Make a genuine difference in the lives of others. Become a caregiver and advocate for those who need you the most. A career in Nursing is as in-demand as it is rewarding, with extensive benefits in job security, flexibility, and portability. Whether you are looking to get to work quickly through Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training or want to become a Registered Nurse, SPSCC’s extensive program options will prepare you to work in one of the world’s most necessary fields.


The South Puget Sound Community College Associate Degree 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, 20032, 202-909-2526. 

The South Puget Sound Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC).

What’s different at SPSCC?

Save big while you prepare for your future. You will save over $12,000 when you complete three out of four years at SPSCC compared to all 4 years at a university program. SPSCC’s Nursing program was the first in Washington State to adopt the Associate of Nursing transfer (DTA) degree, fully approved by the Washington State Nursing Commission.

Get ready for your program with Online and Evening Studies. Many prerequisites are offered online, or evenings for lab courses, letting you learn in a way that best fits your schedule.

Be highly prepared for NCLEX. Our students who completed the 2021 NCLEX testing required to become a Registered Nurse had a 85.71% pass rate, well above the national average of 78.78%.

Choices at SPSCC

We offer degrees and certifications for a variety of student needs.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
Students looking to go to work quickly can move from training to certification to jobs in about three months through our Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program.

Nursing Transfer Degrees
We offer two transfer degrees, which prepare you to attend a 4-year institution and earn a Bachelor’s degree. If you graduate from the Associate in Nursing DTA / MRP, you can transfer to an RN to BSN program as a senior, with only 45 additional credits needed to obtain a BSN degree.

Registered Nurse (RN)
To become a Registered Nurse (RN), there are two options:

  • Complete RN program, then complete NCLEX testing. In this scenario, you will earn an Associate in Nursing DTA / MRP.
  • Take RN pre-requisites, then transfer to another program to complete training.

Practicing Outside of Washington State
We have reviewed our curriculum with RN licensing requirements for other states and have listed them here. For information about a specific state, please contact 360-596-5285. This is in accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v).

How to apply, application dates, and information sessions

Admissions for the 2022-23 school year are open from March 1 to April 29, 2022.
The Associate in Nursing requires special admissions procedures. Need answers to your questions about applying to the nursing program? See Nursing Program Admissions on how to apply, including important dates and information sessions.
How to apply: Nursing Program Admissions


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