Spring Quarter has Moved Online

TCC staff and faculty are here to help you remotely. Campus buildings are closed. 

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Nursing

Are you ready to enter the exciting world of healthcare?

An important update

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders have created multiple changes for students preparing to apply to the TCC nursing program. Please read below for admission changes that will apply only to the Fall ’20 and Winter ’21 application cycles.

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders have created multiple changes for students preparing to apply to the TCC nursing program. Here is what we can tell you right now: All admission criteria to the Tacoma Community College will not change as outlined on our web page and the admission packets except the following:

Has the application cycle changed?
Yes. The program is separating out the Fall and Winter application cycles and extending deadlines. The Fall application cycle will open on June 1st, 2020 and the application deadline will be August 1st, 2020, instead of July 1st. The Winter application cycle will open August 2nd, 2020 and the application deadline will be October 1st, 2020

What if my TEAS test is cancelled or testing is not available related to the COVID-19?
We are aware that there are delays happening at testing locations. The program is working to see what options can be provided to students here at TCC. We are remaining hopeful that testing will be available before the application cycles close. We encourage you to continue to study during this delay.

What do I do if my Nursing Assistant class was canceled for Spring quarter or I am unable to take the State Exam?
For the fall application cycle, please submit your application to the program by the August 1st deadline. Proof of passing/successfully completing the Nursing Assistant Exam will not be due until September 1st, 2020. We hope and anticipate that PearsonVue testing centers will be reopened long before that time. If the COVID-19 turns into a long-term response, we will readdress this question at a later date.
For the winter application cycle, please submit your application to the program by the October 1st deadline. Proof of passing/successfully completing the Nursing Assistant Exam will not be due until December 10th, 2020. We hope and anticipate that PearsonVue testing centers will be reopened long before that time. If the COVID-19 turns into a long-term response, we will readdress this question at a later date.
At the time of Application, students will need to submit one of the following for the NAC requirement as follows: • Submission of an active Washington State NAC license • Submission of passing scores of NAC skills and written tests from Pearson Vue (Would still be required to submit application to Washington state DOH and become licensed as an NAC before you start the program) • Submission of a letter stating your NAC status (i.e. that you will be licensed or have passed skills and written tests from Pearson Vue by the deadline stated above for the application cycle you are applying to. You would still need to become licensed as a NAC before you start the program).

Should I apply if I do not have all of my non-factored pre-requisites completed?
Yes, students who have 1 non-factored pre-requisite left, to be completed at the time of application, are encouraged to apply (examples-5 Humanities Credits, CMST&210). If the program has admitted all
qualified applicants and has additional capacity to admit students, we will look to fill these spaces with students who are closest to meeting requirements. If selected, these students will still have to complete the final requirement, achieving the minimum grade required, as soon as they are able to. This will be required to graduate from the program.

We will update this web page as we have future information or as changes occur. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We are in uncharted waters, but we look forward to serving you to the best of our ability during this tim

Nursing Program at TCC 

Nursing is an exciting career with a bright economic future. Nurses make up the largest health care profession in the United States. They work in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and community centers. TCC has been successfully training registered nurses for many years.

At TCC, we offer quality education and produce competent, skilled nurses who excel in all facets of health care services. We are proud of our graduates.

This Technical Standards document (pdf) identifies the functional abilities the TCC nursing faculty deem to be essential to the practice of nursing.

A Student-Centered Progression

A pre-licensure Associate Degree in Nursing gives you a great start on the path to career advancement in the high-demand, high-wage world of nursing . You can get your BSN in just one more year as a full-time student… and after that, how far you choose to take your education is up to you.

The new degree requires changes to the nursing pre-requisites, which increases the credits needed for graduation from 122 to 135. This change offers several advantages for the student, with the primary goal of a streamlined pathway to completing a bachelors in nursing.

Because you complete the first three years of a four-year degree at a community college, the DTA/MRP degree allows you to spend significantly less money on your BSN.

The DTA/MRP also makes it easy to transfer to several local colleges. 

Accreditation 

TCC's Nursing program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.

Complete your prerequisites and then complete TCC's two-year program.

