TACOMA, Wash. – Transitioning from the military to a civilian job can be a challenge. A new initiative at Bates Technical College aims to make it easier for qualified veterans to earn a degree in practical nursing.

The Washington State Nursing Commission recently approved Bates Technical College’s Practical Nurse (LPN) program to offer an abbreviated option to military veterans who served in health-care classifications during their service.

Qualified veterans can take the state’s Department of Health certification exam for Nursing Assistant-Certified, a five-credit required course for the nursing program, without additional training. Eligible veterans can also take a written and skills test to challenge the seven-credit Nursing Fundamentals I course. Those who meet both requirements will have up to 12 credits waived.

Dianne Nauer, the college’s director of nursing, said, “By not having to complete these two courses, veteran students save valuable time and pay less tuition,” she said. “By offering veterans credit for their military training, we simply fill in the critical nursing process elements they haven’t been exposed to, and integrate them into the basic nursing cohort,“added Nauer.

The college’s Practical Nurse program typically takes students eight quarters to complete both the degree requirements and nursing courses. Students are accepted into the program spring and fall quarters. Enrollment for the spring quarter begins March 2.

For more information about the waiver for prior military experience or the Practical Nurse program, call 253.680.7002 or visit www.bates.ctc.edu/PracticalNurse.

About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in nearly 50 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.

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