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Notice: The Centralia College Nursing Program is pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services, no later than November 24, 2017.

The Industry

Nurses 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 above the national average for most other occupations.

Our Nursing Program

Prepares graduates to take the licensure examination for practical or registered nursing.

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Nursing programs

Centralia College offers a highly competitive nursing program to prepare graduates for 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 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. Centralia College Nursing Program is not currently nationally accredited.

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 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.

Career Opportunities

There are excellent career opportunities available for Registered and Practical Nurses working in a variety of fields and settings, often with signing bonuses.

  • Hospitals
  • 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)

The Centralia College Nursing Program is not national nursing education accredited which may limit future educational and career options for students. (WAC 246-840-511)

Occupational Outlook, Job & Salary Statistics

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:


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Nursing Instructors

Ellen Hinderlie,

Program Director

(360) 623-8435

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Nola Ormrod

(360) 623-8571

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Jo Sullivan

(360) 623-8631

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Teneal Gustafson

(360) 623-8424

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Anne Schuchmann

(360) 623-8605

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Mary Capen

(360) 623-8369

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Lab Coordinator

Kelley Thunberg

(360) 623-8635

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