Nursing is one of the most diverse and exciting careers in today’s health care field. It provides unlimited opportunities and intangible benefits for those who enter the profession. Nursing is a career for those interested in a challenge, as well as those who seek the reward of caring for others.
The Primary purpose of the Nursing Program at Big Bend Community College is to prepare the students to become safe and responsible beginning practitioners.
Big Bend Community College’s Nursing Program combines classroom work with skills laboratory and clinical experiences in a variety of settings to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience to prepare them for the healthcare work environment. Students are encouraged to develop a systematic approach to problem solving and acquire the knowledge and skill to meet the diverse health needs of the individual, the family and the community during health and/or illness.
The Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C) Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and accredited by the ACEN: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Comments about this program may be directed to ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326. Phone: (404) 975-5000. Website: https://www.acenursing.org/
All programs at Big Bend Community College are approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Successful completion of the one-quarter program prepares students to take the Washington State Certification Examination. Successful completion of the examination is required to become licensed as Nursing Assistant – Certified (NA-C). This program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Certified Nursing Assistants work in community, long-term, and acute care settings.
This pathway is applicable to students preparing for an upper division Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing BSN (Entry-to-practice/basic BSN pathway). Students will enter the transfer institution as a junior; however, admission to the nursing program at that college or university is not guaranteed. Programs requirements differ at each college. Students choosing this degree are advised to contact their potential transfer institution early in his/her course of study requesting information regarding specific course choices in each degree and the minimum GPA requirements.
Students may also choose to pursue the Associate in Arts & Science DTA degree with academic guidance to include prerequisites required to apply for a Nursing program at BBCC or another community or technical college, or to apply to a bachelors degree program.
Successful completion of this degree prepares the student to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of the examination and subsequent licensure allows the student to enter the workforce as a Registered Nurse. This degree is also designed to transfer to most nursing bachelor’s degree programs at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state.
BBCC’s nursing program admits a cohort of new nursing students once every year through a competitive application process. Application deadlines, requirements and the scoring process are subject to change each year. Be sure to check for the most current information when applying. All application requirements, deadlines and links to forms are in the “How to apply” section below.
We are excited you are considering our Nursing Program here at Big Bend Community College. We prepared the following information to guide you in applying.
Big Bend Community College accepts applications to the Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP program from qualified applicants once a year in spring for a fall cohort of 24 -28 students depending upon available faculty and clinical spaces. In this competitive process, applications are scored on several attributes, focusing primarily on prior academic performance, completion of pre- and co-requisite coursework, and standardized test scores (TEAS). Experience in direct patient care is preferred but not required for admission. For more information on how we weigh these attributes, click here to view a copy of our scoring form.
Important Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2022 Applicants (updated 2/3/2022)
Prerequisites: Must be completed before application
* Applicants may be enrolled in either BIOL& 242 or CHEM& 121 at the time of application; however, acceptance to the program will be contingent on successful completion of that class (2.0 or better) by the end of Spring quarter.
Co-requisites: May be taken before or during the nursing program, but must be completed no later than their scheduled place in the program:
|Year 1||Year 2|
|Fall – BIOL& 260 Microbiology||Fall – PSYC& 200 Life-Span Development|
|Winter – NUTR& 101 Nutrition||Winter – CMST& 220 Fundamentals of Speech|
|Spring – PSYC&100 Intro to Psych||Spring – MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics|
Once a student has been admitted, they will receive a welcome email that will include their new BBCC student ID (ctcLink ID) number and their next steps. Please follow the directions to activate your ctcLink Student Account, this is an important step for new students.
Applicants who have experience in healthcare providing direct patient care may qualify for bonus points.
Information coming soon
Total Credits: 135
|NUTR& 101 or
|CMST& 220 or
MATH& 146 or
*Denotes courses which can be completed at any point prior to or during the quarter in which they are listed