Bellevue College Nursing Program Review
Bellevue College (BC), previously known as Bellevue Community College (BCC) offers programs on three campuses; Main campus, Robinswood Campus, and City University Campus, all of which are located in Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue College also provides courses on 25 additional sites in the community.
Associate in Applied Science Transfer Degree in Nursing (AAS)
The Associate in Applied Science Transfer Degree in Nursing at Bellevue College prepares students to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which allows individuals to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Washington. Lectures are scheduled during the day and clinical practicum is scheduled during the days and evenings. The Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Registered Nurses work in a variety of healthcare institutions including; hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, schools, and many more healthcare environments.
The Nursing program offers both a part time and full time alternatives. Entry for the full time option is in the Fall/Winter and classes for the part time Bellevue nursing program students start in the Spring.
In order to apply to the Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree, individuals must complete a Bellevue College Application and a Nursing Application. Individuals must then complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum score of 74. Individuals must submit an official transcript and must have completed general education requirements with a GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in a given course. Required general education courses in include Chemistry and various Biology courses. Individuals must also submit a writing sample and go through an interview. Once qualified, applicants must take a COMPASS E-Write Test and submit a background check, a criminal history disclosure, immunization records and CPR card for healthcare providers.
Other Nursing Certificates/Programs
The four-month Registered Nurse (RN) Refresher Program is taught by local clinical experts and is offered twice every year. The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program combines in-class lectures with clinical practicum and prepares students to apply to write the NNAAP Examination for OBRA Nursing Assistant Registry and Certification in the State of Washington. Bellevue College also offers classes and training programs for CPR for Health Care Providers, IV Skills for Nurses and Venipuncture for Health Care Providers. In order to apply to these programs, individuals must attend an information session and complete an online application form. Individuals must then submit immunization records, proof of CPR certification, and a criminal background check.
Certified Nurse Aide’s work in a variety of healthcare organizations, under the supervision of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and physicians. After some time as a Certified Nurse Aide, an individual may wish to begin studying to further his or her education in nursing in order to progress to the level of Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
At several times throughout the year, Bellevue College offers a variety of classes and workshops for healthcare professionals on their campus. The classes and workshops offered include; CPR for Health Care Providers, IV Skills for Nurses and Venipuncture for Healthcare Providers.