The Columbia Basin College (CBC) Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). CBC is proud of its reputation for quality Nursing education. Students who graduate from the CBC Nursing program consistently achieve one of the highest rates of passage of first-time candidates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for associate degree prepared registered nurses in Washington state. CBC Nursing graduates are consistently employed after graduation and are regarded highly in the healthcare community.
CBC offers a career ladder Nursing Program allowing students to earn an LPN license while continuing the pursuit of the Registered Nursing license. The curriculum is designed to utilize individual and group teaching strategies. Instruction takes place at our Richland Health Science Center as well as in local healthcare facilities. State of the art practical laboratories on campus provide an environment to safely learn and practice clinical skills.
Two major entry points are offered. The first is at the beginning level for individuals with no experience in nursing. A new class is admitted each fall quarter. Secondly, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may enter the Advanced Placement program without having to repeat course material they have already mastered. Transfer students are accommodated as there is space available. Placement is based upon individual evaluation of past education.
An exit avenue is provided at the end of each year of the Nursing program. Following successful completion of the first year, students may receive a Practical Nurse Certificate and are eligible to take the LPN licensure exam. Following successful completion of the second year, students receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the RN state board licensure exam.
The CBC Nursing program is approved and accredited by the following bodies:
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Washington State Department of Health, Nursing Commission
310 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
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