Practical Nursing FAQ's
The approximate cost of the program is $7700 (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.
Full-Time Program: The majority of the course work is done face to face Monday – Thursday, with some Fridays as well. There are some components that are completed online.
Part-Time Program: The program is designed to be hybrid in odd quarters and in-person face-to-face in even quarters.
Full-Time Program: This varies by quarter and clinical rotation; however, the typical full-time nursing program student is in lab or clinical Mondays and Tuesdays, in theory on Wednesdays and Thursdays and in simulation on 1-2 Fridays per quarter. Clinical rotations vary by site and can be day shift or evening shift, and on rare occasion, there is a weekend component to clinical.
Part-Time Program: In quarters 1, 3, and 5 the courses are held in person in the evenings twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday), with additional coursework online. In quarters 2, and 4 the lab and clinical courses are held in person 2 days per week (Tuesday and Wednesday). In quarter 6 the students participate in the final practicum for the program with lab and clinical courses held in person 3 days per week (Tuesday – Thursday). Clinical rotations vary by site and can be day shift or evening shift, and on rare occasion, there is a weekend component to clinical.
Full-Time Program: The full-time program takes 3 quarters to complete. The program starts in Fall and concludes in Spring.
Part-Time Program: The part-time program takes 6 quarters to complete. The program starts in Spring and concludes in Summer. This program does run in the summer quarters.
Full-Time Program: The full-time program admits up to 40 students each Fall.
Part-Time Program: The part-time program admits up to 24 students each Spring.
The program completes clinicals at long-term care facilities, clinics, schools, specialized residential facilities, corrections centers, hospitals and more. The majority of clinical placements occur within a 50-mile radius of the college, however on a rare occasion for specialty placements, students may be required to travel up to 70 miles.
Full-Time Program: We do not encourage students to work during this program, as it is very time intensive.
Part-Time Program: The part-time program is designed to allow you to work part-time while completing the program. This program is still time intensive, and we do not encourage students to work full-time while trying to complete this 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.
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 Healthoccadmissions@greenriver.edu.
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 the email they use in their application, we will request a response within 24 hours.
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The Green River College Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.
The Green River College Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.