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Nursing AAS

The Nursing AAS program prepares students who are highly educated, technically advanced, competent and caring individuals to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Types of work

Hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools.

Future jobs*

Employment is projected to increase 10.5% in five years.

Salary examples*

In Washington, the average entry-level wage for registered nurses is $3,860 per month ($22.27 per hour). In the Puget Sound area, an industrial nurse with one to three years of experience averages $4,430 to $5,570 per month. Those working in home care/hospice average $4,100 to $5,300 per month and those working in acute care average $4,460 to $5,620 per month. Wages vary by employer. For example, hospital nurses tend to earn more than nurses in doctors' offices.

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Practical Nurse

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the licensing examination.

Types of work

This program prepares students for employment as practical nurses in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home healthcare services, schools, and doctors' offices.

Future jobs*

In Washington, this occupation is expected to grow about 9.8% over the next six years.

Salary examples*

In Washington, the average entry-level wage for licensed practical and vocational nurses is $15.38 per hour ($2,665 per month). In King, Snohomish, and Island Counties, half of all licensed practical and vocational nurses earn between $17.88 and $21.79 per hour.

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Nursing Assistant

The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Commission. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to take the state certification exam.

Types of work

Working as a nursing assistant can be a good background for other jobs in health services. Graduates of the Nursing Assistant certificate program develop skills for a career in a hospital or long-term care facility.

Future jobs*

In Washington, this occupation is expected to grow about 7.5% over the next five years.

Salary examples*

In Washington, the average entry-level wage for nursing assistants is $9.18 per hour ($1,591 per month). Half of all nursing assistants in King, Snohomish, and Island Counties earn between $10.88 and $13.85 per hour. Wages vary by employer and by the assistant's level of experience and responsibility.

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* Information from Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS), 2005-2007

 


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