Registered Nurse, Associate Degree

Applications for Fall 2020 will be accepted July 1 through July 17, 2020. 

To Accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions, applications will be accepted by mails at: 

Renton Technical College
Attn: Kimberly Loreen, Administrative Assistant, Nursing Department
3000 N.E. Fourth Street
Renton, WA  98056

Application Packets must be postmarked between July 1, 2020, and no later than midnight July 17, 2020. Application packets received with postmarks before July 1 or after July 17 will not be considered. Please include a cover page with your name, phone number, and Student ID Number legibly printed. Application packets must be complete with all entry requirements met in order to be considered. For more information, contact Kimberly Loreen 425-235-2352, ext. 5688 or Colleen Bassham at

RN Program Application and Checklist

On-campus information sessions are suspended at this time. Please contact Colleen Bassham or Kimberly Loreen if you have any questions. 

Enrollment Point: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Registered nurse students working

Certificate of Completion: 
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
116 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
Annual Job Openings: 

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit


At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday


Does not reflect Spring 2020 remote learning. Hours vary according to program. For the most current information, see the Class Schedule.

Bradley Lee, Amy Murray, Shalahna Rhodes

Entry Requirements

Learn more at our Nursing Program Information  Sessions!

This session will provide information specifically about the application process for the Nursing (Registered Nurse) program for fall quarter 2020 entry.

If you have any questions about the virtual information sessions, please contact Colleen Bassham at

Virtual Nursing Program Information Sessions Available via Zoom:

Date/Time (click to join) Meeting ID Phone
June 18 at 9:30 a.m., Thursday 911 8968 6076 (253) 215-8782
June 18 at 3 p.m., Thursday 926 9221 0487 (253) 215-8782
June 23 at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday 917 7945 1497 (253) 215-8782
June 25 at 9:30 a.m., Thursday 918 1560 5322 (253) 215-8782
June 25 at 3 p.m., Thursday 998 1234 1481 (253) 215-8782
June 30 at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday 964 7825 4505 (253) 215-8782
July 2 at 9:30 a.m., Thursday 987 3915 6755 (253) 215-8782
July 7 at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday 978 5482 1215 (253) 215-8782
July 9 at 9:30 a.m., Thursday 991 8669 4687 (253) 215-8782
July 14 at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday 978 0888 5878 (253) 215-8782


In order to be admitted to the Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing, a prospective student must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age: 18 years (at time of clinical placement)
  • Communication involving patient care in the clinical setting is critical to patient safety. All students shall be fluent in the English language, including verbal and written.
  • Hold an active and unencumbered healthcare license for the State of Washington.
  • Complete seven hours of HIV training certification; the training must have been completed within five years of program entry.


Courses required prior to admission into the nursing program

  • BIOL& 160; General Biology – 5 Credits
  • BIOL& 241; Anatomy and Physiology I – 5 Credits
  • BIOL& 242; Anatomy and Physiology II – 5 Credits
  • BIOL& 260; Microbiology – 5 Credits
  • ENGL& 101; English Composition – 5 Credits
  • MATH& 146; Statistics – 5 Credits
  • PSYC& 200; Developmental Psychology – 5 Credits
  • CHEM& 121; Chemistry – 5 Credits
  1. Applicants must earn a minimum grade of 2.5 in mathematics and psychology prerequisite courses. Additionally, for all other prerequisite courses, a minimum grade of “B” equal to 3.0 is required.
  2. Applicants may retake the course to meet the minimum grade requirement. However, no more than three attempts to take the course will be accepted per course as meeting the minimum requirement for acceptance to the program.
  3. Applicants will work with the Renton Technical College Academic/Career Counselor, who can be reached at (425) 235-2352 x5541.


Applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to admission to the nursing program.

  • Completion of the TEAS Examination. This is an examination to measure basic academic knowledge. There are four test topics as part of the TEAS examination: Reading, Math, Science, English, and Language Usage.
  • Applicant is required to have a 70.0% cumulative examination score.
  • Applicant is required to earn a minimum of 60.0% score on the Topics of Reading, Science, and English and Language Usage.
  • It is recommended that students study to prepare for this examination in order to earn a competitive score.
  • An admission period is the year prior to application.
  • Applicant may take the TEAS entrance examination no more than two times during any admission period in order to earn a competitive score.
  • Applicant may not take the TEAS entrance examination more than four times at any time in order to earn a competitive score. Scores from the first four attempts will be accepted.


