Upon Acceptance

Upon Notification of Acceptance:

  1. Students must pay a non-refundable $200 deposit within a designated amount of time (listed in the acceptance letter).
  2. If your deposit is not received within the designated timeframe it will be assumed that you are no longer interested in entering the Nursing Program and your space will be given to the next eligible alternate.
  3. Please do not accept admission to more than one school.
  4. Immediately notify the Clark College Nursing Program office at 360-992-6075 if for any reason your acceptance to the Clark College Nursing Program decision changes.

Mandatory Orientation

A mandatory orientation will be held for admitted students and invited alternate students. Attendance is required, or the next eligible alternate student will be given the assigned placement in the program. Students will be informed of the orientation date, time, and location.

Nursing Assistant Certified

All accepted students must complete a Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) training program and hold an active verifiable NAC certification by the deadline stated within the Nursing Acceptance letter or their space will be given to the next eligible alternate. Credential numbers will be verified online to ensure active status. (Keep in mind that it can take as long as six weeks to receive a credential number after completing Nursing Assistant training).

Proof of Immunizations

Accepted students and invited alternate students must submit proof of the following immunizations by the deadline stated within the Nursing acceptance letter or their space will be given to the next eligible alternate. You must provide evidence of:

  • Complete Physical Exam within 90 days before the start of the program. 
  • FLU- Incoming students are required to receive the current season flu vaccination before starting clinicals. Continuing students must renew annually in the fall when the vaccine is available. 
  • HEP B- Series of three (3) doses and proof of immunity (positive titer) or documentation of non-conversion. First two doses of vaccine given at least 28 days apart are required before the start of the program.
  • MMR - Two (2) doses of MMR (at least 28 days apart) or proof of immunity (positive titer for each componenet of vaccine: Measles-rubeola, Mumps, Rubella).
  • TB Tuberculosis Skin Testing (PPD/TST)- If you have ever been tested for TB or it has been more than one year since your last test, a 'two-step' test is required (two tests administered 1-3 weeks apart between step 1 and step 2). Other acceptable screening tests include a blood test (QFT-G or T-spot) or negative chest x-ray. 
  • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis - Whooping cough)- One time dose of Tdap; TD booster every ten years.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)- Two (2) doses of the Varicella vaccine or proof of immunity (positive titer). 

Criminal Background Check

All accepted students are required to complete and pass the FBI, WSP/OSP (depending on state of residence) criminal background check process. The criminal background check requires a fee and the applicant's social security number.

Reasons for disqualification

Individuals with a criminal record may not be allowed into a healthcare facility as a student. Because it is not possible to meet the objectives of the program without having clinical experience, anyone with a positive criminal or abuse history may not be eligible for acceptance in the Nursing Program. In addition, Washington State Health Profession Quality Assurance (HPQA) and the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) require a criminal background check upon application for licensure. For more information please review Washington and Oregon license requirements. 

Drug Screen

Students may be asked to submit to a drug screen based on the health care facility where clinical rotations are assigned while in the program.

Health Insurance

Some healthcare systems require all nursing students to carry health insurance (an injury only plan meets this requirement). Students must have proof of insurance if assigned to one of these facilities for clinical practice.

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