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RN Refresher   


PLU’s RN Refresher program through the Center for Continued Nursing Learning prepares the inactive Registered Nurse for current employment with adult clients. This program meets the Washington State Professional Nursing requirements for the current practice set forth in the RCW and WAC, which are monitored by the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Successful completion of a refresher course is required for a Registered Nurse license that has been inactive or lapsed three or more years to return to active status.

This hybrid program combines:

  • Self-directed independent online study modules (Core Concepts & Specialty Areas)
    • Approximately 50 hours, completed within 6-8 weeks

  • On-campus classroom content and lab skills (Lab Skills Refresher)
    • Approximately 5 days/40+ hours

  • Supervised clinical practice experience with an assigned preceptor
    • 160 hours

For additional details on these components, please visit the program website.

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  • Full Program: $3,000
  • Online Study and Lab Skills Only: $2,500*

*Restricted to students with an active WA State RN license

Eligibility and Admission

Admission to the RN Refresher Course is open to Registered Nurses with an active, unencumbered licenses, as well as those with an inactive or expired license who apply for reactivation through Washington State Department of Health. Administrative nurses who do not need the clinical practice portion of our program may also apply for admission and take only “Core Competencies & Specialty Areas” (the online component). For additional stipulations and details, please review the full admission requirements.

Prior to entering the clinical setting, students must have an active RN license from Washington State or a Limited Education Authorization (LEA), for licenses inactive/expired for 3+ years). Prospective students may wish to review the full list of clinical prerequisites prior to applying to the program.

Application Period

Application Requirements

  • Current resume or CV
  • Degree information – name of school, degree and program, year of completion
  • Current status of license 

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The RN Refresher program is offered most years, with information sessions in January or February for a spring program start. The next class will be offered in 2022.

  • "Core Concepts & Specialty Areas" (online, self-paced):
  • "Lab Skills Refresher" (on-site at Pacific Lutheran University):
  • Clinicals:
  • Registration Notes

    There are no discounts available for this program. Downpayment of 1/2 of full tuition amount must be made by 5 business days (1 full week) before the start of the program or student will be dropped in order to make space for others on waitlist.

    Registration will only be available to students who have applied and been accepted to the program. Accepted students should follow the directions provided by email to create an account in the registration system and gain access to the courses (signalled by a yellow "Add to Cart" button on the registration sections below).

    For more information, click the Request Information button above.


    Contact Information
    Center for Graduate and
    Continuing Education

    Phone: 253-535-7722

    Center for Graduate and
    Continuing Education
    12180 Park Avenue S.
    Tacoma, WA 98447