Applying to the nursing program

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

Fall 2020 nursing program - Applications will be accepted beginning January 21, 2020. The deadline for best consideration is May 21, 2020 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 admit@whatcom.edu, 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 registration@whatcom.edu, 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 $11 purchase of a Washington State Patrol background check through the WCC business office
  • Personal statement including Smarter Measure results (see details on application form)
  • Completed allied healthcare licensure/certification and experience verification form and related documentation if applicable.

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 94 points. Points are awarded as follows:

  1. Grade point average (GPA) 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). The credit value of the course will not be included in the calculation in order to remove the influence of courses taken at semester, trimester, or quarter programs. Course grades reported as letters will be changed to the equivalent score on the 4.0 scale (A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0). The seven course grade scores are added together and then divided by 7 to determine the GPA. The GPA is multiplied by 70 (maximum points available) and divided by 4 (maximum course grade is 4.0) to award point value for the individual student. A mock scoring grid can be viewed here. 70 points maximum
  2. Current, unencumbered healthcare licensure/certificate in Washington. 10 points
  3. Documented work experience for healthcare licensure/certification. 0 points for less than 500 hours or 2 points for 500-999 hours or 4 points for 1000 hours or greater (points cannot be combined)
  4. Honorably discharged veteran. 5 points
  5. Previous degree. 5 points

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

Applicants will be notified of their status (accepted, alternate, or not accepted) six to eight weeks after the application deadline via their WCC email. The personal statement, graded by the committee, is used to break any ranking ties.

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.