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Renton Technical College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Renton Technical College

Founded in 1941, Renton Technical College (RTC) is part of Washington's State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The majority of students enrolled at Renton Technical College are from the South Puget Sound region of Washington.

RTC classes are small, and classrooms are designed to resemble workplaces to prepare students for entry into the workforce. In 2010-2011, students at RTC had a 76% placement rate for finding jobs in their field after graduation.


Renton Technical College offers 11 associate transfer degrees and 36 other associate degrees. The school has agreements with multiple colleges and universities nationwide, allowing students who earn a transfer degree to apply some of their credits toward a bachelor's degree. In addition, RTC offers 61 professional certificates. The school's 16 apprentice programs enable students to take classes part-time while working full-time in their field of study, such as carpentry, heat and frost insulation, plastering, plumbing and roofing. Faculty members at RTC were all once working professionals in the fields they currently teach.

Students interested in nursing can pursue a nursing assistant certificate or a registered nurse associate degree. A nursing assistant certificate can qualify students for employment in adult family homes, clinics, hospitals, in-home health care, long-term care facilities and retirement and assisted living facilities. The associate degree program in nursing offers training for students to become licensed after passing the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses.


Renton Technical College has an open admissions policy. To enroll, prospective students must submit an application online or by mail and pay a non-refundable admissions fee of $30. Students also need to pay a non-refundable fee of $25 to take a placement test. After taking this assessment, students can register and pay for classes. There are additional admissions requirements for some allied health programs. For example, students pursuing an associate degree in registered nursing must already be licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, tuition for students taking 15 credit hours was $1,346.80 per quarter for Washington residents and $1,480.25 per quarter for non-residents. Additional fees are charged for some courses. Students needing to withdraw from a class can receive a full refund if they cancel before the class start date and an 80% refund if they withdraw within the first seven days of class. The school offers a quarterly payment plan that costs $25 to enroll in.

The Renton Technical College Foundation offers about $30,000 in scholarships to students each year. Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis, and students interested in applying need to have their applications submitted by specific dates for each quarter.

School Type Two-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate degree, certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 3,417 students in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Programs 36 associate degrees, 11 associate transfer degrees, 61 professional certificates**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-one-year certificate: Nursing assistant (144)
One- to two-year certificate: Medical/clinical assistant (49)
Associate: Computer systems networking and telecommunications (24)
Two- to less-than-four-year certificate: Medical insurance coding (20)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in 2007:
51% in normal time
57% in 150% of normal time
57% in twice as long as normal time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 404 students in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 72% of full-time and 43% of part-time students*
Tuition (2011-2012) $1,346.80 per quarter for Washington residents and $1,480.25 per quarter for non-residents (for students taking 15 credits)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (54%), state and local grants/scholarships (38%), institutional grants and scholarships (15%), federal student loans (20%)*
Percent of Full-Time Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 64% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Renton Technical College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Registration, Renton Technical College, 3000 NE Fourth St., Renton, Washington 98056
  • Phone: (425) 235-2352
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