Nursing - What You'll Learn

Seattle Central's Seattle Central College Associate in Nursing (AN–DTA/MRP) program includes general education courses, nursing theory, lab and clinical practice courses. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) examination and apply for a license as a registered nurse (RN).

Nursing Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Seattle Central College Associate Degree Nursing Program, the graduate will exhibit the National League for Nursing Competencies for the Associate Degree Nurse by demonstrating:

1. Human Flourishing – Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self–determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings:

  • a. Develop, implement and evaluate individualized plans of care focusing on services and activities that promote independence, maintain or restore health or support a peaceful death based on the patient's functional health pattern (Think, Collaborate, Connect);
  • b. Promote access and quality of care for a diverse patient population (Collaborate, Communicate);
  • c. Deliver holistic care across the human lifespan that responds to culturally–influenced health behaviors (Think, Collaborate, Communicate);
  • d. Incorporate teaching–learning concepts to support and facilitate the patient's functional health patterns, self–determination and a desire for a healthy lifestyle in health promotion, maintenance and disease prevention activities with the delivery of care (Collaborate, Communicate);
  • e. Apply therapeutic communication techniques that consider the developmental, cognitive, intellectual, physical, and emotional status of patients to encourage trust, disclosure and sharing of ideas (Collaborate, Communicate).

2. Nursing Judgment – Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context:

  • a. Employ principles of clinical reasoning in the planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care (Think, Connect);
  • b. Apply effective organizational skills in the provision of patient care (Think);
  • c. Analyze, synthesize, and apply principles from nursing research and evidence–based practice in patient care delivery (Think, Connect, Continued Learning);
  • d. Utilize the nursing process as a basis for clinical judgment to optimize the functional health patterns for the patient, family and community (Think, Connect);
  • e. Perform key nursing skills as identified by essential lab criteria (Think, Connect);
  • f. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in delegation to and supervision of other nursing personnel within the scope of practice (Collaborate, Communicate, Think);
  • g. Incorporate principles of quality and safety, healthcare policy and cost effectiveness to improve health outcomes for the patient, family and community (Think, Collaborate, Connect);
  • h. Implement effective therapeutic communication techniques to foster collaboration with the patient, family, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team (Collaborate, Communicate);
  • i. Apply knowledge of healthcare disparities to the delivery of patient care across the lifespan (Collaborate, Connect).
Student achievement data
  2013 2014 2015
First–time Pass Rate for NCLEX–RN Exam* 88.9% 88.5% 81.5%
Students Completing the Nursing Program 90% 86% 90%
Graduates Obtaining a Job 80% 96.2% 85.7%
Note: Timeframe for all data is January 1st to December 31st.
*View pass rates for all Washington State Nursing Programs.

Course Planning

Learn more about course planning for the Nursing program.