Registered Nurse, Associate Degree

As part of our continued efforts to strengthen the nursing program (by formalizing a plan for student success, hiring some new members to the full time faculty and curricular changes that lead us toward national accreditation), RTC has decided to move the next admission opportunity for students into the associate degree nursing program to Winter 2020, with an application period during fall of 2019. Check back for more information. If you have questions about this decision or about RTC nursing, do not hesitate to contact the Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Yasmin Ali at (425) 235-5728.

Learn more about the admission process below.

Enrollment Point: Winter 2020

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.

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Projected Growth: 
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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.

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Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Yasmin Ali, Beth Beadling, Viola Bongiorno, Janine Buis, Alison Shurtleff, Diane Snyder

Entry Requirements


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 license as a Certified Nursing Assistant 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 must have completed all prerequisite courses within seven years in order for the course to be accepted as part of the admission process.
  4. 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 Statues 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 attend an information session.
  2. Applicant will apply to the program.
    • Applications will be accepted during open enrollment periods only, occurring twice annually. The open enrollment periods will occur during Spring quarter for the following Fall quarter admission; and Fall quarter for the following Spring quarter admission.
    • Dates for open enrollment periods will be published on the RTC nursing web site. Download the application form here.
  3. 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. 
  4. Complete the volunteer experience verification form.
  5. 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 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.)
    • Health care related work (For instance CNA, MA, LPN, EMT)
    • Non health care 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.


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