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Practical Nurse Certificate

Yakima Valley College (YVC) offers a four-quarter program (one academic year) that leads to a Practical Nurse Certificate (PN). Students complete three-quarters of pre-requisite courses prior to applying to the Practical Nurse Program. Nursing courses proceed consecutively with objectives for each course accomplished before the student proceeds to the next course. Students who complete the certificate program and successfully pass the PN licensure exam (NCLEX-PN) will be considered as having met the minimum requirement for transfer into a Washington State LPN to RN Nursing (ADN) program.

Program Location

The four-quarter program begins each winter quarter on the YVC Yakima campus. The clinical portion of the program is offered at various healthcare agencies throughout the YVC service district.

Application Deadline

  • September 15 for winter quarter admission

Program Curriculum

Practical Nurse Certificate (PN)

Quarter 1
PNRSE – 100 – Practical Nurse (PN) Professional Roles – 2 Cr
PNRSE 102 – Practical Nursing (PN) Theory I – 5 Cr
PNRSE – 104 – Practical Nursing (PN) Clinical Lab I – 2 Cr
PNRSE – 106 – Practical Nursing (PN) Clinical I – 3 Cr

Quarter 2
PNRSE 108 – Practical Nurse (PN) Theory II -5 Cr
PNRSE 110 – Practical Nursing (PN) Clinical II – 7 Cr

Quarter 3
PNRSE 112 – Practical Nursing (PN) Theory III – 6 Cr
PNRSE – 114 – Practical Nursing (PN) Clinical III – 6 Cr

Quarter 4
PNRSE – 116 – Practical Nursing (PN) Theory IV – 4 Cr
PNRSE – 118 – Practical Nursing (PN) Advanced Professional Roles and Care Management Seminar – 2 Cr
PNRSE 120 – Practical Nursing (PN) Clinical IV – Clinical Preceptorship – 6 Cr

These courses must be completed before acceptance to the Practical Nurse program. Courses taken at other institutions and/or online must meet equivalency requirements at YVC. Any science course taken online must have a lab component with an instructor on site and supervising the lab to meet equivalency at YVC. Students who have taken advanced placement courses in high school must verify credit with the appropriate department at YVC.

Required Courses

  • BIOL& 160 (5 Cr) – General Biology
  • BIOL& 241 (5 Cr) – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL& 242 (5 Cr) – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • ENGL& 101 (5 Cr) – English Composition I
  • MATH 93 or higher (5 Cr)
  • PSYC& 100 (5 Cr) – General Psychology

A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be achieved in all required prerequisites with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 (C) grade point in each nursing course throughout the program. Any nursing prerequisite course taken at another institution must have a letter grade. Pass/Fail grades may not be accepted.

Program Costs and Technology Needs

The following costs are estimates of the expenses students can expect when entering this program. These costs do not include course work taken prior to entry or fees not assessed by the nursing program. All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Table 1: One Year Anticipated Expenses

First-Year Expenses Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Tuition * * * *
Background Check $ 110.00
Facility Background Check $ 13.00
Required Textbooks $ 900.00 $ 100.00
Lab Fees $ 75.00 $ 75.00 $ 75.00 $ 75.00
Liability Insurance $ 18.00 $ 18.00
BLS/CPR course $ 60.00
Influenza vaccination $ 40.00
Certificate Application Fee $ 10.00
Transcript Fee $  5.00
Licensing Exam Fee $285.00

About Tuition and Fees

*Tuition and lab fees are subject to change. Quarter one and Quarter two lab fees include liability/malpractice insurance fees. The current fees and rates are located under Financial Aid. The estimated cost does not include transportation, room and board, or other personal needs.

Equipment Costs (Additional costs not included above)

Item Estimated Cost
Clinical Uniform- 2 sets of scrubs minimally required $ 120.00
Closed-toe shoes that protect the feet from injury $ 55.00
Watch (with a second hand or mode) $ 35.00
Bandage scissors $ 12.00
Stethoscope $ 120.00
Light hose or light-colored socks $ 5.00
Lab Coat (white, with plain buttons) $ 40.00
Penlight $ 7.00
 Gait belt $ 10.00
Estimated Total Cost of Other Items $ 404.00
Item Estimated Costs
Desktop or laptop computer, tablet, or IPad $350.00-900.00
Web camera (built-in or external) $30.00-$180.00
Printer (recommended) $130.00-$180.00

The nursing program courses use Canvas, a web-based learning management system, for the delivery of content. Computer labs are available on campus, but will not be available during campus-wide closures. Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, tablet, or IPad in order to participate in classes. A webcam (built-in or external) is also required.

