fellow student, landlord, relative, parent, or significant other.

NOTE-CHANGE: Have these SEALED letters sent to you and then include them in your application packet.

Functional Resume (Keep as close to 1 page as possible) (Not the employer based/chronological one we all have)
    A functional resume enables you to highlight the skills and accomplishments as well as work and life experiences that best relate
    to your job objective (becoming a Registered Nurse). By creating relevant skill headings, you can incorporate all the experiences
    that have contributed to each listed skill i.e. co-curricular activities, life experience, family, work history, job shadowing,
    volunteer work, prior schooling, etc.
    You are encouraged to seek out resources about writing functional resumes online, in our libraries, or in the Job Connections area
    of the Advising Centers at Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campuses.

Personal Statement
    A Personal Statement is required as part of the application process. Questions to address are outlined in Section Three of this
    handbook. Applicants are encouraged to seek assistance from the Writing Center or an instructor in writing/editing their Personal
    Statement. The essays should accurately reflect the applicant’s critical, creative, and reflective thinking as well as their writing
    ability. Personal Statements will be judged on both content and syntax and are weighed quite heavily.
    In order to ensure that all applicants have carefully considered all aspects of a Registered Nursing career in today’s health care
    system, we encourage using as many of the extrinsic motivators as possible. These may include, but are not limited to:
        Employment – any type of job that has allowed you to work with or be exposed to registered nursing in a nursing care
         environment.
        Volunteering – in a facility that provides the direct delivery of nursing care or gives you the opportunity to assist or work
         beside RNs.
        Job Shadowing/Observation – in a nursing care environment, observing RN’s or ARNP’s.
        Informational Interviews – of an RN working in an area or specialty you might be interested in. This enables applicants to
         learn about different types of specialties available to RN’s. Informational interviews are also written up in Vocational
         Biographies – available in the Library at Puyallup or on the Internet.
        Nursing Research – In order to increase your knowledge about the field of nursing BEFORE you get started, a lot of
         information is available in professional nursing journals, reference books, websites, databases, etc. Ask one of our reference
         librarians for a Nursing Career Pathfinder resource sheet. This research is full of information about nursing history, trends,
         and scope of practice. If quotes from research are incorporated within your personal statement, be sure to give credit to the
         source. Information on citing is available via the Library link on the Pierce College website –
         www.pierce.ctc.edu/Library/stuck/help.html.

Transcripts       NOTE:----CHANGE IN PROCEDURE----
It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all sealed, official transcripts are included in your application packet. DO NOT
have them sent to Pierce College in general (either hard copy or electronically) or to me directly in the nursing office. Have them sent
to you and then include them in your packet. This is now your responsibility. If coursework is remaining, official transcripts will be
required at the end of summer quarter, and again, you are to deliver them directly to me. Thank you.
           SCORING, PRIORITY STATUS and QUALIFICATION INFORMATION
Scoring
The following elements will comprise the scoring of the application:

Required Elements
Personal Recommendation                                                  8 points
Professional Recommendation                                              8 points
Functional Resume                                                        6 points
Personal Statement                                                      28 points

Total Required Elements                                                  50 points

Transfer-Ready course work for Additional Points
Math&146          -       Intro to Statistics                             2 points
World Language - 10 college credits, or 2 years high school               2 points
(of same language), or native speaker

Total additional points                                                   4 points

Recommended Additional Coursework (Optional)
Intro to Organic and Biochemistry (CHEM& 121 or equivalent)                1 point
Developmental Psychology (PSYCH& 200 or equivalent)                        1 point

Total Optional Points                                                     2 points




Determination of Qualification
Applicant has:                                                  Applicant is qualified.
    Paid $65 Application Fee
    Sent in a complete application (see Application Checklist)
    Achieved a minimum 3.0 in ENGL& 101, BIOL& 241,
        BIOL& 242, BIOL& 260, and CHEM& 121 (or equivalents)
    Taken the above courses within the last 10 years

Application is missing any of the above criteria                          Applicant is not qualified.

                              (There will be NO exceptions and reminder phone calls will NOT be made)



Timeline for Selection Process
Applications available on Pierce College Web Site and in Nursing Office                    June 1, 2011
Complete applications due in Pierce College-Puyallup Nursing Office                        July 8, 2011 (12:00 noon)
(Applications turned in before deadline will be appreciated)
Applications processed and scored                                                          July 11 – Aug 31,2011
Applicants notified of status and interview invitations sent to 46 highest scores          Early to Mid -- Sept 2011
Half-Day group interviews conducted                                                        TBA – Mid-Oct. Most probably on a Friday
                                                                                           afternoon. (Check website for updates)
Candidates notified of acceptance to program                                               Mid - Late October 2011
Summer grades due                                                                          August 31, 2011
Program starts                                                                             January, 2012

NOTE: Dept hours on campus change during the summer months. Please refer to the following website as you plan your application
timetable. www.pierce.ctc.edu/ephone/departments
                                               APPLICATION CHECKLIST
                                    Completed application due July 8, 2011 (12:00Noon) or Before

□       Pierce College Admissions Form
                 All nursing program applicants must currently be in the Pierce College system and have a Pierce College Student ID Number. In
                  order to do so, all applicants must complete and submit, or reactivate if you are a former student, a Pierce College Application for
                  Admission. Admissions forms can be obtained on-line at www.pierce.ctc.edu from the Pierce College Puyallup Nursing
                  Program, or at any of the Pierce College campuses (Puyallup, Ft Steilacoom, Ft Lewis, McChord). Nursing Program
                  applications cannot be processed without a Pierce College Student ID number.
                 As of January 2, 2009, all former students must fill out a new application form to Pierce College, even though they
                  may already have a Student Identification Number.

□       Receipt of $65 Application Fee from Pierce College-Puyallup Cashier.
                 Payment must be paid to Pierce College Puyallup Cashier PRIOR to applying. Receipt must accompany
                  application.
                 If you are mailing in your application, checks must be mailed separately to: Pierce College Puyallup/Cashier 1601
                  39th Ave. SE Puyallup, WA 98374 (you may request that a copy of your receipt be forwarded to the Nursing Office
                  -- they just email it to me. NOTE – Cashier’s office may not be open on Fridays during the summer).
                 To ensure proper filing, please send payment early, if possible, so that you may follow up with the Nursing Program
                  Office before the application deadline.

□       Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing Program Application (included in packet)
□       Course Prerequisite Listing Form (included in packet)
                 The Nursing Program Advising Office should have an Equivalency Waiver Form with the attached documentation
                  in your file for any classes taken outside of the state of Washington. Please verify with the Nursing Advising Office
                  that this form has been completed prior to submitting your application.
                 The applicant is responsible for completing the Course Prerequisite Listing Form included in this packet. Please
                  cross-reference with the Washington State College and University Course Equivalency Chart in this packet.

