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The mission of the SCC nursing program is to assist in meeting the needs of the community by preparing graduates for entry-level practice in a variety of health care settings. The nursing program offers a high-quality and student-centered educational curriculum which emphasizes critical thinking skills and promotes lifelong learning. The program reflects the mission of Spokane Community College in its support of a diverse community of adult learners.



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Our curriculum provides the opportunity for students to move from one level to the next, including advancing to a Bachelor of Science in nursing or a master's degree after graduation if the student desires.

This program of study includes both nursing and general education courses. Supervised clinical experience is provided in selected nursing areas.

LPNs and RNs are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, extended care centers, home health care agencies, physicians' offices, mental health facilities, and corrections. LPNs work under the direct supervision of a physician and/or RN. New technologies are continually developing in the health care field, offering exciting and challenging career opportunities.


Spokane Community College's nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. It also is approved by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission, 310 Israel Rd., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4700.

Student Learning Outcomes

The department is dedicated to the idea that our students will demonstrate four critical Student Learning Abilities as they relate to our institution and the larger community: Responsibility, Communications, Problem Solving and Global Awareness.

Persons with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website: Addressing Student Concerns.

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.

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Please read the following information carefully so you fully understand the changes and what will be required as you apply to the SCC nursing program.

Admission to our nursing program has been based on a waitlist, but that is changing. SCC's nursing program is transitioning to a competitive admissions process based on the recommendation of area employers who comprise the SCC Nursing Advisory Board and our wish to be in alignment with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. This approach also is consistent with the admissions practices used by other nursing programs in the state.

What is the nursing program? (Click to open)

The nursing program is a sequence of seven quarters maximum. At the end of the first quarter the student is eligible to take the examination for nursing assistant certification. At the completion of the second quarter, the student may become employed as a Nurse Technician. The student may continue for three more quarters to complete the requirements for the practical nurse licensing examinations. The student may then continue the nursing program for three more quarters to qualify to take the registered nursing licensure examinations.

Do students have much experience taking care of patients?

Students begin patient care in the first quarter of the program. Beginning students take care of patients in extended care facilities. In the second quarter of the program, they learn in acute care facilities, caring for medical and surgical patients. Students then have experiences caring for maternity and newborn patients, mental health patients, advanced and more complex medical-surgical patients, specialty areas, and patients in a variety of settings.

How often are students admitted?

Students are admitted twice a year. One class is admitted fall quarter, and another in spring quarter.

How is the program approved?

SCC's nursing program is accredited by the Washington State Quality Assurance Commission from the Department of Health.

How well do the graduates do on the national exams?

Our graduates score well on all of the national licensing exams, meeting or surpassing the national average. The majority of candidates pass.

What is the nursing program's pass rate on the national licensure exam?

As of May 2011, it exceeds the national average at 92%.

Are the graduates able to find employment?

Our graduates are well-qualified for entry-level positions at a variety of health care facilities in the area. They find employment in the health care industry upon graduation.

What can I expect for a salary in this area?

The entry-level salary for certified nursing assistants is about 25 to 50 percent above current minimum wage. The starting salary for licensed practical nurses is higher, and the entry-level salary for registered nurses is approximately $28-30 per hour for work in an acute care setting. Opportunities for advanced income vary greatly depending on the person’s skills, personality, work ethics, and employer.

How can I get further information and an application?

Contact the Counseling Center at (509) 533-7026 to make an appointment with the counselor for the nursing program.

What is accreditation? (Click to open)

Accreditation "is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. In the United States, this recognition is extended largely through nongovernmental, voluntary membership associations that establish accreditation criteria, evaluate institutions against [those] criteria and approve institutions that meet the criteria." (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities)

SCC's nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is approved by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission.

What is the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)?

The NLNAC "is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher education degree programs in nursing education." (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)

The NLNAC accredits all types of post-secondary nursing programs, including those offered by community and technical colleges.

How does program accreditation differ from program approval?

Program accreditation means a program meets specific national standards determined by an accrediting body, such as NLNAC.

Program approval means a program meets standards defined by state rules and regulations. In the case of nursing, a program also must meet rules and regulations defined by the state Nurse Practice Act. State program approval allows nursing graduates to sit for the national certification exam (NCLEX) to be licensed as registered nurses.

In Washington, nursing program approval is determined by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission under the state Department of Health. This means SCC graduates can sit for the national certification exam (NCLEX).

Is NLN accreditation mandatory?

NLN accreditation is optional, but a desirable credential for nursing programs to have. NLN accreditation of a nursing program indicates the program meets six NLNAC standards related to mission and administration, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources and outcomes. Each standard has between five and 10 criteria, each of which must be met to attain accreditation.

Why is NLNAC accreditation important?

