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New Nursing Pathway Coming Soon! 

Tacoma Community College Nursing Program is in the process of adopting the new Washington state nursing degree pathway called the Associates in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP). The intent is to start the new degree in Spring of 2019.


This is not a new program, but rather a new pathway for our existing nursing program. The new degree will replace our existing AAS-T degree in nursing. It means our nursing degree will increase from 117 credits to 135 credits as directed by the direct transfer agreement requirements. The new degree requires changes to the nursing pre-requites (see link). The program will publish the new degree information as soon as it is approved.  Questions? Contact us: 253-566-5218 or

When do you plan to apply?

Before Oct. 1, 2018 to the LPN to RN Bridge Program START HERE
After July 1, 2018 HOW TO APPLY

Nursing Program at TCC 

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. TCC has been successfully training registered nurses for many years.

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.


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Not sure which health care specialty is right for you?  Explore TCC's Health Careers programs. 


New Nursing Transfer Degree Coming Spring 2019!

It takes time and preparation to apply for the TCC nursing programs. If you are planning to apply to the nursing degree program for admission in Spring 2019 or afterwards, read the below important details to get the most current information, as there have been significant changes.

If you are applying for an earlier start date, Start here

Get the first three years of a BSN (and be eligible to test for your RN credential) through TCC.

The Associate in Nursing Degree (DTA/MRP) is a three-year program designed for students who want to complete their pre-requisites and nursing training at the community college level.  Upon completion of the degree, program graduates are eligible to:

  • test to earn the Registered Nurse credential, or
  • transfer to a university to complete the last 45 credits towards a Bachelors in Science in Nursing (BSN).  Upon completion of the BSN, they would be eligible to test to earn the Registered Nurse credential.


A Student-Centered Progression

A pre-licensure Associate Degree in Nursing gives you a great start on the path to career advancement in the high-demand, high-wage world of nursing . You can get your BSN in just one more year as a full-time student… and after that, how far you choose to take your education is up to you.

Because you complete the first three years of a four-year degree at a community college, the DTA/MRP degree allows you to spend significantly less money on your BSN.

The DTA/MRP also makes it easy to transfer. Several local colleges, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, and Saint Martin’s University, are partnering with TCC to make sure the transition from community college to university is smooth and easy for students.

New Prerequisites

Note: The DTA/MRP will be offered to students planning to apply for the spring 2019 cohort or later. New program pre-requisites will take effect after the 2018 June-July nursing program application cycle.

  1. Before entering the DTA/MRP program, students must have an active Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential. This keeps this program to a more manageable length and credit load for students. Depending on the training site, it may take up to 12 weeks to obtain a CNA. Nearby programs are listed here.
  2. Students must also complete a total of 10 additional credits in Humanities and Communications.

See the full Nursing Program prerequisites

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 packet below.

A Nursing Information Packet for all non-LPN to RN students will be available soon. Meanwhile, we invite you to bring your questions to a Nursing Information Session. Pre-registration is not required for these sessions

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
Date Time Bldg. Room Parking
8/29/18 3:30pm - 5:00pm 13 122 Permit
9/26/18 5:00pm - 6:30pm 13 122 Permit
10/23/18 3:30pm - 5:00pm 13 222 Permit
11/20/18 5:00pm - 6:30pm 13 222 Permit
12/19/18 9:00am - 10:30am 13 122 Permit 


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.


Program Costs

Students incur costs for tuition, fees, certification exams, and other expenses. You may be eligible for financial aid  and scholarships


Learn More About Nursing

Information about the TCC Nursing Program 

Image of nursing students gathered around a sim, baby sims in the foregroundTCC Health CareersPrerequisitesEssential RequirementsMission & Goals 

Student Achievement Data

TCC has helped hundreds of nursing students achieve their goals. 

91.18% NCLEX pass rates for 2017 
90% 20160-17 program completion rate for generic nursing students
92% 2016-17 program completion rate for LPN nursing students


Graduate and Employer Satisfaction

Employers are highly satisfied with TCC nursing students. 

81%  of 2016-17 survey respondents were employed as an RN
88% of survey respondents feel the program prepared them to be an RN.
100% of 2016-17 employer survey respondents are extremely satisfied to satisfied with the TCC graduate

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