Practical Nurse

Do you enjoy caring for others? A degree in practical nursing may be perfect for you.

For some students, the decision to pursue a career in nursing is easy. Maybe you come from a family of nurses or perhaps ever since you were a child, you dreamed of being a nurse. Maybe you experienced a life-changing event which spurred you to look into a career in healthcare. What nursing students all have in common is the dedication, passion and compassion to help others. Our nursing students learn what it takes to provide safe, quality, compassionate care for cross-cultural populations as well as provide care to patients both young and old. Newly licensed graduates could earn $18-23 per hour. A degree in practical nursing opens doors to opportunities. Make your dream a reality. At Bates, students have access to childcare, access to public or free transportation to and from the college, and the ability to locally transfer to a ADN or BSN bridge program. Apply today!

General Information

Career Advisor: Jason Carroll
253-680-7008 |

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Four Quarters


  1. Must achieve a B/3.0 or better in all classes ( may be evaluated by the director on a case by case bases, for lower than 3.0)
    • Engl&101/102*
    • Psyc& 200* psychology through the lifespan
    • Chem &121* (must include lab) beginning chemistry
    • Bio&260* (must include lab) microbiology
    • Bio& 241 (Must include lab) Anatomy and Physiology
    • BIO& 242 Must include lab) Anatomy and Physiology
    • Math& 146 (or Higher) basic statistics
    • CMST& 210/ 230/152 (choose one )
    • Nutr&101 Nutrition

NAC (Nursing Assistant Certified) is an admission requirement to the Practical Nurse program.

  1. Minimum age for program entry 18 years of age.
  2. Pass and clear national and state of Washington Background check. The background check must be completed within the program start and paying the 50 dollar college registration fee. Order your background check here.
  3. Documentary evidence of current immunizations and medical/dental evaluation within two weeks of program start date.
  4. Documentary evidence of current American Heart Association, Health Care Provider approved CPR card within program start date.
  5. Must meet pre-determined levels in reading and writing.
  6. Meet with a Practical Nursing faculty member to receive program-specific required information.
  7. Reciprocity statement: Bates Technical College Practical Nursing Program meets the requirements of the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission for Practical Nurse licensing in Washington state. Bates Technical College does not know if this program meets the requirements of other states for licensing purposes. Please contact the specific state Board of Nursing for their licensing requirements.
  8. The Bates Technical College Practical Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20032, 202-909-2526.
  9. Bates Technical College Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.  Bates Technical College is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Background Check Information

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  • National Median Salary$47,480
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings58,400

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

First Quarter
Title Credits
PNUR 202 Professional Vocational Relations 4
PNUR 202 i-best Support
PNUR 203 Nursing Fundamentals 1 /Sim 1 7
PNUR 203 i-best Support
PNUR 204 Introduction to Medical surgical Nursing 4
PNUR 204 i-best Support


Second Quarter
Title Credits
PNUR 220 Nursing Fundamentals 2 /Sim 2 4
PNUR 220 i-best Support
PNUR 223 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 3
PNUR 223 i-best Support
PNUR 224 Pharmacology/ Nursing Math 4
PNUR 224 i-best Support
PNUR 233 Clinical 1/ Sim 3/ Clinical Math 4


Third Quarter
Title Credits
PNUR 230 Medical Surgical 2 5
PNUR 230 i-best Support
PNUR 235 Newborn/ Maternal /Repro/Peds 4
PNUR 235 i-best Support
PNUR 233 Clinical 2 /Sim 4 /Clinical Math 3
PNUR 234 Clinical 3 /Sim 5/ Clinical Math 3


Fourth Quarter
Title Credits
PNUR 240 Medical Surgical Nursing 3 7
PNUR 240 i-best Support
PNUR 241 Clinical 4/Sim 6/ Clinical Math 4
PNUR 242 Preceptorship experience 4

Associate of Applied Science
CIP:  51.3901EPC:  326 

To prepare qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds for practical nursing licensure by meeting all program learning objectives.

Vision Statement
Nursing is both an art and a science. Nursing is composed of skills requiring a high level of competency and knowledge achieved by observation, study and research. The educational process for Nursing is available to qualified adult learners, regardless of race, color, gender or religious preference.

The Bates Practical Nursing Program is committed to high quality, current nursing education in a rich, supportive learning environment.

Students prepare for careers as licensed practical nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. Clinical activities are an integral part of this program which is approved by the Washington Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.  During the clinical phase, students demonstrate nursing competencies under supervision at clinical sites and improve skills by working with a healthcare professional in a preceptorship role.  Graduates are required to pass the Washington State Practical Nursing licensing exam to practice as licensed practical nurses in Washington State. Prior to licensing exam, applicant will need to provide proof of high school graduation or equivalent. 

Prerequisites:  Applicants must 

  1. Pass a clear National Criminal background check covering WA state. 
  2. Obtain medical and dental clearance. 
  3. Pass a drug screen. 
  4. Provide documentary evidence of current immunizations, medical insurance (illness and injury), and Health Care Provider CPR. 
  5. Possess current liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million. 
  6. AIDS/HIV Training – seven hours.


  1. Graduation rate of 89% over the last two years
  2. NCLEX first time pass rates of 83.5%

Bates Technical College End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLO)

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program, the graduate will be prepared to take the licensing examination, and as a beginning practitioner will be able to:

  1. Assist in implementing the nursing process to provide care that is safe, compassionate, culturally and developmentally appropriate.
    1. Assessment – make observations, gather data and assist in identification of needs and problems relevant to the client.
    2. Analyzing – assist and collaborate in developing a list of actual and potential nursing diagnoses and selecting the goals for care.
    3. Planning – contribute to the development of nursing interventions to meet the needs of clients and families.
    4. Implementation – carry out planned interventions to client care.
    5. Evaluation – appraise the effectiveness of care.
  2. Make judgements that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care
  3. Use communication skills effectively in order to function as a member of the Nursing team and apply beginning skills in verbal, non-verbal and written communication.
  4. Demonstrate, in a work environment, responsibility for own actions by using critical thinking and decision making to plan and organize client care.
    1. Participate in self-assessment, including self-evaluation of personal health habits.
    2. Seek learning opportunities that will foster growth.
    3. Apply knowledge of ethical and legal principles and responsibilities pertinent to self, client, and others.
    4. Practice conservation of available resources.
    5. Follow employer rules and regulations.
  5. Assist in the health teaching of clients recognizing individual differences.
    1. Health teaching – assist in the development of teaching plans for individual clients and families.
    2. Implement teaching of basic health information according to the individualized teaching plan.
    3. Communicate client’s request for information to appropriate team member.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of own role in the health care delivery system.
    1. Function as a practical nurse within the health care delivery systems.
    2. Recognize functions of health care delivery system.
    3. Act as client advocate in health maintenance and clinical care.
  7. Recognize the need for change health care and demonstrate willingness to participate in effecting change.
    1. Recognize need to adjust functions to comply with the accepted Practical Nurse role and assist in assessing effectiveness of current nursing practices.
    2. Discuss the value of belonging to professional organizations.
  8. Use information systems and patient care technologies in support of safe nursing practices.

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Julia Campbell, Assistant

    253.680.7316 | Email

  • Bill Swarens, Director of Practical Nursing and NAC

    253-680-7327 | Email

  • Andra Battisti

    253-680-7327 | Email

  • Eileen Beck

    253-680-7368 | Email

  • Bryce Bigelow

    253-680-7315 | Email

  • Angela Radonski

    253-680-7354 | Email

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Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.