The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are prepared to take the state licensure exam for Registered Nurses- NCLEX-RN.
The Registered Nurse performs acts that require substantial knowledge, judgment, and skill based on the principles of biological, behavioral, health, and nursing sciences. Such acts are grounded in the elements of the nursing process which includes, but is not limited to, the assessment, analysis, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care and health teaching in the maintenance and the promotion of health or prevention of illness of others and the support of a dignified death. The registered nurse using specialized knowledge can perform the activities of administration, supervision, delegation and evaluation of nursing practice.
Graduates are well prepared in the art and science of nursing to meet the challenging and changing demands of the healthcare industry. Graduates of the BTC Nursing program work in a variety of settings including acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, skilled home care, hospice, clinics, day-surgery centers, schools, and public health.
Academic preparation includes core courses in arts and sciences and those focusing on basic nursing skills and knowledge. In addition to providing pathways designed for those new to the field, Bellingham Technical College is committed to providing pathways for the movement of licensed practical nurses into its Associate Degree- Transfer program. Agreements are in place with baccalaureate programs, enabling graduates to continue their education. Applicants are encouraged to plan early for Baccalaureate Degree completion by meeting with an admissions adviser at their school of choice.