Bellevue College Department of Nursing | 94% NCLEX Pass Rates

The Bellevue College Department of Nursing offers a two-year associate (ADN) degree in nursing as well as a baccalaureate (RN-BSN) degree in nursing.

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  • Accreditation ccne Accredited acen Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-BSN, BSN, ASN/ADN, Other
  • Location Bellevue, WA
  • Telephone 1-425-564-2012
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Located in Bellevue, Washington, Bellevue College was founded in 1966 and is a public and primarily associate degree-granting four-year institution of higher learning.

Associate in Applied Science Transfer Degree in Nursing (AAS)

The program prepares nursing graduates for a beginning level practice in the clinical area of nursing through an Associate in Applied Science Transfer Degree in Nursing. Graduates of the program sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which provides eligibility to be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in their respective states.

The program is composed of prerequisite and general education classes that are designed to be completed prior to the two years of nursing course work. The program is full-time with lecture classes during the day and clinical hours to be completed in the day and evening hours.

Nursing Skills Lab

During the first year of the program, students learn to do their assessment skills and practice their procedures with the help of lecture and hands on demonstration. The second year of the nursing program will build upon these learned skills and competencies and focus on maternal, pediatric and infant nursing care. In the final quarter of the Nursing program, students build upon their critical thinking skills through scenarios provided by simulation.

Academic Quarter Options

Six Quarter Program

This program is offered in the Fall or Winter quarters with classes and lab times during the day.

Ten Quarter Program

This program is a part time option for those who are interested in becoming RNs, but have other obligations with family and jobs. Classes and labs are offered in the evening and weekends to help accommodate student’s life and work balance. Clinical hours may vary depending on clinical availability.

ADN Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • TEAS Version V test completed within the valid test period and cannot be taken more than 2 times in the same period - minimum 74%
  • COMPASS E-Write test must be taken within the valid test period - minimum score of 8

ADN Required Documents

  • Conviction/Criminal History Disclosure
  • 2015-2016 Immunization Requirements
  • TEAS Transcript
  • CPR for Healthcare Providers via AHA - infant, child, adult

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Bellevue College’s RN to BSN program is designed for nurses who are in the working field. This program can be done on a full time or part time status. Classes are on campus as well as a hybrid model. Students come to class about one to two days a week.

Overall credits for the program are as follows:

  1. 90 transfer credits from associate’s degree
  2. 45 NCLEX-RN exam credits
  3. 30 credits - upper-division nursing courses
  4. 15-20 elective credits - during BSN program

Applicants to the Bellevue College RN to BSN program must meet the following admission requirements (not all inclusive):

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in Washington state
  • Associate degree/diploma in nursing from regionally accredited institution
  • At least one year of recent (within the past 3 years) clinical experience
  • 35-credits general education courses
  • Cumulative GPA at least 2.0 in all college course work
  • Minimum 2.0 in each of the required nursing (ADN) courses

"Do I need a CNA license before I can take the ADN program?"

Before starting the Bellevue ADN nursing program, you must obtain a CNA "certificate of completion" from a two-year community or technical college. A CNA Program is offered at Bellevue College.

"Is the RN-BSN program only full-time, or can I go part-time?  Also, when will I be able to finish the program?"

Full-time students are able to complete the degree program in four quarters or can take the program as a part time option in six to twelve quarters.

"Does Bellevue offer a Practical Nursing or an LPN to RN program?"

There is no program available for students pursuing education as an LPN or an LPN-RN transition program at this time.

"I have been out of nursing for a while.  I heard Bellevue College offers a refresher RN program.  Is that true?"

Our state-approved RN refresher program is for RNs who have not been practicing their nursing skills and would like to reactivate their Washington State license.  Students must take part in this program on campus and in the classroom.

Accreditation & Approval

The ADN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission approved the ADN program.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) approved the RN-BSN program.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the RN-BSN program at Bellevue College.

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  1. Anonymous
    Jul 16, '17, 4:44 pm by
    Overall: 5.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: Other
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2016
    Focus: Medical-Surgical

    My Experience

    BC is a former community college that offers up options conducive to non-traditional students. Small cohorts of 26-32 students depending on the year. Active NSA, with a partnership with a community hospital in Ghana. Brand new Sim lab, and large, open skills lab. The cost for the ADN program remains similarly priced to the other local ADN programs, but unlike other programs, gets choice clinical spots, and all the students in my cohort had senior preceoptorships, some in high demand hospitals and fields.

    About The Staff

    Staff is focused on student success. The high pass rate for the NCLEX comes straight from how the professors work with students to ensure they do well, rather than them cutting students out of the program.

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