□       OFFICIAL Transcripts from ALL Colleges Previously Attended (excluding Pierce College) If you
        met the language requirement in High School – a High School transcript is also required. All
        transcripts need to be mailed directly to you – NOT the college itself (either hard copy of
        electronically) & NOT the nursing office. Please include the sealed transcript(s) in your packet.
□       Proof of Spring and/or Summer Quarters 2011 Registration (if applicable)
                 “Proof” entails a receipt from the registration office of the college you are currently attending (Spring) or plan to
                  attend (Summer). This receipt will show the course number and title for which you are registered and proof that you
                  have paid.

□       Proof of 1st Hepatitis B Injection (in a series of 3)
                 Must have documentation from medical facility administering injection.

□       Professional Recommendation (form included in packet)                                Sent to you and included in packet.
□       Personal Recommendation (form included in packet)                              Sent to you and included in packet.
□       Functional Resume (as close to 1 page as possible)
□       Personal Statement (directions included in packet)
                 Please follow directions carefully. Failure to follow directions may result in rejection of your Personal Statement.

□       All Necessary Waivers-Already completed and on file with Nursing Advisor (if applicable)
Please Note
             Please submit every element (except application payment and the Admissions to Pierce College) in your packet -
              directly to the Nursing Department.
             Deadlines and requirements will be strictly adhered to. Failure to submit the proper paperwork and all required elements
              on time to the Nursing Program Office will result in a non-qualifying application and will be dismissed from
              consideration.
             Postmarks will be accepted on your packet if you are mailing it in.
PIERCE COLLEGE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING - PROGRAM APPLICATION
Application Due: July 8, 2010 (12:00Noon) or Before

 Pierce College                                                                  *Social Security #
 Student ID #

 Name
                                      Last                                                             First                                       Middle
                                                                                                                    DOB:
 Previous Names                                                                                                     mm/dd/yy

 Mailing Address
                                                                Street Address                                                                       Apt #



                                     City                                                                 State                                    Zip Code

 Primary Phone                                                                   Cell Phone

 Email Address

 Emergency
 Contact                                                                                                           Relationship

 Primary Phone                                                                   Cell Phone

Declaration of Ability to Meet Essential Qualifications:
It is essential that nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities during the clinical portion of the program. These will include, but are not limited
to the following: effective communication, lifting/transferring patients, observation/assessment of clients using the physical senses, standing for long periods,
performing bending activities, and executing movements required to care for patients in all health care settings. The clinical experience also places students under
considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties that impact patients’ lives. Students must be able to demonstrate rational and
appropriate judgment and behavior under stressful conditions. Individuals should carefully consider the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making
application.


I certify the following to be true:
          I have provided true, correct and complete information with this application. I have read and understand the information
           included in this application packet.
          I have read and understand the Declaration of Ability to Meet Essential Qualifications and certify that I will be able to perform the
           essential functions as a nursing student in the Pierce College Puyallup Associate Degree in Nursing Program.




Applicant Signature                                                                                                                      Date

_______________________________________________________________
Applicant Name (please print)

*Your social security number is confidential and, under a federal law called the Family Education Rights Privacy Act, the college will
protect it from unauthorized use and/or disclosure. In compliance with state/federal requirements, disclosure may be authorized for
the purposes of state and federal financial aid, Hope/Lifetime Learning tax credits, academic transcripts, assessment or accountability
research.
                                       COURSE PREREQUISITE LISTING FORM

Application Due: July 8, 2010 (12:00Noon) or Before

Name:                                                                                                         SID:
Please fill out this sheet completely. Applicant’s Spring and Summer 2008 course registration information must accompany this form (if prerequisites
remain to be taken). If any of the following prerequisites were taken at an accredited Washington State college, their equivalencies can be found on
the Course Equivalency Chart. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide proof of equivalency if courses were taken at an institution that is
not listed on the equivalency form. Equivalency must be reviewed and approved by the Nursing Program Director or Coordinator prior to application
deadline. When seeking a waiver for coursework taken at a non-Washington college, a course description, syllabus, or course outline must be
submitted.

All official transcripts (excluding Pierce College) must be sent to Pierce College Nursing Office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that
these documents are received prior to the application Deadline (July 9, 2010). Transcripts may be hand carried by the applicant as long as they are in
their original sealed envelopes.

                                                                                                                                        - Official use Only-
                     College name you        QTR/Year          Course # you     Course name you took or       Number Specify
   College           attended or plan to   taken or plan      took or plan to            plan to take           of     Credit       Course        Last       Grade
   Course                  attend             to take              take          (i.e. Inorganic Chemistry)   credits  type:       Equivalent   Ten Years   Received
                                           (i.e. Fall 2003)   (i.e. CHEM 121)                                 earned (quarter or      ?             ?          ?
                                                                                                                       semester)

    English
  Composition
 (ENGL&101)
    Anatomy
   Physiology I
 (BIOL& 241)

    Anatomy
  Physiology II
 (BIOL& 242)
 Microbiology
(BIOL& 260)

   Inorganic
   Chemistry
 (CHEM& 121)
    Organic
   Chemistry
 (CHEM& 131)

  Dev. Psych
(PSYCH& 200)
   Statistics.
 (MATH& 146)
Foreign Language
 (or high school
   Equivalent)
List all Colleges Attended:                                                                                                        Rcv’d?         Date:     Copy to TO?




Applicant Signature_____________________________Date_________________
                    PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATION/REFERENCE FORM
                                         Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing Program

Due By: July 8, 2011 (12:00Noon) or Before

PLEASE PRINT:

I, ___________________________________, Nursing Program applicant, give my permission to
                    (Applicant’s Name)
___________________________________, to complete this reference form and mail it to the Pierce College Puyallup
            (Recommending person’s name)


Nursing Program Office.
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TO THE PERSON MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION:

Please respond to the following questions carefully in the space provided. If you need additional space, please respond to
each question separately on ONE sheet of paper. Generic letters of recommendation will not be accepted. The Nursing
Program carefully considers all recommendations for nursing applicants, and as much insight, detail and clarity in
answering the following questions will be of great benefit to the applicant. Thank you very much.

► Describe the professional traits that this applicant possesses that you would look for in a nurse taking care of you or one of
your family members.

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► Describe the applicant’s work ethic and competence. You may comment on his/her perseverance, dependability, initiative,
teamwork, punctuality and his/her dedication and commitment to quality performance, workmanship or product.

