How to apply to Nursing (RN)

  • Notification letters for the Winter 2024 applications will be emailed out between November 15th – 17th, 2023. All applicants should check their email inboxes and spam/junk folders for their notification letters November 15th-November 17th.

Pathway to Applying to the Shoreline Nursing Program

  • Attend a Nursing Jumpstart Information Session to learn detailed information about the Shoreline Nursing Program. Jumpstart sessions via Zoom and are the best place to get questions answered.
  • Students who are at the beginning of their prerequisite classes should meet with an advisor to make an academic plan for courses after attending a Nursing Jumpstart Information Session.
  • Students who are close completing prerequisite classes should attend a Nursing Program Application Bootcamp Information Session for guidance on the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Admission for all programs – 6-Quarter, 10-Quarter, and LPN-RN - is based on points. Applicants with the top points each application cycle are offered admission. There is no waitlist. 32 offers are made each Fall, Winter, and Spring for the 6-Quarter full-time program. 8 offers are made each Fall, Winter, and Spring for the LPN-RN advanced placement program. 24 offers are made every other Fall (odd numbered years) for the 10-Quarter part-time program.
  • It is difficult to calculate an average number of points needed because it changes every quarter.
  • Students in the 6-Quarter Program and LPN-RN Program do not attend during Summer Quarter.
  • Students in the 10-Quarter Program do attend classes during Summer Quarter.
  • All applicants to the 6-Quarter and 10-Quarter Programs are required to take the NLN-PAX exam. TEAS exam scores are not required and are not accepted.
  • NAC/CNA training and licensure is not required for admission, though many applicants do complete NAC training at Shoreline Community College to gain admission points, healthcare work experience admission points, and practical experience.
  • Applicants who have not completed all of the required prerequisite courses are typically not competitive for admission, though applicants may technically apply if Nutrition or Developmental Psychology have not been completed.
  • Applicants may re-take prerequisite courses for better grades without penalty toward admission. However, we encourage applicants to explore other options to earn points toward admission before re-taking a class they have passed.
  • Application materials are kept on file for two years for all applicants who are not offered admission. Applicants who are re-applying must submit a new online application and pay the application fee. Applicants who have re-taken classes or done other things to increase their points must submit their updated documentation by the application due date.
  • Applicants who take prerequisite courses out of WA state or have taken classes that are not on the Course Equivalency Guide must submit unofficial transcripts to be evaluated. Transcripts will not be evaluated at the time of application. Transcripts should be submitted for evaluation 6-8 weeks prior to submitting the Nursing Program application.

LPN-RN Program Information:

  • Admission will be offered to eight (8) LPN-RN applicants every Fall, Winter and Spring.
  • LPN-RN students attend classes full-time and are encouraged to utilize financial aid so that they do not have to work full-time.
  • LPN-RN students do not attend classes during Summer Quarter.
  • LPN-RN applicants must have at least one (1) year experience as a LPN and must be licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Washington State at the time of application. LPNs with less than one year experience may still apply and will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis if the applicant pool of experienced LPNs is low.
  • LPN-RN applicants must have completed all the Nursing Program prerequisite courses at the time of application.
  • LPN-RN applicants do not need to take the NLN-PAX Exam.
  • There is no expiration date on prerequisite courses for LPN-RN applicants.
  • The LPN-RN Program is four quarters in length, and classes do not occur during the summers.
  • In the first quarter, LPN-RN students will enroll in 12 to 12.5 credits. Required classes include: Communication in Nursing, which has a theory course and skills lab, a med/surg skills lab, and one of the first-year seminar classes.
  • After successful completion of the first quarter, LPN-RN students will be integrated into the existing 4th Quarter cohort and will progress through  courses as a second-year nursing student. LPN-RN students will enroll in all 4th, 5th, and 6thh quarter classes as they are mapped out in the 6-Quarter program.
  • LPN-RN students will be grouped as a cohort for their clinical experiences each quarter, starting their second quarter of the program.

Science Lab Requirements for Nursing Students

Beginning in Winter 2023, the Shoreline Nursing Program will only accept fully online science lab courses taken during the period of Spring 2019 to Fall 2022. Before and after this timeframe, science lab courses must have an in-person lab component. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Volunteering Changes

Due to COVID-19, the criteria have been broadened for the opportunity to get points for volunteering: Volunteer in a healthcare setting involving patient, family or nurse contact and/or volunteer in a setting that provides services to under-served and/or vulnerable populations. Documented by a Volunteer Verification Form from the supervisor of the agency. A minimum of 50 hours each site, with a maximum of two sites within the last 10 years.

Language Testing

For students that are interested and eligible to submit proof of fluency in another language, please see instructions for ordering a language assessment online. Applicants that complete this testing and request a points evaluation on fluency in a foreign language are required to submit a copy of their testing results with their application materials.

If you are classified as an International Student, or if you immigrated after the age of 12, you are not required to take the fluency test. You will need to provide proof of age at the time of immigration to the U.S. If you meet either of these situations, you will receive 3 points in the points evaluation of your application.

In addition to these options to obtain points for fluency in a foreign language, prospective applicants to the Nursing Program now have the option to take Spanish for Medical Professionals (which is now listed as SCI 272 and after Winter 2022 will be listed under Spanish). This course welcomes students who do not have a bachelors degree and you do not have to request instructor permission. This is a “P” or “N/C” course. For the fluency point a “P” in Level 1 will give applicants 1 point a “P” in Level I and Level II will give applicants 2 points.

Contact Us
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Shoreline Community College Nursing Program at

Admission to the Nursing Program is through an application process. Applicants need to meet the eligibility requirements and apply to the program as well as the College. Nursing faculty and staff are available to assist with the process.

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, 2025 – April 3, 2025 (every other year)

Application fee: $20

For any questions, please contact 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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You can meet one-on-one with a full-time faculty member during virtual or in-person drop-in advising hours to get your specific questions answered and get personal assistance. Both
current and prospective Nursing (RN) students are welcome. Drop-in advising with full-time Nursing faculty members is available during the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters.
Drop in advising schedule

If you have immediate questions, please get in touch with Destry Turner at If you would like general nursing program information, as well as application information, please email Aaron Leonard at

Please Note: There is no faculty advising during Summer Quarter, and no advising sessions on Fridays, 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.

Application Timelines

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Quarter Entering Application Period
Fall January 15 to April 3
Winter August 15 to October 5
Spring November 15 to January 10

Admissions Requirements

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

Admission is based on a point system (see below). 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 and practical preparation.

Download the Nursing Program Brochure

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 one Science course, PSYC&200 and NUTR&101 must be completed before applying to the program. To be competitive, it may be in your best interest to have as many of the prerequisites completed prior to applying to the program.

Download the pre-requisite checklist

Courses taken outside of Shoreline must match Shoreline courses in both content and credit hours. Courses from Washington 4-year colleges and community colleges in Washington State listed on the Course Equivalency Chart are known to be equivalent and do not require further evaluation. If the course does not appear on the course equivalency chart, you must submit a nursing request for transcript evaluation to determine course equivalency.

For each course you wish to have evaluated, submit a Transcript Evaluation Request Form, an unofficial transcript, and course description or syllabi. Evaluations typically take 3 weeks to complete and the evaluation will be emailed to the student when completed.

Please Note: 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 Form (Word)


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.