Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
The ADN program at Columbia Basin College (CBC) prepares you for a dynamic profession that encompasses compassion and caring with a scientific approach to promote optimal health for the individual, family and community. At completion of the program, you will be eligible to become a Registered Nurse (RN) through the state licensure examination.
The Columbia Basin College (CBC) Nursing Program offers a concurrent enrollment option for students in their final two quarters of the Associate of Applied Science-Transfer degree in Nursing program. This unique opportunity allows eligible students to concurrently enroll in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses at CBC, providing a seamless transition to further their education and advance their nursing careers. By taking advantage of this concurrent enrollment option, students can save time and work towards their BSN while completing their AAS-T degree. Students will be provided with details about the application and admission to the concurrent enrollment program after they are selected for admission to the CBC AAS-T program. Information sessions will be offered to explain the process of applying and other program details. Students also have the option of enrolling in the RN-BSN Program at CBC after graduation as well.
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.
Thanks to the generosity of donors past and present, the CBC Foundation is proud to
offer over $200,000 annually in scholarships to students admitted into the CBC Nursing
program. These donations make it possible for students to pursue their dreams and
prepare for a career serving others. Students entering or continuing in the nursing
program can apply each year through a single application to be eligible for scholarships
based on each scholarships specific criteria. Students do not have to be WASFA or
FAFSA eligible in order to apply. An announcement will go out to all current and incoming
nursing students when the application opens in June.
Nursing scholarships available include, but not limited to:
This scholarship is awarded to full-time (10 credits) students enrolled in the CBC Associate Degree in Nursing Program or Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. Students must have a 3.0 GPA.
This scholarship is awarded to full-time (10 credits) students enrolled as 1st or 2nd year ADN students. Students must have a 2.5 GPA.
Northwest Health Science Initiative - John Williams Jackson Fund
This scholarship is awarded to full-time (10 credits) students enrolled in the CBC Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Students must have a 2.5 GPA.
Dr. Robert & Ruth Hanf Health Sciences Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to full-time (10 credits) student/s enrolled at CBC pursuing a degree in Health Sciences. Student/s must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
First Time Pass Rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX)
Program Benchmark: The program's most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first time test takers during the same twelve month period. (January 31 - December 31)
2020 Graduates: 85%, national mean 87%
2021 Graduates: 86%, national mean 83%
2022 Graduates: 88.6%, national mean 80.8%
Students Completing the Program
Program Benchmark: 70% or more of students who begin NRS 111 will complete the program and earn an Associate Degree in Nursing within two years (six quarters) which is 100% of the usual time frame for the program.
2020 Graduates: 82.7%
2021 Graduates: 92.3%
2022 Graduates: 86%
Graduates Obtaining Jobs within Nine Months
Program Benchmark: 90% of graduates will be employed full-time or part-time within nine months.
2020 Graduates: 94.3%
2021 Graduates: 90%
2022 Graduates: 95.5%
Students should attend at least one Pre-Nursing Information Session prior to meeting
with an advisor. At these sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet with the
Nursing program director and CBC's pre-nursing counselors. Information is provided
about required prerequisites, the application process and how to progress through
the nursing curriculum.
Information sessions are open to anyone interested in a CBC Health Sciences program.
To view upcoming information sessions and register, please check our events calendar.
It is strongly encouraged to complete nursing prerequisites before applying to the program. These courses provide points for the Admission Index Score. Nursing support courses that may be completed prior to entry include the following:
- Chemistry, CHEM& 121 or above
- Human A&P 1, BIOL& 241
- Human A&P 2, BIOL& 242
- English Composition, ENGL& 101 or ENGL& 102 or Technical Writing, ENGL& 235 (starting Fall 2023)
- Lifespan Psychology, PSYC& 200
- Microbiology, BIOL& 260
- Introduction to Stats, MATH& 146
- Communication Studies, CMST& 101, 210, 220, or CMST 260 (5 credits)
Obtaining a 2.0 GPA is required for major courses, major support courses and general education requirements.
To be eligible for the CBC Nursing program, each of the following requirements must be met:
- Must be a current student at CBC, if not, you can Apply for Admission.
- Submission of official transcripts from all schools the student has attended; please have these sent to Student Records, not the Nursing program. It is the student's responsibility to follow-up with CBC to assure that transcripts have arrived and have been evaluated.
- TEAS test on file (test fee is $115). Please see TEAS Testing Schedule.
- Submit Nursing program application via NursingCAS (fee is $50) by the assigned due date for the following fall quarter program start.
Students are admitted using an admissions index system, which includes the GPA of
four selected courses, the TEAS examination score, and course completion scores from
all pre-nursing courses. All applications are reviewed at the close of winter quarter.
Students with the highest admissions index score will be admitted first. Admission
to the Nursing program is limited, and completion of entrance requirements does not
ensure admission to the program.
Once accepted into the Nursing program, students will need to submit the following:
- Required immunization records
- Current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR card
- Satisfactory criminal history background check using a college approved vendor. Criminal history background information is required of all Nursing students. Information obtained will be considered in determining student eligibility to complete clinical coursework. Inability to participate in clinical experiences due to the information obtained from the background check may result in the student’s inability to satisfactorily complete program degree requirements. Any infraction while enrolled in the Nursing program should be self-reported to the coordinator/director. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Director for Nursing Programs at 509-544-8318.
Program Approval and Accreditation
CBC Nursing programs are approved by the:
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Washington State Department of Health, Nursing Commission
Town Center 2
111 Israel Rd S.E.
Tumwater, WA 98501
The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Continuing accreditation was granted in July 2015 until Spring 2023.
Columbia Basin College Nursing Department wishes to announce that it will host a site
review for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree in Nursing Program by
the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You are invited to meet
the site visit team and share your comments about the program at a meeting scheduled
from 4:30-5:30pm on Thursday, February 2, 2023. The meeting will be held in the Health
Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr. Richland, WA 99352 in room 249.
Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by January 18, 2023.