The Associate in Nursing Degree (DTA/MRP) nursing program is designed for students who want to complete their prerequisites and nursing training at the community college level. After finishing prerequisites and our two year program, graduates are eligible to:

  • test to earn the Registered Nurse credential, or
  • transfer to a university to complete the last 45 credits towards a Bachelors in Science in Nursing (BSN).  

Nursing Program Packet 

DTA/MRP Advising Worksheet 

Complete your prerequisites and then complete TCC's LPN to RN Bridge program.

The Associate in Nursing Degree (DTA/MRP) LPN to RN Bridge nursing program is designed for students who are currently LPNs and want to complete their prerequisites and nursing training at the community college level.  After finishing prerequisites and our one year program, graduates are eligible to:

  • test to earn the Registered Nurse credential, or
  • transfer to a university to complete the last 45 credits towards a Bachelors in Science in Nursing (BSN).  

 LPN to RN Nursing Program Packet

DTA/MRP LPN Advising Worksheet 

DTA/MRP Prerequisites

  1. Before entering the DTA/MRP program, students must have an active Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential. This keeps this program to a more manageable length and credit load for students. Depending on the training site, it may take up to 12 weeks to obtain a CNA. Take a look at the list of nearby programs.
  2. Refer to DTA/MRP prerequisites.

Questions?

If you have questions about prerequisites and how courses transfer in, please call our advising department at 253-566-6091 and make an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor. 

Learn More about Nursing

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not have in-person nursing information sessions at this time. Please click ‘Get Started’ below and watch the recorded nursing information session. We have also established a Zoom lobby where you can come talk directly to TCC Nursing program staff and get answers to your specific questions. The link to the Zoom lobby is at the very bottom of this page.

GET STARTED!

Nursing Information Session - Narrative (PDF)

Please review the information in the Nursing Program Packets on this web page for continued updates. You can also email any questions you have to nursing@tacomacc.edu, so that we can address these immediately. We are here to help you through this challenging time and we look forward to providing you with the information you need to become a nursing student at Tacoma Community college.

Nursing Program Resources

 
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Launch Your Health Career at TCC

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage your review of the electronic version of our Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

Get Started!

Health Science Program Overview – Narrative (PDF)

After watching the online version of our information session, please join us via Zoom Lobby for an upcoming question/answer opportunity.  You are also welcome to contact our Advising office with specific questions at 253.566.6091 or advising@tacomacc.edu.

Date

Time

Zoom Link

Thursday, May 14

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here to join session

Wednesday, May 20

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, May 28

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here to join session 

Wednesday, June 3

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, June 11

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Thursday, June 25 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Click here to join session

Thursday Meetings:

https://zoom.us/j/96259634434?pwd=cW1od3dPZk1hWitXRUgvWDBDQmdUQT09
Meeting ID: 962 5963 4434
Password: 097695

Wednesday Meetings:

https://zoom.us/j/95847910053?pwd=NlpWcjRsR3N2RTZkMkFWcFBFem5idz09
Meeting ID: 958 4791 0053
Password: 712312

 

Student Achievement Data

TCC has helped hundreds of nursing students achieve their goals. 

91.67% NCLEX pass rates for 2018-19
92% 2018-19 program completion rate for generic nursing students
100% 2018-19 program completion rate for LPN to RN nursing students

Graduate and Employer Satisfaction

Employers are highly satisfied with TCC nursing students. 

88%  of 2017-18 survey respondents were employed as an RN
96% of 2018-19 survey respondents feel the program prepared them to be an RN.
100% of 2017-18 employer survey respondents are extremely satisfied to satisfied with the TCC graduate

For Current AAST Program Students

Information about the Nursing AAST Program for current students only. 

Do you have a question for us?

We are available to help you online via Zoom. 
Here you can talk to a staff member directly to get answers to your specific questions.
Please come join us! We are happy to help you!

Health, Business and Professional Services (HBPS) Zoom Lobby Information

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/99980134503

Phone number to call in: 1-253-215-8782 and follow the prompts

Zoom Meeting ID: 999 8013 4503

NOTE: You can also contact our department anytime and leave a voicemail at 253-566-5113, or reach us by email at tcchbps@tacomacc.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Do You Have Questions?

Please contact us at 253-566-5218 or via e-mail.