Nursing: Practical Nursing Certificate

Application Info

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 at 253.589-5545.

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

Certificate Info

The Practical Nursing (PN) certificate program at Clover Park Technical College prepares graduates for entry into the nursing profession as a practical nurse and work under the direction of a licensed registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist. The program is offered at Clover Park Technical College campus.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $6,682.36

Admission Dates: Spring and fall quarters

Graduates of this program are educated in the field of Nursing as a Practical Nurse with duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code. The nursing programs at CPTC (1) are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and (2) have program approval through the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission Nursing Program Approval Panel (graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam). CPTC courses with an “&” in the course name are seamlessly transferable to other Washington State educational institutions. Upon successful completion of college prerequisites, the CPTC nursing graduate with an unrestricted and current PN license with 500 hours of practice can pursue a AAS-T RN Degree. Information about the NCLEX-PN exam is available here.

Program Overview

Clover Park’s Practical Nursing Certificate program consists of 74 credits of nursing courses and 24 credits of general education courses. In addition, all students entering the practical nurse program must have completed a State approved nursing assistant program (NA-C), successfully passed the state exam, and maintained their nursing assistant license without any restrictions on their license.

Students are admitted to the program twice a year, starting in the Spring quarter or in the Fall quarter on a first come first served basis. Applications are accepted at any time with guaranteed admission provided all prerequisites are met. Students are encouraged to apply early while they are completing their prerequisites. Admission to the program will depend on whether the student has completed all of the required prerequisites by the deadlines listed on the application.

This PN program focuses on the art and science of nursing. Learning will be achieved in the classroom, by simulation in the skills laboratory, and clinical practice settings. Students will attend class and laboratory educational learning experiences on campus. Clinical learning experiences are obtained in various healthcare settings in the community under the guidance of nursing faculty. Classes and laboratory experiences are offered during the day between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Clinical experiences are largely scheduled 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The college reserves the right to schedule clinical experiences during evening and/or on weekends if necessary and may be required to travel up to 50 miles for clinical site.

Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to care for a variety of clients in acute, long-term, mental health, and outpatient facilities.

This program is designed to be completed in four quarters. Remediation is possible on a case by case basis and availability of program resources.

Important Note

If the student is taking prerequisites at CPTC, students must meet COMPASS scores required for placement into the core academic courses.

If the student is taking or has taken prerequisite courses at another educational institution, (s)he must have credits evaluated prior to submitting the application. The student must request an official college transcript be sent to CPTC Student Records for evaluation and complete a transfer credit request form. Please Note: Mail your official transcript to Clover Park Technical College ATTN: Credential Evaluator (Bev Custard). Any questions or concerns regarding transferring credits can be made to the following email: Your transcripts will be evaluated and a report will be mailed to you.

The Evaluation Transfer Report MUST be submitted to the nursing program before application deadlines. (NO exceptions for lateness). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their application is complete and the required documents are received by the nursing program. Documents can be submitted to the nursing department in person or scanned and submitted via email to

Immunization Instructions

Please read carefully! You must have the immunizations listed below, but you are NOT required to submit any documentation to the nursing department prior to the first day of class. You are required to BRING a copy of proof of immunizations listed below on the first day of class. Please note: TB and Seasonal Flu vaccines are required annually and must be kept current throughout the program. You will be required to upload proof of immunizations into a program called certified background during your first weeks in class. This is a requirement that must be met in order to attend clinical rotations.

Instructions for uploading these documents will be provided during your program orientation at the start of the quarter. You will not be allowed to attend clinical site rotations until proof of the required immunizations is met.

NOTE: Immunization requirements are based on CDC recommendations for health care workers and Clinical site requirements. Required Immunizations include:

  • Hepatitis B series plus positive titer,
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria, TB: (1) 2-step TB screening, OR (2) Quantiferum Gold TB test, or (3) history of past three years
  • TB testing.
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or 1 injection and positive titer) and verification of immunity to Varicella
  • Seasonal flu and H1N1.

Note: Immunization requirements may change, based on Center for Disease Control guideline, college, and/or clinical facility policies.

Physical Activity: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds). Nurses are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student nurse must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Students must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from bed to a chair, commode, or cart. Students must sign an affidavit that they meet the physical requirements before they can be placed in a clinical setting.

Application Process

Download and complete Part 1 of the LPN Admissions Packet. Applications are also available in-person in the Nursing Department. We do not have an application submission deadline. Applications are accepted year-round.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
NURS 102 Issues & Trends in Nursing 3
NURS 109 Basic Nutrition for Nursing 3
NURS 112 Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills I 4
NURS 113 Essentials of Nursing 3
NURS 115 Health Assessment and Promotion 3
NURS 120 Medical Surgical Nursing I 3
NURS 122 Pre-Pharmacology 2
NURS 124 Mental Health Nursing 3
NURS 125 Pharmacology in Nursing 3
NURS 128 Contemporary Maternity Nursing 3
NURS 130 Nursing of Children 3
NURS 132 Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills II 4
NURS 135 Geriatric Nursing 3
NURS 136 Medical Surgical Nursing II 6
NURS 144 Medical-Surgical Nursing III 6
NURS 149 Clinical Practicum I 5
NURS 153 Clinical Practicum II 5
NURS 154 Issues & Trends in Nursing II 2
NURS 157 Clinical Practicum III 5
NURS 160 Clinical Practicum IV 5
  Total Credits for Completion 74