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Associate of Arts & Science DegreeDirect Transfer Agreement/Major Related Pathway (DTA/MRP)

The Associate in Pre-Nursing degree offers a broad spectrum of academic courses which prepare students for upper division coursework leading to the Bachelor of Science, Nursing Degree (Entry-to-practice/ basic BSN).

Program length: This program is approximately six quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission dates: Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: Students are required to be proficient in intermediate algebra, which is a prerequisite to the math courses included in this program. Individual courses may have prerequisites.

Pre-nursing graduates are prepared to apply to BSN programs at various institutions across Washington state including the following baccalaureate institutions that are participants in this agreement with the community and technical college system: University of Washington, Seattle; Washington State University; Northwest University; Seattle University; Seattle Pacific University; Pacific Lutheran University; Walla Walla University, and the Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing (WSU-ICN), a consortium whose members include Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga, and Whitworth. Associate degree transfers to WSU-ICN are admitted through WSU, not through the other consortium institutions.

This degree pathway streamlines preparation for the basic BSN pathway across the state. It does not, however, guarantee acceptance into a BSN program. Due to high interest and limited space in BSN programs, admission to all BSN programs is highly competitive with many qualified applicants finding themselves on waiting lists for admission.

CPTC does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

It’s recommended that students pursuing the Pre-Nursing degree contact their potential transfer institutions early in their program regarding specific course choices in each area where electives are listed.

To receive the DTA degree, students must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative college-level GPA and have completed at least 90 quarter hours of transferable credit that includes a minimum of 60 quarter hours of general education courses as shown below. Students are required to be proficient in intermediate algebra, which is a pre-requisite to the math courses included in this program.

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring quarters.

Program Requirements

Communication (10 Cr.)1

Course # Course Name Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (5 Cr.)2

Course # Course Name Credits
MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats 5

Humanities (15 Cr.)3, 6

Course # Course Name Credits
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
  Elective Humanities Course 5
  Elective Humanities Course 5

Social Sciences (15 Cr.)4

Course # Course Name Credits
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
SOC& 101DIV Introduction to Sociology 5

Natural Sciences (35 Cr.)5

Course # Course Name Credits
BIOL& 160 General Biology W/Lab 5
BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 5
BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 5
BIOL& 260 Microbiology 5
CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry 5
CHEM& 131 Intro to Organic/Biochem 5
NUTR& 101 Nutrition 5

Electives (10 Cr.)6

Course Name Credits
Elective 5
Elective 5

Computer Literacy Course

Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam (3 credits).

Total Program Credits: 93

Elective Note

A specific elective course may be credited toward no more than one distribution or skill area requirement. A maximum of 10 elective credits may be in college-level courses as defined by CPTC and the remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution. Select courses appropriate for intended major and intended bachelor’s institution. Students should contact an advisor at the potential transfer institution regarding their interests and specific course choices.

  1. Northwest University and Walla Walla College require that the second English composition class be a research writing class.
  2. UW Seattle and Seattle University require 10 credits in quantitative/symbolic reasoning with the additional class in college algebra or pre-calculus (at UW Seattle, a class in Logic also serves for the additional class)
  3. A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). The credits gained in sociology and humanities courses provide opportunities for such a curriculum.
  4. Northwest University requires Cultural Anthropology and does not accept a course in the sociology discipline as a substitute. Students may be admitted to the BSN without Cultural Anthropology if they agree to complete the course at NU in the summer prior to the junior year.
  5. Introductory survey courses or review courses do not meet the content level expectations for these natural science requirements. UW Seattle requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for 3 out of the 7 natural sciences courses (or 2.8 for 4 out of the 7) at the time of application when some of the course work may not yet be completed. Northwest University requires 2 credits of Genetics as well. Students may be admitted to the BSN without Genetics if they agree to complete the course at NU in the summer prior to the junior year.
  6. In order to better prepare for successful transfer, students are encouraged to consult with the institution(s) to which they wish to transfer regarding the humanities courses and other electives that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their nursing curriculum.

Humanities Electives Available Through CPTC

Course # Course Name Credits
ART& 100 Art Appreciation 5
ASL& 121 or 122 American Sign Language I or II 5
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5

Note: Only one 100 level language course may be used to meet the humanities requirement.

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