Columbia Basin College

Pasco, WA 99301
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Columbia Basin College is one of the thirty-five public 4-year colleges in Washington. The campus is located in a suburb, in Pasco.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 6,708 students attend the school. Every year 30% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Columbia Basin College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $3,944, and fees were $610. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $5,920 and $610 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize Suburb
Number of Students6,708
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs

The Columbia Basin College Nursing program offers a Career Ladder Nursing program which is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

Classes are offered at the Richland Health Science Center and clinical practice experience is offered at healthcare settings within the local community. The campus offers high tech laboratories for practice to offer a simulated environment for safe learning and to acquire technical skills.

The program offers two entry points. The first entry point is offered at the start of the program for applicants with no experience in nursing. Students are admitted for this track in the fall semester.

The second entry point is for Licensed Practical Nurses who seek to enter the program with Advanced Placement standing without being required to do over material that has been covered in the past. Applicants to this track will be admitted according to the availability of space and an evaluation of past education.

Exit from the program is provided at the end of each year of enrollment. Students who successfully complete the first year are able to receive a Practical Nurse Certificate and are eligible to apply to sit for the License Practical Nurse licensure examination. After successfully completing the second year students will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree and are eligible to sit for the licensure examination by the state board.

Admission Requirements:

  1. High School Diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  2. Cumulative Grade Point Average
  3. Pre Nursing Assessment Scores   

The Nursing program admits 50 students every year. 

The Columbia Basin College Nursing program offers quality nursing education to prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination. The program is Career Ladder Nursing Program accredited by the National League for Nursing.

Classes are offered at the Richland Health Science Center with clinical practice experience offered at a range of healthcare facilities in the local area. State of the art practical laboratories are offered on campus as a complement to practical experience at external clinical settings.

CBC offers two entry opportunities into the program. The first entry point is designed for students with no previous nursing experience and the second opportunity is offered to Licensed Practical Nurses seeking Advanced Placement transferring credit for the coursework they have completed.

Students can exit the program at the end of each year. Students who exit the program in the first year are eligible to acquire a Practical Nurse Certificate, (and are also eligible to sit for the licensure examination to be licensed as a LPN) and students who successfully complete the second year receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree and are eligible to sit for the State Board Licensure Examination to be licensed as Registered Nurse.

The program admits an estimated 50 students every year in the fall system. Deadline for applications is in the March of the proposed year of entry. The program considers Grade Point Average, TEAS pre-Nursing Exam scores and completion of prerequisite courses in processing applications for admissions.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 9 38
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 6 15
Certificate 8 33
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 100%
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
11/01/1960 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$148/credit
In State Students$148/credit
Out of State Students$212/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $6,660 $6,660 $9,540
ADN 70 $10,360 $10,360 $14,840
BSN 125 $18,500 $18,500 $26,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 60% of Columbia Basin College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 43% $3,992
Other Federal Grant 3% $642
State Grant & Scholarships 40% $2,925
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 9% $1,026
Federal Student Loans 8% $4,248
Private Loans -- $8,622


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$6,952
$30,001 to $48,000$7,298
$48,001 to $75,000$9,639
$75,001 to $110,000$13,822
Over $110,000$13,935

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Washington state board of nursing.
Columbia Basin College
2600 N 20th Ave
Pasco, WA 99301

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