Between 94 and 100 Percent of North’s Nursing Students Consistently Pass National Exams
At North you can train to become a practical nurse (LPN) or take the next step to become a registered nurse (RN) in North’s LPN-RN Ladder program. LPN students consistently have a 100 percentpass rate and RN students have had between 94 percent and 100 percent pass rate on the national licensing exams (NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN) for the past 3 years.
The 4-quarter Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing qualifies you to take the Washington state exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and find immediate employment within hospitals, medical offices, clinics, nursing homes and home healthcare agencies. Opt to earn additional general education credits and receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. Add 3 more quarters and complete training as an RN through the LPN to RN Ladder and obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing.
North’s instructors have many years’ experience in the field and a variety of interests, specialties, perspectives and styles. Graduates are highly successful in securing positions — the majority of graduates regularly find work.
Above: North's full-time nursing faculty members
Our ladder program offers a seamless transition for North's LPN students to continue onto the LPN to RN Ladder program without reapplying if the student has successfully passed the licensure exam. LPNs can schedule part-time work in their profession and go to school at the same time. North Seattle College encourages further education, with excellent preparation for BSN programs.
Updated nursing skills lab (over $200K invested in new equipment and space renovations) — an intensive care unit, bedside electronic charting capability and other updated equipment to simulate current clinical environments. With 12 credits/quarter built into the curriculum, students are now eligible for financial aid. And North is now accepting more students into the LPN to RN ladder program.
Affiliations with many hospitals and long-term care facilities include Swedish, VA, Overlake, Northwest Hospital, Stevens Hospital (for acute care), Sea Mar (for community healthcare) and Seattle Public Schools and Shoreline Public Schools (for pediatrics).
Both programs are approved by the Washington State Nursing Commission.
The LPN to RN Ladder program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Find out more about the commission here.
Associate Dean of Nursing
Lena Hristova, DNP, RN, CNE, OCN, CMSRN, is Associate Dean of Nursing at North Seattle College.
Greeting from Dean Hristova:
I am honored to work with an incredible group of colleagues at North, committed to student success.
NSC’s nursing faculty team strives for excellence, reflected in evidence-based teaching and learning achieved by both faculty and students. We serve a diverse population of students, some of them first generation college students and many of them from different racial, ethnic and cultural background.
The main priority for our team is ensuring the future competency of the nursing workforce. We are making certain that students acquire the knowledge and develop the skills demanded of today’s rapidly changing health care environment.
We offer innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Distance technology and a high fidelity simulation are well-utilized in our nursing curriculum. We have strong partnerships with a variety of community and clinical organizations, many of whom have supported NSC’s nursing programs for many years. The partnerships enable our students to obtain a wide spectrum of clinical experience to prepare them to function in a changing healthcare environment.