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Olympic College | Field Guide 2024

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At Olympic College, we move mountains. Our students are high achievers who graduate from our programs and go on to become community leaders. Our diversity and social justice graduation requirement prepares these students to lead responsibly with critical skills for examining topics such as race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and sustainability.

With cutting-edge programs and facilities, our students learn in a world-class environment. Employees of Olympic College are hyper-focused on students and their success, which is at the heart of all that we do. We welcome students from all walks of life to reach new heights at Olympic College.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts–Direct Transfer Agreement
  • Associate in Technical Arts–Industrial Trades Technician
  • Nursing Programs
  • Associate of Science – Transfer
  • Computer Information Systems


  • Headcount (all sources): 8,304
  • FTES (all sources): 4,449
  • Headcount (state-funded): 7,206
  • FTES (state-funded): 3,449

Students in Selected Programs

  • Bachelor's: 203
  • Apprentices: 636
  • I-BEST: 960
  • International: 76
  • Running Start: 1,105
  • Worker Retraining: 622

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 45%
  • Basic skills: 6%
  • Workforce education: 40%
  • Other: 9%


Students of color: 40%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 15%
  • Pacific Islander: 3%
  • White: 77%


  • Full-time: 53%
  • Part-time: 47%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 28%
  • Students with dependents: 32%


  • Female: 55%
  • Male: 44%
  • X: 1%

Median age


Points of Interest

Health care expansion fills growing need in Kitsap and Mason counties

Olympic College’s ambitious plan to expand its health care programs aims to increase enrollment from 248 to 420 students by 2027. Among the proposed new programs are Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic, Phlebotomy, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology.

All of these new programs would be centralized at the Poulsbo campus, creating a health care hub in north Kitsap County. The college is pursuing funding for a 40,000-square-foot health sciences building featuring a primary care clinic, classrooms, innovative learning spaces, and office spaces.

Corpsman/Medic Bridge to Practical Nursing Program can be completed in as little as two quarters

A key component of the proposed health care expansion is the Corpsman/Medic Bridge to Practical Nursing (PN) program, expected to launch July 2024. The program condenses the college’s standard one-year Practical Nursing (PN) program into two quarters for qualified Air Force Medics and Navy Corpsmen.

The curriculum includes classroom study, laboratory application, high-fidelity simulation, and supervised clinical experiences consistent with the Practical Nursing Program outcomes. Graduates will earn a Certificate of Specialization and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in Washington state. 

Olympic College launching BAS in Behavioral Healthcare

Next fall, Olympic College will enroll the first cohort of its Bachelor of Applied Science program in Behavioral Healthcare. Designed to prepare students for immediate employment or advanced graduate studies in fields like social work, addiction treatment, and counseling, the program addresses the increasing demand for behavioral health professionals. It will cover the field’s most current theories, practices, and ethical standards. Students will develop skills in conducting research, navigating health care systems, and delivering compassionate, individualized care. Emphasizing cultural sensitivity and effective communication, the program aims to equip graduates to support individuals and families, devise treatment plans, and positively impact their communities.

Data is from the 2022-23 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.


Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi


  • Harriette Bryant, chair
  • Frankie Coleman
  • Candelario Gonzalez
  • Mark Hughes
  • Cheryl Miller

Year Founded


Service Area

Kitsap and Mason counties

Legislative Districts

23, 26, 35

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Last Modified: 1/31/24, 7:36 AM

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