Centralia College offers a highly competitive two-year RN program to prepare graduates for the licensure examination to become a licensed registered nurse.

nursing student

Students who successfully complete all six quarters of the nursing program will receive an Associate in Applied Science-Transfer degree, and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

In addition to preparing students for the nursing profession, the AAS-T degree provides science and general education courses appropriate for students planning to transfer into selected four-year bachelor's degree programs.

Accreditation The Centralia College Nursing 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.

Application and Admission Requirements

The admission process for the Centralia College Nursing program begins in January. Admission and application deadline and payment are due in April. Final documents are due by June 30. Each cohort consists of up to 24 students per year.

Submit Your Application and Documentation Through the Online Application Portal

  • Official scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) showing overall proficiency.

Centralia College offers the TEAS test at the Testing Center. Scores must be earned within the previous 3 years. Retakes are limited to three times in a 2-year period, taken no sooner than 30 days apart.

Successful completion of the following courses is REQUIRED for admission consideration:

  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121) or equivalent
  • English Composition I (ENGL& 101) or equivalent
  • Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200) 
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology (BIOL& 241 and 242) or equivalent
  • Probability and Statistics (MATH& 146) or equivalent
  • ACTIVE NA-C Certification status listed on the Washington State Department of Health Licensing/Credentials website*

 * Applicant MUST have current, ACTIVE NA-C Certification status listed on the Washington State Department of Health Licensing/Credentials website. Completion of a NA-C course and completion/passage of the Washington State NA-C exam alone is NOT considered active certification status.

Successful completion of the following courses are RECOMMENDED for admission consideration, and must be completed before graduation:

  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260) or equivalent
  • Sociology (SOCI& 101) or Cultural Anthropology (ANTH& 206) or equivalent
  • Speech Communication (CMST& 220) or equivalent
  • Health and Fitness (3 credits with H/F designation) or equivalent
  • All required and recommended courses must be taken for a grade at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Applicants must earn a grade of at least 2.0 in each course.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to provide official grades in a decimal point form. Contact the learning institution attended for information regarding grade conversion. Applications submitted without decimal grades cannot be processed. (See chart below.)
  • Math and science required and recommended courses must have been completed within 10 years prior to the application deadline.
  • Courses may be repeated no more than once. The highest grade in each repeated course will be selected for admission purposes. If any course is repeated more than once, the highest grade in the first two course attempts will count. Classes with grades that have been forgiven, according to each college's Grade Forgiveness policy, will not count as an attempt. A maximum of one grade of “W” or its equivalent that appears on your transcript for each required and recommended course will not be counted as an attempted course.

Letter Grade/Decimal Conversion

NOTE: 1.9 is below the 2.0 minimum requirement for program entrance or completion

A 4.0 - 3.5
B, B+ 3.49 - 3.0
B- 2.99 - 2.5
C, C+ 2.49 - 2.0
  • A maximum of 24 students are selected each year for the two-year (six-quarter) program.
  • Applicants to the Nursing Program are selected after a thorough review of all completed applications, including official transcripts, NAC documentation, and Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores.
  • All courses completed through the spring quarter of the Nursing program application year will be reviewed.
  • Only students who have completed all aspects of the application process and who meet all general requirements will be considered. Students are urged to contact the Admissions office to discuss substitutions if applicable.
  • View the Scoring Rubric (pdf)
  • View Alternative Courses List (pdf)

A maximum of 24 students are selected each year for the two-year (six-quarter) program. Students seeking mid-program transfer or readmission are considered for admission only on a space available basis (Advanced Placement). 

Notification of Admission

Students accepted into the Nursing program are notified by mail before the end of July. Immediately contact the Centralia College Nursing Program at 360-623-8922 if your decision to accept placement in the nursing program changes.

Notification of Alternate Status

A list of 10 alternate candidates in ranked order will be assembled. If spaces become available, only students on the alternate list are offered admission for the current year’s program. Alternate candidates who do not receive an offer of admission by the 10th class day of fall quarter will be denied admission. A new Nursing Program application must be submitted to be reconsidered for future admission.

Notification of Denial

Students who have not met all application requirements or whose application did not rank high enough for admission or alternate status will be denied admission to the Nursing Program. Students are notified by mail before the end of July. A new Nursing Program application must be submitted to be reconsidered for future admission. 

Appeal of Selection

If you wish to appeal your Nursing Program admission decision, you have 10 calendar days from the date of your decision letter to do so. The appeal is a meeting with the Director of Enrollment Services. If you wish to appeal the decision of the Director of Enrollment Services, you have five calendar days after the decision to appeal. Write a formal letter of appeal to the Vice-President of Student Services. The Vice-President will send you a written response within 15 calendar days after receiving the appeal letter. The decision of the Vice-President of Student Services is final.

Mandatory Orientation

Attendance is required for orientation, usually occurring within the first week of August.

Students seeking mid-program transfer or readmission will be considered for admission only on a space available basis. Qualified transfer or readmission students are accepted into the fourth quarter of the program (fall of the second year). Special approval by the Nursing Program Director and Enrollment Services staff must be obtained to enter the program at any other quarter.

Transfer or readmission students must meet all admission requirements, and must submit their application by the same method and deadline dates as new student applicants. Official transcripts and course outlines for nursing courses to be considered for advanced placement must also be submitted at the time of application. An appointment with the Director of Nursing may be required. Please bring copies of your transcripts.

Advanced placement students who have documented successful completion of at least two quarters of nursing classes with grades higher than 3.0 are not required to submit TEAS test scores to be considered for admission. However, it is advantageous to submit TEAS test scores because they are used as tie-breaker criteria for assigning ranking order in cases where applicants' admission rubric scores are tied. 

Nursing Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Applied Science - Transfer

  • BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - 5 credits
  • BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 5 credits
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry - 5 credit
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics - 5 credits
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology - 5 credits
  • ACTIVE NA-C Certification status listed on the Washington State Department of Health Licensing/Credentials website

The following courses are recommended prior to admission to the Nursing program:

  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology - 5 credits
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking - 5 credits
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology OR ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits

Fall Quarter 

  • NURS 101 Basic Nursing Care Concepts - 12 credits

Winter Quarter

  • NURS 102 Common Alterations I - 12 credits

Spring Quarter

  • NURS 103 Common Alterations II - 12 credits

Fall Quarter 

  • NURS 201 Mental Health and Lifespan- 10 credits
  • NURS 220 Management and Leadership - 2 credits

Winter Quarter

  • NURS 202 Complex Alterations - 12 credits

Spring Quarter

  • NURS 203 Complex Management - 8 credits
  • NURS 222 Transition to Practice - 4 credits



Jake Fay
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Healthcare and Industrial Trades
Office:  TEC 114E
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