Dec 07, 2023  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP

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DTA Associate: 90 credits

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Quarter

This program is for students who want to transfer to a participating Washington State four-year college or university. The Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP meets all requirements of Washington’s Direct Transfer Agreement, between the baccalaureate institutions offering a pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and the community and technical college system. The program consists of 90 college-level credits. At least 60 of these credits are general education in areas like communication, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Completing the Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP does not mean that you automatically can attend a four-year college or university. You must apply as a transfer student. If you are admitted to a degree program, you will have junior standing, and you will have met all prerequisites for the nursing major except as noted by specific universities. You also will meet the prerequisites for other bachelor degrees - nursing is not your only possible destination!

Due to high interest and limited space in baccalaureate nursing programs, admission to all BSN programs is highly competitive with many qualified applicants finding themselves on waiting lists for admission. Your Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP meets prerequisites for many other bachelor degrees, in dental hygiene, human services, community and public health, healthcare management, and psychology!

Students should contact their potential transfer institutions early regarding the following: 

  • Specific course choices in each area of the agreement where options are listed (humanities, social science);
  • The requirement for overall GPA, a higher GPA in a selected subset of courses or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses, such as math or English;
  • Admissions requirements for the school and your specific major (for example, you might need to apply to the university as well as its College of Nursing); and
  • Admissions timelines and deadlines.

Students must complete the RTC application for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Communication Literacy: Students will speak and write effectively, both as individuals and as members of teams.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and apply information with clear logic.
  • Cultural Literacy: Students will explore diverse world cultures through the social sciences and the humanities.
  • Information Literacy: Students will access, evaluate, and use appropriate information sources according to ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Quantitative Literacy: Students will solve problems by interpreting, representing, calculating, and applying mathematical methods.
  • Scientific Literacy: Students will identify scientific principles and apply this knowledge to observations of the natural world.

Program Requirements


2 required (10 credits)

Quantitative / Symbolic Reasoning

1 required (5 credits)


3 required (15 credits), with no more than 10 credits in the same subject area

Social Sciences

3 required (15 credits)


2 required (10 credits)

Select additional classes from any General Education distribution area (communication, mathematics, humanities, social science, or natural science). MATH& 141  is recommended for students interested in applying to BSN programs at the University of Washington or Seattle University.

GPA Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum grade for each Natural Sciences and MATH& 146 course: 2.0
  • Minimum grade for all other courses: 1.0

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