Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, WA 98466
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Tacoma Community College is one of the thirty-five public 4-year colleges in Washington. The campus is located in an urban area, in Tacoma.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 6,496 students attend the school. Every year 25% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Tacoma Community College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $3,936, and fees were $210. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $9,354 and $210 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students6,496
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs

The Tacoma Community College Associate Degree in Nursing Program is designed to prepare students for careers in nursing. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the Associate in Applied Sciences Degree and are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination.

The program is divided sequential with core requirements and program courses taken over a period three years of full time study.

There are four options for entry into the nursing program:

  • RN Generic full-time ADN option for students who have no nursing background
  • RN Generic part time  AAS Degree for students who don’t have a nursing background
  • RN Advanced Standing full time AAS Degree for LPNs
  • RN Advanced Standing part time AAS Degree for LPNS

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants are expected to meet all pre-requisite courses as well as meeting language and academic requirements. A minimum of a B grade (3.0 Grade Point Average) is required for all general education requirements.

The program has six levels based on the option that a student is enrolled in which will determine how long it takes the student to complete all levels.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 12 92
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 76.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
12/01/1967 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1980 - 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$105/credit
In State Students$105/credit
Out of State Students$282/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 $4,725 $4,725 $12,690
ADN 70 $7,350 $7,350 $19,740
BSN 125 $13,125 $13,125 $35,250
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, 44% of Tacoma Community 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 25% $4,123
Other Federal Grant 6% $1,361
State Grant & Scholarships 25% $2,989
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 9% $1,638
Federal Student Loans 15% $6,042
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$4,611
$30,001 to $48,000$5,719
$48,001 to $75,000$7,670
$75,001 to $110,000$10,167
Over $110,000$11,051

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
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.
Tacoma Community College
6501 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98466

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