A printer is recommended, since printing availability on campus may be limited. The Nursing Program Coordinator can assist students with choosing a computer that will meet the needs of the nursing program curriculum.

Nursing program courses use Canvas, a web-based learning management system, for the delivery of content. Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, tablet, or IPad in order to participate in classes. A web camera (built-in or external) is also required.

A printer is recommended, since printing availability on campus may be limited. The Nursing Program Coordinator can assist students with choosing a computer that will meet the needs of the nursing program curriculum.

Device: Desktop, laptop or tablet

Operating System: Windows or Mac (avoid Chromebook)

Browser: Google Chrome

PC or laptop tech specs:

  • At least 8 MB of RAM, 16 MB is preferable
  • 256 GB hard drive minimum
  • Web Camera-internal or external
  • Intel i5 processor-9th gen or later

IPad

  • 128 GB minimum

Printer: Laserjet (uses a toner cartridge-cost effective)

Note: A limited number of Laptops and Hotspots may be available to borrow by the quarter. Please HelpDesk to learn more.

How to Apply to the Practical Nurse Program

What must be complete by the application deadline? ​​

  1. Complete all the required prerequisite courses (or be enrolled in the prerequisites with anticipated completion by the application deadline)
  2. The TEAS Test must be completed one week prior to the application deadline day. TEAS results are due by the close of business day, 1 week prior to the application deadline date.  ATI will need to forward the TEAS transcript to the YVC Nursing Department.
  3. Immunizations must be completed. (Please refer to the required immunizations information under Additional Application Requirements.)
  4. If transferring from another college, apply to YVC for general admission. You must have applied to Yakima Valley College for general admission, paid the $30.00 application fee, and been accepted to the college a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the application deadline.
    • This applies to any student who has not attended YVC in the four quarters previous to an application deadline. Special conditions apply if you have attended summer quarter at YVC. You may need to still submit an application to the college and pay the application fee, as summer quarter enrollment does not always require an application.
    • To apply for admission to YVC, visit Admissions. Please pay attention to the important dates and deadlines as those may impact your transcript evaluation timeline.
  5. Transcripts from other colleges must have been evaluated prior to the application deadline. Official transcripts submitted to the college are evaluated in the order for which they are received, therefore to be assured of official transcript evaluations for admission to the nursing program we ask that you allow no less than 4 weeks for transcript evaluation.
    • In some cases, an evaluation of transcripts may take longer than 4 weeks. This delay occurs when additional information is requested from the Admission department.
    • Official transcripts from all schools attended are required for the Admission Department.
    • Unofficial transcripts are uploaded to the Nursing Application, this includes transcripts from YVC.
      • When students are accepted to the program, they will need to provide official transcripts.
      • Failure to disclose and provide transcripts from all schools attended may result in invalidation of the nursing program application.

What do I need to have available and ready to upload with my online application?

  1. Your complete immunization records. (Please refer to the required immunizations under Additional Application Requirements) If proof of the required immunizations is not included with the application, the application will be ineligible for review.
  2. Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended. Failure to provide transcripts from all schools attended, will result in the invalidation of your application. In addition, failure to disclose all schools attended will invalidate your application. If accepted, students will need to provide a sealed copy of official transcripts from all other schools attended.
  3. Copy of your American Heart Association BLS/CPR for Healthcare Professionals card if you have it. If you do not have a CPR card, it will not prevent your application from being reviewed. If you are accepted, we will provide you an opportunity for the BLS/CPR certification that will occur before the start of the program.

Application and Acceptance Periods

The YVC Practical Nursing program application and acceptance to the program occur once a year.

Acceptance periods:  September 15 for winter quarter admission.

Notification

Applicants are notified no later than the end of October.

Application and Acceptance Periods

The YVC Practical Nursing program application and acceptance to the program occur once a year.

Acceptance period

The practical nurse program application opens July 1.

