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Registered Nursing Program

RN Program – Mount Vernon Campus
LPN-RN Program – Whidbey Island Campus


Skagit Valley College offers two options in REGISTERED NURSING:
  • LPN to RN, ATA Degree  (part-time)
  • RN, ATA Degree (full-time)

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
LPN to RN, ATA Degree
Part-time Program
36 51 – 53 6 – 9 quarters Fall Quarter
Even Years Only
Whidbey Island Campus
Registered Nurse, ATA Degree
Full-time Program
72 51 – 53 6 – 9 quarters Fall/Spring Quarters
Mount Vernon 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.

Registered Nursing (ATA Degree)

The Nursing (NURS) program at Skagit Valley College (SVC) prepares students for a lifelong career in nursing practice. Nursing is one of the most diverse and exciting careers in today’s health care field. It provides unlimited opportunities and intangible benefits for those who enter the profession. Nurses are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, extended care centers, home health care agencies, physicians’ offices, mental health facilities, and corrections. New technologies are continually developing in the health care field, offering exciting and challenging career opportunities.

Nursing is a demanding, rewarding profession that requires strong communication skills, excellent problem-solving abilities, focused concentration when performing a task, attention to detail, the ability to work well with others, and extensive knowledge of the sciences.      Admissions Information

LPN to RN (Second Year Associates Degree in Registered Nursing)

SVC offers a program for nurses who have graduated from a PN program and have a current Washington State LPN license. Located on the Whidbey Island Campus, the LPN to RN ATA Degree program is part-time, focusing on the second year of the Associate Degree in Registered Nursing. Students complete the same RN program prerequisites, related education courses, and 6 quarters of nursing courses required for the ATA degree. The program was designed to create a pathway for PN graduates to move into high-wage, high-demand career opportunities in healthcare. Graduates of this program receive an Associate Degree in Registered Nursing and are eligible to apply for the State Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nursing.    Admissions Information


Program Learning Outcomes

The Associate Degree graduate is a professional who provides, manages and coordinates care for the patient within various health care settings.

The SVC Associate Degree graduate will practice within the legal and ethical guidelines set forth by the Washington State Nursing Practice Act, join a professional organization, engage in self-evaluation, and continue professional growth.  The SVC Graduate demonstrates evidence of achievement of competencies appropriate to role preparation.

The SVC Graduate Outcomes represent the culmination of student learning outcomes for the program. The following table shows the relationship between nursing process, the Core components, and SVC ATA Graduate Outcomes.


Nursing Program Curriculum Design

The curriculum design reflects the nursing mission, philosophy, and program objectives.  Faculty adopted the NLN Core Components and Competencies for Associate Degree Graduates (NLN 2005) as the organizing framework for the program.  Each component was defined by SVC faculty and competencies for each course and for SVC Associate Degree 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.


Relationship between Nursing Process,
Core Competencies and SVC RN Graduate Outcomes

Nursing Process

Core Competencies

Core Competencies Definition

SVC Graduate Outcomes
By graduation, student will:


Professional Behaviors

Legal and ethical practices required for nursing in the educational and healthcare environment.

Demonstrate accountability for nursing care by practicing within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing standards of professional nursing practice.



An interactive process involving the exchange of information.

Utilize appropriate channels of communication: therapeutic, information technology, confidential patient information to achieve positive patient outcomes.



A process involving comprehensive collection of data using a holistic approach.

Demonstrate ability to perform a comprehensive baseline and ongoing assessment to meet the patient’s changing needs.



Clinical Decision Making

Analysis of data to determine patient health-illness response, establish outcomes, and plan nursing care congruent with evidence-based practice.

Make sound clinical judgments using evidence-based information to ensure accurate and safe patient care.

Implementation Evaluation

Caring Interventions

Nursing behaviors that assist individuals in meeting their health needs including those related to culture or diversity issues.

