Practical Nursing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
    The approximate cost of the program is $9600 (tuition, fees, required course materials and state licensure/NCLEX-PN testing included). Please refer to the Green River College website for the current tuition rates and fees.

  • Are the classes face-to-face, online, or hybrid?
    The majority of the course work is done face to face. There are some components that are completed online.

  • What times are the classes?
    This varies by quarter and clinical rotation; however the typical nursing program student is in lab or clinical Mondays and Tuesdays, in theory on Wednesdays and Thursdays and in simulation on Fridays. Clinical rotations vary by site and can be day shift or evening shift, and on rare occasion, there is a weekend component to clinical.

  • How long does the program take to complete?
    The GRC Practical Nursing program is a four-quarter, 12 month program.

  • Will the PN program satisfy requirements for a bridge program?
    Yes, the GRC Practical Nursing program satisfies the requirements for most bridge programs both in and out of state. Our pre-requisites also align with both Associate Degree Nursing programs as well as Bachelors Nursing programs to help facilitate seamless transition.

  • What can I do if I missed the information sessions?
    Contact the Health Occupations Advisor in Student Advising. You can either call 253-833-9111, ext. 2641, for an appointment or email the advisor at

  • What is the waitlist and how does that process work?
    We waitlist up to 10 students each application cycle. Those waitlisted are required to attend the mandatory orientation, however this does not guarantee program placement. Students will be notified of their status on the waitlist via Green River Email, we will request a response within 24 hours.

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  • Email Us for General Inquiries
  • Call for appointment: 253-833-9111, ext. 2641
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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.

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