Admission Process and Prioritization for Admission

As an accredited nursing program, YVCC adheres to the Washington State Nurse Practice Act and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing guidelines. Admission will be based on the "Prioritization for Admission" criteria. Using these criteria, students with the highest number of points will be offered admission first, regardless of their place of residence. Applicants to the nursing program must be admitted to YVCC.

The following information pertains to the method for prioritization for admission. Where there are more qualified applicants than spaces, the program admits at Priority Level 1. Each time a student applies to the program, they will be prioritized with that particular pool of students. Consequently, admission to that class may be more or less competitive.

What is factored into Prioritizing?

The YVCC Nursing program uses a point system when processing and prioritizing applications for admission.

  • 80% (or 80 points) is allocated for cumulative GPA based on the Required Courses.pdf.
    • YVCC Nursing averages grades for required courses, if they have been repeated. ie. , PSYC&100 with a "C" the first time and an "A" the second will have the value of a "B" or 3.0 when used to calculate GPA points.
  • 10% (or 10 points) is allocated for TEAS test score (calculation)
  • 6 % (or 6 points) is allocated for licensure in a human health related field. Licensure is validated through the Washington State Department of Health. An example of licensure that has received points is found on by selecting the file below. Examples of accepted licensure2013.pdf
  • 2% (or 2 points) is allocated for second Language proficiency in a language other than English. Applicants are required to contact the Nursing Program Assistant (nursing@yvcc.edu or call 509-574-4902) to arrange for testing. Please initiate contact one month prior the end of Fall, Winter and/or Spring quarter. Testing is set to occur quarterly, during final exam week only. 
  • 2% (or 2 points) is allocated for re-application.

To qualify for the re-application points, the student must have been an eligible applicant for a previous application deadline and had been turned down. Re-application points are awarded one time only and are not cumulative.

GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all required nursing program course work. No grade below a “C” will be accepted in any required or elective course.

How are the Prioritization Levels for admission applied?

The YVCC Nursing program prioritizes admission based on courses completed. The current prioritization level for admission will be posted on the YVCC Nursing website. The following paragraph describes the prioritization process.

Priority Level

“Priority Level I” applies to students who have completed ALL non-elective required courses.

“Priority Level II” applies to students who have completed ALL non-elective required courses with the exception of Chemistry 109/110.