About the Nursing Program

The mission of the Practical Nursing (PN) is to prepare students for entry-level practical nursing by offering learning experiences through clinical practice and classroom theory. The program is committed to meeting the educational needs of vocational nurses within the ever changing health care system. This commitment is directed at advancing health care by providing an effective educational program through excellence in teaching, clinical leadership and service to the health care community. Students who successfully complete the required PN and concurrent course work are eligible to take the State Board Practical Nursing Examination leading to licensure as a practical nurse (LPN).

The PN program prepares the student for the NCLEX-PN exam while completing prerequisites for continuing on to a per-license professional nursing education program.

Heritage University encourages students who wish to become nurses to complete all academic credit requirements before applying to the Heritage Nursing Program. This approach increases the probability of success by (1) providing a strong liberal arts foundation and (2) reducing the stress of an academic/clinical overload.

Currently, a new class of 25 PN students is admitted each Fall Semester. Admission is competitive. Completion of entrance requirements does not ensure admission to the program.

The nursing program schedule is time-intensive with a general projected schedule of theory classes Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, clinical rotations and labs during the week. Students should expect to attend clinical on weekends and evening shifts and plan for out-of-town travel. Clinical practice occurs in upper and lower valleys from Ellensburg to Prosser.

If you have questions please contact Christina Nyirati at (509) 865-8578 or

What can I do with a Practical Nursing certificate from Heritage? 

  • Acute care nurse
  • Home health nurse
  • Long-term care nurse
  • Medical clinic nurse

Degrees Offered
Practical Nurse Certificate

Student Club Affiliation

Future Nurses Club

Facebook Nursing Alumni Page


The HU Nursing program is approved and accredited by the following bodies:

Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission 
Washington State Department of Health, Nursing Commission
310 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501

Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E.
Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
425 558 4224 (Voice)