May 29, 2023
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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.
Communication (10 Credits
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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