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Nursing Curriculum Information

The Tacoma Community College nursing program does not include a part-time option at this time.

Mission Statement

To produce innovative associate degree nurses who provide safe, quality care to diverse populations and inspire others in the profession of nursing.  The nursing faculty will accomplish this through evidence-based nursing education in an environment that promotes caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient centered care.


Caring is an essential part of nursing practice and is characterized by empathy, and verbal/non-verbal actions that promotes optimal health and well-being in response to the patient’s condition.

Nursing practice embraces the uniqueness and diversity of the local and global community and respects the patient’s personal characteristics, ideas, values and practices across the life span.

Our students’ individuality and experiential knowledge is respected and valued.

Ethics encompass the moral values and professional conduct inherent to nursing.

Ethical decision making requires distinguishing right from wrong as well as considering personal, societal, and professional values, principles and beliefs that shape nursing practice.

Excellence requires a commitment to lifelong learning and continuous transformation grounded in evidence based research and best practices.

Each person is a unique individual whose health encompasses physical, psychological, spiritual and social elements.

Integrity is a conscious behavior demonstrated by being honest, having strong moral principles and practicing in the best interests of the patient for the right reasons.

Patient centered practice is a core component of quality health care and acknowledges that the patient is in control of all aspects of health care decision making in collaboration with the health care team, and health system and facilities.

The nurse respects and advocates for the patient’s right to participate in health care based on reliable information provided from a variety of sources and in accordance with his or her own cultural and societal norms.

Philosophy and Purpose of Nursing

The nursing program at Tacoma Community College (TCC) supports the vision and principles of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the mission and outcomes of Tacoma Community College.   The philosophy of the nursing program is derived from the nursing metaparadigms of the patient, the nurse & nursing, the environment, and health care. These are underpinned by the National League for Nursing (NLN) Education competency model for Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program outcomes.  These outcomes support the nursing program concepts and the College’s Degree Learning Outcomes and provide the curriculum framework for the ADN program with student learning and success at its core.

The purpose of the nursing education program at Tacoma Community College is to prepare the graduating student to be successful in the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam, be competent to practice as a generalist registered nurse (RN) in the community, and to continue their nursing education.


The patient is a holistic being, possessing uniqueness, dignity, and human worth, who has the right to self-determination, respect, optimum health and access to health care.  In nursing practice, the term “patient” may refer to an individual, a family, or a group of people within a community who constantly interact and react to the environment.


Nursing is a caring, interactive experience between the nurse as a provider of care, and the patient participating in health care behaviors. Nursing care is characterized by empathy and action and practiced holistically.

Nursing students at TCC are at the core of the nursing program and are as diverse as the community that the college serves. These students are adult learners, and are self-motivated, committed individuals who gain knowledge in part from experiential learning.  They are independent, self-directed, hold themselves accountable for their own learning, and value participation in planning their educational experiences. Our students' commitment to nursing excellence is evident in the transfer of knowledge and the development of critical thinking skills within the profession. This commitment is supported by life-long learning.

The ADN nursing education program is based upon the nursing knowledge, skills and attributes required for a generalist nurse entering the profession. Its foundation is in theory and clinical practice which are grounded in evidence based research, safety, and quality of care standards. By progression through the program, the student develops the core competencies that are central to the practice of nursing.


The patient is influenced by both the local and global environment, which is constantly changing due to internal and external forces. These forces have the potential to alter health and wellness based on the patient’s beliefs, practices and perceptions. The student nurse is able to provide nursing care within the confines of environmental change.

Internal and external forces such as development in educational practice and evolving professional standards, as well as personal forces such as financial, family and employment factors also influence the nursing student’s environment. These forces can impact the student’s health and wellness, and therefore success in the educational setting. As the environment influences the patient, the nursing program faculty and staff recognize that his or her own environment also influences the student.


Health care is defined as the provision of care for the patient in order to achieve the desired level of health. It is not defined as being the absence of disease or injury, but as the ability to function and contribute to society and the community, and having a quality of life that is desirable and achievable as defined by the patient.

