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Practical Nursing, AAS

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90 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 90-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. Courses without an “&” may not be transferable.

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 fully accredited by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Note Regarding Open Enrollment  

Contacts: Career and Advising Center-Student Affairs & Success Building, 104; 253-833-9111, ext. 2641 or nursing@greenriver.edu

Information Session Sign up: greenriver.edu/info-sessions

Program Website: Nursing | https://www.greenriver.edu/students/academics/degrees-programs/nursing/

Program Outcomes

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, innovative client-centered nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan.
  2. Engage in clinical judgment 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.


Option 1: Full-time LPN Program (Face-to-face)

Option 2: Part-time LPN Program (Hybrid)

Medical Assistant to PN Option Requirements

This option is designed for students who are already Medical Assistant-Certified. The students enrolling in the MA to PN program will receive credit for prior learning. Upon completion of the program they will have completed the required 90 credits for the Practical Nursing AAS with 2 credits CPLA applied.

Option 3: Full-time MA to LPN Program (Face-to-face)

Option 4: Part-time MA to LPN Program (Hybrid)

Related Instruction Requirements

Satisfies related instruction requirements.


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