Provide organized, safe, competent nursing care taking into consideration the patient’s culture.


Teaching and Learning

The ability to work with others to accomplish outcomes.

Integrate health education into the plan of care to facilitate decision making by the patient; demonstrate the value of lifelong-learning as a professional.



Presentation of health information and assimilation of information resulting in changed behaviors.

Work collaboratively with others to achieve patient and organizational outcomes


Managing Care

The process of organizing, directing and coordinating nursing care.

Facilitate the continuity of cost-effective care by applying the principles of prioritization, delegation, and supervision.


Admissions Requirements - RN / LPN to RN

Program admissions will consider multiple measures including prerequisite grades, ATI Teas Score, and Work or Volunteer Experience. A total of 100 points are available and applicants will be ranked for entry based on points earned.  To be eligible to apply, students must have completed all the nursing prerequisite courses and received a grade in each and have a valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card.

  1. PREREQUISITES (40 Points)

A minimum 2.0 grade point in each of the nine nursing prerequisite courses is required.  In addition, the grade point average for science prerequisites must be at least 3.0 and the grade point average for combined prerequisites must be at least 3.0.  Students meeting the minimum GPA standards will result in the award of 40 points.  Failing to meet the minimum GPA standards will result in the award of zero points.

Science prerequisite courses (BIOL&211 or BIOL&160, BIOL& 241, BIOL&242, CHEM&121 and BIOL&260) must be completed within 10 years of application submission date.

Overall 3.0 GPA in science prerequisites:

CHEM&121 (Chemistry)

*BIOL&211 (Cellular Biology) ir BIOL&160 (Cell Biology)

BIOL& 241 (Anatomy and Physiology I)

BIOL&242 (Anatomy and Physiology II)

BIOL& 260 (Microbiology)

*BIOL& 211 or BIOL&160 will be use in the science GPA calculation starting Spring Quarter 2016 admission to the nursing program.








Overall 3.0 GPA in all nursing prerequisites:

CHEM&121 (Chemistry)

*BIOL&211 (Major Cellular) or BIOL&160 (Cell Biology)

BIOL& 241 (Anatomy and Physiology I)

BIOL&242 (Anatomy and Physiology II)

BIOL& 260 (Microbiology)

ENGL&101 (English Composition I)

PSYC&100 (Developmental Psychology)

PSYC&200 (Lifespan Psychology)

**HMATH100 (Health math for Health Professionals) or higher level college math.  HMath 100 WILL NOT be offered for RN students after Spring Quarter 2015.


**Beginning Fall Quarter 2016 MATH& 146 (Statistics) will be the required math course for admission to the Registered Nursing Program.  HMATH 100 WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION starting Fall Quarter 2016.

Tiebreaker:  Overall science GPA will be used in the event of a tie.  If required, the overall nursing prerequisite GPA will be considered.

BIOL& 211 (Major Cellular) is not in used in Science GPA calculation at this time.  Students applying for Spring 2016 admission or after will have this course will be included in the GPA calculation.

Corequisites - Graduation/General Education Requirements (Required by graduation)

  • Interpersonal Communication (CMST& 210), or
  • Professional Communication (CMST 125)
  • Employer/Employee Roles & Perspectives (SOSC 125)
  • Job Search (SOSC 113)
  1. ATI TEAS Score (40 Points)

A minimum Overall Adjusted Individual Total Score of 58.7% and a ATI Academic Preparedness Level of Proficient or higher is required.  Failing to meet the minimum Adjusted Individual Score of 58.7% will result in zero points be awarded.

Students must also meet the minimum Adjusted Individual Score in each of the following subject categories of the Assessment Technology Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills Test (ATI TEAS version V): Reading (69%), Math (63.3%), Science (45.8%), Writing (60%)

If the Adjusted Individual Total Score earned is for each subject category is equal or greater than minimum required score, the score will be multiplied by the .10 points available for this category to determine points earned.  .