Required prior to admission to the nursing program:

  • Applicants will successfully complete and pass a comprehensive background check. Renton Technical College has hired a third-party vendor to complete this service for the nursing program. Applicants will be able to complete the background check requirements through the CastleBranch web site.
  • The background check will include the following: Social Security Administration (SSA) identity validation; criminal history for seven years; Fraud and Abuse Control Information Systems (FACIS); Office of Inspector General (OIG); General Services Administration (GSA); warrants, arrests; sex offender; child kidnapper registry; Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); and State of Washington background verification.
  • The Washington Board of Nursing Statutes and Regulations defines “passing a background check” to include “no criminal convictions.” If you have a history of criminal convictions, please speak to a counselor prior to admission.


  1. Applicant will apply to the program.
    • Applications will be accepted during open enrollment periods.
    • Dates for open enrollment periods will be published on the RTC nursing web site. Download the application form here.
  2. Applicants will establish an account and will maintain compliance with immunizations through Castle Branch ( (use package codeRr75nur). Compliance is required for entry into the program and for the duration of the program. 
  3. Complete the volunteer experience verification form.
  4. Complete the employment verification form.


Students must meet vaccination and program-specific health requirements per the Immunization Timeline Table:

  • Annual tuberculosis skin testing (initial 2-step followed by annual 1-step)
  • Annual seasonal influenza vaccine
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
  • Background check through CastleBranch for Registered Nurse Programs
  • Unencumbered Certified Nursing Assistant or Licensed Practical Nurse license in Washington State
  • Personal health insurance upon entry and for the duration of the nursing program
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (series of 3 vaccines and immunity titer)
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (2 vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
  • Varicella (2 vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) within the last 10 years


Though not required, additional points toward admission will be granted for documented:

  1. Work Experience (Minimum of 100 hours in the last 3 years.)
    • Healthcare-related work (For instance CNA, MA, LPN, EMT)
    • Non-healthcare-related work
  2. Volunteer Experience (Any community-based volunteer experience)
    • Points weighted for 50-100 hours or more than 100 hours
  3. Military Service
    • Honorable discharge
    • Current service
  4. Previous degrees (e.g. AA, BA)

Candidate application packets will be reviewed by Renton Technical College Nursing faculty and staff.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
NURS 103 Bridge to Nursing 3
NURS 105 Reproductive Health 4
NURS 107 Reproductive Health / Mental Health Nursing Clinical Practice 3
NURS 108 Foundations of Nursing Practice 4
NURS 109 Foundations of Nursing Practice Laboratory 3
NURS 112 Mental Health in the Multicultural Community 4
NURS 114 Health and Wellness 2
NURS 117 Alterations in Health Care Needs 5
NURS 118 Alterations in Health Care Needs Laboratory 3
NURS 119 Reproductive Health Laboratory 1
NURS 195 Foundations of Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum 4
NURS 198 Alterations in Health Care Needs Clinical Practicum 4
NURS 203 Major Chronic Alterations in Health Care Needs 5
NURS 207 Major Chronic Alterations in Health Care Needs Laboratory 2
NURS 208 Major Acute Alterations in Health Care Needs 5
NURS 209 Major Acute Alterations in Health Care Needs Laboratory 3
NURS 210 Complex Multi-Systems Acute Alterations in Health Care Needs 5
NURS 281 Leadership and Management 2
NURS 294 Major Chronic Alterations Clinical 5
NURS 295 Major Acute Alterations Clinical 5
NURS 296 Complex Multi-Systems Alterations Preceptorship 4
BIOL& 160 General Biology 5
BIOL& 241 Anatomy & Physiology I 5
BIOL& 242 Anatomy & Physiology II 5
BIOL& 260 Microbiology 5
CHEM& 121 General Chemistry 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
PSYC& 200 Developmental Psychology 5
  Total 116

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Registered Nurse Program:

  • Provide safe and competent care to clients, families, and groups utilizing current best practices in client care;

  • Apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning through the nursing process in client care;

  • Provide comfort-oriented and evidence-based nursing care within the legal and ethical standards of practice;

  • Employ culturally sensitive and therapeutic communication skills with clients and families;

  • Practice professional behaviors of collaboration, advocacy, maintaining of on-going knowledge base, and evaluation of own practice;

  • Utilize nursing informatics and information technology to support and communicate the planning, provision, collaboration, and management of client care.



The Nursing Program at Renton Technical College is currently conditionally approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The Nursing Program is not nationally accredited. The program’s 2019 NCLEX pass rate was 87.1%.


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