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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Practical Nursing, AAS

105 Credits

This degree program prepares a student to provide safe and efficient nursing care. Health facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and public health nursing services employ practical nurses under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

The Practical Nursing program is a 105 credit program in which students must demonstrate academic proficiency by completing basic curriculum requirements prior to entry into the core sequence of nursing classes. A minimum grade of 2.5 or higher is required in each nursing and supporting course. (Exceptions for basic curriculum requirement courses with grades less than 2.5 will be made on a case by case basis by the Associate Dean of Nursing. Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 courses are not eligible for consideration or any course with less than a 2.0 GPA.) Evidence of academic proficiency is established by completion of each of the following prerequisite requirements with a 2.5 grade or higher.

The following courses are required prior to applying into the Practical Nursing program:

The student is expected to provide his/her own transportation to off-site clinical facilities that at times can be 50 or more miles away. In addition to paying for tuition and books, the student is required to purchase a uniform, pin, white shoes, watch, bandage, scissors, and liability and health insurance. In order to attend clinical rotations, students must also successfully pass both a criminal and a Washington State Department of Social and Health Services background check. For additional information about a required nursing orientation and the application procedure, contact the Health Occupations Advisor in Career and Advising Center, at ext. 2641.

Upon successful completion of the required credits, the student will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing. The graduate will be eligible to take the licensing examination and upon passing, practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Application for LPN licensure asks for information regarding legal convictions, and drug/alcohol and addiction conditions that may inhibit nursing practice. For additional questions on this issue, contact the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. 

The Green River College Practical Nursing Program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

Contacts: KaraLynn LaValley, ext. 6882, or Lisa Nelson, ext. 4215,

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Program Outcomes

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, innovative client-centered nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan.
  2. Engage in clinical judgement that integrates evidence, nursing, physical and psychosocial sciences, to ensure healthcare quality and safety, and make client/relationship centered care decisions within the scope of practice of the practical nurse
  3. Participate in collaboration and teamwork with the inter-professional team, the client, and the client’s support persons to provide and improve client care and communication.
  4. Integrate quality improvement activities and advocacy skills to enhance client care.
  5. Utilize information technology and supportive resources to improve client care processes within the healthcare system.
  6. Incorporate legal and ethical guidelines within the scope of practice of a practical nurse to enhance client care and professional development.


Curriculum Requirements:

Students must have a grade of 2.5 or higher in the following prerequisites/supporting courses:

Related Instruction Requirements

Satisfies related instruction requirements.

Written Communication

Oral Communication

Choose one of the following:

Human Relations


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