See Admission Points Score Sheet for details

NOTE- For LPNs wishing to pursue LPN to RN on the Whidbey Campus - The waitlist closed February 2013.  Until all the students on this list have been offered a chance to enter the program, no new applications for the LPN to RN program other than those currently on the waitlist are being accepted at this time. Applicants for advanced placement (second year) on Mount Vernon will be filled by students currenlty on the Whidbey Island Campus waitlist.

Students who wish to be notified when new applications for the LPN-RN program are being accepted, please contact
Cleo Franklin

When all the LPN to RN waitlist students have offered admission and the waitlist is completed, the admission process described under Admission Requirements- RN  becomes effective district wide for the RN program.

Registered Nursing Application
Admissions Points Score Sheet Points 
Verification of Work/Volunteer Experience

Nursing Admission Application Form

Application for both RN and LPN to RN program

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

  • Completed Nursing Admission Application Form
  • Verification of 18 years of age by admission date
  • Documentation showing completion of program specific required/prerequisite courses
  • If applicable, a Request for Transcript Evaluation submitted with official transcript(s) if other than SVC transcripts
  • Copy of Current CNA certificate or LPN license (as applicable)
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card
  • Any other nursing related licenses

Once accepted into the program and prior to course registration, the following verifications must be provided:

  • Required immunizations
  • Pass both an Illegal Substance-Drug Screen and Criminal Background check
  • Professional Liability and Malpractice Insurance (cost is included in student fees)
  • Medical Insurance coverage for injury/sickness (strongly recommended)
  • Attend a nursing intake session following notification of acceptance

Application Deadline

Fall Quarter 2014 Applications are being accepted
Nursing application packets must be received in the Mount Vernon Campus Nursing Office (RN only) or the Whidbey Island Campus Nursing Office (LPN to RN only) by the deadline date/time listed below:
Intended Start Date Application Open Outside Transfer Credit Evaluation *Application Deadline Date Deadline for taking TEAS All Candidates to Be Notified By
Fall Quarter 2015 (Full-time RN only) March 1, 2015 March 28, 2015 May 30, 2015 May 27, 2015 June 30, 2015

Spring Quarter 2016
(Full-Time RN Only)

Oct 1, 2015 November 15, 2015 January 15, 2016 January 12, 2016 February 28, 2017

* Must be postmarked by this date OR received in person by 5 p.m.
If the deadline date falls on a non-school date (i.e. holiday, weekend, etc.) the deadline is moved to the Friday BEFORE the date at 5 p.m

Transfer Student/Advanced Placement Policy

Nursing Application Form

.Students transferring from another academic institution’s nursing program will be considered for advanced placement into SVC’s Registered Nursing program upon meeting the following requirements:

  • All prerequisites required for entry into the RN/LPN to RN program must be met.
  • Submit copy of syllabi from course(s) taken from other academic institutions or a copy of an official SVC Degree Audit.
  • Letter of good standing from previous Nursing Program Director or current instructor of current or last nursing program attended stating eligibility for reentry into the previous program.
  • Reference Authorization Form

When completing the Nursing Admission Application Form, include all required Advanced Placement Request documentation.  The request will be reviewed to determine course placement in SVC’s program.  If request is approved, students are placed on a list to enter the program for that particular quarter in the program.  Actual admission is on space available.

Re-entry to Nursing Program

Students requesting re-entry to the Registered Nursing program must fulfill current readmission requirements as specified by the SVC Nursing Admissions Policy.  Readmission is based on a space-available basis.  A student who has been out of the Nursing program for more than one year may be required to re-enter into a lower quarter of the program. Readmission into the program, when allowed, is permitted only once.  An exception will be made for student withdrawal due to military service.

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
Fees:     $1,000 – $1,200
  • Liability 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 RN Certification Exam Testing Fee
  • Other testing fees
  • Nursing Pin (optional)

To Learn More

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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...