Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC), located in Yakima, Washington was founded in 1928. Yakima Valley Community College is a public college that offers programs in adult education, English as a Second Language, lower division arts and sciences and professional and technical education courses, as well as courses in community service.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Yakima Valley Community College is six semesters in duration. The majority of students who apply to the Associate Degree in Nursing program, complete the prerequisite courses prior to entry. The Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation and approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Upon graduation from the Associate Degree in Nursing program from Yakima Valley Community College, individuals go on to write the NCLEX-RN examination, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. Registered Nurses work in various healthcare organizations including; hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, schools, physicians’ offices and many more various healthcare institutions.
The Associate Degree in Nursing from Yakima Valley Community College provides students with experience in; Gerontological Nursing, Pediatric nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Obstetrical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Oncological Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Emergency Nursing.
Practical Nursing Degree (LPN)
The Practical Nursing degree at Yakima Valley Community College is four semesters in duration, and upon completion individuals can go on to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination in Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN), in order to become licensed as a Practical Nurse. The Practical Nursing degree is approved by the Washington State Assurance Commission. The program is offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring at the Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima campus. The Practical Nursing program at Yakima Valley Community College is composed of a combination of in-class lectures, laboratory work and clinical practice and individuals must be available to potentially travel outside of their local area for clinical practice. Practical Nurses work in various healthcare organizations including hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and physicians’ offices under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
Individuals applying to both of the nursing programs at Yakima Valley Community College, must have completed all prerequisites with a minimum “C” grade or above. Yakima Valley Community College will not accept individuals who have not completed prerequisites including; Lifespan Psychology, Chemistry, Math, and Introduction to Statistics.
Individuals applying to the nursing programs at Yakima Valley Community College must submit a criminal background check and clear drug screening prior to being admitted into the nursing programs. Individuals must also submit immunization records and CPR certification before Yakima Valley Community College will accept them into any of the nursing programs. Individuals interested in completing a nursing program at Yakima Valley Community College must also complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
Financial Aid is also available at Yakima Valley Community College and individuals who wish to apply for financial aid must contact the college directly for information. Students are encouraged to visit the Deccio Higher Education Center on the Yakima Campus during office hours and Grandview campus students can visit that campus of call 509-882-7008 for information.