Application Deadline

September 15 for winter quarter admission.

Notification

Applicants are notified no later than the end of October.

Practical Nurse Application

Additional Application Requirements

Immunizations

The Nursing Program’s affiliation agreements with clinical and practicum training sites require students to be complete with all immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for healthcare personnel. The requirements reduce the risk of exposure to communicable diseases for students and their patients/clients.

Students must upload official documentation of their immunization status to the online application. If immunization status is not available with the application, the application will be ineligible for review. Immunizations, and any needed laboratory testing, are done at the student’s expense.

Immunizations need to be updated if they expire while students are enrolled in the Nursing Program. For example, an annual influenza vaccination is required by the clinical sites. Failure to maintain immunization status will impact enrollment status; students will not be able to participate in required clinical courses if immunizations are not current. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all immunizations and/or proof of immunity documentation be submitted on time (prior to the start of the program and any quarter thereafter).

Current Immunization requirements are as follows:

  • Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) injection: Within the last eight years. If the student has had a Tdap prior to the eight-year mark, a regular tetanus immunization may be used. A titer does not satisfy this requirement.
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR): Documentation of two injections. If this documentation cannot be provided, then serum titer must be done to demonstrate immunity. If any portion of the titer is negative, a booster must be conducted followed by a re-titer 30 days after the booster, for the portion of the applicant that is negative.
  • Hepatitis B: The series of three injections must be given over a period of months. The second injection is administered one month after the first, with the third administered six months after the first. The series of three injections must be given over a period of months, followed by a post immunization titer. The second injection is administered one month from the first, with the third administered six months after the first. Documentation must be in the student’s file proving the immunization has been completed prior to participation in the program. A positive Hepatitis B titer may be used to replace evidence of the immunization series.
  • Hepatitis B titer: Serologic titer with the lab results for the Hepatitis B demonstrating immunity. If the titer is negative for immunity, a restart of the series is required. Documentation demonstrating the restart of the series per the CDC guidelines must be included with titer results.
  • Tuberculin skin test (PPD): Required once a year after the two-step baseline has been established. Evidence of three recent current consecutive years of testing history is accepted in place of the two-step baseline, provided the PPDs have been done annually at the time when due. Students with a positive PPD must have a chest x- ray to demonstrate that they are negative for active disease and provide documentation to the Nursing Program office. Once a chest x-ray is performed, the student will complete an annual questionnaire in place of the PPD. Students who have exposure to a patient with active TB should have a repeat PPD. A tuberculin titer, known as a Quantiferron, may also be used.
    • Format for PPd 2 step: Date Administered/Date Read and read results. This is repeated within 10 days to provide a 2-step baseline. In order to be valid, PPD records must demonstrate date administered, the date read, and the results.
    • Quantiferron: If using a Quantiferron titer to satisfy this requirement it must be repeated annually. If a student returns to using the PPD method, a 2-step baseline must be re-established.
  • Hepatitis A injection: At least one immunization within the last 10 years
  • Varicella: Provide proof of two dose inoculation, or titer lab results.
  • Flu: proof of seasonal flu immunization-If the application deadline precedes the vaccine availability, it will be due at the time of final acceptance to the program.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is offered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), and is required for all students seeking admission to the YVC Practical Nurse Certificate Program. Results must be submitted electronically from ATI if taken at a location other than YVC. This test is intended for students who have completed or are near completion of required prerequisite coursework as some content in the exam may relate to content in the prerequisites.

The TEAS will assess in reading, writing, math, and science. Students must score at the “Proficient” level or higher in each area.

TEAS Minimum Scores by Category – Effective on June 1, 2019

TEAS score must be at the Basic Level or higher. Additionally, students must earn a minimum cut score in each category:

  • Reading 47.6% or higher
  • Mathematics 46.7% or higher
  • Science 33% or higher
  • English and Language Usage 40% or higher

Number of attempts allowed

The Nursing Department has removed the limitation to the number of attempts allowed on the TEAS test. However, applicants should be advised that the nursing department would only use the results for the last test taken.

Applicants will receive no more than 20 points on their application based on the TEAS test results.

