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Nursing (RN)
Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree


The RN nursing program at Centralia College is designed to prepare men and women to give nursing care in a variety of health care settings.

Students who complete the RN program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). In addition to preparing a student to compete for employment in the nursing profession, the AAS-T degree provides science and general education courses appropriate for students planning a future transfer directly into selected Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.

A maximum of 24 students are selected each year for the RN program. RN students must apply for admission to the program. Students wishing to enter the RN program must meet all of the prerequisite courses, grade point average requirements, and have Nurse Aide Certification in Washington State. Complete RN admission application materials are available through  the Centralia College Office of Admissions and Records. Applications are due in April; courses completed through Spring quarter will be considered. (Subject to change.)

If you are admitted to the RN program, you must then provide consent forms and immunization records to the Nursing Director and attend a mandatory orientation session. Before beginning clinicals, students must receive clearance from the Washington State Patrol regarding the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act. This involves a criminal records check required by clinical facilities in order to be at those clinical sites. You also must show proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Providers (HCP).

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to: meet the program objectives (identified in the Student Faculty Handbook) associated with the following nursing roles:

  1. Caregiver-Provides nursing care interventions that demonstrate safety and a personal sense of accountability and commitment.
  2. Decision Maker-Uses decision making as a purposeful, self-regulated process that incorporates critical thinking in the consideration of evidence, contexts, conceptualizations, methods and criteria.
  3. Communicator-Demonstrates interactive communication processes (verbal, non-verbal, written, or through technology) that express advocacy, caring, compassion and cultural awareness.
  4. Teacher-Transmits health information, evaluates responses to teaching, and modifies teaching based on identified responses to promote and facilitate informed decision making, achieve positive outcomes and support self-care activities.
  5. Manager/Leader-Uses human, physical, financial and technological resources efficiently and effectively to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes. Possesses the ability to guide, teach, motivate, direct, and influence others to attain goals through cooperation and open professional communication in shared planning, decision making, problem solving and goal setting.
  6. Professional-Respects individual rights and professional standards, adheres to the nurse practice act and demonstrates honesty and integrity in behaviors characterized by commitment to others, appreciation for the values of the nursing profession, and participation in professional development activities.
  7. Researcher-Applies the scientific method to gain new knowledge, discover solutions to problems, advance the profession of nursing, and improve the delivery of nursing and health care.

After successful completion of the first four quarters of the RN program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Students wishing to pursue this option must notify the Nursing Director.

The Associate in Applied Science-Transfer degree is for transfer to schools offering baccalaureates in applied science. This degree combines the technical focus of the Associate in Technical Arts with a minimum of 20 credits of transferable academic courses. This degree is not generally transferable. If transfer is your intent you should work with your advisor to make sure this is the degree for you.

Recommended Course Schedule


CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I (C) 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (SS) 5
BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 5
BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 5
(NAC) Nursing Assistant Certification  

Core Requirements

Courses which are recommended to be taken prior to admission into Nursing Program

BIOL& 260 Microbiology 5
SPEE 110 Speech Communication 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology 5
  Health & Fitness Distribution 3

Nursing Courses

First Year, Fall Quarter

NURS 101 Basic Nursing Care Concepts 12
  Total Credits 12

First Year, Winter Quarter

NURS 102 Common Alterations I 12
  Total Credits 12

First Year, Spring Quarter

NURS 103 Common Alterations II 12
  Total Credits 12

Second Year, Fall Quarter

NURS 201 Mental Health & Lifespan 10
NURS 220 Management & Leadership 2
  Total Credits 12

Second Year, Winter Quarter

NURS 202 Complex Alterations 12
  Total Credits 12

Second Year, Spring Quarter

NURS 203 Complex Management 8
NURS 222 Transition to Practice 4
  Total Credits 12
Updated 2014