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Nursing Program — Admission
A maximum total of 24 students are selected each year for the two-year (six-quarter) program. Selection is competitive (see Selection Criteria & Notification). Students seeking mid-program transfer or readmission will be considered for admission only on a space available basis (see Advanced Placement).
- Application & Admission Process
- Admission Requirements
- Advanced Placement
- Selection Criteria & Notification
- Requirements for Admitted Students
- TEAS Test FAQs (pdf)
Application & Admission Process
In order to be considered for admission to the Nursing program, you must complete all of the following:
- Apply online for general admission to Centralia College at Web Admissions.
- Thoroughly review the Nursing Program Admission Requirements below.
- Submit the Application for RN Nursing Program (pdf) via email and the $25 non-refundable application fee. You have two payment options: 1) send a check made payable to Centralia College (include name and SID) to: Enrollment Services, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531-4099; OR 2) pay in person at the Cashier's Office. Your application will not be processed until your non-refundable $25 application fee is received. Application deadline is by April 15.
- If you are transferring credit, submit official copies of transcripts from all previous colleges attended to Enrollment Services by June 30. Credit evaluations are unofficial until all official college transcripts and a completed nursing application are received and processed.
- Submit documentation confirming that you are Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) in Washington State to Enrollment Services by June 30. Please note that NAC classes and testing appointments often fill quickly, and you are encouraged to plan ahead.
- Submit official scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) to Enrollment Services by June 30.
- Apply online for Financial Aid and Scholarships by the priority deadline—do not delay! For more information, contact Financial Aid at (360) 736-9391, ext. 234.
In order to be considered for admission, all official transcripts, NAC documentation, and official scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must be submitted to Enrollment Services by June 30. Please note that NAC classes often fill quickly, and you are encouraged to sign up right away.
Successful completion of the following courses is REQUIRED for admission consideration:
- Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121) or equivalent
- English Composition I (ENGL& 101) or equivalent
- Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200) covering the lifespan (birth through death) or equivalent
- Human Anatomy/Physiology (BIOL& 241 and 242) or equivalent
- Probability and Statistics (MATH& 146) or equivalent
- Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) credential
REQUIRED Test Scores
You must submit official scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) showing proficient levels in weighted areas (Reading, Science, Math, and English) to Enrollment services by June 30. Contact www.atitesting.com for registration and further information about TEAS.
Successful completion of the following courses is RECOMMENDED for admission consideration, and must be completed before graduation:
- Microbiology (BIOL& 260) or equivalent
- Sociology (SOCI& 101) or Cultural Anthropology (ANTH& 206) or equivalent
- Speech Communication (CMST& 220) or equivalent
- Health and Fitness (3 credits with H/F designation) or equivalent
- All required and recommended courses must be taken for a grade at a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must earn a grade of at least 2.0 in each course.
- Math and science required and recommended courses must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline.
- Courses may be repeated no more than once. The highest grade in each repeated course will be selected for admission purposes. If any course is repeated more than once, the highest grade in the first two course attempts will count.
- A maximum of one grade of “W” or its equivalent that appears on your transcript for each required and recommended course will not be counted as an attempted course.
Grades received under a “letter grade” format will be converted to decimal grades as follows:
|Letter Grade Decimal Conversion|
|A||4.0 - 3.9|
|A-||3.8 - 3.5|
|B+||3.4 - 3.2|
|B||3.1 - 2.9|
|B-||2.8 - 2.5|
|C+||2.4 - 2.2|
|C||2.1 - 1.9|
For more information, see Selection Criteria & Notification.
NOTE: 1.9 is below the 2.0 minimum requirement for program entrance or completion.
Students seeking mid-program transfer or readmission will be considered for admission only on a space available basis. Transfer or readmission students must meet all Admission Requirements, and should submit their application at least three months prior to the desired admission date. Transcripts and course outlines for nursing courses to be considered for advanced placement must be submitted at the time of application. An appointment with the Director of Nursing may be required. Please bring copies of your transcripts.
Advanced placement students who have documented successful completion of at least two quarters of nursing classes with grades > 3.0 do NOT need to submit TEAS test scores to be considered for admission.
Selection Criteria & Notification
Applicants to the Nursing Program are selected after a thorough review of all completed applications, including official transcripts, NAC documentation, and Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores. All courses completed through the spring quarter of the nursing program application year will be reviewed. Only students who have completed all aspects of the application process, and who meet all general requirements, will be considered.
