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As the "baby boomer" generation reaches retirement age, and with ever increasing technological advancements in healthcare, more people are living longer than at any time in history. Because of these and other factors, registered nurses as a profession are in very high demand, with a projected job growth of 26% between the year’s 2010 and 2020. With a median income of $64,690 a year for registered nurses, and with excellent medical and retirement benefits available at most jobs, the earning potential for nursing graduates is well over the national average for most other occupations.
Our Nursing Program
Prepares graduates to take the licensure examination for practical or registered nursing.
Centralia College offers a highly competitive nursing program to prepare eligible graduates to take the licensure examination for practical or registered nursing. Students who successfully complete all six quarters of the nursing program will receive an Associate in Applied Sciences-Transfer (AAS-T) degree, and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). In addition to preparing students for employment in the nursing profession, the AAS-T degree provides science and general education courses appropriate for students planning to transfer into selected four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.
In order to be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN LPN licensing exam and be licensed as LPNs in Washington State candidates must submit a transcript showing that they have graduated from a state-approved program. Washington State has approved Centralia College Nursing Program as an Associate Degree RN program with a PN Exit Option.
There are excellent career opportunities available for Registered and Practical Nurses working in a variety of fields and settings, often with signing bonuses:
- Physician's Offices
- In and outpatient Care Facilities
- Family-friendly work schedules
- Subsidized Training
- Signing Bonuses
In addition, all four advanced practice registered nurses—clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners—will be in high demand, particularly in medically underserved areas such as inner cities and rural areas. (U.S. Department of Labor)
Occupational Outlook, Job & Salary Statistics
For statistics on nursing occupations, see:
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Bureau of Labor Statistics > Registered Nurses
- WOIS/The Career Information System > Registered Nurses (available for current students)
Application & Admission Process
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).
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.
- Review all Nursing Program Admission information and instructions.
For more information, contact:
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia WA 98531
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Nola Ormrod, Director, Nursing Program
(360) 736-9391 ext. 449
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Chuck Hill, Asst. Professor
(360) 736-9391, ext. 678
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