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): 3390 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, phone (404) 975-5000,

Letter of ACEN Accreditation

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

The Nursing Department hosts a Pre-Nursing Informational Session in January or February of each year. Below is a link to the 2022 presentation. Please check back for 2023 presentation dates and times.

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 pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) 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 two years (six quarters) of enrollment in the first nursing course. 
  • Ninety percent (90%) of the nursing graduates who responded to the Nursing Graduate Survey will report being employed in nursing 6-12 months after graduation.
  • Forty percent (40%) of the nursing graduates who responded to the Nursing Graduate Survey will report being admitted to or having completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at 6-12 months after graduation.
  • Ninety percent (90%) of the nursing graduates who responded to the Nursing Graduate Survey will rate their overall nursing program satisfaction at ≥ 3 on a 1-4 point scale. (4 = Highly satisfied, 3 = Satisfied, 2 = Dissatisfied, 1 = Highly dissatisfied)         
  • Eighty percent (80%) of the employers of nursing program graduates who responded to the Employer Survey will rate the Overall Job Preparation of graduates > 3 on a 1-4 point scale. (4 = Excellent, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Poor)

WWCC Nursing Program Outcomes Results


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


Debi Schoonover

Phone: (509) 758-1706

Clarkston Campus 1470 Bridge Street Clarkston, WA 99403

Becky Manderscheid

Phone: (509) 527-4240

Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362

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