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Licensed Practical Nursing

Licensed Practical Nursing Program

Please note that in order to attend clinical in our program, or any other nursing program in Washington State, immunization for COVID-19 is required by the state. There are a legally required number of clinical hours to be licensed in WA, so if you cannot attend clinical, you cannot be licensed. Edmonds College is a fully vaccinated campus; in order to be on campus, you will have to submit proof of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is required for all healthcare providers in the state so if you do not wish to take the vaccine, you may want to consider another career path.


Edmonds College Nurse PinThe 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?

This seven quarter, part-time program will require 21 months to complete. Admission to our Practical Nursing Program only occurs once a year at the start of every Fall Quarter.

The nursing program has admission requirements beyond those necessary for general admission to the college. An applicant does not have to be admitted to Edmonds College in order to apply to the nursing program. Once the applicant has been accepted into the nursing program, she/he must apply for admission to the college if a college application has not been previously submitted.

Visit edcc.edu/es/apply 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 longterm care facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and home care agencies.

Students planning to continue on to an RN program must meet the laddering requirements of the school to which they plan to apply. Courses that will meet the requirements for ladder programs include MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 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

  • ENGL& 101 -- English Composition 1 | 5 credits
  • MATH 087 or 090 -- Intermediate Algebra | 5 credits
  • BIOL& 241 -- Anatomy & Physiology I | 5 credits
  • BIOL& 242 -- Anatomy & Physiology II | 5 credits
  • PSYC& 200 -- Lifespan Psychology | 5 credits

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.