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► Speak to the applicant’s leadership ability, character, and well-roundedness.

__________________________________________________________________________________________
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Please complete the following:

I have known the applicant for _________________ years and _________________ months. (Approximations OK) During this time

the applicant was a ____________________________________ (student, employee, co-worker, etc.) of mine

at ____________________________________________________ (name of school, business or other organization).


Please Print

Your Name                         _______________________________________________________________

Title                             _______________________________________________________________

Company or Organization           _______________________________________________________________

Phone                             _______________________________________________________________

Alternate Phone (if applicable)   _______________________________________________________________

E-mail                            _______________________________________________________________


Signature _______________________________________________________________________ Date _______________________



NOTE: Change in Procedure…………….

Please mail the completed form BACK to the Applicant. Please seal the envelope and write your name across the seal.
The Applicant will need to include your recommendation in their Application Packet – which then needs to arrive in our office
no later than Friday, July 8, 2011 at Noon.
                          PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION/REFERENCE FORM
                                         Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing Program

Due By: July 8, 2011 (12:00Noon) or Before

PLEASE PRINT:

I, ___________________________________, Nursing Program applicant, give my permission to
                    (Applicant’s Name)
___________________________________, to complete this reference form and mail it to the Pierce College Puyallup
            (Recommending person’s name)


Nursing Program Office.
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TO THE PERSON MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION:

Please respond to the following questions carefully in the space provided. If you need additional space, please respond to
each question separately on ONE sheet of paper. Generic letters of recommendation will not be accepted. The Nursing
Program carefully considers all recommendations for nursing applicants, and as much insight, detail and clarity in
answering the following questions will be of great benefit to the applicant. Thank you very much.

► Describe the personal and ethical traits that this applicant possesses that you would look for in a nurse taking care of you or
one of your family members.

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► Nursing school can be challenging and stressful, yet rewarding. Describe the applicant’s potential to succeed as an adult
learner. Please comment on the applicant’s support system and his/her ability to adapt to change.

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Please complete the following:

I have known the applicant for _________________ years and _________________ months. (Approximations OK) During this time

the applicant was a ____________________________________ (student, employee, co-worker, etc.) of mine

at ____________________________________________________ (name of school, business or other organization).


Please Print

Your Name                         _______________________________________________________________

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Company or Organization           _______________________________________________________________

Phone                             _______________________________________________________________

Alternate Phone (if applicable)   _______________________________________________________________

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Signature _______________________________________________________________________ Date _______________________


NOTE: Change in Procedure…………..

Please mail the completed form BACK to the Applicant. Please seal the envelope and write your name across the seal.
The Applicant will need to include your recommendation in their Application Packet – which then needs to arrive in our office
no later than Friday, July 8, 2011 by Noon.
                                      PERSONAL STATEMENT
Application Due By: July 8, 2011 (12:00Noon) or Before

Instructions:
          In your personal statement, please respond to all questions.
          Please answer each question separately. Applicants are allowed one page for Question 1A, one
           page for Question 1B, and two pages for Question 2.
          The personal statement must be written in 11-12 point font size, double-spaced, and Times New
           Roman font style on an 8½ x 11 standard sheet of paper.
          At the bottom of EACH page print and sign your name.

The Personal Statement MUST specifically address the following:


   1. Since nursing continues to be the #1 high-demand health occupation, it is critical that applicants to
      nursing programs make an “informed” decision and know this is what they really want to do. This
      question is the opportunity to describe not only the intrinsic motivators but also extrinsic motivators
      that you have pursued to help you develop realistic expectations of this profession. Intrinsic
      motivators could include: personal desire, skills, strengths, attributes, self knowledge and personal
      growth gained through life’s challenges and significant emotional events, etc. Extrinsic motivators
      could include: work or volunteer experiences in a nursing care environment, job shadowing,
      informational interviews with RN’s (currently working), or nursing research about scope of practice
      and changing trends in nursing practice).

   Question 1A:
   Describe the factors that influenced your decision to choose nursing as a career. Be sure to include
   intrinsic motivators as well as extrinsic motivators. (1 page maximum)

   Question 1B:
   Illustrate how you are a good fit for our program and, in turn, how our program would be a good
   fit for you. (1 page maximum)

   2. With the changing demographics in our region, the nursing profession is faced with an increasingly
      diverse patient clientele. Nursing requires an understanding of underrepresented cultural, racial and
      social groups along with awareness of economic issues related to healthcare. As a result, there is a
      growing need for nursing professionals who are sensitive to language barriers and human differences.

   Question 2:
   Describe your experiences working and interacting with diverse groups of individuals. Share the
   lessons you feel you’ve learned from these experiences. (2 pages maximum)
                               POST-ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS


Admitted students and alternates will receive nursing program orientation paperwork upon final class selection.
Please keep the following in mind during the application process:

   Proof of Immunizations/Titers:

       Hepatitis B series (3 injections) plus titer
       Tetanus/Diphtheria (in last ten years)
       2-step TB screening (annually)
       Positive Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer
       Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or positive titer)
       Flu Vaccine (Proof of vaccination or signed waiver for students who decline vaccination)
       Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies.


   Other Documentation
      Upon admission to the program, the student must receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crime Against
       Persons from ACXIOM (facilitated by nursing dept).

      Documentation of current CPR for the Healthcare Provider training.

      Copy of Certification for 7-hour AIDS Training Course.

      Upon admission to the program -- HIPAA training (facilitated by nursing dept).

      Upon admission to the program -- Drug testing (facilitated by nursing dept).


*****The occupation of RN requires physical strength and stamina. The student may be expected to lift up to 60lbs.




Please contact the Nursing Department at 253-864-3272 for more detailed information.
  SECTION FOUR
                        Appendix




 Prerequisite Course Equivalency Chart

 Estimated Program Costs

 Financial Aid, Scholarships and Loans

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Washington State Nursing Programs

 Associate Degree in Nursing Curriculum Sheet
                          PREREQUISITE COURSE EQUIVALENCY CHART
   Applicant please note:

     This course equivalency chart has been provided for your convenience, as a planning tool only. Please NOTE it is
     the applicant’s responsibility to verify any transfer courses to match the Pierce College requirements prior to
     application.

   It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify course equivalencies. Pierce College is not responsible for changes
   to the information below.


