Grays Harbor College Nursing Program Review

Grays Harbor College (GHC) was established in 1930 in Aberdeen, Washington and offers Associate degrees, GED and English as a second language. Grays Harbor College is accredited as a community college by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. College-level credits offered at Grays Harbor College are accepted by colleges and universities throughout the United States. Grays Harbor College is a member of the Association of Community College Trustees, the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Northwest Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

The nursing program at Grays Harbor College requires a minimum of a “C” grade before an individual can be considered for entrance into the program. Each of the core courses in the nursing program must be completed with a grade of a “B-“ or better and support courses must be completed with a “C” or better to stay in the nursing program.

The Nursing Program is six semesters, a total of two academic years, and leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Registered Nursing (RN). Upon completion of the program, individuals can apply to sit the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. Individuals applying to the nursing program, have usually taken a year of admission in support courses prior to being admitted into the program. Individuals who take the Personal and Vocational Relationships course prior to the program, will get the Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing and can apply to sit the NCLEX-PN licensure examination, in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Individuals who already hold a Practical Nurse licensure and want to complete the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Registered Nursing, can apply to start the program in the second year (LPN to RN program). After completing the LPN to RN program, the Licensed Practical Nurse can sit the NCLEX-RN examination, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). Registered Nurses work in a variety of healthcare organizations including; hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospices, physicians’ offices, and schools, as well as several other various healthcare institutions. Registered Nurses work under the direct supervision of physicians.

In order to be admitted into the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Program, individuals must submit immunization records, a CPR certification, and a criminal background check. Students must hold illness/injury insurance, which can be purchased from Grays Harbor College. Clinical practicum is scheduled during the day and evening hours, and sometimes during the night and on the weekends. This is done in order to make it possible for students to be immersed in a variety of experiences. Students must make their own way to the clinical practicum and provide proof of vehicle insurance when asked by the nursing department at Grays Harbor College. The Associate in Applied Science Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Grays Harbor College
1620 Edward P. Smith Drive,
Aberdeen WA 98520
Phone: (360) 538-4026

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