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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.

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.

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


The Spokane Community College Nursing Program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

As of January 29, 2016, the Spokane Community College Nursing Program has been placed on conditional approval by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission.

310 Israel Rd.
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: (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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Admissions Process

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 the nursing program is a competitive admissions process. You will find more information about the competitive admission process by visiting the Admissions Process links. Once all pre-requisite requirements are met, please contact the Health Sciences counselor in SCC Building 15 to review your transcripts and be advised regarding the competitive admission scoring process.

Applications to the nursing program will be accepted from:

  • March 15 - April 15 for Fall admission
  • September 15 - October 15 for Spring Admission

Note: If the dates listed above fall on a weekend or holiday, the applications will be accepted the following business day.

What is the nursing program? (Click to open)

The nursing program is a sequence of six quarters:

  • After completing the 1st quarter, the student is eligible to take the examination for nursing assistant certification.
  • After completing the 2nd quarter, the student may become employed as a Nurse Technician.
  • After completing the 4th quarter, the student is eligible to take the practical nurse licensing examination.
  • After completing the program, the graduate is eligible to register and take the nursing licensure exam: The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

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?

As of January 29, 2016, the Spokane Community College Nursing Program has been placed on conditional approval by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission.

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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

As of January 29, 2016, the Spokane Community College Nursing Program has been placed on conditional approval by the Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission.

What is the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)?

The ACEN is the entity that is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer either a certificate, a diploma, or a recognized professional degree (clinical doctorate, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical). - ACEN

How does program accreditation differ from program approval?

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

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 ACEN accreditation mandatory?

ACEN accreditation is optional, but a desirable credential for nursing programs to have. Accreditation indicates to the general public and to the educational community that a nursing program has clear and appropriate educational objectives and is working to achieve these objectives. Emphasis is placed upon the total nursing program and its compliance with established standards and criteria in the context of its mission/philosophy as well as current and future nursing practice. – ACEN

Why is ACEN accreditation important?

Although the process is voluntary, accreditation indicates a nursing program meets the ACEN'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. The Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP 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 scheduled 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. Once all perquisite requirements are met, please contact the Health Sciences counselor in SCC Building 15 to review your transcripts and be advised regarding the competitive admission scoring process. Completion of required prerequisite courses with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above and a minimum 2.5 grade in each course is required. Students are admitted into the nursing program fall and spring quarters. Students receive an Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree upon completion of the six quarters of the program.

Browse additional programs in the CCS Online Catalog.

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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Looking for resources to help you
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Visit SCC's Student Success and
Career Services website


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 009-0223
Blackford, Emily; P/T nursing (509) 777-7777 009-
Boniface, Greg; Adjunct Nursing (509) 000-0000 009-
Cameron, Deborah; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223
Crowley, Jason; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009-0126B
Curtin, Elizabeth; Faculty (509) 533-7302 009-0024
Enriquez, Melissa; Clinical Coordinator (509) 533-8410 009-0155
Gartrell, Melody (509) 533-7486 009-0025
Gaudette, Sandra; Co-Department Chair (509) 533-7493 009-0223
Gillingham, Erin; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009-
Heffernan, Devin; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223
Hoyer, Brenda; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009-0126B
Johnson, Rebecca; adjunct (509) 533-2611 009-0126C
Jones, Angie; Nursing Faculty (509) 533-8410 009-0134B
Knight, Jennifer; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7311 009-0126B
Kuznetz, Suzie; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223
Mahoney, Teresa; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223
Newberry, Jill; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-8410 009-0115
Osler, Cheri; Interim Associate Dean (509) 533-7311 009-0126B
PFRIMMER, Becky; Adjunct nursing faculty (509) 991-1127 009-
PioSaucedo, Jennifer; Nursing Faculty (509) 280-5755 009-0145
Rahn, Linda; Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-7493 009-0223
Rapoza, Sarah; Co-Department Chair (509) 533-8622 009-0018
Sanders, Janet; Instructor (509) 533-7134 009-0120
Sells, Marty; Faculty (509) 533-7489 009-0227
Skelly, Taunnie; PTH (509) 533-7296 009-0009
Smith, Matt; NAC Instructor (509) 533-7296 009-0134B
Stillwell, Rebecca; adjunct (509) 533-2611 009-0126C
Thoen, Rachael; Adjunct Faculty (509) 951-8984 007-0118
Ward, Sonnye; Lab Assistant (509) 533-8151 009-0146
Warren, Stasia; Faculty (509) 533-7416 009-0226
White, Amy; Nursing Lab Assistant (509) 533-8151 009-0146
Woodward, Bobbi; Adjunct Instructor (509) 979-4858 009-0126
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