A Message from the Nursing Program Director:

Lynn Program Director

Welcome to the Shoreline Community College Nursing Program website, my name is Lynn Von Schlieder, the Nursing Program Director.

We offer a six-quarter program and a 10-quarter option which prepare individuals to become professional nurses to meet the health care needs of the community. Based on the Program Vision, Mission, and Philosophy, the Program is dedicated to student success and strives for excellence. The Program reflects the core values of Professionalism, Excellence, Caring, and Clinical Reasoning. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The graduate will receive the Associate in Applied Science-Transfer degree and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Further information about the Program, the prerequisites, and the application procedure is available in the Nursing Program Brochure and on the website.

Admissions Update

The application for the Winter 2017 six-quarter program is now closed. All applicants will receive notification of their status 4 to 6 weeks after the October 3rd deadline.

The application for Spring 2017 will open on Tuesday, November 15th. Due to the college's winter closure the application deadline has been extended to Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Please plan for the closure of the college beginning Friday, December 23rd, 2016, 4:30 p.m. through Tuesday, January 3rd at 8:00 a.m. During this closure there will be no one available to answer questions or troubleshoot application issues.

The application fee is now $20.

If you have any questions, please call 206-533-6778.

  Dept. of HealthThe Shoreline Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (formerly called the State Board of Nursing).

 Accredited since 1969

ACEN LogoAdditionally, the Shoreline Community College Nursing Program is nationally accredited by (ACEN) the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

Nursing Program Mission

The Nursing Program at Shoreline Community College strives to be recognized in the state of Washington, nationally, and internationally as an excellent associate degree nursing program. The Program is dedicated to student success and preparing individuals to become professional nurses to meet the health care needs of the community,

Nursing Program Vision

The mission of the Nursing Program at Shoreline Community College is to serve the educational, workforce and cultural needs of our diverse community. The nursing Program strives to engage students through integrated learning, excellence in teaching/learning, and a student-centered approach. Working in close collaboration with the diverse health care community, Shoreline strives to prepare nurses for practice who are competent and committed to safe, quality care in an evolving healthcare environment and share the values of social justice and life-long leanring. The Nursing Program strives to prepare associate degree graduates to be eligible for licensure as Registered Nurses and to continue their education and obtain a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) and graduate education.

Nursing Program Philosophy

We believe nursing is a dynamic profession grounded in scientific theory that requires specialized knowledge, judgment, and skills based on the biological and social sciences, and the humanities. Nursing combines the art and science of caring to address the needs of the person, family, and community, through health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration, and the end of life care. We believe student learning is facilitated by utilizing best practices in teaching and learning including active-learning strategies, adult learning principles, and student-centered approaches.




The Shoreline Nursing School Pin Design

Effective immediately:

The Nursing Program has been approved as fulfilling the Multicultural requirement. An additional Multicultural course is no longer required. Please see the current Admission Points calculation at the link to the left.

Online chemistry, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology courses without supervised laboratory do not meet requirements for the Nursing Program. All Hybrid Science courses MUST be evaluated.

Shoreline Community College Nursing Program Applicant Information

 If you are interested in applying to the Nursing program, please review the admissions points information as  the maximum possible points has increased to 116 due to the addition of one point for having completed a seven-  hour HIV/AIDS Education for Health Care Workers course.  

  • All applications that are submitted by the application deadline will be evaluated.
  • Please check back here regularly as new and updated information will be posted as needed. 

If the usual deadline is on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted on the next business day.

For reading, writing, math
must be taken no earlier than 
Fall Quarter  Jan. 15- Apr. 3  January 15th  the previous year  April 3, 4:30 p.m.
Winter Quarter  Aug. 15- Oct. 3  August 15th the previous year  October 3, 4:30 p.m.
Spring Quarter  Nov. 15-Jan. 3  November 15th the previous year  January 3, 4:30 p.m.

*If your COMPASS test scores are older than the date indicated, you must re-test

The COMPASS TEST is a nursing application screening requirement which ALL APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE regardless of  previous degrees or coursework to show current proficiency in math, reading and writing at the time of application.

  • If the test was taken for academic placement within the one-year timeframe for the nursing application, then it does not need to be retaken. 
  • If it was taken more than a year prior to the end of the application timeframe, then it must be retaken before the application deadline.
  • The Compass test may be taken at any college that offers it. The printed official test scores must be submitted with the nursing application.

