Applying to the nursing program

Whatcom's nursing program starts each fall quarter and applications are due during the preceding spring quarter.

Fall 2019 nursing program - Applications will be accepted beginning January 16, 2019. The deadline for best consideration is May 23, 2019 for complete application and all related materials.

You must complete the following steps by the nursing program application deadline to be considered for program acceptance.

STEP 1 - Apply to Whatcom Community College

Students must be enrolled at WCC and have an active student identification number (SID) in order to apply to the RN program and pay related fees.

Apply to WCC online or request a WCC application by email at, by phone 360.383.3001, or in person at the entry/advising office, LDC 116. Once you receive your SID number, proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2 - Obtain and complete nursing program selective application forms

Download the nursing program application or contact, or by phone at 360.383.3030.

STEP 3 - Pay application fee

Students must pay the application fee ($50) on or before the application deadline to be considered. If submitting payment by mail, include a completed application fee payment form (page 1 of the application).

STEP 4 - Submit the nursing application form and supporting materials by the application deadline

Submit the completed nursing program application and all required supporting documentation in one complete packet. All materials must be received at the WCC Registration/Records Office by the deadline. Your packet should include:

  • Completed Application for Selective Entry Admission form
  • Completed applicant checklist
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges where you earned credits that may apply to the RN program
    • A minimum grade of B (3.0 grade point) is required in each prerequisite. BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 (Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2) must be completed within 5 years of nursing application due date. General education courses - PSYC& 100, BIOL& 160, CMST, 10 credits of Humanities - may be accepted with any passing grade. General education courses are not considered in the scoring of your application to the Nursing program.
  • Receipt for the $12 purchase of a Washington State Patrol background check through the WCC business office
  • Personal statement including Smarter Measure results (see details on application form)
  • Documentation showing you are a currently Nursing Assistant - Certified in Washington state.

Admission to the program (student selection)

Admission to the program is through a competitive application process. The nursing program selection committee will accept students based on the number of available seats. The selection committee consists of the nursing program director and program faculty. Applicants can earn a maximum of 4.25 points. The first four (4) points are the average grades from seven of the prerequisite classes (ENGL& 101 English Composition I, MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics, CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry, BIOL& 260 Microbiology, BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2, PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology).

An additional 0.25 point is granted if an applicant shows proof of a prior degree OR is a military veteran with an honorable discharge OR can prove 1,000 hours of paid employment as an NAC. This is an 'either/or' score, not cumulative; i.e., someone with a prior degree and an honorable discharge will be granted 0.25 point. Applicants will be notified of their status (accepted, alternate, or not accepted) six to eight weeks after the application deadline. The personal statement, graded by the committee is used to break any ranking ties.

Applicants with a degree from outside the US may also be awarded the additional 0.25 points. To be awarded additional points, applicants must submit documentation - official or unofficial copies - from an international transcript evaluation such as AACRAO, confirm the degree is equivalent to a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the US.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a selective entry program. Applicants who were previously accepted into the RN Program and declined acceptance or withdrew after the program started need to reapply and are not guaranteed priority consideration.