During COVID-19 campus closure, the YVC Nursing Department will be offering the TEAS exam online with a select number of dates and times. Applicants may also take the TEAS exam directly through ATI by visiting www.atitesting.com/TEAS/teas-at-ati

To test at YVC, applicants must contact the Nursing department, at nursing@yvcc.edu, to request a test date and time, a minimum of 5 days prior to the desired test date. Please put “TEAS Request-your last name” in the subject line of your email.

TEAS Test Opportunities

Dry Run using Proctorio– this is for any applicant who has not taken a TEAS exam in the last year.

TEAS through YVC requirements:

Dry Run Dates:
8 AM start time
July 12, 26
12 Noon start time
August: 16, 17, 18 19

TEAS Dates:
 8 AM start time:
July: 13, 29
September: 6
 
12 Noon start time:
August: 17, 26, 31
September: 10

Testers are required to log in 10 minutes prior to test start time. Testers who attempt to sign in late, without notifying the nursing program of any issues, will not be allowed to test and will have to try for a later date.

TEAS and Dry Run through ATI

Applicants are now able to take the TEAS test, and dry run if applicable, through ATI.

Testing at ATI

Requirements for Online Testing

  • Google Chrome: Install Google Chrome on your device. (You will not be able to take the proctored assessment with any other browser.)
  • Identification: Have a school or government-issued ID card available.
  • Room Scan: Find a well-lit space and be ready for a room scan prior to the assessment.
  • Paper: One piece of blank paper may be used during the assessment. Please destroy the paper upon completion of the exam
  • Microphone: Any microphone, either internal or external.
  • Webcam: 320×240 VGA resolution (minimum) internal or external.
  • Computer: Desktop or laptop computer (No iPads, tablets, or phones are to be used) with the ability to download Google Chrome.
  • Time: The test can take up to four hours.
  • Calculators: Students may not use calculators.
  • Scores: Scores will be available to students immediately following the test.

Cost and Payment Information

At YVC, the TEAS exam will cost the student $75.00* and is paid directly to ATI at the time of the exam with a debit or credit card. (*Subject to change)

Number of attempts allowed

The Nursing Department has removed the limitation to the number of attempts allowed on the TEAS test. However, applicants should be advised that the nursing department would only use the results for the last test taken.

Test of Essential Academic Skills

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is offered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), and is required for all students seeking admission to the YVC Nursing Program. Results must be submitted electronically from ATI if taken at a location other than YVC. This test is intended for students who have completed or are near completion of required prerequisite coursework as some content in the exam may relate to content in the prerequisites.

The TEAS will assess in reading, writing, math, and science. Students must score at the “Proficient” level or higher in each area.

TEAS Minimum Scores by Category-Effective on June 1, 2019

(No results dated prior to June 1, 2019 will be considered)

TEAS score must be at the Basic level or higher.  Additionally, students must earn a minimum cut score in each category:

  • Reading: 47.6% or higher
  • Mathematics: 46.7% or higher
  • Science: 33% or higher
  • English and Language Usage: 40% or higher

Number of attempts allowed

The Nursing Department has removed the limitation to the number of attempts allowed on the TEAS test. However, applicants should be advised that the nursing department will only use the results for the last test taken.

Applicants will receive no more than 20 points on their application based on the TEAS test results. TEAS application points are found by taking the Adjusted Individual Total Score and dividing by 10 and multiplying by 2.

Contact Nursing

Program Staff & Faculty

Wendy Baker, Interim Director of Nursing Programs
Wendy Baker, DNP, ARNP, Interim Director of Nursing Programs
Yakima Campus: Sundquist Hall, Building 21, Room 141A
Phone: 509.574.4909
wbaker@yvcc.edu

Nursing Program Coordinator
Yakima Campus: Sundquist Hall, Building 21, Room 141
Phone: 509.574.4902
nursing@yvcc.edu

Practical Nurse Instructor
Yakima Campus: Sundquist Hall, Building 21, Room 141H
Phone: 509.574.4908
Email: jbrown@yvcc.edu

Program Approval and Accreditation

The YVC Practical Nurse program is approved by the:

Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Washington State Department of Health, Nursing Commission
310 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
360.236.4700

U.S. Department of Education

The Associate Degree Nursing program at YVC meets the state education requirements for a registered nursing license in the state of Washington. YVC has not determined if the Associate Degree Nursing program at YVC meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.