Community       Inorganic    Microbiology   Anatomy &       Anatomy     English      Statistics      Lifespan        Organic
                Chemistry                   Physiology I       &      Composition   (Transfer-Ready Development       Chemistry
  College                                                  Physiology                Requirement)   (Transfer-Ready (recommended)
                                                                                                     Requirement)
 Courses                                                       II
                   101         BIO 250        BIO 260      BIO 261        101           171             204             102
 Bellevue

                   101           215          BIO 210      BIO 211        101       103 OR 161          210             102
 Big Bend
                   120        BIOL 215        BIO 210       BIO211        101           135             206             220
 Cascadia

                   101         BIO 211       ZOO 251        ZOO           101           108             240             102
 Centralia
                                                           252/253
                   111         BOI 240        BIO 231      BIO232         101           203             211             112
 Clark
                                                           BIO 233
 CLOVER             ---           ---           ---           ---         101       MAT 200             ---
 PARK TECH

                110/110.1   BIO 260/260.1      BIO           BIO          101           143             240         120/120.1
 Columbia
 Basin                                       221/221.1     222/222.1

 Edmonds           101        BIO 250/L       BIO 230      BIO 231        100           240             ---             102

                   101         BIO 250        BIO235       BIO 237        101           281             203             102
 Everett

                   101         BIO 211        BIO 208      BIO 209        101           260             220             102
 Grays Harbor

                   101         BIO 210       A&P 205       A&P 206        110           256             210             102
 Green River
                   121         BIO 250        BIO 231      BIO 2323     WRIT            210             215             122
 Highline
                                                                         101
                   101           215            211          212          101           120             105             102
 Lake
 Washington
                   111         BIO 257      BIO 221 OR     BIO 222        101           210             205             112
 Lower
 Columbia                                    ZOO 121       OR ZOO
                                                             122
 N. Seattle      CHE 101       BIO 280       ANP 213       ANP 214        101           240             160          CHE 102
Community        Inorganic   Microbiology   Anatomy &       Anatomy       English      Statistics     Lifespan      Organic
                 Chemistry                  Physiology I       &        Composition   (Transfer-Ready Development Chemistry
  College                                                  Physiology                  Requirement)     (Transfer- (recommended)
                                                                                                          Ready
 Courses                                                       II
                                                                                                      Requirement)
                   111        BIO 245        BIO 242       BIO 243         101            107           201            112
 N.W. Indian
 College

                 121/121L     BIO 260        BIO 250       BIO 251         101            281           224         122/122L
 Olympic

                   101L       BIO 240L      BIO 201/L      BIO 202/L       111            281           225           102L
 Peninsula

                   121       MICRO 260       BIO 241       BIO 242         101            146           200            131
 PIERCE
 COLLEGE

Renton            CHEM        BIO 210        BIO 220       BIO 221         101            210        PSY 210            --
Technical          140
College
                                                or BIOL 140
                 CHE 101      BIO 280        A&P 213    A&P 214            101            109           206         CHE 102
 Seattle
 Central
                   101       BIO SCI 215        210           211          101        MATH 108          204            220
 Shoreline

                   131        BISC 215      BISC 242       BISC 243        101            108           110            132
 Skagit Valley

                   101        BIO 211        BIO 205       BIO 206      WRIT 101          108           220            102
 S. Puget
 Sound
 South           CHE 101      BIO 280        ANP 213       ANP 214         101            240           206         CHE 102
 Seattle
                  101 OR     MBIOL 231       A&P 242       A&P 243         101            221           201            162
 Spokane or
 Spokane Falls      161


                   101        BIO 201        BIO 220        BIO221         101            108           206            102
 Tacoma C.C.
                                              or BIO 240/ 241/ 242
                   107        BIO 230        BIO 210       BIO 211         101            201           103         108 + 109
 Walla Walla

                   110        BIO 223        BIO 221       BIO 222         101            201           201            111
 Wenatchee
 Valley
                   115        BIO 240        BIO 270       BIO 271         101            240           216            251
 Whatcom

                 109/110      BIO 232        BIO 230       BIO 231         101         BA 256        213 & 214       209/210
 Yakima                                                                                Business
                                                                                        Stats
                  Inorganic      Microbiology      Anatomy &          Anatomy         English           Statistics       Lifespan      Organic
University        Chemistry                        Physiology I          &          Composition       (Transfer-Ready Development     Chemistry
 Courses                                                             Physiology                        Requirement)     (Transfer- (recommended)
                                                                         II                                               Ready
                                                                                                                       Requirement)
                 111/111L       BIOL 322          BIOL 355          BIOL 356       101 (4cr)         311                313 (4 cr)   112/112L
Central WA
University
                 161            BIO 335           BIO 232/ 233/ 234                101               NURS 318           380          162
Eastern WA
University
                 101 &          BIOL              EXSC              EXSC           101               NURS 320           NURS         220
Gonzaga          101/L          170/170L          241/241L          242/242L                                            492
                 SCIE           SCIE2104          SCIE 2203/1       SCIE           1013              2003               PSYC         SCIE
Northwest        1204/1201                                          2203/1                                              2563         1213/1211
                 104            BIO 201           BIO 205           BIO 206        101               STATS 231          320          105??
Pacific
Lutheran U.
                 CHM            BIO 3351          BIO 2129          BIO 2130       1101              HSC 4044           2470         CHM 1330
Seattle          1211                                                                                or M 1360
Pacific U.
                 101            BIO 220           BIO 200           BIO 210        110               NURS 202           322          102
Seattle U.                                                                                           or 244
                 141            BIO 351           BIO 328           BIO 329        101               201                205 & 305    201/201L
St. Martin’s
Univ. of         110            BIO 350           BIO 221           BIO 222        101               271                273 & 274    250
Puget Sound

Univ. of WA      120            MICRO 301         BIOL              BSTR 301       111, 121 or       QMETH              NURS         220
                                                  118/119                          131               201 or             201
                                                                                                     STAT 220
Walla Walla      101            BIO 222           BIO 201           BIO 202        121 &122          206                215 & 216    102/103
College
WA State         101            MBIOS 101         BIOL 251          BIOL 315       101               STAT 212           HD 101       102
University

Western WA       115            BIO 345/346       BIO 348           BIO 349        101               240                230          251
University

Whitman          125/135        339               111               120            110               107                110          126

Whitworth        CH             BI 204            BI 220            BI 221         110               256                PY 210W      CH
                 101/101L                                                                                                            163/163L
                 or
                 CH
                 161/161L

Most Washington community colleges are participating in the Common Course Numbering System as of January 1, 2009. This chart is to be
used for courses taken Summer, 2008 or after at any of the schools listed below. For courses taken at a State of Washington school not listed
below, you must refer to the above chart and cross-reference it with the chart below.

