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Practical Nursing Program

PN Program – Whidbey Island Campus

Skagit Valley College offers a full-time option in the PRACTICAL NURSE program. The following information will inform you about the options, admission requirements, application process, deadlines, and the forms you will need to complete the admission process.  If you have further questions about any of this information, please contact the appropriate program coordinator at the contact information provided above.

Program Options

Degrees / Certificates Nursing
Estimated Program Length Admission / Location
Practical Nursng Certificate
Full-time Program
53 22 4 – 6 quarters Fall Quarter Only
Whidbey Island Campus

The estimated program length is based on full-time enrollment (unless otherwise noted).  It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or program advisor. Any developmental, prerequisite, or general education courses a student is required to complete will add additional quarters toward program completion.

Practical Nurse Certificate

The Practical Nurse Certificate program prepares students for employment as Practical Nurses in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home healthcare agencies, schools and doctor's offices. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the licensing examination to become licensed practical nurses (NCLEX-PN). At the time of application for the licensing exam, students must show proof of being 18 years of age, and having a high school diploma or GED. There are two PN program enrollment options available to students: full-time, or part-time/evenings and weekends. Admissions Information

Program Learning Outcomes

The nursing philosophy supports the student learner outcomes of Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity and Spirit of Inquiry.

Human Flourishing: Promote the human dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth of patients, oneself, and members of the health care team.

Nursing Judgment: Provide a rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of patients within a family context.

Professional Identity: Assess how one’s personal strengths and values affect one’s identity as a nurse and one’s contributions as a member of the health care team.

Spirit of Inquiry: Question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition, and patient preferences.

The nursing process is foundational to the curricular framework defined by the National League for Nursing (2010) and adopted by Skagit Valley College nursing programs. The nursing process consists of Data Collection, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.

Nursing Program Curriculum Design

The curriculum design reflects the nursing mission, philosophy, and program objectives.  Faculty adopted the NLN Core Components and Competencies for Practical Nursing graduates (NLN 2010) as the organizing framework for the program.  Each component was defined by SVC faculty and competencies for each course and for SVC Practical Nursing students were developed.  The curriculum design provides the foundation for nursing theory course content, laboratory experiences on campus, laboratory experiences in clinical setting, and evaluation of student learning.

PN Admission/Wait List Requirements

Admission into SVC’s Practical Nursing Program is limited.  Students are selected for admission to the Practical Nursing program from the program wait list.  All interested students must meet minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission.  Students seeking admission to the PN program must first apply for admission to Skagit Valley College.  Admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing program. Take the college placement test (COMPASS) in math and English.   Applicant’s to the nursing program must be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Equivalency (GED) exam. To make application to the PN program wait list, students must complete all prerequisites (see list below) with ‘C’ or better grades and hold a current CNA certification.  Students receiving notification of acceptance into the PN program are required to attend a mandatory intake session.

Prerequisites for Entry: C or better grades in the following courses
  • A & P for LPN (NURS 136),  or
  • Human A & P I (BIOL& 241)
  • Human A & P II (BIOL& 242),  or
  • A & P for Medical Assistant  (AHE 106)
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101)
  • Math for Health Professions (HMATH 100)
  • Nursing Assistant/AIDS Education (N100)

PN-Admission/Wait List Application Form

Please print out application and mail completed form to the Nursing Program Assistant at the address listed on form.  The application packet must be received no later than the deadline date indicated. To be accepted, the application packet must include the following information:

Application Deadline

PN  Wait List Application Packets are accepted throughout the year.  Students with questions about this process should contact the PN Program Assistant (see contact information at top of page, or Contact Us) for further information.

Transfer Student/Advanced Placement Policy

Admission to the PN program is on a space available basis.  Students transferring from another academic institution’s nursing program will be considered for advanced placement into SVC’s Practical Nurse program upon meeting the following requirements:

  • All documentation required for First Quarter Entry.
  • Provide transcripts of all previously completed course work and any other records helpful in documenting completed work (syllabi, etc.).
  • Proof of completion:  ENGL & 101, HMATH 100, NURS 136 (or equivalents).
  • Letter of recommendation from Nursing Program Director or current instructor of current or last nursing program attended.
  • Signed Transfer Student Policy form giving permission to contact your previous nursing program Instructors (see link to document below).

When completing the PN Admission/Wait List Application Form, include all required Advanced Placement Request documentation.  The request will be reviewed to determine course placement in SVC’s program.  Once reviewed, students are placed on a list to enter the program for that particular quarter in the program.  For further information about this process, please read (and sign): PN-Transfer Student Policy Consent Form.

Sample Schedules

Transcript Evaluation Request

Please submit this form if you have taken courses elsewhere and would like them evaluated for transfer eligibility to Skagit Valley College. Please allow 8-10 weeks for processing.  Official transcripts must be on file with the Admissions Office prior to submitting Transcript Evaluation Request Form.

Program Cost

In addition to college tuition and student fees, students are expected to purchase books, uniform, general supplies, and other medical-related small equipment items (see the list below).  All costs are estimates and subject to change.  The current tuition and fees schedule can be found in the college catalog or the Enrollment Services section of the website.

The required program supplies and fees may vary year to year.  Upon acceptance into the Nursing program, the instructor will provide students with an updated list.  The following are examples of the typical expenses and approximate cost incurred:

Supplies: $1,100 – $1,500
  • Nursing textbooks
  • Uniform (scrub top, pants, shoes, & badge/pin)
  • Watch (with second hand)
  • Stethoscope
  • PN Nursing Kit
Fees: $1,100 – $1,500
  • Liability/Malpractice Insurance (this expense is included in the 1st & 4th quarter tuition)
  • Background Check & Substance Use Drug Test Fee
  • WA State Registered Nurse License Application Fee
  • National LPN Certification Exam Testing Fee
  • Other testing fees
  • Nursing Pin (optional)

To Learn More

To learn more about the following items click on the link and you will be returned to the Nursing HOME page for further information.

Immunization Requirements

Medical facilities require immunizations for all personnel who interface with patients.  Students offered official admission to one of the nursing programs will need to provide verification of certain immunizations. Read more...

Clinical Experiences

All nursing programs include a required clinical work experience. Read more...

Licensing & Examination Eligibility

To be eligible to write the NCLEX (the nursing licensure exam), the nursing commission requires you to provide information about physical/mental conditions and any filed criminal charges. Read more...

Background Check and Drug Screening

Once admitted to one of the nursing programs, all students must pass a multi-state, multi-zip code criminal back ground check as well as a drug/illegal substance screening. Read more...

Nursing Essential Skills

Students planning on entering any of the nursing programs need to be aware of the essential skills required of the successful nurse. Read more...

Risks and Hazards

Persons interested in a career in nursing need to be aware of potential hazards and risks inherent in the field. Read more...