Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why would I take practical nursing?

    Our Program of Practical Nursing is a four quarter term of study that prepares you to become a member of the healthcare team within the State of Washington.

  • Where can I work after I complete my courses?

    The employment opportunities include: physician's offices, drop-in medical care centers, hospitals, nursing homes, retirement centers, alcohol detoxification centers, weight loss centers and regional medical centers.

    Green River has a high degree of placement rate of their graduates.

  • What is a licensed practical nurse? (LPN)

    The licensed practical nurse recognizes and is able to meet the basic needs of the patient, and gives nursing care under the direction and supervision of the registered nurse or licensed physician to patients in routine nursing situations. In more complex situations the licensed practical nurse functions as assistant to the registered nurse.

  • What is an Associate degree Nurse? (ADN-RN)

    The Associate Degree Program is offered through a community college or a university. The nursing curriculum is two years in length and provides the student with a basic knowledge of the humanities and the social, physical and biological sciences. The nursing courses include related theory and practice.

    A registered nurse means having substantial knowledge, judgment, and skills above the level of the LPN.

  • How do these levels differ?

    The ADN is responsible for more complex nursing situations. She/he functions as a staff nurse, team leader or head nurse.

  • What does the LPN do?

    The LPN assists persons with personal hygiene, administers medications, changes surgical dressings, assists with minor surgical procedures, assists health care patients and clients with their health care plans.

  • How much salary would I make after passing the NCLEX?

    $18 to $25 hourly for a new graduate.

  • How much do I have to study?

    The usual is about 1-2 hours outside of class for each hour in the classroom.

  • Where can I study?

    At the library, at home, or in a quiet spot.

  • How often do I have to come to class?

    You will have instructions for 6 to 8 hours per day depending upon the quarter in the classroom. The first quarter you will have 8 hours a week in a local healthcare setting. The last three quarters you will have at least 16 hours a week.

  • After I take all of these classes, what are my chances of passing the State Board exam?

    Most years, all graduates of Green River's program will pass the exam.

  • What will contribute to my success?
    • I will have a financial base of support while I'm in school.
    • I will have the support of the important people in my life.
    • I will have a car.
    • I will be able to be in the clinic at 6:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. ready to work.
    • I will have back-up babysitters when my usual one can't care for my children.
    • I will have someone reliable who will care for my children during their common illnesses.
    • I will be able to work days: 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or evenings: 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    • I have made a commitment to going to school.
    • I will not be employed more than 16 hours a week.
  • Can I use my LPN for advanced placement in registered nursing?

    Our curriculum has been evaluated by Tacoma, Highline, Bellevue Community Colleges. After completing some additional courses, you have the opportunity to enroll in their programs and not repeat basic nursing courses.

  • What do I have to study before coming into the Program of Practical Nursing?

    The following college courses or their equivalent completed with a 2.5 grade or better are required before entrance into the program.

  • Do I have any physical, mental or social limitations that will prevent me from functioning in the capacity of a LPN?

    Answer this one yourself as you will be asked the following questions on your Washington State Nursing Commission applications form.

    1. Have you ever had a license to practice nursing suspended or revoked?
    2. Have you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor other than a traffic violation?
    3. Have you ever been addicted to or been treated for addiction to drugs?
    4. Have you ever been convicted of a violation of the Controlled Substance Act or any narcotic law?
    5. Have you ever received psychiatric treatment or treatment for mental illness?
    6. Have you ever received treatment for alcoholism?
    7. Have you ever had a physical condition which would now inhibit the practice of nursing?
    8. Have you ever been known by any other name? If so, what name?

    Department of Licensing, Division of Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 9649 Olympia, WA 98504

  • How much do the books cost?

    You will use the books all four quarters of the program and these cost approximately $600 and up.

  • How much is tuition?

    Please go to Green River's tuition and fees page for current rates.

    You will need to purchase student professional liability insurance at approximately $20 per year.

  • When do I need uniform and nursing shoes and watch? How much do these cost?

    After acceptance into the program, you will receive printed materials on how to order your uniform. These will cost approximately $250.00 and up. You will need them the first week of fall quarter.

  • Where can I get financial aid to take classes?

    Go to the Financial Aid Office, second floor of the Lindbloom Student Center, and begin to process the necessary paperwork to receive financial aid. There are people there who will help you in completing the forms.

  • Who will I have for nursing faculty?

    You will have registered nurses for nursing faculty. Our faculty have bachelor's and master's degrees.

  • Will I be able to go to the medical center, health care agency that is closer to my home or one that I like better?

    No, it is a program requirement to rotate among the locations and shifts regardless of life issues and have transportation and be willing to commute 60 miles on way for clinical learning sites.

  • I need all day shifts because of day care.

    It is a program requirement to rotate shifts.