Bates, Bellevue, Bellingham, Big Bend, Cascadia, Centralia, Clark, Clover Park, Everett, Grays Harbor, Lake Washington,
Olympic, Peninsula, Pierce, Renton, Seattle Central, Seattle North, Seattle South, Shoreline, Skagit, South Puget Sound,
Spokane, Spokane Falls, Tacoma, Wenatchee, Whatcom, Yakima.
    Intro to       Micro-          Human           Human            English          Intro           Lifespan            Intro to
   Chemistry       biology         A&P I           A&P II         Composition         To             Develop-           Organic/
                                                                                   Statistics         ment            Biochemistry
                                                                                  (Transfer-Ready    (Transfer-      (recommended)
                                                                                   Requirement)        Ready
                                                                                                    Requirement)
  CHEM& 121      BIOL& 260       BIOL& 241       BIOL& 242        ENGL& 101       MATH& 146         PSYC& 200         CHEM& 131
                                                             APPENDIX
                                                     Estimated Program Cost
                                              Financial Aid, Scholarships and Loans
                                                   Frequently Asked Questions
                                               Washington State Nursing Programs



                       Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing Estimated Program Costs
  The following information is based on the current Pierce College Winter tuition table and Amazon.com list prices for new textbooks. The
  information provided is subject to change without notice and does not include sales tax.

                                              Initial Pre-Program Costs (estimated)

                                                                                            Application Fee                      $65.00
                                                            HIV/AIDS Training, CPR/First Aid Certification                      $200.00
                                                            Immunizations, Titers and Health Assessment                         $500.00
                                                          Pierce College Nursing Student Uniform (2 sets)                        $60.00
                     Clinical Supplies (lab coat, shoes, socks, long sleeve shirt, stethoscope, watch, etc.)                    $180.00

                                                                                   Initial Pre-Program Costs                    $990.00

Estimated Current Costs for Tuition (Tuition calculated for Washington state residents.)
This estimate does not reflect the upcoming tuition increase.

Quarter I                                                           $938.00

Quarter II                                                          $904.00

Quarter III                                                         $904.00

Quarter IV                                                          $938.00

Quarter V                                                           $972.00

Quarter VI                                                          $904.00

Total Estimated Tuition Cost                                        $5,560.00
Estimated Cost for Books

$200 - $300 per Quarter*

*(Recommended/Optional Book List is also available)
NCLEX-RN Exam and State Fees $275.00
(Additional fees and supplies may occur and the cost would vary)


TOTAL ESTIMATED COST                                                $8,000 - $10,000
                             FINANCIAL AID, SCHOLARSHIPS AND LOANS
Financial Aid may be available to assist you. Deadlines are strictly adhered to, so students are encouraged to apply early.


                                              Pierce College Puyallup Financial Aid
                                                        1601 39th Avenue S.E.
                                                         Puyallup, WA 98374
                                                            (253) 840-8398
                                                    Federal School Code: 005000
                                               http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/financialaid/


Grants & Loans
All award ranges listed here are valid for the current academic year and are only listed as a general indication.

Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree.
To determine if you are eligible, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate the information you report on
your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number that
appears in the upper right portion of page one on your Student Aid Report (SAR). This number will determine if you are eligible for a
Pell Grant.
Pell grants range from $400 to $4300. The amount of your award will depend on your Expected Family Contribution, your enrollment
status (part or full time), and whether you attend college for a full academic year. You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more
than one school at a time.
Your Pell Grant will be used to pay your tuition and fees with any remaining funds paid to you after the academic quarter begins.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
An FSEOG is for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as shown by having the lowest Expected Family
Contributions. FSEOG awards at Pierce College range from $100 to $600 per academic year. You will receive your FSEOG funds in a
check after the academic quarter begins.

State Need Grant
The State Need Grant helps low income undergraduate students pursue degrees. To be eligible, a student’s family income cannot
exceed 65 percent of the state’s median family income. The grant amount at Pierce College ranges from $1,877-2300 per year.
Students who have already earned an AA or BA are not eligible for this grant. State Need Grant recipients must be enrolled for a
minimum of six credits each quarter.

Day Care Grant
These funds are used to assist students with child care expenses. State of Washington resident status is required.

Pierce College Grant
These funds are used to assist students with tuition, fees, books and living expenses. State of Washington resident status is required.

Tuition Waiver
This program pays resident tuition for students who are residents of the State of Washington and meet certain eligibility criteria.
Tuition waivers do not include fees and no refunds will be issued to students.
Federal Perkins Loans
A Federal Perkins loan is a low interest (currently 5%) loan for both undergraduate and graduate students with financial need made
with funds from the federal government and Pierce College. Pierce College is your lender, and you must repay this loan to the college.
Depending on when you apply, your level of need and the availability of funds, Pierce College may lend you up to $3000 for an
academic year. You will paid by check after the beginning of the academic quarter.
Repayment of your loan will begin after you cease attending Pierce College at least half time (six credits or more). You will have a
nine month grace period before your first payment becomes due.
Each student borrower is provided with specific information on any deferment and cancellation provisions that apply to the loan when
you borrow and during your exit interview when you leave school.

Stafford Loans
These loans require that you complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The funds are loaned by banks to the student. Loans are repaid after you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time enrollment
(six credits); you will have a six month grace period before you begin repayment.
If you have financial need remaining after you have been awarded grant, work and scholarship funds, you can borrow Stafford Loan
funds. This type of loan is subsidized, which means that the government pays the interest while you are in school, during the grace
period and when you qualify for deferments.
If you do not have demonstrated financial need, you may be eligible to receive an unsubsidized loan. Unlike the subsidized loan, you
are responsible for the interest from the time the unsubsidized loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. You can choose to pay interest
or allow it to accumulate and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan).
Loan funds are sent to the school for you on a quarterly basis by the lender. Students receiving their first loan for their first term of
college attendance cannot be paid the funds until 30 days after the quarter begins.
Dependent undergraduate students are limited to loans up to $3500 (first year students) or up to $4000 (students with more than 45
credits completed).
Independent undergraduate students may be able to borrow up to $7000 as a first year student and $8000 if they have completed over
45 credits. However, at least $4000 of this amount will be in the form of unsubsidized loans.
The interest rate on both of these loans is a variable rate that changes on an annual basis. However, the interest rate will never exceed
8.25 percent.

PLUS Loans (Parent Loans)
PLUS loans allow parents who have an acceptable credit history to borrow funds to pay the educational expenses of a child who is a
dependent student enrolled at least half-time. The yearly limit on a PLUS Loan is equal to your cost of attendance minus any other
financial aid you receive from Pierce College or other organizations. Contact the Financial Aid Office
(http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/financialaid/contact.php3) for more information.


