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Practical Nursing (PN) Program Frequently Asked Questions

Approximately 50-60 students will apply to the program each year. Currently we admit 20 students per cohort.

Prerequisites consist of 5 classes. They are as follows: English 101- English composition 1 (5 credits) Psychology 200- Lifespan Psychology (5 credits) Math 87 or 90- Intermediate Algebra (5 credits) Biology 241- Anatomy and Physiology I (5 credits) Biology 242- Anatomy and Physiology II (5 credits)

**Required is a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in the 5 prerequisite courses with no less than 2.0 in any one course. You may repeat a course without penalty. There is no expiration date on your prerequisite courses but we would like to see the science and math classes taken within the last 10 years.

The PN program at Edmonds College consists of 7 quarters and is part-time. It requires 21 months for completion, a little less than 2 years. Students take no more than 10 credits per quarter. The program has courses all 4 quarters, summer included.

We only admit once per year. Applications are due in June of each year and students start in the next fall of each academic year.
 TEAS test is a standardized exam that covers reading, math, English, and science. The acronym stands for “Test of Essential Academic Skills”. At this time, Edmonds College does offer the TEAS test. Please contact our Testing and Assessment Services webpage for further information on how to set up a testing date and time: ​Testing and Assessment Services: Tests - TEAS


To prepare for the TEAS, check out these resources in our library:
TEAS - Test Preparation - Resource Guides at Edmonds Community College

We do not have a cut score. We would like to see total TEAS scores in the “Proficient” range, which is about 58% or above. We also want the Reading subscore to be above 50%.
You can retake the TEAS but it is not recommended to do so without remediation. This is free on the ATI website after you take the test, go back into your account and click on “Focused Review.” This will show you what you missed and has links to information to study on the ATI website. Use this as a study guide to study before retaking the test.
The best place to start is with a general college advisor, not the nursing program. The advisors know how to place you into the correct courses and work out a schedule that meets your needs. You can speak to an Advisor by clicking on the Advising Front Desk button here- Advising

The law requires that nursing prerequisite courses must be transferable to WA colleges and universities.

You have to be admitted to the college prior to submitting your transcripts for evaluation. You can find the details here: ​Admissions: Getting Started - New Student

You can speak to an Advisor by clicking on the Advising Front Desk button here: ​Advising

An Advisor can look at your unofficial transcripts but cannot guarantee that the college will accept courses for credit or transfer. In order to get an official you will need to follow the instruction here: ​Credentials and Evaluation: Graduation Application Process - Transcripts

The program you want to be evaluated for is ​not ​the PN program, but pre nursing (code PREN). They will not do an official transcript evaluation of your prerequisite courses for the nursing program.

Quite a bit of the content is done online but you will be required to come to campus and attend clinicals in the Edmonds/Lynnwood area. Students have lab or clinical two days per week- three at the very max. Lab classes are held on weekdays during the daytime or early evening. Clinicals are most always day shifts. Students have commuted from as far south as Olympia, as far north as Stanwood, and from the Olympic Peninsula. **Please note that classes are not 1 hour lectures- everything in person consists of a “hands on” lab or clinical.
Currently the application for 2021 is avalible now. Please check here for the application.  Official due date for the 2021 academic year is June 18th, 2021.  There is also a video on how to fill out the application on the webpage: ​Licensed Practical Nursing Program
Starting in the winter quarter 2021, there will be online information sessions available. However, everything discussed in those sessions is on the videos on our webpage so please take a look at them. Licensed Practical Nursing Program
Not necessarily. At this time our program does not require applicants to have a CNA certificate but it is strongly recommended. Applicants receive special consideration if they are CNAs, MAs, or have served as in the military medical corps. You are required to have 6 months of work experience in a patient care field (this does not include volunteering).
We do not have one at the present time but hope to develop one in the near future. There are community and technical colleges in WA that have online and/or face to face programs and there are two out of state schools who have programs approved by the WA nursing commission. See their website for details: ​Nursing Programs

We have full approval from the​ ​Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission​.

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.

Over the past five years, an average of 82% of students who were admitted completed the program.
The average pass rate over the last 5 years is 92% on the first try. Of those who did not pass on the first try, every graduate but 1 passed on the second try for a​ combined ​99.1% NCLEX pass rate.
There is a shortage of LPNs in the state and graduates can often choose between several jobs once they have their license. In the past 5 years 95-100% of our graduates were employed as LPNs within 6 months after graduation.
A: In the last graduate satisfaction survey, an average of 83.9 of our graduates felt well prepared, and the other 16.1 felt adequately prepared to meet the program outcomes. In the last employer satisfaction survey, an average of 48.3% of the employers felt the graduates were well prepared and the other 51.7% felt they were adequately prepared to meet the program outcomes in their first six months on the job. 0% of students and employers responded that graduates were not prepared.