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    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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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 93
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited ACEN Accredited
    • Location Bellevue, Washington
    • Programs ASN/ADN, BSN, RN-to-BSN, Other
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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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 and Approval

    Bellevue College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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

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

    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.


    Bellevue College education program ranks #1,579 Education School (out of 2410; top 70%) in the United States and #36 Education School in Washington (BestEducationSchools.com 2019).

    Niche (2019)

    • Best College Locations in America #235
    • Safest College Campuses in America #358
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #935
    • Best College Locations in Washington #12
    • Safest College Campuses in Washington #18
    • Most Diverse Colleges in Washington #20

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    My Experience:

    While the cost of the Bellevue Nursing Program is the most competitive in our region, the program is less than subpar. I was accepted to the Winter 2019 cohort and, after just one month, albeit a very long month, I am withdrawing. The orientation should have been a red flag. We, the new cohort arrived on time, but staff, specifically the Nursing Program Chair (NPC), was late. Then, what should have been a four hour orientation was stuffed into three hours; and four would have been grossly inadequate. The NPC then proceeded to pass out a great deal of unorganized paperwork and shared an abundance of anecdotal information with us; however, when students asked substantive questions, such as which textbooks on a list we should order, it was difficult to get a clear answer. Next, the person who coordinates clinicals, Amanda, gave us ...a real talking to...about the paperwork and other things we needed to complete in order to participate in clinicals. She emphasized that she would not be “tracking us down” in pursuit of incomplete paperwork. Fair enough, but her delivery was better suited for a group of children on probation for having committed some egregious acts, rather than for the group of adults sitting before her who had completed two years of prerequisites and a long application process to earn their spots in the program. Ultimately, I (and we) left with more questions than answers, which did give me pause; however, I decided to attribute the failings of the orientation to the holiday crunch. Not. So.

    Once school began, nothing was different from the staff approach we experienced at orientation. The work itself wasn’t hard, but the level of disorganization and lack of instruction was times 10. That is not simply my opinion, but rather the observation of many in our cohort. We were given massive amounts of work and reading, but no real instruction. After a month, I cannot honestly say that I’ve learned anything new, with the exception of a head to toe assessment; however, there was little instruction about the rationale behind the steps involved in the assessment. During the first day of clinicals, our clinical instructor who teaches nursing classes at Shoreline asked our group to speak to the rationales behind the actions involved in the head to toe assessment. None of us could provide more than the most basic of responses because our BCC nursing instructors hardly touched on rationales behind anything we were doing. The clinical instructor then told about us the depth of teaching and learning that the Shoreline nursing students experience in just the first quarter, and it was more than obvious that we were missing out on the same. The BCC NPC who also teaches NURS 120 made two very distinct comments to our class. On DAY ONE she said, “The odds are in your favor” to fail a class and have to retake it, which could potentially set any of us back an entire year. That was on day one, which unfortunately (and unavoidably) set the tone for the next month. Next, about a week ago as of this review the NPC commented that BCC unfortunately never graduates a cohort of 32, and her tone implied it was for the failings of students. That may, in part, be accurate, but I would challenge that perhaps a greater portion of the responsibility lies with the failings of the program instructors themselves. 

    There are other issues that arose in the short month I was in attendance, some of which I and at least one other person addressed directly with the NPC. One item was the lack of direction (yes, it’s a theme) on what to study for exams. For each section of instruction, the class was given an outline with the required chapter reading (approximately 10 for the first two of days of class), vocabulary to learn and a list of objectives to achieve. Then the NPC would read PowerPoints to us in class, many of which she didn’t create, and generally spend so much time talking about her opinions (particularly about the ineptitude of doctors...WTF) that we wouldn’t get to the more critical aspects of the material, and often skip entire PowerPoints. I mean, she would go on 20 minute tangents about things I can’t even recall now because of the complete irrelevance to the material. I started to get anxiety when this would begin because I knew we weren’t going to make it to the material that was on the schedule. Her solution: read it at home. And when we were able to get through material, she would often instruct us to throw out several slides, or to completely disregard some information because it wouldn’t be on her exams. While that was helpful sometimes, we weren’t always in the position to have that instruction since we rarely made it to all of the material. That = a waste of our time. The exams were fairly easy if one studied, but we never went over the results of the exams. That made little sense because, well, how were we supposed to know where to improve? 

    Unsolicited, my above experiences were echoed by 2nd quarter students that I met during my short time in the program, except they thought their experiences were worse because of last minute clinical cancellations during their first quarter. 

    I could really go on and point to additional concrete failings of the BCC Nursing Program, but I won’t. My goal here is to better inform those considering the BCC Nursing Program. I was led to believe that it was one of the top ADN programs in the Seattle area, and even turned down an invitation to another program that was 30 minutes closer to my house in order to attend BCC. While I believe that no program is perfect, and that all will have some inherent level of chaos and disorganization, there is an obvious arrogance to the BCC Nursing Program that creates additional and unnecessary challenges for its students. 


    What Did You Like?

    Aspects of the program that I truly appreciated: 

    1) My interactions with Jorja. Unfortunately, however, her role is purely administrative and, after acceptance, there was little need for interaction with her. 

    2) Jean Dendy, another instructor with whom we had only limited interaction. The day Jean came to our NURS 120 class and gave us a brief overview of SIM lab, we were all taken aback by her demeanor because it was so counter to our experience of the teaching staff up to that point. She was kind and made an effort to relate to the experience she knew we were having as brand new nursing students. That we hadn’t experienced from anyone else up to that point. Sad.


    What Didn't You Like?

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