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, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran 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

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.

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

All students interested in the Pre-Nursing DTA Associates Degree should meet with the Nursing Student Navigator, to schedule an appointment contact Admissions & Advising at 360.752.8345.

The Washington Student Achievement Council is currently updating this degree therefore course requirements may change.

Students apply for the Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP by applying online to BTC and indicating Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP as their area of study.

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. Test scores or transcripts from another college may also be accepted along with the Evaluation Request Form

Program Application/Forms

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

  • 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, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran 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.

Transfer Options

Bellingham Technical College - Associate in Pre-Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

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 Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, University of Washington, Walla Walla College, Washington State University, and Western Washington 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. For example (only):

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 MATH 111 or PHIL& 120. 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.

Seattle Pacific University
B.S. in Nursing SPU offers an RN to BSN program.

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.

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