Nursing

Nursing - Pre-Nursing - DTA-MRP

Have you always wanted to be a nurse? Are you currently employed in healthcare and want to advance your education and expand your career opportunities? Then BTC’s Associate in Pre-Nursing (Transfer) program is for you!

The Pre-Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (DTA/MRP) associate degree is intended for students looking to directly transfer to WA State universities to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Students enrolled in this 90-credit degree program receive instruction in English, psychology, mathematics, and science to prepare them to enter select Washington State four-year pre-licensure Nursing programs as a junior.

Upon completion of BTC’s Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP degree, students are eligible to transfer to a number of Washington State institutions including University of Washington, Washington State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and Walla Walla University. Completing this degree does not guarantee admission to any baccalaureate university. Students should meet with a transfer advisor at the institution to which they intend to transfer.

Please note that this degree alone will not make the BTC graduate eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Graduates will need to complete their BSN degree at a university before they can become a Registered Nurse.

Employment Information

Data are provided on a program (not credential) level

91%1 / 87%3 BTC graduate placement rate

$69,235 starting annual wage2
$82,199 average annual wage2
$99,394 potential annual wage2

This 90-credit program is designed to help prepare the nurses of tomorrow for the changing demands of the healthcare field. As healthcare and employer needs become more complex, more medical facilities such as hospitals, surgical centers, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities across Northwest Washington and around the country are requiring nursing staff to have bachelor’s degrees.

  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2020 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Washington State wage) and reflect 2015-2018 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

    3Additional employment rates are provided for programs with faculty who maintain their own employment records of students who graduated between 2015-16 and 2017-18 and who were employed in their field of study within 9 months of graduation. These additional, faculty-provided rates are particularly important for programs that tend to have graduates employed outside of WA and OR. Note that due to lack of available data, rates may represent fewer than 3 years of graduates.

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

All students interested in the Pre-Nursing DTA Associates Degree should meet with a Nursing Student Navigator, to schedule an appointment email advising@btc.edu

Students apply for the Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP by applying online to BTC and indicating Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP as their area of study. There is no additional application process for this degree.

Students seeking credit for completed coursework from other colleges or universities should submit sealed Official Transcript(s) from the prior institution(s) to the BTC Admissions Office for evaluation.

This program accepts students quarterly.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Placement testing in Reading, Math and Writing. Students with test scores or transcripts from another college should follow the steps for Transfer Students.

Program Application/Forms

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

Total Program Credits: 90

  • Communication Skills

  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 CR
  • ENGL& 102English Composition II5 CR
  • Humanities

  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 CR
  • HIST& 146United States History I5 CR
  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 CR
  • Physical and Natural Sciences

  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 CR
  • BIOL& 241Human A & P 15 CR
  • BIOL& 242Human A & P 25 CR
  • BIOL& 260Microbiology5 CR
  • CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry5 CR
  • CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Bio-Chemistry5 CR
  • NUTR& 101Nutrition5 CR
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills

  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 CR
  • Social Sciences

  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 CR
  • PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5 CR
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 CR
  • Electives

  • ELECTIVE5 CR
  • ELECTIVE5 CR

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of BTC’s Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP degree, students are eligible to transfer to a number of Washington State institutions including University of Washington, Washington State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and Walla Walla University.


Note: Admission into many schools is competitive and higher grade point averages and course grades are often required. Completion of the general Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP degree does not necessarily satisfy all transfer requirements; some institutions may have additional course requirements. Check individual schools for the most up-to-date admission requirements and recommendations.

 

Additional university requirements include but are not limited to:

University of Washington

B.S. in Nursing Students transferring to the UW must meet high school core admission requirements, including two years of the same world language in high school or two quarters in college. UW requires an additional Q/SR course: MATH& 141 or AMATH 111 or PHIL& 120 (not offered at BTC). Of the seven pre-Nursing requirements, a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for 3 of the 7 Science pre-requisites, or a 2.8 GPA for 4 of the 7 Science pre-requisites at the time of application (January). Please review class catalog descriptions and speak with an advisor in order to plan your class work. Additionally, UW requires 100 hours of healthcare experience.

Washington State University

Requires curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity. The Humanities and Social Sciences distribution area provides an opportunity to meet this requirement. For potential choices go to and select UCORE category “DIVR”: https://ucore.wsu.edu/students/categories-and-courses/#DIVR 

Pacific Lutheran University

B.S. in Nursing PLU requires two years of a foreign language in high school or two quarters in college for admission.

Seattle University

Requires 5 additional credits in college algebra or pre-calculus.

Walla Walla University

Second English course must be a research writing course, ENGL& 102 and a course in General Sociology.

Transfer Options

Upon completion of BTC’s Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP degree, students are eligible to transfer to a number of Washington State institutions including University of Washington, Washington State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and Walla Walla University. Completing this degree does not guarantee admission to any baccalaureate university.

Please note: students who complete the Pre-Nursing DTA associate degree at BTC are not eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN or to become an Registered Nurse until they complete a BSN degree.

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