Although the process is voluntary, accreditation indicates a nursing program meets the NLNAC's established standards for instruction and student development. Federal facilities, such as veterans' hospitals, require that job applicants graduate from a nationally accredited nursing program, and some colleges and universities have the same requirement for transfer students.

Is graduation from a nationally accredited associate degree in nursing required to pursue a baccalaureate or master degree in nursing?

Not all schools have this requirement, but you should ALWAYS check the admission requirements of your desired transfer school carefully.

SCC nursing faculty members believe there are varying levels of nursing practice that provide unique contributions to meet the health care needs of society. In preparing for career progression, after completion of the fourth quarter of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program, students are eligible to receive a Practical Nursing (PN) certificate and take the NCLEX PN examination. The first year lays the foundation for our ladder program. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program builds on the practical nurse foundation, guiding the graduate to become a Registered Nurse. The curriculum allows each student to move from one level to the next including advancing to a Bachelor of Science, master's, or doctorate in nursing after graduation if the student desires.

In the nursing classes, the students have both supervised clinical experience and classroom theory. Students study introduction to nursing, medical-surgical nursing including gerontology and pediatrics, prenatal nursing, mental health nursing, and beginning management/leadership concepts. Classes are generally schedule between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM Monday through Friday. Required clinical rotation hours vary and may include early morning (6:00 AM), evening, and weekend hours one or two days per week.

In addition to the nursing classes, students take courses in biology, algebra, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, general psychology, lifespan psychology, English composition and liberal arts elective courses. Students must complete all prerequisite classes with a 2.5 or better before applying to the nursing program. They are then placed on a waiting list which is organized by the date of application. Students are admitted into the nursing program fall and spring quarters. Students receive an Associate of Applied Sciences degree upon completion of the seven quarters of the program.

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Our nursing program is built on a standard of excellence. SCC has had a nursing program since 1946 with the introduction of a practical nurse program. The associate degree nursing program, which prepares the graduate for licensure as a registered nurse, began in 1970. Part of the success of the nursing program can be attributed to the fact that the students have access to a nursing practice laboratory, computer-assisted instruction, and a variety of excellent clinical settings. The campus Learning Resources Center provides a wealth of information for the student in the form of books, journals, DVDs, and electronic media. Students consistently practice the theories and skills learned in the classroom in the lab and in the clinical settings.



Shawn Mielke    (Graduated June 2010)

"I am grateful to SCC for opening up a very important doorway after graduation - one to my preferred specialty! I was fortunate enough to be allowed to do my senior capstone on the SHMC psychiatric unit, where I was approached by the nurse manager. This contact led to a supplemental position not long after graduation! It was, and continues to be, a very positive experience. Thanks again, SCC!"


Laurie Lee Potts    (Graduated June 2005)

"I am so thankful that I chose to attend SCC's nursing program to prepare for my career. They offer a wide variety of hands-on experiences that support book knowledge as well as instructors who knew when I needed to be shoved and when I needed to be hugged."

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Washington Center for Nursing

Washington State Dept. of Health -
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Washington State Nurses Association

Washington State University
College of Nursing


The AfterCollege™ Nursing Job Resource Center website

provides an array of employment tools and resources.

Note: Spokane Community College does not assume any responsibility for the contents of the external and independent sites linked here.

Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
Alexander, Kimberly
Allen, Mikel; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Blackford, Emily; P/T nursing (509) 777-7777 009-0000
Boniface, Emily; Adjunct Faculty (509) 000-0000 009-00000
Boniface, Greg; Adjunct Nursing (509) 000-0000 009-00000
Buenzli, Wendy; Associate Dean of Nursing (509) 533-7311 9-126B
Cameron, Deborah; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Crowley, Jason; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009-0126B
Curtin, Elizabeth; Faculty (509) 533-7302 009-024
Enriquez, Melissa; Clinical Coordinator (509) 533-8410 009-0155
Gartrell, Melody (509) 533-7486 9-025
Gaudette, Sandra; Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Heffernan, Devin; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Hoyer, Brenda; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009-0126B
Knight, Jennifer; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009-0126B
Kramer, Angela    
Kuznetz, Suzie; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Mahoney, Teresa; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Newberry, Jill; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-8410 009-0115
Osler, Cheri; Faculty (509) 533-7304 9-222
Owens, Joan; Faculty (509) 533-7489 9-227
PFRIMMER, Becky; Adjunct nursing faculty (509) 991-1127 009-
Pope, Jeff; Clinical Coordinator / Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7480 9-116
Rahn, Linda; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Ross, Selina; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Sanders, Janet; Instructor (509) 533-7134 9-120
Shanley, Brenda; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Smith, Roberta; Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-223
Ward, Sonnye; Lab Assistant (509) 533-8151 009-0146
Warren, Stasia; Faculty (509) 533-7416 9-226
White, Amy; Nursing Lab Assistant (509) 533-8151 9-146
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