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.
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.
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)
2019 Graduates: 95.1%, national mean 87%
2020 Graduates: 85%, national mean 87%
2021 Graduates: 86%, national mean 83%
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.
2019 Graduates: 76.9%
2020 Graduates: 82.7%
2021 Graduates: 92.3%
Graduates Obtaining Jobs within Nine Months
Program Benchmark: 90% of graduates will be employed full-time or part-time within nine months.
2019 Graduates: 90.2%
2020 Graduates: 94.3%
2021 Graduates: 90%
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
- 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