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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Pre-Nursing, AA-DTA/MRP Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement  (AA-DTA) Major Related Program (MRP) at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

An alternate pathway is an Associate Degree in Nursing at a community college, including Shoreline CC. Such programs require very similar nursing specific pre-requisite courses, but do not require the full AA-DTA degree.

Both pathways lead to eligibility for the national exam (NCLEX) and earn the Registered Nursing license.

About the AA-DTA MRP in Pre-Nursing

This 90 credit transfer degree is part of the Washington State Pre-Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program and is intended as preparation for a major in nursing at a Baccalaureate College/University. Nursing is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Nursing, Physician Assistant, and some Health Science programs. Students are encouraged to check exact pre-requisites and application procedures for each nursing program. These programs are highly competitive and cannot admit all qualified applicants. The AA-DTA requires 90 quarter credits in college-level courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Each individual course must have a minimum grade of 1.0. The Pre-Nursing MRP also requires specific courses to take within the degree to help students prepare for entrance into baccalaureate majors in Nursing.

What do I need to take?

Below is a summary of the categories and specific courses required for the AA-DTA Pre-Nursing MRP. See below for available courses in the Multicultural Understanding and Humanities categories.

General Education Courses - 20 Credits

Courses used in General Education (Gen Ed) Core may not be used for distribution.

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 PSYC 230 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Take either MATH& 146  or MATH 211 .

Distribution Requirements - 65 Credits

See Courses That Meet Transfer Degree Requirements  

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines. Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level.
Recommended: CMST& 101 ; Art, Drama or Music Appreciation; World language may be required for university admission.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Take PSYC& 100 , PSYC& 200  and one Sociology course.

Pre-Nursing/Natural Sciences (35 Credits)

CHEM& 121  is a prerequisite for BIOL& 211  and BIOL& 211  is a pre-requisite for other BIOL& courses.

Electives - Minimum 5 Credits

A maximum of 5 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education.

Courses and experience contributing to an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is considered important by all programs.

Where can I transfer?

The AA-DTA MRP in Pre-Nursing makes it possible for students to transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities with junior standing. Below are Washington state institutions that offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Gonzaga University
Heritage University
Northwest University
University of Washington - Seattle
Washington State University (Spokane, Tri-Cities, Yakima)
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Walla Walla University (Portland, OR)

What does your chosen four-year school require?

When choosing classes, learn about the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Check whether the school has an overall minimum GPA, a higher GPA in selected sets of courses, or specific minimum grades in one or more courses. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.) Relevant health care experience as a volunteer or through work is important and many schools have a minimum requirement. Below are notes about admissions and graduation requirements from selected Washington schools offering a B.S. in Nursing. Many schools application dates are in December, January or February (for a Fall qtr start), but dates and procedures vary by school. Most schools allow for a few courses to be in progress at the time of application. Read the web sites carefully for this and other information.

Washington State University

Requirements/Notes: This is available in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Vancouver, and Yakima. Admission happens twice a year for fall and spring semesters.

Northwest University

Requirements/Notes: Courses required: In addition to the core nursing requirements, Northwest requires ANTH& 206 . NW University also requires 2 credits in Genetics and Old and New Testament courses which can be taken the summer prior to beginning the nursing program. Application is through Nursing CAS.


Requirements/Notes: PLU’s Nursing program starts in the second/sophomore year. An AA degree is not required. Prerequisite courses are:

Seattle University

Requirements/Notes: In addition to MATH 211  or MATH& 146 , Seattle University requires MATH& 141  or MATH 111  or higher level course.

Seattle Pacific University

Requirements/Notes: Nursing prerequisite course GPA must be 3.5 or higher.

University of Washington

Requirements/Notes: UW Nursing requires one additional course from this list. Students transferring to the UW must also meet high school core admission requirements.

Where can I go for help?

For course questions and entry codes:

biologyadvising@shoreline.edu, chemistryadvising@shoreline.edu and mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229
206-546-4559, advising@shoreline.edu

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Faculty Advisors

Adria Magrath 206-546-4550 amagrath@shoreline.edu Rm 2802
John Moffat 206-546-4569 jmoffat@shoreline.edu Rm 2813
Sarah Leyden 206-546-5819 sleyden@shoreline.edu Rm 5357
Steve Bogart 206-546-6986 sbogart@shoreline.edu Rm 5333
Judy Penn 206-546-4782 jpenn@shoreline.edu Rm 2807
Kira Wennstrom 206-546-4578 kwennstrom@shoreline.edu Rm 2816
Leoned Gines 206-546-4543 lgines@shoreline.edu Rm 2815
Joyce Fagel 206-546-6984 jfagel@shoreline.edu Rm 5229

Nursing-What is it?

Nurses are often leaders and critical members of health care teams. With a broad knowledge of health, wellness and human disease, nurses are trained to care for people, families and communities; they help manage illness and injuries, alleviate suffering, shape health care policy and educate communities in the promotion of good health and prevention of disease.

Areas of Study in Nursing: Health Assessment and Intervention, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Child and Family Health, Gerontology, Wellness Promotion, Acute and Chronic Illness, Mental Health Care, Community Health, Nursing and Health Care Research, Leadership and Management, and Medical Ethics.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing?

Nurses develop the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of health care settings and related fields. With strong critical thinking, problem solving and technical skills, nurses provide direct patient care, manage health care facilities, conduct research, teach, promote wellness, and provide leadership in the health care field.

Potential employers include: Hospitals, health care clinics, physician’s office, public and private schools, colleges and universities, in-home health care, hospice, government agencies and non-profit organizations. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-services/career-counseling.aspx

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Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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