How to apply to Nursing (RN)

Notice to All Students Applying to the Nursing Program

The application for the Winter 2021 Nursing Program (classes beginning in January 2021) will open on Saturday, August 15, 2020 and will close on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

All students are required to take the NLN-PAX. At this time, due to COVID-19 and the campus operating remotely, the on-campus Testing Center is closed. The PAX is only offered as a remotely proctored test. There is information on the Shoreline PAX testing webpage pertaining to the online testing requirements and registration for taking the test.

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.

Changes to Nursing Application Criteria – Effective Winter 2021 Admissions

  • Beginning with the Winter 2021 application, time limits associated with the science courses have changed. For generic RN applicants, the time limit has been extended to 10 years for all science courses. For LPN to RN Advanced Placement applicants, the time limits for all science classes have been removed.
  • At this time, students that are currently enrolled in any one of the pre-requisite science courses can apply and receive 2 points with proof of enrollment. In the past this only pertained to Microbiology (BIOL& 260). This now covers: CHEM& 121 – Intro to Chemistry, BIOL& 241 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL& 242 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and BIOL& 260 – Microbiology.

Changes to Nursing Application Criteria – Effective Fall 2021 Admissions

  • Beginning with the Fall 2021 application for the 6 Quarter Program, the 10 Quarter Program, LPN to RN Advanced Placement Option, and for Transfer applicants, the Points System will be changing. All students regardless if they have applied before will be scored with the new points system. The changes are on the points sheet listed below (see Points System Evaluation (Fall 2021) under Admissions Requirements).

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Lowenborg, the Nursing Program Coordinator, at

Additionally, we will be scheduling some Zoom Nursing Information Sessions in the very near future to review the changes for the application (beginning with the Fall 2021 application). Please check back in the Information Sessions section below for dates, times, and Zoom meeting information.

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, 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 5
Spring November 15 to January 10

Admissions 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 the Point System Evaluation (Fall 2021)

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 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 certification, and completion of a 7-hour AIDS/HIV Education for Health Care Workers course.