Peninsula College Nursing Program Review

Peninsula College (PC, PenCol), located in Port Angeles, Washington, is home to over 8,000 students, enrolled both full-time and part-time.

Associate Degree Program (ADN)

The Peninsula College nursing program is approved by the Washington State Board of Nursing an accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission. Upon completion of the two-year Associate Degree in Nursing program, graduates will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) degree at Peninsula College. Graduates of the AND program can apply to sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Peninsula College also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Transfer Degree (AAS-T). The AAS-T program may help those students who would like to transfer and attend4 year Associate of Applied Science degree programs.


In order to be admitted into the Peninsula College Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, individuals must be able to provide their own transportation to the clinical practicum sites and provide all of their own textbooks. Individuals must also hold liability insurance as well as stethoscopes, uniform, and watch with a second hand. Individuals must also provide their professional license status, if they have it, and will be evaluated if necessary. Clinical practicum takes place in nursing homes, communities and in hospital settings and will take place from early morning into the night. It is not recommended that individuals enrolled in the program be employed on a full-time basis, as the workload is intense.


Individuals applying to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at Peninsula College, must have taken college-level English and math prior to taking the course and complete additional prerequisite work. Prerequisite courses include; English Composition, Intro to Nursing, Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Psychology, Intro to Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Life Span Psychology. After being accepted into the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program, individuals must take the following courses; Basic Nutrition, Information Access in Health Sciences, Nursing Theory, Nursing Lab, Clinical Pharmacology, and Clinical Nutrition at several different levels.

Students applying to the program must take the ASSET or COMPASS entrance test and pay an application fee, prior to being admitted into the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program. The program is nine quarters in duration and individual students must supply their own books, supplies, and lab kits. Students must also purchase their own uniforms, stethoscopes, watch and insurance. Individuals applying to the nursing programs at Peninsula College must also be able to provide their own transportation throughout the duration of the program, as the program is composed of in class lectures and clinical practice, and individuals must be able to provide their own way to the clinical practice sites, which would be located throughout Port Angeles, Washington.

Financial Aid

There are a variety of financial aid options available at Peninsula College, and individuals can contact the financial aid office directly in order to determine the best option for him or her. Individuals must submit all appropriate paperwork and applications by the deadline, in order to be eligible for financial aid. Nursing Scholarships are also available through Peninsula College, and information can be obtained through Peninsula College’s Financial Aid Office through [email protected] and (360) 417-6390.

Peninsula College
1502 East Lauridsen Boulevard
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: 360-452-9277