The health care system is a macro system that operates in the community to provide access to health services for the patient based on quality, safety standards and research based evidence. The nursing program supports the student’s practice and integration into the local and global health care system by incorporating the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Quality Safety and Education for Nurses  (QSEN) Institutes’ health care competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associated in Applied Sciences in Nursing Degree, students will:

  1. Provide patient-centered care for diverse groups in the community across the lifespan in a manner that is holistic, caring, and demonstrates advocacy.
  2. Demonstrate professionalism in the following ways:
    1. Demonstrate skill in organization, prioritization, collaboration, delegation, and supervision
    2. Function ethically and legally within the standards and competencies of local, state, and national regulatory agencies and professional organizations
    3. Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning
    4. Demonstrate humility by participation in evaluation, self care, and self reflection
    5. Utilize quality improvement processes including responsible use of resources.
  3. Demonstrate competency in core nursing principles by being able to:
    1. Be prepared to pass NCLEX and be employable as an entry level generalist RN
    2. Apply strong critical thinking and clinical judgment skills, using evidence-based practice to make clinical decisions
    3. Efficiently use nursing process for care delivery
    4. Demonstrate basic competency in nursing skills
    5. Apply safety principles and national safety standards
    6. Effectively use healthcare related information and technology.
  4. Communicate effectively with individuals and groups in a respectful, professional manner, using both verbal and written formats.

Program Courses

LEVEL INURS101Health & Illness Concept I4Lecture
NURS115Skills and Assessment Lab I3Lab
NURS153Pharmacology I1Lecture
NURS181Professional Concepts I1Lecture
NURS191Clinical I3Lab
LEVEL IINURS102Health and Illness Concepts II4Lecture
NURS116Skills and Assessment Lab II3Lab
NURS154Pharmacology II1Lecture
NURS182Professional Concepts II1Lecture
NURS192Clinical II3Lab
LEVEL IIINURS103Health & Illness Concepts III5Lecture
NURS124Clinical Simulation III2Lab
NURS155Pharmacology III1Lecture
NURS183Professional Concepts III1Lecture
NURS193Clinical III3Lab
LEVEL IVNURS201Health and Illness Concepts IV5Lecture
NURS226Clinical Simulation IV2Lab
NURS256Pharmacology IV1Lecture
NURS284Professional Concepts IV1Lecture
NURS294Clinical IV3Lab
LEVEL VNURS202Health and Illness Concepts V5Lecture
NURS227Clinical Simulation V2Lab
NURS257Pharmacology V1Lecture
NURS285Professional Concepts V1Lecture
NURS295Clinical V3Lab
LEVEL VINURS296Transition to Practice: Clinical8Clinical
NURS228Clinical Simulation VI1Lab
NURS234Transition to Practice: Seminar1Lecture
NURS244Preparation for the NCLEX1Lecture
NURS286Professional Concepts VI1Lecture

Program Costs

Full-time program
12 credits:
Resident: $1,155.86 per quarter
Non-Resident: $2,940.26 per quarter
Resident Tuition:
6 quarters (72 credits) = $6,935.16

Tuition costs are effective as of Winter 2018 and subject to change. Check with Enrollment Services for pricing for more or less than a full academic load (12 credits) and most current tuition costs.

Additional course fees, approximate:
Level 1 - $313

Level 2 - $432

Level 3 - $432

Level 4 - $298

Level 5 - $298

Level 6 - $281

Approximate Miscellaneous Costs

Background check and health record tracking$85
Course miscellaneous fees$250
TCC patch$3.80
Name tag$5
CPR card$20-$60
HIV-AIDS Workshop$55
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Health InsuranceVariable

Graduation and Registered Nurse Licensing Fees

WA State Licensing fee$88
NCLEX Exam$200
Graduation regalia (optional)$37
Nursing pin (optional)$70-$200

Student Handbook

Employment Guidelines whil in the Nursing Program at TCC:

Many students choose to work while enrolled in the ADN Program. The typical nursing student commits 60 hours per week to nursing school activities. Students should give serious thought and consideration to personal, family, and work obligations when planning for nursing school obligations.  Students who are not able to commit enough time to nursing school obligations have greater difficulty being successful and may be unsafe in clinical situations. The quality of the student learning experience will not be compromised to adjust to any student’s employment demands. Special consideration will not be given to students with employment/class conflicts.

As required by the Impaired Professional WAC 246-840-710(5)(b), students must be safe to practice during clinical by arriving rested in order to maintain patient safety and to allow for learning. It is strongly recommended that students work no more than twelve (12) hours per week. It is also required that students, for safety reasons, do not work for at least 8 (eight) hours immediately prior to any clinical experience. If a student attends clinical without adequate rest (less than 8 hours between work and clinical), the student may be sent home and not allowed in the clinical setting for that day.


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