Partnership with Skagit Valley College brings University of Washington Bothell Nursing Program to SVC's Mount Vernon Campus

University of Washington Bothell
Elizabeth Fischtziur, Director
Tel:  (425) 352-3636  | Fax:  (425) 352-3611

Skagit Valley College
Arden Ainley, Public Information Director
Tel:  (360) 416-7623  | Fax:  (360) 416-7851    

October 7, 2009-On Monday, Skagit Valley College (SVC) welcomed the University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) Nursing program to its new location in Laura Angst Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus.  Now in its fourth year, the partnership allows students to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at SVC with UW Bothell professors who teach on-site in Mount Vernon.  Many students earn their Associates in Technical Arts in Nursing at Skagit Valley College and wish to continue and earn their BSN degree, this partnership makes for a great transition.  As of December 2009, over 50 nurses will have completed their BSN degree through this UW Bothell Northern Counties outreach.    

"We are thrilled to welcome the University of Washington Bothell, a world renowned nursing school, to Laura Angst Hall," said Rory Rochelle, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Education at SVC.  "Our partnership means that students now have access to the very best in health care training in a state-of-the-art facility, right here on our campus.  It’s a big day for all of us."     

Of the 28 incoming students into UW Bothell's RN-BSN program, 11 of them are SVC alums from 1982 to 2009.   

"Many thanks to Rory Rochelle and so many others who have helped us feel welcomed as we begin our 4th year of offering UW Bothell RN-BSN classes in Mount Vernon," said Mary Baroni, PhD, RN, Professor and Nursing Program Director at the University of Washington Bothell.  "We're delighted to be able to transition to the SVC campus this fall and share space in their wonderful new science and allied health building."     

Laura Angst Hall provides exceptional learning environments for all SVC Nursing & Allied Health courses and programs including Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing (a new grant from the Northwest Development Council - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Assistant, and Medical Billing and Coding.  Within Nursing, state-of-the-art simulation labs increase capacity to serve student needs.  Students practice their skills in a high-tech lab while instructors look on, providing guidance and feedback, all while their fellow students observe the training on large projection screens in the classroom.  In addition, Laura Angst Hall provides classroom and lab spaces for the sciences including Astronomy, Biological Science, Chemistry, Environmental Conservation, and Physics.   

Prior to its move this week into Laura Angst Hall, the UW Bothell Nursing program's Mount Vernon RN-BSN cohort had been holding classes in the WorkSource Skagit offices on East College Way. 

The UW Bothell Nursing began to offer the RN-to-BSN program in 1992 and since then over 1300 nurses have completed their baccalaureate degree.  Their Masters of Nursing program opened in 2002 and currently has 112 alumni including two nursing faculty at Skagit Valley College (Lori Stevens and Mary Maue).    

For more information about health care training opportunities through Skagit Valley College, contact Rory Rochelle, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Education at SVC,(360) 416-7880 or For additional information on the UW Bothell Nursing Program, contact (425) 352-5000, email or visit

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