How to apply to Nursing (RN)


NLN testing
The NLN Testing Services Team is working on piloting a remote proctor solution within the next two weeks for students needing to take the PAX. All details will be provided when this service goes live. Remote proctoring will allow students the option to test from home while still being proctored by a third party. A web cam and microphone will be required in addition to a government issued photo ID.

Applicants to the program will be able to apply to the Nursing Program for Fall 2020 by the April 3rd deadline and submit their NLN-PAX test score documentation by Friday, May 1st.

NLN has also indicated that they will waive rescheduling fees and register students for future dates.

Application Materials
All nursing application materials for fall  must be mailed in, not hand-delivered to campus.

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 periods for 6qtr & LPN to RN: Jan 15 - Apr 3, Aug 15 - Oct 3, Nov 15 - Jan 10 (every year)
Next application period for 10qtr: January 15, 2021 – April 3, 2021 (every other year)

Application fee: $20

For any questions, please contact Sharon Lowenborg at or 206-533-6778.

Information Sessions and Drop-In Advising

To learn more about the Nursing program, consider attending an Information Session which are offered three times throughout each quarter. During these sessions, the program and the entire admission process are reviewed.

Before attending an information session, please be sure to read through the Nursing Program Brochure.

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Meet one-on-one with a full-time faculty member during drop-in advising hours to get your specific questions answered and receive personal assistance. Both current and prospective Nursing (RN) students are welcome. Please see the schedule below. Advising hours are on a first-come first-served basis and are available every Fall, Winter and Spring quarter.

Please Note: there are no advising sessions on Wednesdays as well as during the first week of the quarter, finals week, and during scheduled holidays. For a list of these dates, please see the Academic Calendar.

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  7am-8am 9am-10am 12pm-1pm 2pm-3pm 3pm-4pm 4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm
Monday Room 2319
B. Kost
  Room 2337
A. Sterner
    Room 2337
A. Sterner
Room 2336
P. Arnquist
Tuesday Room 2319
B. Kost
  Room 2311
M. Glover
Room 2311
M. Glover
Thursday   Room 2336
P. Arnquist
Friday       Room 2339
L. DeLuna
Room 2339
L. DeLuna

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 are encouraged to attend an information session.

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 the 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

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 the 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


Application Process

  1. Apply to Shoreline Community 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 the Nursing (RN) program application

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.