Nursing Program


Advancement | Innovations | Affiliations | Accreditation
Student Achievement Data

North Seattle College will not be accepting applications for the Practical Nursing Program (LPN) for the Winter Quarter 2017 due to curriculum revision. The Nursing Information Sessions are also cancelled until further notice.

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 and LPN-to-RN Ladder

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

Clear path to advancement

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.

Recent innovations

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.

Respected Affiliations

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).


image of ACEN sealBoth 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.

Student Achievement Data

Student Achievement Data LPN - RN Program

2013 2014 2015
First Time NCLEX-RN
Pass Rate


86.96% 93.10%
Students Competing the LPN-to-RN Program 100% 91% 91%
Graduates Obtaining a Job 88% 96%

Student Achievement Data LPN Program

2013 2014 2015
First Time NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%

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.



I like the small classes and access to highly qualified instructors at North. With amazing labs and clinical experience I feel very prepared, and instructors always remind us about the patient - the heart of nursing care.

—Alexandra Prescott
LPN, RN Candidate



I value education very much because I strongly believe that it is the key to one's true freedom and independence. Nursing education not only aligns with this belief of mine, but also prepares me to selflessly dedicate with compassion and empathy my time to those overwhelmed by ailments, which gives me a great sense of personal fulfillment.

—Raymond Masudi Katanga
RN Candidate

Nursing Program

Amanda Clark
(206) 934-4627
Associate Dean
Lena Hristova, DNP, RN, CNE, OCN, CMSRN

Nursing Division

Division Contacts
Mailing Address
NSC Nursing Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Kim Robitaille

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