LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM
New for Fall 2023:
We have exciting news about a proposed curriculum change slated to start Fall 2023. More details will be available when the program has full approval from our state regulators and accreditation body.
We are proposing a new practical nursing (PN) curriculum which will be aligned with the LPN Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) pathway to continue on to an RN or BSN program. This will streamline the required credits for the prerequisites and the PN certificate. This means that students will have a seamless transition to progress to the RN or BSN level. Students will be able to take less credits, save money, and simplify the process of continuing their education.
The new proposed prerequisite courses are listed below. For their nursing core courses, the proposed curriculum revision consists of 6 quarters and is part-time. It will take a little less than 2 years to complete. Students will attend classes fall, winter, and spring quarters for two years, with the summer quarter off. Students will take 8 credits per quarter.
**Please note that the LPN application for 2023 will be available sometime in March/April (official date pending). It will be similar to the 2022 application. Feel free to use it as a guide until the new application has been updated.
The Nursing Program at Edmonds College prepares individuals to become Licensed Practical Nurses. It has received approval by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Graduates receive a certificate of proficiency in practical nursing.
The program is designed for students who are currently working in healthcare.
The students will integrate theory and practice throughout the nursing program. Theory courses will be taught using online and hybrid (online and in class) instruction. Students will apply their theoretical knowledge during laboratory experiences on campus one to two evenings per week and during clinical experiences caring for patients in long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals, and community agencies.
How Long Does it Take to Complete?
We are proposing a curriculum revision to take effect for Fall 2023. This revised six quarter, part-time program will require 21 months to complete. Students will attend fall, winter and spring quarters for 2 academic years, with the summer off. Admission to our Practical Nursing Program only occurs once a year at the start of every Fall Quarter. Applications are submitted in June for a Fall Quarter start.
The nursing program has admission requirements beyond those necessary for general admission to the college. An applicant has to be admitted to Edmonds College in order to apply to the nursing program. This can be done online and is free. Visit our admissions webpage to find out more about applying to Edmonds College.
Career Options: Further Professional Education Encouraged!
After graduation, individuals must take and pass the NCLEX PN examination to be licensed by the state as a practical nurse. Licensed graduates are qualified for employment as entry level staff in long term care facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and home care agencies.
Edmonds College has not made a determination that the nursing curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington state. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements. Information regarding each state’s PN licensing requirements can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.
Students planning to continue on to an RN program must meet the requirements of the school to which they plan to apply. Courses that will meet the requirements for most LPN to RN or BSN programs include PSYCH& 200 Lifespan Psychology, NUTR& 101 Nutrition, and BIOL& 260 Microbiology. Continuing your nursing education to the associates, bachelors, and graduate level is highly encouraged.
Licensed Practical Nursing Program Requirements
- Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in prerequisite courses with no less than 2.0 in any one course
- Minimum six months recent patient care experience
- Complete the TEAS test
- Document technology skills
- Two professional recommendations
- Optional: Extra consideration will be given to applicants with a valid CNA certificate/license, MA certificate/license, or military medical corps experience. Submit proof of certificate, license, or military service.
Prerequisite Course Requirements
Prerequisites (for proposed curriculum revision) consist of 7 classes:
- ENGL& 101 -- English Composition 1 | 5 credits
- MATH 146 -- Statistics| 5 credits*
- CHEM& 121 -- Introduction to Chemistry I | 5 credits
- BIOL& 211 -- Majors Cellular Biology | 5 credits*
- BIOL& 241 -- Human Anatomy & Physiology I | 5 credits
- BIOL& 242 -- Human Anatomy & Physiology II | 5 credits
- PSYCH& 100 -- General Psychology | 5 credits
*The program will honor the previous math requirement, intermediate algebra, instead of Math 146 -- statistics for Fall 2023 admission. BIOL& 160 -- General Biology can be substituted for BIOL& 211 -- Majors Cellular Biology
The Edmonds College Practical Nursing program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037, 202-909-2526. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.
Submit Public Comments about the PN Program:
The Edmonds College Practical Nursing program is pursuing accreditation 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 202-909-2487. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, NLN CNEA Executive Director, no later than April 26, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend an Information Session to learn about requirements, documentation, courses, and TEAS testing for the Practical Nursing Program.