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Registered Nursing Program

RN Program – Mount Vernon Campus
LPN-RN Program – Whidbey Island Campus
  • RN Program Contact Info

    Susan LaFave, MV Nursing Admissions Coordinator

  • LPN-RN Program Contact Info



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
42 40 – 42 6 – 9 quarters Fall Quarter Only
Whidbey Island Campus
Registered Nurse, ATA Degree
Full-time Program
72 46 6 – 9 quarters Fall/Spring Quarter Only
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 Registered Nursing ATA Degree prepares students who are highly educated, technically advanced, competent and caring individuals to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings and participate in lifelong learning. In addition, it may prepare students interested in pursuing a degree at the baccalaureate level.  The full-time program requires attendance in daytime lecture and lab classes, and both daytime and evening clinicals.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).   Admissions Information

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

This program option is for nurses who have graduated from a PN program and have a current Washington State LPN license. The LPN to RN 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. This program is currently available on the Whidbey Island Campus only.  The program is academically rigorous requiring a substantial time commitment from each student.   Admissions Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will...
  • Demonstrate accountability for nursing care by practicing within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of nursing standards of professional nursing practice.
  • Utilize appropriate channels of communication, such as therapeutic, information technology, and confidential patient information, to achieve positive patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate ability to perform a comprehensive baseline and ongoing assessment to meet the patients changing needs.
  • Make sound clinical judgments using evidence-based information to ensure accurate and safe patient care.
  • Provide organized, safe, competent nursing care taking into consideration the patient’s culture.
  • Integrate health education into the plan of care to facilitate decision making by the patient.
  • Demonstrate the value of lifelong-learning as a professional.
  • Work collaboratively with others to achieve patient and organizational outcomes.
  • Facilitate the continuity of cost effective care by applying the principles of prioritization, delegation, and supervision.

Admissions Requirements - RN

 NEW Admissions requirements for students applying for Fall 2014 admission or after.

Current admission into the Registered Nursing program is based on a single measure of grade point average in pre-requisite courses. Beginning with the class entering Fall 2014, program admissions will consider multiple measures including pre-requisite 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 and have valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card.

  1. PREREQUISITES (40 Points)

A minimum 2.0 grade point in each of the eight 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 standard will result in the award of zero points. New change - Science prerequisites courses
(BIOL& 241, BIOL&242, CHEM&121 and BIOL&260) must be completed within 10 years of submitting application.

Overall 3.0 GPA in science prerequisites:

CHEM&121 (Chemistry)

BIOL& 241 (Anatomy and Physiology I)

BIOL&242 (Anatomy and Physiology II)

BIOL& 260 (Microbiology)


Overall 3.0 GPA in all nursing prerequisites:

CHEM&121 (Chemistry)

BIOL& 241 (Anatomy and Physiology I)

BIOL&242 (Anatomy and Physiology II)

BIOL& 260 (Microbiology)


HMATH100 (Health math for Health Professionals) or higher level college math

PSYC&100 (Developmental Psychology)

PSYC&200 (Lifespan Psychology)

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

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)

Meeting the minimum Adjusted Individual Score in each of the following categories of the Assessment Technology Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills Test (ATI TEAS) is required: Reading (69%), Math (63.3%), science (45.8%), and writing (60%) portions.  A minimum Adjusted Individual Total Score of 58.7% is required.  If the Adjusted Individual Total Score earned is equal or greater than 58.7%, the score will be multiplied by the 10 points (.10) available for this category to determine points earned.  Failing to meet the minimum Adjusted Individual Score of 58.7% will result in zero points be awarded.


Nursing Assistant Certification OR Work or volunteer experience must have direct human patient care interaction to earn points.  Applicants must submit a completed Verification of Work/Volunteer Experience form with application or copy of CNA.

NOTE- For LPNs wishing to pursue an RN - The old entry waitlist procedure closed February 2013.  Until all the student on this list have been offered a chance to enter the program, no new applications for the LPN to RN are being accepted at this time for both campuses.  When the LPN to RN program opens for new admissions, the new admissions criteria described

Registered Nursing Application
Admissions Points
Verification of Work/Volunteer Experience

Admission Requirements – LPN to RN

The entry waitlist procedure closed February 2013.  No applications for the LPN to RN program at the Whidbey Island Campus will be accepted until all the students on this list have been offered a chance to enter the program.  Students interested in the LPN to RN program at the Whidbey Island Campus may have their name placed on an interest list for admissions information when new applications are being accepted.  Contact the LPN-RN Admissions if interested (360-679-5323).  When the LPN to RN program opens for new admissions, the admissions criteria will be posted on the Skagit Valley College Nursing website.

Nursing Admission Application Form

Application for both LPN to RN and RN programs

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 but not currently required)
  • Attend a nursing intake session following notification of acceptance

Application Deadline

Spring Quarter 2014 Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2014
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 Outside Transfer Credit Evaluation *Application Deadline Date Deadline for taking TEAS
Fall Quarter 2014 (LPN to RN) CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Spring Quarter 2015 (Full-time RN only) November 15, 2014 January 15, 2015 January 12, 2015
Fall Quarter 2015 (Full-time RN only) TBA TBA TBA

* Must be postmarked by this date OR received in person by 5 p.m..

Transfer Student/Advanced Placement Policy

Nursing Application Form

Admission to the RN or LPN to RN programs is on a space available basis.  The entry waitlist procedure for LPNs wishing to pursue an RN degree closed February 2013 on the Whidbey Island Campus.  No new applications will be accepted until students on this list have been offered an opportunity to enter the program.  The full-time RN program on the Mount Vernon campus will use this waitlist to fill any openings in the 4th quarter only.  To be eligible for entry, students must meet the following requirements:

  • All documentation required for First Quarter Entry.
  • Current unencumbered Washington LPN License.

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 documentation required for First Quarter Entry.
  • Submit copy of syllabus 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.
  • 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 or LPN to RN programs 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 must apply for re-entry into the beginning quarter of the program.  Students will not be allowed to re-enter the RN or LPN to RN program more than 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
  • RN Student Kit
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)

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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...