Lower Columbia College

Longview, WA 98632
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Lower Columbia College is one of the eight public 2-year colleges in Washington. The campus is located in an urban area, in Longview.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 2,935 students attend the school. Every year 28% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Lower Columbia College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $3,922, and fees were $353. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $4,389 and $353 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students2,935
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate61%

Nursing Programs

The Lower Columbia College Nursing Program prepares students to offer holistic service for all. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The program offers several entry points:

  1. The Nursing Assistant Certificate: The Nursing Assistant Certificate equips students for basic nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse culminating in a Certificate of Completion. Students don’t need to be admitted to the Nursing program to earn this certificate.
  2. Practical/Registered Nurse: This program offers students admitted for the Applied Science Degree program an opportunity to qualify for the Practical Nurse Certificate of Proficiency after being enrolled in the program for four quarters. Students are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam to be licensed as a Practical Nurse. Students are able to exit the program can at this point.

Students seeking to complete the Applied Science Degree to become Registered Nurse can do so by completing the remaining 3 quarters of the nursing curriculum. Students who complete the curriculum are eligible to take the state exam to become a licensed RN.

Admission Requirements:

  1. High School Diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  2. Applicants seeking to enroll in the LCC Nursing program are required to have a Nursing Assistant certification from Washington or Oregon States
  3. Program specific requirements such as physical examination, criminal background check and drug screening are applicable for enrollment.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 17 87
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 6 14
Certificate 2 30
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 99%
  • NCLEX-RN: 89.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
12/01/1948 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1976 - 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$115/credit
In State Students$115/credit
Out of State Students$127/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 $5,175 $5,175 $5,715
ADN 70 $8,050 $8,050 $8,890
BSN 125 $14,375 $14,375 $15,875
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, 77% of Lower Columbia 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 55% $4,190
Other Federal Grant 8% $399
State Grant & Scholarships 39% $3,108
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 11% $734
Federal Student Loans 17% $5,282
Private Loans -- --


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$6,482
$30,001 to $48,000$6,602
$48,001 to $75,000$8,788
$75,001 to $110,000$12,767
Over $110,000$12,271

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Washington state board of nursing.
Lower Columbia College
1600 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632

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