How to apply to Nursing (RN)

This is a selective admissions program. Applicants need to meet the eligibility requirements and apply to the program as well as the college.

Next application period for 6qtr & LPN to RN : August 15, 2019 – October 3, 2019
Next application Period for 10qtr: January 15, 2021 – April 3, 2021

Application fee: $20

Questions about the application process: 

Contact Sharon Lowenborg
Phone: 206-533-6778

Application Timelines

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Quarter Entering Application Period
Fall January 15 to April 3
Winter August 15 to October 3
Spring November 15 to January 10

Admission Requirements 

Interested applicants are required to read the Nursing Program Brochure and encouraged to attend an information session.

Date Day Time Room
September 5, 2019 Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2308
November 14, 2019 Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2308
December 5, 2019 Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2308

See all advising and information meetings

During the last half hour of the Nursing Information meetings, Academic Advisor Joyce Fagel, will present nursing degree options.

If you have any questions please call 206-533-6778 or email: 

Before attending a Nursing Information Meeting be sure to read through the Nursing Program Brochure.

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Admission is based on a point system. There is not a waiting list.

Points are awarded for grades in prerequisite courses, grades in additional college courses taken that meet requirements for completion of the program, practical preparation (including First Aid, HIV/AIDS education and CPR training), work and volunteer experience.

Download Point System Evaluation

Download Employment/Volunteer Verification


Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who want to become RNs may seek advanced placement into the Nursing program. See the nursing brochure for more detailed LPN requirements and instructions. 


Applicants must obtain a minimum of 103 on the NLN-PAX test and meet minimum course requirements.

Learn more about the NLN-PAX test

Once accepted to the program

After acceptance to the program, students will need to pass a national and state background check, provide documentation of the ability to meet the Essential Functional Ability with or without reasonable accommodation,  submit evidence of appropriate tuberculosis testing, documentation of immunization or immunity to several communicable diseases, documentation of health insurance (major medical coverage), a clear Criminal Background check, current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification, and completion of a 7-hour AIDS/HIV Education for Health Care Workers course. 

Prerequisite Courses

You must have completed all of the prerequisites before starting the program. All courses except BIOL&260 Microbiology, PSYC&200 and NUTR&101 must be completed before applying to the program.

 Download pre-requisite checklist

 Courses taken outside of Shoreline must match the Shoreline courses in both content and credit hours.  Courses from Washington 4 year colleges and community colleges in Washington State listed on the course equivalent chart are known to be equivalent and do not require further evaluation.  If the course does not appear on the course equivalent chart, you must submit a nursing request for transcript evaluation to determine course equivalency.  Submit this form, an unofficial transcript and course description or syllabi for the courses you wish to be evaluated.  Evaluations typically take 3 weeks to complete and the evaluation will be emailed to the student when completed.  Requests submitted with applications will not be evaluated.  Please submit requests at least 4 weeks prior to the application deadline.

International transcripts must be translated into English and evaluated by an official, independent evaluation service.  This requires a course-by-course evaluation.  Please note that this process may take up to 8-10 weeks.  After this evaluation is completed, submit a copy of the evaluation with a nursing request for transcript evaluation.  International transcripts do not require course descriptions or syllabi.

Course Equivalency Chart

Transcript Evaluation Request

Complete pre-requisites at Shoreline

Pre-health advising can help you complete your pre-requisites at Shoreline Community College

Learn more about Pre-health advising

Application Process

1. Apply to college to receive a student ID and PIN number, which you'll need to apply to the program. If you're already a Shoreline Community College student with a student ID and PIN, you do not need to apply to the college.

2. Apply to the Nursing (RN) program

Start Nursing (RN) program application