Columbia Basin College (CBC) is proud of its reputation for providing quality Nursing education. Students graduating from CBC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program consistently achieve one of the highest pass rates of first-time, ADN-educated candidates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in Washington State. Graduates from CBC’s Nursing programs are highly regarded in the healthcare community and consistently find employment in local facilities.
CBC offers a career ladder Nursing program, which enables students to practice as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) after completing the first year of nursing school (including summer quarter) and taking the NCLEX-PN exam. Students who successfully complete the second year of the nursing program earn an Associate in Applied Science-Transfer in Nursing degree (commonly referred to as an “ADN” degree) and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Classroom and clinical instruction takes place at the Health Science Center in Richland and local healthcare facilities. We also have state-of-the-art simulation labs that provide a safe environment for students to practice their clinical skills.
Individuals who complete an ADN program and obtain a Washington State RN license are eligible to apply to CBC’s RN-BSN program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The RN-BSN program can be completed in as little as four quarters. The program allows working nurses to maintain their jobs while completing most of their coursework online. Some courses may require occasional face-to-face meetings in a classroom to facilitate group projects.
CBC's Nursing programs admit students once per year during fall quarter. LPNs who are seeking admission to the Nursing program to complete their ADN degrees may enter the Advanced Placement program without having to repeat course material already mastered. Transfer students are accommodated if there is space available. Placement is based upon an evaluation of prior education.
Student Achievement Data
First Time Pass Rare on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX)
Program Benchmark: Three-year mean for the licensure exam pass rate will be at or above the nation mean for the same three-year period.
2014 Graduates: 91%, national mean 82%
2015 Graduates: 91%, national mean 83%
2016 Graduates: 94%, national mean 83%
Students Completing the Program
Program Benchmark: 80% of students entering the Nursing Program will graduate within 9 quarters (150% of program length).
2014 Graduates: 100%
2015 Graduates: 89.8%
2016 Graduates: 90.1%
Graduates Obtaining Jobs within Nine Months
Program Benchmark: 90% of graduates will be employed full-time or part-time within 9 months.
2014 Graduates: 90%
2015 Graduates: 94%
2016 Graduates: 96%
Program Approval and Accreditation
CBC Nursing programs are approved by the:
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Washington State Department of Health, Nursing Commission
310 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Continuing accreditation was granted in July, 2015 until Spring, 2023
The RN-BSN program at Columbia Basin College is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington DC 20001
New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted
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