REQUIRED COMPASS TEST SCORES: always keep a copy of your results for your own records

  • Placement score in math level above Intermediate Algebra (i.e., above Math 99)
    (accepted test score for Algebra = 69 and higher) or (accepted test score for College Algebra  = 35 and higher)
  • Placement score for entry into English 101 (this is the highest level the COMPASS test evaluates)
    (accepted test score for Reading = 80 and higher) 
  • Placement score for entry into English 101 (this is the highest level the COMPASS test evaluates)
    (accepted test score for writing is 80 and higher)

Link to Shoreline Testing Center: Testing Center Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nursing Application Process

1. When can I apply for the Nursing Program?
For Fall quarter admission: between Jan. 15 and April 3 for Winter quarter admission: between Aug. 15 and Oct. 3. For Spring quarter admission: between Nov. 15 and Jan. 3.

2. Where can I get an application?
The application is online: link to it from the "SCC Nursing Website" button at the top of the page. Please note that the online application requires that you review what you have put into the form and then press a button that says "Submit and Print." If you do not use this print system, you will print out incomplete pages. You must print the materials and sign a form and submit it with your application fee. The printed forms also include forms to give to your employer for verification of employment and to your volunteer supervisor for verification of volunteer hours. The application online can be completed at any of the computer labs on campus or at your local library or anywhere else that you can obtain Internet access with a printer available. (Some students have reported problems when using a browser other than Internet Explorer. Please use Internet Explorer.)

3. Are there any tips for applying?
Do not wait until the final days of the application period to begin accumulating necessary application material.

  • No applications will be accepted after 4:30 pm (local time) on the day of the deadline. If the usual deadline is on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted on the next business day.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed. Once a signed application is submitted to the office, it cannot be altered. 
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to read all application information completely and thoroughly, including changes and announcements. 
  • It is also the sole responsibility of the applicant to verify completeness of the application and receipt of all required documentation before the application deadline.
  • All applicants are notified of results approximately 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
  • After applicants are notified of acceptance, they must respond by the deadline given or their place in the class will be given to the next eligible applicant. 
  • Be sure to keep the Health Occupations Office informed of any changes in address, telephone, or email. Call 206-546-4743.
  • We encourage applicants to submit all materials as one packet.


4. How do I obtain Pre-Nursing Advising?
There are five options:

  1. Monthly Nursing information meetings:
    Admission requirements and processes will be reviewed. Please plan to attend one of these meetings before asking for individual advisement appointments. This makes the process work more effectively. Please read the Nursing Program Brochure PDF file (link above) before the meeting (requires PDF Reader 7.0 or better). The schedule for the Nursing information sessions are at the top of this page.
  2. New student orientation to Shoreline:
    When you attend new student orientation, a faculty member from Health Occupations will be present to help you figure out your first quarter classes. If at all possible, take the COMPASS math and English placement tests before this date to facilitate your course placement.   Please read the Nursing Program Brochure PDF (link above) file (Requires PDF Reader 7.0 or better)before the Orientation.
  3. Individual Nursing faculty advisers for Shoreline students:
    Each Shoreline student is assigned a nursing faculty member to provide advisement. Call your assigned adviser for an appointment during the regular academic year or come in during posted faculty office hours.  Nursing Faculty are not on campus during the summer. Remember that your nursing faculty adviser may be at a hospital or other care setting with students for two or three days each week. Please read the Nursing Program brochure PDF (link above) file before your appointment (Requires PDF Reader 7.0 or better). Nursing faculty are available for the current quarter for advising on a first come first served basis. All nursing faculty have offices in the 2300 building, and a directory of office locations is by the front door along with a schedule showing which faculty member is available Monday through Wednesday.
  4. Shoreline Advising & Counseling Center:
    Advisors can see pre-nursing students. For an appointment, please call the Advising Center desk at 206-546-4559. Please read the Nursing Program brochure PDF file (link above) before your appointment (requires PDF Reader 7.0 or better). 
  5. Open Pre-Nursing advising for the next quarter's registration:
    Come to open advising by Nursing faculty during continuing student registration during the last few weeks of  each quarter. The schedule with the assigned adviser will be posted at our front desk. No appointment needed. First come, first seen. Please come for advising one day before your registration appointment. Times will be posted here each quarter.

PLEASE NOTE: Starting with the Winter 2017 application (that is opening on August 15th) the cost to apply to the Nursing program has gone from $15.00 to $20.00.

 Nursing Professional/Technical Advisory Committee