Practical Nursing Program Overview

Program at a Glance

  • The Practical Nursing Program has four options
    • Full-time LPN Program (Face-to-face)
    • Part-time LPN Program (Hybrid)
    • Full-time MA to LPN Program (Face-to-face)
    • Part-time MA to LPN Program (Hybrid)
  • The full-time program is three quarters, beginning each Fall and concluding in the Spring. Program capacity is 40 students, which is determined by available faculty.
  • The part-time program is six quarters, beginning each Spring and concluding in the Summer. Program capacity is 24 students, which is determined by available faculty.
  • A minimum grade of 2.5 or higher is required in each nursing and supporting course.

About the Program

Green River College’s Practical Nursing Program prepares students for careers as licensed practical nurses.

The Practical Nursing Program consists of 90 credits, which includes classroom instruction, campus lab practice, and community lab experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Passage of this exam is the mechanism by which to receive a license to practice as an LPN.

Benefits of pursuing a LPN:

  • Job Security
  • Excellent pathway into nursing and gaining experience
  • Students can bridge into an ADN or BSN program
  • Start working in as little as 1 year

Please visit our online catalog to view more program details including requirements and a curriculum map.


Classroom success can be yours, even if you have trouble in a traditional classroom setting. The Practical Nursing program incorporates the I-Best program, where you can receive help from an additional instructor all quarter long. This second instructor assists your primary teacher helping you with: English as a second language, study skills development, math skills and dosage calculation assistance, test taking strategies and study sessions, and career options.

All students are required to take the CASAS exam during the first week of class. This exam will help faculty determine course design and specific student needs to be addressed throughout the program. All students are required to participate in support class activities.



The Green River Nursing Program has a new state of the art SIM lab.

The simulation suite has three beds, each with the ability to relay and record audio/visual, patient and patient monitor data using our cloud based simulation management system. The program has five high-fidelity simulation manikins: two adults (Nursing Anne), one pediatric (SimJunior), one obstetric (SimMom) and one neonate simulator (Sim NewB). During student simulation activities, the faculty can observe the students in our observation room. The observation room has three large 1-way window systems to observe the simulation area as well as the medication room. The program uses SimCapture, a learning management system, that records and allows faculty to assess simulation activities. There is also a debrief room that allows the program to broadcast simulations in real-time, or as a recording. This area allows for students to observe simulation activities and engage in meaningful debrief.

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Practical Nursing Program Handbook

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Contact & Location

Nursing Admissions
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Accreditation Information

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.

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