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Are you ready to enter the exciting world of healthcare?

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.

New Admission Process Update (revised 4.10.24)

Tacoma Community College’s Nursing program is committed to reducing barriers for students to earn a nursing degree and is still developing a more equitable and holistic admission process. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this complex process. All future updates will be placed on this website once they have been finalized and implemented.

We have are very pleased to announce that beginning with the next application cycle, starting on June 1, 2024:

  • The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam will NO LONGER be required for admission to the traditional RN and the LPN to RN programs.
  • The CNA (NAC) certified nursing assistant credential will NO LONGER be required for admission to the traditional RN program. LPNs will still be required to have an unencumbered LPN license for the LPN to RN program application.
  • Please note that applicants with specific healthcare experience and/or credentials (such as CNA/NAC, MA, EMT, RT, etc.) may receive additional points in the new scoring system, however the CNA/NAC credential is no longer mandatory.
  • Retakes or repeats for ANY pre-requisite course will NO LONGER carry a penalty such as deduction of points in the new scoring system. There continues to be no time limit on the age of prerequisite courses.
  • The following prerequisites are required:

NOTE: The only changes to prerequisites are the added additional options for Communication courses.

Completion of the courses listed below with a 'B' or higher. There are no attempt or expiration date rules. 

  • ENGL& 101 (English Composition I)
  • CHEM& 121 (Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry or CHEM& 161 (General Chemistry w/lab I)
  • BIOL& 241 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • BIOL& 242 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
  • BIOL& 260 (General Microbiology)
  • PSYC& 200 (Lifespan Psychology)

Completion of the courses listed below with a 'C' or higher. There are no attempt or expiration date rules. 

  • ENGL& 102 (English Composition II: Argument and Persuasion) or ENGL& 103 (English Composition III: Writing about Literature) or ENGL& 235 (Technical Writing)
  • CMST& 210 (Interpersonal Communications) or CMST 320 (Professional and Organizational Communication) or CMST& 220 (Public Speaking) or CMST& 101 (Introduction to Communications) or CMST 110 (Multicultural Communications)
  • Nutrition 250 (Nutrition in Health Care) or NUTR& 101
  • PSYCH&100 (General Psychology)
  • BIOL&160 (General Cell Biology). BIOL& 211 (Majors Cellular) or BIOL& 222 (Introduction to Cellular & Molecular Biology) may also be used to meet this requirement.  
    NOTE: If you are a Tacoma Community College student and have taken a higher-level Biology class, you can contact Ken Cushman to arrange taking a challenge exam for BIOL&160 credit.
  • MATH&146 (Statistics)
  • Humanities - 5 credits (Choose from the Approved Humanities Distribution List.

Revision of the new scoring system and our final admission process are still in process, so we ask your continual patience as we develop a more equitable admission process.

Jillian T. Edwards, DNP, MN, BSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, RN 
Associate Dean of Nursing
Tacoma Community College


Before You Begin Your Nursing Journey

Attend an Information Session

May 1, 2024

10:00am - 11:00am - Drop in Q & A
11:00am - 12:00pm - Information Session
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Drop in Q & A
Building 13, Room 124


Covid-19 Notice

COVID Prospective Student Notice

 Nursing Pathways

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Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC)

More Info
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Associate Degree in Nursing (DTA/MRP)

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Pre-nursing Transfer Degree (DTA/MRP)

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LPN to RN Bridge Program (DTA/MRP)


Student Achievement Data

TCC has helped hundreds of nursing students achieve their goals. 

86% NCLEX pass rate for 2023
95% 2022-2023 program completion rate for generic nursing students
91% 2022-2023 program completion rate for LPN to RN nursing students

Graduate and Employer Satisfaction

Employers are highly satisfied with TCC nursing students. 

91%  of 2022-2023 survey respondents were employed as an RN
100% of 2022-2023 survey respondents feel the program prepared them to be an RN.
95% of 2022-2023 employer survey respondents are extremely satisfied to satisfied with the TCC graduate

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Any Other Questions?

Send us an email at if you have any questions. We are here to help you through this challenging time and we look forward to providing you with the information you need to become a nursing student at Tacoma Community college.

It's also a good idea to research careers in nursing.

If you aren't sure about nursing, TCC offers other healthcare programs.