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

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Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate in Pre-Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (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 , SOC 270 .

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:, and

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229 206-546-4559,

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302  206-546-4697

Faculty Advisors

Adria Magrath  206-546-4550 Rm 2802
John Moffat  206-546-4569 Rm 2813
Sarah Leyden  206-546-5819 Rm 5357
Steve Bogart  206-546-6986 Rm 5333
Kira Wennstrom  206-546-4578 Rm 2816
Leoned Gines  206-546-4543 Rm 2815
Joyce Fagel  206-546-6984 Rm 5229

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