Scholarship Opportunities

The Pierce College Foundation administers private scholarships for Pierce College students. These scholarships are awarded based on
need, academic ability, artisitic talent, vocational goals, and/or other factors. Information on newly funded scholarships will be posted
in the Financial Aid office.

For more information about any of the scholarships, contact Ruth Ann Hatchett, District Scholarship Program Administrator, at
(253)864–3261 or rhatchett@pierce.ctc.edu.

The Pierce College Foundation acquires private funding for the college, provides enhancements to college programs, improves access
for students, and promotes the college to the community. For more information about the Pierce College Foundation, visit the
Foundation Web site (http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/foundation/)
                                                 Frequently Asked Questions
1. I SEE THAT CHANGES IN THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION PROCESS SEEMS TO OCCUR
   FROM YEAR TO YEAR. WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THESE CHANGES?
     Our accrediting body, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Committee (NLNAC) requires that an ADN program
     curriculum contain 103 credits, including prerequisite requirements, and these requirements were being fine-tuned from year to year
     to become more in line with accreditation standards. Now that we have received accreditation from the NLNAC, our requirements
     have been largely standardized. Any changes that you might now see will generally be cosmetic and will not affect any large
     difference in admissions criteria from year to year.

2. WHAT IS THE COST OF THE NURSING PROGRAM.
     The current cost is approximately $8,000 - 10,000 for six quarters. This does not include the tuition for any prerequisites. A
     breakdown of specific costs is included in the application packet.

3. IS THIS AN LPN OR RN PROGRAM?
     Pierce College awards an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), which qualifies graduates to take their NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
     Any student only seeking practical nurse training will be referred to an LPN Program within the area.

     LPN’s with an unencumbered Washington State Practical Nurse license are eligible to apply to our LPN-ADN Bridge program.
     Please contact our office for more information on the LPN-ADN Bridge Program.

4. ARE THE PRE-REQS THE SAME AS OTHER 2-YEAR NURSING PROGRAMS IN THE PUGET SOUND?
     The majority of the requirements are identical, especially in the sciences. The differences are:
                Completion of Statistics (Pierce College Math& 146 ) – (Transfer-Ready Requirement)
                Completion of Foreign Language 121 and 122, or 2 years of High School foreign language, or native language
                    speaker – (Transfer-Ready Requirement)
                Recommended: Organic and Biochemistry (Pierce College CHEM& 131) and Lifespan Developmental Psychology
                    (Pierce College PSYCH& 200)
                No requirement for Speech or additional Social Science
5. DO YOU HAVE PRE-NURSING CURRICULUM PLANNING SHEETS AVAILABLE FOR PLANNING OUT
   MY CLASSES?
     Advisors at any of the Pierce College campus sites have information sheets available for advising/class planning purposes. We
     encourage you to work closely with a trained pre-nursing advisor to map out an Education Plan for the recommended sequence of
     your pre-nursing classes.

6.   WILL ADMISSIONS BE DECIDED SOLELY ON GRADES?
     Because space is limited, a selective admission process based on a priority and point system will be used. The application will be a
     combination of several factors. Grades and courses taken will be a qualifying factor. Other criteria will be reviewed for application
     points. Components will include: a functional resume, two recommendations, a personal statement that incorporates evidence of
     exposure to the nursing profession from research, volunteer, job shadowing/observation time, work experience, or informational
     interview with Registered Nurses. These experiences must be relayed to the selection committee in the form of a writing piece.
     Additional documentation may accompany the Recommendation forms. Each factor will be a % of a total so each applicant will be
     awarded a specific score. The top 36 scores will then be invited to an all-day group interview in October, and the top 20 from those
     interviews will be selected to the program.

7. WILL THERE BE A WAITING LIST?
     No. A wait list will not be established.
     Individuals are selected starting with the applicant with the highest number of points and moving down the list until all class spaces
     are filled. The exact number of points required for admission will vary from year to year depending upon the number of applicants,
     the number of applicants placed on each priority list, and range of awarded points. An alternate list will be established to fill in
     possible vacancies for each class start, but this list will NOT be carried over to the next year. Non-accepted applicants will need to
     re-apply.

8. WILL IT HELP TO HAVE YOUR AA COMPLETED?
     Not necessarily. Any ADN graduate planning to enroll at UW-T to complete the BSN will be encouraged to finish their AA or the
     new Associate’s Degree in Pre-Nursing, but admission to the Pierce College ADN Completion Program will only require the pre-
     requisite courses listed.

9. WILL TAKING ALL OF MY PRE-REQS AT PIERCE COLLEGE GIVE ME AN ADVANTAGE?
     As long as applicants have completed the equivalent of all the nursing pre-requisites, it doesn’t matter where they were taken as
     long as all the coursework is transferable to Pierce College. A Pre-requisite Course Equivalency Chart is included in this handbook.
10. HOW MANY TIMES CAN I REPEAT A PRE-REQ COURSE?
  Students will be allowed ONE repeat of each course within the past 10 years and the highest grade will be used. Courses with a W,
  I, or NC are not considered part of the repeat policy. However, patterns of frequent withdrawals may reflect poorly on an
  applicant’s transcript.

11. IS THERE A MINIMUM GPA REQUIREMENT?
  Each required pre-requisite course (ENGL& 101, A&P I with lab, A&P II with lab, Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology) must be
  completed with a grade 3.0 (B) or better.
  The Transfer-Ready courses and the recommended courses must each be completed with a minimum grade 2.0 (C) or better.

12. WHY IS THE PIERCE COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM THE ONLY ADN PROGRAM THAT
    RECOMMENDS A STATISTICS COURSE?
  Research has shown that the biggest reason students fail nursing school is weak math and science aptitude – integrally linked to the
  high levels of critical thinking and reasoning which nurses have to use on the job every day. We will also be encouraging students to
  go on for their BSN, which requires statistics.

13. WILL YOU HAVE A TIME LIMIT ON THE PRE-REQUISITES?
  Yes, coursework cannot be older than ten (10) years. Exception: if a student has a completed a two or four-year academic degree,
  non-science credits earned as a requirement for that degree may have the time limit waived. Applicants who qualify for this type of
  waiver must obtain waiver approval through the nursing program PRIOR to the application deadline. Please contact the Nursing
  Program Office to complete the proper waiver paperwork.

