Important Announcement regarding COVID-19 effects on the Nursing Application Process

March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders have created several challenges for students preparing to apply to our Nursing Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Here is what we can tell you right now. We will update this web page as we have further information or as changes occur. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We are in uncharted waters, but we look forward to serving you to the best of our ability during this time.

Has your application deadline changed?

No. Applications are still due by the April 15 deadline, with possible exception of the TEAS test results (see FAQ regarding TEAS testing).

Since campus is closed, how should I submit my application?

Please submit your application BY MAIL to the campus(es) of your choice before the April 15 deadline (applications must be postmarked by April 15 to be considered on time). The mailing address for each campus may be found at the top of the Applicant Information Sheet of the Nursing Admission Guide (page 28).

How do I pay the application fee since campus is closed?

Please call our college cashier at (360) 525-3569 and leave a clear message with your full name, Student ID number and phone number. The cashier will call you back to arrange payment over the phone. When the cashier calls you, ask for an emailed receipt which you will then print and include with your application packet.

How do I reach the Nursing Office while the campus is closed?

During BUSINESS HOURS ONLY (8:00am-5:00pm), you may call:

Walla Walla Campus: Becky Manderscheid: (541) 224-7510

Clarkston Campus: Andrew Wade: (541) 359-3486

 

AFTER HOURS, you may leave a voice message on our regular department phone lines:

Walla Walla Campus: (509) 527-4240

Clarkston Campus: (509) 758-1706

What if my TEAS test was cancelled due to COVID-19?

We understand this is an issue not only at our own college, but all over the country. As long as the rest of your application is complete and submitted by the April 15 deadline, this will not prevent you from admission to our Nursing Program. Once testing centers are open, we will contact applicants with a deadline for submitting TEAS test results.

What do I do if my Nursing Assistant class was canceled for Spring quarter or if I am unable to take the State Exam?

Proof of passing the Nursing Assistant State Exam is not due until September 1; you may submit your application without it. We hope and anticipate PearsonVue testing centers will be reopened long before that time. If the COVID-19 situation turns into a long-term response, we will readdress this question at a later date.

If you live in an area that has cancelled Nursing Assistant classes for Spring quarter, we anticipate that you will have the option to take the Nursing Assistant class during Summer quarter here at WWCC. If Nursing Assistant classes are not able to resume by that time, we will work with our admitted students to develop a workable plan. We will do what we can to practice flexibility and still make sure students are ready to start our Nursing Program.

A word about Transcript Evaluations/Degree Audits:

Because our staff are all working remotely, transcript evaluations may take longer than normal. Please do not be concerned. We will not make final admission decisions until all transcripts postmarked by the April 15 deadline have been evaluated (but make sure the rest of your application is turned in before the April 15 deadline). You may submit your Degree Audit via email as soon as you receive it to:

Becky Manderscheid, Walla Walla campus: [email protected]

Andrew Wade, Clarkston campus: [email protected]

Nursing Education

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at WWCC is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission: 310 Israel Rd., Tumwater, WA 98501, phone (360) 236-4700. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly called the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, phone (404) 975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org.



Nursing Application Information!

For application forms and instruction, please carefully review the Nursing Admission Guide. Please review information about the Nursing Assistant requirement for admission to the Nursing Program here.

Nursing Program Information Session

Information sessions were held earlier in the year. If you were unable to attend, please check out the following resources!

Career Opportunities

    Nursing Careers
    • Acute Care (Emergency, Medical-Surgical, Critical Care)
    • Specialty Areas (Labor & Delivery, Pediatrics)
    • Community (Physician Office, Public Health, Department of Corrections)
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities

Program Outcomes

  • The program's most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12 month period.
  • Seventy percent (70%) or more of students will earn an Associate level degree in nursing within three years of enrollment in the first nursing course (150% of the stated nursing program length).
  • Graduates will rate their overall program satisfaction >3.5 on a 1-4 point scale.
  • Employers of nursing program graduates will rate the overall job preparation of graduates >3.0 on a 1-4 point scale.
  • Ninety percent (90%) of the Nursing graduates will be employed in nursing 6-12 months after graduation.
  • Thirty percent (30%) of the Nursing graduates will report pursuing education towards a BSN degree at 6-12 months after graduation.

WWCC Nursing Program Outcomes Results

Mission

It is the mission of the Nursing Education program to:

  • Transform the lives of nursing students to fulfill the increasingly complex role of entry level professional nurses in the provision of safe, compassionate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based, ethically-grounded, and client-centered care;
  • Promote the well-being of a diverse patient population in the evolving healthcare environments of the communities we serve;
  • Facilitate academic progression of our students to the baccalaureate level and beyond to meet the healthcare needs of our communities, state, and nation.

This mission is accomplished in our nursing students, patient populations, and nursing profession by:

  • Providing a supportive, engaging, and progressive learning environment which fosters:
    • professional integrity, leadership, a spirit of inquiry and scholarship, collaborative practice, and a commitment to community service
    • development into the culture and profession of nursing through adoption of its values, standards, and codes of conduct, and by positive role-modeling of professional behaviors;
  • Preparing well-qualified graduates to meet the needs of a diverse patient population;
  • Collaborating with our community and educational partners.

Nursing Program Vision

The Nursing Education program will ennoble the lives of our students and the profession of nursing in the communities we serve

Contact

Becky Manderscheid

Phone: (509) 527-4240

Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362

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