Practical Nursing Application and Admissions

Application Instructions

The application cycle runs March-July each year. Below is a list of application materials to help prepare you for this process.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete all prerequisite coursework.

    Prerequisites for Practical Nursing
    Dept./Course #Course TitleCredits
    BIO& 241+ Anatomy & Physiology I 5
    BIO& 242+ Anatomy & Physiology II 5
    BIO& 260 Microbiology 5
    CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 5
    CMST& 210, 
    CMST& 220,
    or CMST& 230
    Communication Studies 5
    ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
    MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
    NUTR& 101 Nutrition 5
    PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5

    A minimum grade of 2.5 or higher is required in each nursing and supporting course.

    One course may be in progress at the time of application.
    + Must be completed at the same college

    Note: BIOL& 160 is required before taking BIOL& 241; PSYC& 100 is required before taking PSYC& 200 These courses (BIOL&160 and PSYC&100) do not count as pre-requisites to apply to the program.

  2. Apply to Green River College and obtain a student ID number.
  3. Have your official transcripts sent to Green River College. You will need to do this for each college you have attended.
Note: You will also need to obtain your American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare provider card (Only AHA BLS certifications are accepted for clinical placements in the Nursing program). Visit the AHA Course Finder to find a BLS course near you.

Admissions Testing

Due to COVID-19, the program is not requiring the Kaplan Exam for the Fall 2021 application cycle. Students that have already taken the Kaplan Exam and scored 67% or higher will receive 5 bonus points on their application.

The following will be completed during the application cycle March-June of the year you intend to apply:

  1. Complete the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam at the Assessment and Testing Center. You can take this test between the months of March and July remotely via the Assessment and Testing Center. The exam consists of four sections: Science, Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking. You can study for the exam by purchasing the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams: Your Complete Guide into Nursing School, 7th Edition book. Applicants will need a 67% overall score. To check the testing center’s hours and to schedule an exam, please visit the Assessment & Testing Center page.


  1. Complete all required immunizations and tests.
    • Two-step TB
    • Influenza
    • Hepatitis B
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    • Varicella
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
    • COVID-19 (optional at this time, but highly encouraged)


  1. Complete the application: Practical Nursing Application March 2021

GRC Nursing Program founded 1965


Degrees & Certificates


Program Quick Links

Contact & Location

  • Email Us for General Inquiries
  • Call for appointment: 253-833-9111, ext. 2641
  • Health Occupation Admissions
    Career & Advising Center
    Student Affairs & Success Building, 104

Faculty Listing

Accreditation Information

Program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

The Green River College Practical Nursing program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Request Information