Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Nursing Program Redesign

The demands of 21st Century nursing have changed

  • The nursing shortage has abated for now.
  • New technology is reshaping the practice of nursing and the delivery of care.
  • Health care reform will require significant changes to the way nurses are educated.
  • The standards placed on nursing education are different.

South Puget Sound is responding to the realities of the health-care industry and nursing education with a major redesign of its Nursing Program to better meet the demands of the industry and to serve the needs of students and the community.

Our redesign is nearing completion. Information about our new admissions process is available. We will be admitting new first-year students into our ADN program for fall 2014. Individuals who seek to move from an LPN to RN credential will need to wait until 2015 to apply for an opportunity to join our second-year students.


We have attempted to capture and answer questions from current nursing students impacted by the changes in the Nursing Program and our community.  The FAQ is a living list.  We will add to it as we have more questions and more answers.

The Nursing Program has conditional approval from Washington state’s board of nursing, the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC). We have submitted a plan of corrections to the NCQAC and are working to ensure that our newly redesigned program is recognized with full approval of the NCQAC.

Effective December 18, 2013, SPSCC’s Nursing Program does not have national accreditation. The college is considering options for national accreditation for its redesigned nursing program.

South Puget Sound Community College is fully accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

  • While there are many health-care facilities that employ graduates from unaccredited programs, Federal government facilities may not employ nurses from unaccredited programs.
  • Nurses from unaccredited programs may have restrictions on transferring their license to other states.
  • Students graduating form nationally accredited programs may find it easier to transfer into BSN programs.

A student who earns an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in a program that is not nationally accredited can enter and graduate from a nationally accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to receive the benefits of national accreditation.  SPSCC’s Nursing Program redesign has focused on creating a curriculum that supports a seamless transition into BSN programs in Washington state.