Additional selection criteria includes:
- Highest number of Admission Points (based on GPA in pre-requisite and core requirement classes.
- Number of credits earned at Centralia College
- Highest scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
- Random drawing of any remaining candidates
A maximum total of 24 students are selected each year for the two-year (six-quarter) program.
Notification of Admission
Successful candidates will be offered admission to the Nursing Program in July. Information regarding orientation, advising, and registration will be sent with the acceptance letter.
Notification of Alternate Status
A list of 10 alternate candidates will be rank order assembled. Should spaces become available, only students on the alternate list will be offered admission for the current year’s program.
Alternate candidates who do not receive an offer of admission by the 10th class day of fall quarter will be denied admission. A new Nursing Program application must be submitted to be reconsidered for future admission.
Notification of Denial
Students who have not met all application requirements, or whose application did not rank high enough for admission or alternate status, will be denied admission to the Nursing Program. A new Nursing Program application must be submitted to be reconsidered for future admission.
Appeal of Selection
If you wish to appeal your Nursing Program admission decision, you have 10 calendar days from the date of your decision letter to do so. The appeal is a meeting with the Director of Enrollment Services. If you wish to appeal the decision of the Director of Enrollment Services, you have five calendar days after the decision to appeal. Write a formal letter of appeal to the Vice-President of Student Services. The Vice-President will send you a written response within 15 calendar days after receiving the appeal letter. The decision of the Vice-President of Student Services is final.
Requirements for Admitted Students
Nursing Program Courses
The following courses must be completed successfully prior to graduation from the Nursing Program:
- NURS 101 Basic Nursing Care Concepts
- NURS 102 Common Alterations of Health I
- NURS 103 Common Alterations of Health II
- NURS 201 Nursing Care of Clients with Health Alterations related to Mental Health and Lifespans
- NURS 220 Management & Leadership in Nursing
- NURS 202 Complex Alterations in Health Medical-Surgical
- NURS 203 Complex Management of Health Alterations
- NURS 222 Transition to Practice
Students admitted to the Nursing Program must complete the following prior to beginning the nursing clinical experience:
- Show proof at the nursing office of current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers American Heart Association curriculum.
- Receive clearance from the Washington State Patrol regarding the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act. The clearance involves a record check required by clinical facilities in order to be at those clinical sites. A national records check will also be required.
- Required titers (or exclusion) on file with the nursing office.
Failure to show current CPR/BLS Certification, required titers (or exclusion), and/or receive Washington State Patrol clearance may delay or prohibit clinical coursework. Failure to complete clinical coursework will disqualify a student from completing the Centralia College Nursing program and completing the Washington State licensing requirements.
Nursing License Requirements
The following questions will appear on the application for licensing of practical and registered nurses:
- Do you have a medical condition which in any way impairs or limits your ability to practice your profession with reasonable skill and safety?
- Do you currently use chemical substance(s) in any way which impair or limit your ability to practice your profession with reasonable skill and safety?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with, or treated for, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism or frotteurism?
- Are you currently engaged in the illegal use of controlled substances?
- Have you ever been convicted, entered a plea of guilty, no contest, or a similar plea, or had prosecution or a sentence deferred or suspended as an adult or juvenile in any state or jurisdiction?
- Have you ever been found in any civil, administrative or criminal proceeding to have:
Possessed, used, prescribed for use, or distributed controlled substances or legend drugs in any way other than for legitimate or therapeutic purposes?
Diverted controlled substances or legend drugs?
Violated any drug law?
Prescribed controlled substances for yourself?
- Have you ever been found in any proceeding to have violated any state or federal law or rule regulating the practice of a health care profession?
- Have you ever had any license, certificate, registration or other privilege to practice a health care profession denied, revoked, suspended, or restricted by a state, federal, or foreign authority?
- Have you ever surrendered a credential like those listed in number 8, in connection with or to avoid action by a state, federal, or foreign authority?
- Have you ever been named in any civil suit or suffered any civil judgment for incompetence, negligence, or malpractice in connection with the practice of a health care profession?
Concerns about these ten questions should be addressed to:
Department of Health
Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
P O Box 47864
Olympia, WA 98504-7864