14. HOW MUCH TIME WILL ENROLLMENT IN PRE-NURSING AND NURSING COURSES REQUIRE?
  Each chemistry, biological science, or nursing course requires approx. 20 hours a week per 5 quarter credits which includes time in
  lecture, lab or clinical site, plus study time. Some of the non-science classes require approximately 15 hours per 5 credits. Students,
  who work more than 20 hours per week, have significant responsibilities for parenting, and/or other commitments should plan to
  take no more than one science at a time. The Associate Degree in Nursing program itself is a full time program. No part time
  option is currently available. All on-campus nursing classes will be held during the day; clinical experiences may be scheduled in
  the day, evening or on weekends.

15. WILL PIERCE COLLEGE BE OFFERING ANY NURSING INFORMATION SESSIONS TO GET
    GUIDANCE REGARDING THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
  Monthly nursing information sessions will be offered throughout the year in Puyallup. Check the program website
  (www.pierce.ctc.edu/nursing), Advising Centers, or current class bulletins for specific dates, times, and locations. An information
  session specifically tailored for students planning to apply in June, 2009 will be scheduled in June 2009 (see front of packet).

16. WILL MY CREDITS FROM TECHNICAL COLLEGES TRANSFER TO PIERCE COLLEGE?
  Prospective students need to be very careful about where they take their prerequisite courses. With the exception of a few academic
  core courses, most technical college credits will not transfer to Pierce College. Please refer to the Course Equivalency Chart or
  contact your advisor for details on transferable credits.

  Students who plan to earn their LPN license and apply to the Bridge program may take their LPN coursework at a technical college.
  Please see the list of Washington State Nursing Programs (included in this packet) for LPN programs and contact information.

17. IS THE PIERCE COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM ACCREDITED BY THE NLNAC (National League for
    Nursing Accreditation Committee)?
  Yes. We have received full accreditation from the NLNAC, as well as approval from the Washington State Department of Health
  Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

18. WHY IS THE NURSING DEPARTMENT LOCATED AT THE PUYALLUP CAMPUS?
  Since the Pierce College at Puyallup already had a Nursing Lab for teaching the nursing assistant course, it was much more cost-
  effective to simply add the equipment needed to teach RN students. The Puyallup campus also filled the need to have an Associate
  Degree in Nursing available in eastern Pierce County. Even though nursing continues to be a high-demand occupation, the
  Tacoma/west Pierce County hospital facilities are already heavily utilized by nursing students attending PLU, TCC, Clover Park,
  and Bates Technical College.

19. CAN I WORK WHILE GOING THROUGH THE ACTUAL NURSING TRAINING PHASE?
  We encourage all nursing students to plan ahead so they can focus all their efforts for six quarters into nursing school. Even though
  some students must still work to keep benefits or support their families, it is critical that the employer be very aware of the school
  requirements. The classes, and especially the clinical rotations, cannot be arranged around work schedules. The quality of learning
  and retention definitely suffers when students are trying to function on little sleep and little time to study. The inability to build
  critical theory foundations could jeopardize not only passing one of their nursing classes, but possible the NCLEX for their RN
  licensure.
     WASHINGTON STATE NURSING PROGRAMS

Bates Technical College - LPN                      www.icne.wsu.edu/acadprog.asp                  www.shoreline.edu/shoreline/nurse.html
1101 South Yakima Ave.                                                                            Skagit Valley College – LPN & RN
Tacoma, WA 98405                                   Intercollegiate College of Nursing partners:
(253) 689-7000                                                                                    www.skagit.edu
                                                   Eastern Washington University
www.bates.ctc.edu                                                                                 Mount Vernon Campus
                                                   Gonzaga University
Bellingham Technical College - LPN                                                                2405 E College Way
                                                   Washington State University
3028 Lindbergh Ave.                                                                               Mount Vernon, WA 98273-5899
                                                   Whitworth College
Bellingham, WA 98225-1599                                                                         (360) 416-7600
(360) 738-0221                                     Lake Washington Technical College - LPN
                                                   11605 132nd Ave. NE                            Whidbey Island Branch
www.btc.ctc.edu                                                                                   1900 SE Pioneer Way
                                                   Kirkland, WA 98034-8506
Bellevue Community College - RN                                                                   Oak Harbor, WA 98277-3099
                                                   (425) 739-8100
3300 Langerholm Circle SE                                                                         (360) 675-6656
Bellevue, WA 98009-6484                            Lower Columbia College – LPN & RN              South Puget Sound CC – LPN & RN
(425) 564-1000                                     1600 Maple St.                                 2011 Mottman Rd. SW
www.bcc.ctc.edu                                    Longview, WA 98632-0310                        Olympia, WA 98512-6218
                                                   (360) 442-2370                                 (360) 754-7711
Big Bend Community College – LPN & RN              www.lcc.ctc.edu/departments/nursing/           www.spscc.ctc.edu
7662 Chanute St.                                                                                  Spokane Community College – LPN & RN
Moses Lake, WA 98837                               North Seattle Community College – LPN-RN
                                                   9600 College Way N                             North 1810 Greene St.
(509) 762-5351                                                                                    Spokane, WA 99207-5399
www.bigbend.edu                                    Seattle, WA 98103-3599
                                                   (206) 527-3639                                 (509) 533-7000
Centralia College - LPN                            www.northseattle.edu/health/rnladder/          www.scc.spokane.edu/hes/nursing/
600 West Locust St.                                                                               Tacoma Community College - RN
Centralia, WA 98531-4099                           Olympic College - RN                           6501 S. 19th St.
(360) 736-9391                                     1600 Chester Ave.                              Tacoma, WA 98466-6139
www.centralia.ctc.edu                              Bremerton, WA 98337-1699                       (253) 566-5000
                                                   (800) 259-6718
Clark College - RN                                                                                www.tacoma.ctc.edu
1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.                           www.oc.ctc.edu
Vancouver, WA 98663                                                                               University of Washington - BSN
(360) 992-2000                                     Renton Technical College - LPN                 School of Nursing
                                                   3000 NE Fourth St.                             Box 357260
www.clark.edu                                                                                     Seattle, WA 98195-7260
                                                   Renton, WA 98056-4195
                                                   (425) 235-2352                                 (206) 543-8736
Clover Park Technical College - LPN
                                                   www.rtc.edu                                    www.son.washington.edu/eo/bsn.asp
4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Tacoma, WA 98499-4098
(253) 589-5678                                     Pacific Lutheran University - BSN              Walla Walla College BSN
                                                   1010 122nd St. S                               204 S. College Ave.
Columbia Basin College – LPN & RN                  Tacoma, WA 98447                               College Place, WA 99324
2600 North 20th Ave.                               (253) 531-6900                                 (509) 527-2615
Pasco, WA 99301                                    www.plu.edu/~nurs/                             www.wwc.edu
(509) 547-0511
www.cbc2.org/careers/nursing.htm
                                                   Peninsula College - RN                         Walla Walla Community College – LPN & RN
Everett Community College – LPN & RN               1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.                        500 Tausick Way
2000 Tower St.                                     Port Angeles, WA 98362                         Walla Walla, WA 99362-9267
Everett, WA 98201                                  (360) 452-9277                                 (509) 522-2500
(425) 388-9100                                     www.pc.ctc.edu                                 www.wwcc.edu
www.evcc.ctc.edu                                                                                  Wenatchee Valley College – LPN & RN
Grays Harbor College – LPN & RN                    Seattle Central Community College - RN         www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/nursing/
1620 Edward P. Smith Dr.                           1701 Broadway                                  Wenatchee Campus
Aberdeen, WA 98520                                 Seattle, WA 98122                              1300 Fifth St.
(800) 562-4830                                     (206) 587-3800                                 Wenatchee, WA 98801
ghc.ctc.edu/voc/rn.htm                             seattlecentral.edu/proftech/PROnursing.php     (509) 682-6800
Green River Community College - LPN                                                               Omak Campus
12401 SE 320th St.                                 Seattle Pacific University – BSN               116 W. Apple Ave.
Auburn, WA 98092-3699                              3307 Third Ave. W.                             Omak, WA 98841
(253) 833-9111                                     Seattle, WA 98119-1997                         (509) 422-7800
www.greenriver.edu                                 (206) 281-2000
                                                                                                  Whatcom Community College – LPN-RN Bridge
                                                   www.spu.edu                                    237 W. Kellog Rd.
Highline Community College - RN                                                                   Bellingham, WA 98226
2400 S. 240th St.                                                                                 (360) 676-2170
                                                   Seattle University - BSN
Des Moines, WA 98198-9800                                                                         www.whatcom.ctc.edu
                                                   900 Broadway & Madison
(206) 878-3710                                                                                    Yakima Valley College – LPN & RN
                                                   Seattle, WA 98122-4340
flightline.highline.edu/cg/nursing.rn.html         (206) 296-6000                                 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd.
                                                                                                  Yakima, WA 98907-2520
                                                   www.seattleu.edu/nurs/bsn.asp
                                                                                                  (509) 574-4600
Intercollegiate College of Nursing - BSN program   Shoreline Community College – RN               www.yvcc.edu/programs/workforceed/nur
2917 W. Fort George Wright Dr.
                                                   16101 Greenwood Ave. N.
Spokane, WA 99224-5291
                                                   Shoreline, WA 98133-5696
(509) 324-7360
                                                   (206) 546-4101
                                                    ASSOCIATE IN NURSING
PREREQUISITES (minimum qualifications)                                         RECOMMENDED COURSES
The following courses must be completed with a grade of 3.0                    The following courses are strongly recommended as they
(B) or better. All prerequisites and recommended courses                       greatly enhance the prospective nursing student’s chances for
must be completed within ten years of the date of the                          success. These courses must be completed with a grade of 2.0
student’s application. (See below for exceptions)*                             (C) or better. (See below for exceptions)*

