Our nursing programs prepare students for a rewarding career in a variety of high-demand nursing fields.

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Our next program info session for Nursing is May 11 at 3 p.m. in Building 21, Room 108. Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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How Much It Costs

For program costs, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

You can learn more about financial aid and scholarships right here. Or view our full tuition & fees breakdown.

How Long It Takes

Registered Nurse Option Degree: 4 quarters

Nursing Assistant Certificate: 1 quarter

Practical Nursing Certificate: 4 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Graduates with a Nursing Assistant - Certified Certificate may find employment as nursing assistants. In Washington, median pay for nursing assistants is $24,400 per year.

Graduates with an RN Option Degree may find employment as registered nurses. In Washington, median pay for registered nurses is $74,300 per year.

Career pathway

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Graduates of our Nursing Assistant or Nursing Assistant I-BEST earn a certificate and are prepared to take the state certification test (NAC). The NAC provides basic care under the supervision of an LPN or RN.

Application info for Practical Nursing and RN Option programs


Prospective Practical Nursing Applicants:

After an extensive review focused on better preparing our students for success, we have made changes to the application and prerequisites for the Practical Nursing Program.

The application process will reopen effective July 1, 2014 with the following changes:

Applications will only be accepted with an active Washington state NAC license and completion of all required pre-requisites as listed. If you have questions regarding the pre-requisites please contact the Counseling and Advising Department.

Students must have a high school diploma or equvialency, and they must receive a grade of B or higher in the following required prerequisite courses:

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition (5 credits)
  • BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 with lab and (5 credits)
  • BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 with a lab (5 credits)
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology with lab (5 credits)
  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (5 credits)
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (developmental psychology) (5 credits)
  • CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry with lab (5 credits)
  • And one of the following math courses: MATH& 141 Pre-Calculus I, or MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats, or MATH& 151 Calculus I

Due to the current extensive wait list for the RN Option program we will not be opening the acceptance of applications to this program. Please continue to watch the website for any additional information. Those students who applied prior to November 1, 2013 and have received a targeted start date will not be affected by any changes to the application process.

Stories About Our Nursing Program

Career Center Prepares Students for Employment

Hana Greer recommends students make their first visit to the Career Center at least six months before they complete their program.

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Whether at home, on campus or in the community, Myra Morales is involved.

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Community Helps Nursing Student Overcome Obstacles

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Degrees & Certificates

Meet the Instructors

Brenda Lazarus, instructor in Clover Park Technical College's nursing program
Brenda Lazarus

Brenda went to nursing school at PLU and has 20 years of experience in nursing, working in everything from operating rooms to the ICU to schools. At CPTC she gets to combine her love for nursing with her passion for teaching.

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David Bahrt, instructor in Clover Park Technical College's nursing program
David Bahrt

David Bahrt has been a nurse since 2002, specializing in pediatric nursing. His focus is in making the textbook come alive to students through interactive lecture sessions, active learning projects, and increased access to information and experience through technology.

Margaret Lawrence

Margaret has taught classes in the Nursing Assistant Program and ESL for more than five years. She has a BS in Nursing from Indiana University and has a master’s degree from the University of Southern California in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Heather Dyer, RN, BSN

Heather has a BSN from UW Seattle and has more than 20 years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis. She's an LPN clinical instructor and PT instructor, and she's also a consulting nurse for a small non-profit.

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