main photo


Health care changes rapidly, and nursing education must change with it. Because of this, TCC has recently implemented a new curriculum, starting winter 2016, to ensure our program continues to provide the best, most current education possible. The new curriculum has been extensively reviewed and approved by several required organizations, including:

  • Various Tacoma Community College committees
  • Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
  • Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

What does this mean? To be aligned with these changes, the nursing program has elected to go to a concept-based curriculum. The conceptual approach guides students to identify patterns or connections between patients and other key or underlying issues in complex situations. This approach is more effective than memorizing content, and allows students to focus their course of study on prevalent conditions/situations. This “flipped classroom” model, where students prepare for class ahead of time (reading, viewing videos/PowerPoints, completing quizzes), will prepare students to come to class and be ready to apply new concepts in a hands-on setting.

Flipped Classroom Definition: A collaborative instructional tool and educational technique between the educator and the learner in which:

  • The educator facilitates and guides student learning as they apply and reinforce concepts by providing relevant and concise student learning opportunities.
  • The student will take ownership and responsibility for his or her learning by engaging in independent study outside of the classroom and actively participating in dynamic and interactive learning activities in the classroom.
  • The learning environment departs from traditional face-to-face lecture and constructed with student-centered activities such as discussions, group activities, case students, and other active learning strategies

Are you ready to enter the exciting world of healthcare? TCC has been successfully training registered nurses for many years. The new curriculum reflects TCC and the nursing faculty’s commitment to continue providing an excellent nursing education for years to come.

photo of nursing studentReach for a dynamic and exciting profession in Nursing

Nursing is an exciting career with a bright economic future. Nurses make up the largest health care profession in the United States. They work in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and community centers.

At TCC, we offer quality education and produce competent, skilled nurses who excel in all facets of health care services. We are proud of our graduates.

TCC's Nursing program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.

Learn More about Nursing

In order to better assist students in understanding the nursing profession, and to understand the important steps in applying to the Nursing program, we expect prospective students to review the information in the packets below.

Next LPN to RN application period July 1, 2018 - October 1, 2018. Accepted students will start Winter 2019.

If there are still questions after review of the Nursing Program information packet, please consider attending one of our Nursing Information Sessions.  Pre-registration is not required for these sessions.  Please bring the nursing packet and your questions with you!

Please print out the parking permit for your session. You can park in any unmarked stall and place the pass in the front window on the driver’s side of the car. Parking lot B, C and D are closest if you can find parking there. Directions to our campus and a campus map.

Nursing Program Information Sessions
7/11/183:30pm - 5:00pm13122Permit
8/29/183:30pm - 5:00pm13122 
9/26/185:00pm - 6:30pm13122 
10/23/183:30pm - 5:00pm13122 
11/20/185:00pm - 6:30pm13122 
12/19/189:00am - 10:30am13122 

If you have questions about prerequisites and how courses transfer in please call our advising department at 253-566-6091 and make an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor.

Tacoma Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.

Student Achievement Data

1. NCLEX pass rates for 2017 are 91.18%

2. 2016-2017 Program completion rate: 90% (Generic) and 92% (LPN)

3. 2016-2017 Job Placement: 81% of survey respondents were employed as an RN

4. 2016-2017 Graduate satisfaction: at least 88% of survey respondents feel the program prepared them to be an RN.

5. 2016-2017 Employer satisfaction: 100% of employer survey respondents are “extremely satisfied to satisfied” with the TCC graduate.


Additional information

Please consider rating the content on this page:
Poor Outstanding
Your comments about the content on this page:

If you would like us to get back with you, please share your email address (optional):