ENGL& 101             English Composition I                               5    MATH& 146                 Intro to Statistics                                  5
BIOL& 241             Human Anatomy & Phys I                              6    World Language            Language 121 & 122                                  10
BIOL& 242             Human Anatomy & Phys II                             6    (Successful completion of the above courses will add a
BIOL& 260             Microbiology                                        5    maximum total of 4 extra points to the student’s application.)
CHEM& 121             Intro to Chemistry                                  5
                                                                               CHEM& 131                 Intro to Organic and Biochemistry                       6
                      NOTE: All courses have pre-requisites that               PSYC& 200                 Lifespan Development                                    5
                      cannot be waived. It is critical to work                 (Successful completion of the above courses will add a
                      closely with a pre-nursing advisor.                      maximum total of 2 extra points to the student’s application.)

*Please Note: The 10-year limitation on ENGL& 101 and PSYC& 200 may be waived if the course was completed as part of a degree from an accredited
institution of higher learning. There is no time limit on the World Language requirement. Two years of the same high school foreign language will also satisfy
this requirement. Native speakers can satisfy this requirement following UW guidelines. (See Nursing advisor for details)


                                         NURSING PROGRAM CURRICULUM
FIRST YEAR                                                                     SECOND YEAR
Quarter I (13 credits)                                                         Quarter IV (13 credits – ADN students, 17 credits – Bridge )

HSCI 114              Therapeutic Communication in                        3    NURS 210                      Advanced Topics in Nursing I                        4
                      Healthcare
                      Settings                                                 NURS 211                      Advanced Nursing Clinical Practice                  6
HSCI 116              Pharmacology for Allied Health                      4    NURS 214                      Advanced Concepts in Family-                        3
NURS 111              Fundamentals of Nursing Practice                    3                                  Centered Nursing Care
NURS 112              Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical Practice           3    NURS 218                      ADN Articulation Seminar (Bridge)                   4

Quarter II (12 credits)                                                        Quarter V (14 credits)
NURS 121             Intro to Med./Surgical/Psychiatric                   4    NURS 222                      Professional Nursing Clinical                       5
                     Nursing                                                                                 Practice
NURS 122             Intro to Nursing Clinical Practice                   5    NURS 223                      Advanced Psychiatric Nursing                        3
NURS 125             Family Centered Nursing Care                         3    NURS 224                      Professional Role Transition                        3
                                                                               NURS 230                      Advanced Topics in Nursing II                       3

Quarter III (12 credits)                                                       Quarter VI (12 credits)

NURS 130              Intermediate Med./Surgical/Psychiatric              6    NURS 233                      Acute Care Nursing Practicum                        8
                      Nursing                                                  HSCI 235                      Issues & Trends in Healthcare                       4
NURS 132              Intermediate Nursing Clinical Practice              6                                  Management

                      Total Credits (Quarters I, II, III)                37    Total credits (Quarters IV, V, VI)                                         39-43

                                                                               Total Credits (Quarters I, II, III, IV, V, VI) includes theory, lab,
                                                                               preceptorship and service-connected learning                               76-80

In order to progress to Qtr IV, student must have successfully                 Total Credits including required prerequisites                             103-
completed Quarters I-III                                                                                                                                  107
*Or have proof of unencumbered Washington State LPN license
* Or Certificate of Completion from a Washington State approved                Total credits (Quarters IV, V, VI) for Bridge students only                  43
practical nurse training program

Each ADN course must be completed with a minimum 2.7 GPA and all courses must be completed in the designated quarter.

				
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