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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 June 8 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.

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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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

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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Get to Know ASG President Myra Morales

Myra Morales, ASG president at clover park technical college near tacoma

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

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Community Helps Nursing Student Overcome Obstacles

Andrea Castaneda overcame anxiety to pursue an education and career in the nursing field.

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Degrees & Certificates

Meet the Instructors

Brenda Lazarus, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
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, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
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.