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 is there is space available. Placement is based upon an evaluation of prior education.
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 February, 2012 until Spring, 2023
The CBC RN-BSN program will pursue new applicant status by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accrediting body during the first year of the program implementation.
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