Professional Vocational Relationships

Who should enroll in the Professional Vocational Relationships course?

This self-directed, 15-hour course is required for RN nursing students eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). It is also a requirement for internationally educated nurses seeking approval to take the NCLEX-PL exam.

The WSU College of Nursing is an approved provider of the Professional Vocational Relationships Course, recognized by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Registration fee: $150

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course the nurse will:

  • Locate for review the most current laws as they relate to nursing practice in Washington.
  • Define the difference between RCW’s and WAC’s in Washington state law.
  • Describe the requirements in Washington that must be met to be permitted to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Describe the qualifications of the members of the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) in Washington.
  • Identify professional groups regulated by the Uniform Disciplinary Act of Washington.
  • Identify violations of the Uniform Disciplinary Act that would require intervention by the State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
  • Apply the Scope of Practice, defined in the Washington Administrative Code, to the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse in different health care environments.
  • Differentiate between a dependent and an independent role of the Licensed Practical Nurse.

Successful Course Completion

Questions outlined in the study guide must be completed and each multiple-choice question must be answered. Each completed question (10) and each multiple-choice question (10) will be valued by 4% of the total 100% score. Course participants must achieve a score of >73% for successful completion of the course.

Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of completion will be issued to the participant. The Washington NCQAC will be notified by email, and the participant will receive a copy of the certificate and a copy of the email notification sent to the nursing commission.


Program Coordinator
(509) 324-7332