Areas of Study

Areas of Study


The South Puget Sound Community College Nursing Program is now accepting applications for its revamped Nursing Program.


“We’ve redesigned the nursing program here at South Puget Sound to meet the needs of 21st century healthcare,” new Associate Dean of Nursing Laurie Choate said.

The program redesign centered on new technology and practices in the field, as well as health care reform changes that have impacted the nursing profession. Not only has the redesign strengthen the program’s nursing education, but also improved the quality of instruction. Redesigned curriculum has been crafted to meet both localized needs as well as the recently announced statewide direct transfer agreement.

Nursing Professor Jillian Heist said the redesign also includes “updated evidence based practice standards which we will utilize to educate future nurses to meet 21st century health care needs.” She added the program is taking an innovative approach to delivery and organization of curriculum as well.

The program’s effort has centered, ultimately, on helping nursing students succeed in the field.

“Our focus is on student success,” Choate said. “We are here to help you achieve your goals of graduating.”

More information about the revamped nursing program is available through the “Links” tab on the right side of this page, which includes the application, admission information, and more. More information is also available via e-mail at .

Degree options

  • Associate in Nursing - DTA/MRP
    Prepares the graduates to become registered nurses who are qualified to assess, care for, and counsel the ill, injured, and infirm. They are prepared to direct and delegate to assistive personnel. They are able to administer medications and treatments to patients and other activities as described in law (RCW 18.79.040).
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
    Prepares the graduates from the first year of the Nursing Program to give nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed physician (RCW18.79.040).
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
    The Nursing Assistant Certificate is designed for students interested in becoming nursing assistants in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and home care settings. It covers the nursing assistant’s role on the health care team; develops beginning basic technical and personal care skills including monitoring body functions, restorative and rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic communication, infection control, safety and emergency procedures; identifies resident rights, mental health and social service needs to facilitate an optimal level of functioning for the client recognizing individual, cultural and religious diversity; and, meets federal and state legal requirements for nursing assistant education.


Beth Cumberland (360) 596-5275
Marilyn Adair (360) 596-5450
Jillian Heist (360)-596-5335
Jolene Stiles (360)-596-5380

The challenges are great-long hours of study and exacting, often stressful, working conditions. But if you choose a career in nursing, you’ll find the rewards are many.

Nurses are in demand throughout the world. Geographic and upward mobility are excellent. Most important, whether you work in a clinic, hospital or private practice, you’ll be part of a tightly-knit team that helps people of all ages and from all ethnic and social backgrounds.

If you’re ready to invest your time and efforts in nursing, the instructors at South Puget Sound Community College are determined to give you the best training and education available.

Nursing, science and chemistry courses taken over seven years from time of application may not transfer. The final evaluation of these courses will reside with the Director of Nursing.

Job opportunities are available for long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, medical offices, assisted living facilities, and community health agencies.

What You'll Do Here
South Puget Sound Community College offers two educational pathways in nursing. You can take the quarter long Nurse Assistant program, or the two-year Registered Nurse (RN) program which has an practical nurse option.

As an LPN and RN candidate, you’ll build a solid knowledge of anatomy, physiology and basic chemistry. You’ll also learn about psychiatric and mental health nursing and study trends and issues that dramatically affect the health care field. You’ll perform your clinical work in a local hospital, health clinic, or health care agency. While in the RN program, you’ll work in a preceptorship with an experienced nurse.


Program Website

Nursing Program Website