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Become a Registered Nurse

The Nursing program provides the student with knowledge of the art and science of nursing in order to meet identified core competencies for safe patient-centered care. The program fosters teamwork and collaboration for practice in an interdisciplinary and multicultural work environment.

Graduates are prepared to take a licensure exam for practice as entry-level registered nurses in a variety of community settings. They may be employed by hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, home healthcare services and private industry.

The Nursing program at Swedish prepares students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, achieving RN licensure, and entering this in-demand profession. Successful completion of this program results in an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS).

The Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing




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What to Expect in the Program

The Nursing program is a 68-credit course that’s available in a 5-semester (20 month) sequence. Classes are available in the mornings and the afternoons. This means that for any given term, on-campus classes may be scheduled Monday through Friday at any time between 9:00AM and 6:00PM. The first term schedule will be provided upon registration.

The program’s curriculum integrates knowledge and principles of writing, oral communication, mathematics, and behavioral and biological sciences that inform nursing practice. This program is designed to educate students in applying these principles to the nursing process. Our faculty and staff strive to provide each student with quality education and support in an engaging and friendly environment.

Successful completion of the Nursing program will qualify graduates to take their licensure exam so they can practice as entry-level registered nurses in a variety of healthcare and community settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, home healthcare services, and private industry. Graduates who achieve registered nurse licensure are encouraged to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing completion program and embrace lifelong learning.

Want to know more about what a day in the life of a Nursing student is like? Check out a Sample Schedule!

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Academic Calendar

Semester Calendar
Massage Therapy, Nursing, Personal Training
2017 Fall Semester

Classes Begin Thursday, September 7

Classes End Friday, December 22

School is closed for Holiday: Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 23 and

Friday, November 24

2017 Spring Semester

Classes begin Monday, May 8
Classes end Saturday, August 19

School is closed for Holidays:
Memorial Day – Monday, May 29
Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4

2017 Winter Semester

Note: Term begins on January 18; however, school is closed for the holiday

Classes begin Tuesday, January 19
Classes end Saturday, April 30

School is closed for Holiday:
Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 18

Quarter Calendar
Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Surgical Technologist
2017 Summer Quarter

Classes Begin Wednesday, July 12

Classes End Wednesday, September 27

School is closed for Holiday: Labor Day – Monday, September 4

2017 Spring Quarter

Classes begin Monday, April 17
Classes end Tuesday, July 4
Note: Classes end on July 4; however, school is closed for the holiday

School is closed for Holidays:
Memorial Day – Monday, May 29
Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4

2017 Winter Quarter

Note: Term begins on January 18; however, school is closed for the holiday

Classes begin Tuesday, January 19
Classes end Saturday, April 30

School is closed for Holiday: Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 18

Message from the Dean


Dear Student,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Swedish Institute Nursing Program, I welcome you and congratulate you for being accepted into the program. Our goal is to provide each student with a positive experiential learning opportunity. We strive to create a community-based environment for effective teaching and learning in a dynamic, multicultural world. We seek to develop innovative partnerships with the community in order to enhance education and promote community service.

As a student, you are an integral part of this partnership. As you grow in your professional role, you will become the face and the voice of this program. Your success is our success. Our role is to facilitate your learning. Faculty are coaches guiding you through your learning. Your responsibility is to be present, engaged, and responsible for your learning.

The Nursing Program Student Handbook is a supplement to the SI College of Health Sciences catalog. The policies and guidelines are made with the best interest of students in mind and are meant to ensure consistency in decision making throughout the program. Both students and faculty are expected to adhere to SI College and Nursing Program policies and guidelines.

I wish you a stimulating learning experience and success in your goal of becoming a nurse.


Maxinee Black-Arias RN, PhD.

Dean of Nursing

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I am honored to say I graduated from Swedish Institute not once, but twice. The First time was in the Massage Therapy Program and the second, Surgical Technology. I felt more than prepared in the in the surgery room. Mostly very confident in what I have learned. Special thanks to Richard Gardner in Career Services who worked day and night to make sure I got a job. If I had to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.

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The hands-on approach truly aided me in comprehension and application of the sciences. Career Services provided a strong support system post-graduation. To all, I’m indebited!

From being interviewed by Lisa Lou from Admissions, guided by Dr Sam, to being prepped by all the instructors, and then helped by Mrs Rodriguez to land a job, everyone helped me bloom into who I am professionally. By far exceeded all expectations!

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