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The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) offers an associate of applied science-transfer (AAS–T) degree with a two–year curriculum designed to prepare registered nurses.


Nursing Program Overview

The program includes skills lab, nursing theory, clinical practice and general education courses. Special note: The educational environment contains multiple latex products and exposure to potential blood borne pathogens. Current infection control standards are taught in the program. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination (NCLEX) and apply for a license as a registered nurse in Washington State.

New students are accepted into the six–quarter program each fall. Students are accepted on a first–come, first–served basis from the Program Ready List, after completion of all six prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each class and Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test with an overall Adjusted Individual Total Score at or above 75%. Applications are accepted April 1 to April 30.

Note: For more specific information on application requirements, please refer to the Associate Degree Nursing Program Application Information Form You can also contact the Nursing Program Office at 206.934.4123 or by email at cebrina.chavez@seattlecolleges.edu.

It is strongly suggested that students complete related instruction support courses prior to entering the program. If not, the course must be completed in the quarter or sequence listed. In addition, a medical terminology course is highly recommended. Applicants must complete the six prerequisite classes before being accepted to the Nursing Program Ready List. Highly recommended: Anatomy and Physiology I and II sequence to be taken at the same school.


Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.–T) Degree, 108 Credits

(45 prerequisite credits; 63 in major)

  • Prepares students to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination (NCLEX–RN) and apply for a license as a registered nurse in Washington State.
  • Students can begin the Nursing program in fall quarter only; work on prerequisites can begin any quarter. This program has strict application deadlines and admission procedures.
  • The Nursing program might be a good fit for you if you enjoy science, like helping people and working as part of a team, and have good communication skills.
  • Areas of study include chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology and a wide array of courses in nursing practice.
  • Registered nurses generally work in hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, community health clinics, physicians’ offices or with agencies to provide in-home healthcare.

Advanced Placement

Students who have taken nursing education courses within the past three years and who meet the prerequisite and grade requirements for Seattle Central's program, may be considered for advanced placement. Nursing courses over three years old will not be considered for transfer. A minimum of one quarter prior to intended enrollment, applicants for advanced placement must submit to the ADN Program Director a letter of intent, unofficial copies of transcripts, nursing course content descriptions, and a letter of recommendation from the Dean/Director of the Nursing Program attended.

Students seeking advanced placement must successfully complete a placement test and a Lab Skills Check–Off prior to acceptance into the program. Students who meet the requirements will be accepted on a space-available basis after evaluation.


LPN–RN Transition:

As of February 25, 2013, the LPN–RN transition is no longer offered at Seattle Central College.


Career Opportunities

Registered nurses may work in hospitals, long–term care, physicians' offices, clinics or in-home health care.


Information Sessions

Information sessions are conducted each quarter so interested students can learn more about the program. Please visit our Info Sessions page for dates and times.


Program Approval & Accreditations

The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, 310 Israel Rd., Tumwater, WA 98501.

In addition, the program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.)

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000

This type of accreditation indicates that the program has chosen to be evaluated and has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.)


For more information:

Associate Degree Nursing Program
Allied Health Division
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE3210
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.4347 206.934.4347

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