Associate in Pre Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)

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Program Description

Based on a state-wide transfer agreement, this pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper division Bachelor of Science in Nursing and enter as a junior at most baccalaureate institutions in the State of Washington. The courses outlined are considered course equivalents to the similarly required lower-division courses offered at the receiving baccalaureate institution. 

Program Outcomes

General education introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge – communication, the humanities and fine arts, the natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences – and helps them develop the intellectual skills that will make them more effective life-long learners.  The College’s general education program is intended to meet the transfer requirements of the four-year colleges and universities as outlined in the Intercollegiate Relations Commission Handbook.  South Puget Sound Community College prepares recipients of the Associate in Arts Degree to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think logically and critically
  • Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and consequences

Degree Requirements

In planning this degree students need to work closely with their advisor or a counselor as although the Associate in Pre Nursing Degree transfers to four-year colleges and universities in Washington State, it may not meet all university requirements. 

To earn an Associate in Pre Nursing Degree all courses taken must be at college level (numbered 100 or above).  A minimum of 85 of the 90 credits required for the degree must be from the General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts & Science –Direct Transfer Agreement.  Copies of the list are available in Building 22 or on line at  A maximum of 5 credits will be allowed for courses numbered 100 or above that are not on the GE list.  A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above in all college-level courses required.

Additional Program Information

Educational Plan

Associate in Pre Nursing

Core Requirements
90 credits


No course description for: ENGL&101
No course description for: ENGL&102


No course description for: MATH&146

15 credits from 2 disciplines. No more than 5 credits in performance/skill courses. No more than 5 credits of foreign language at the first year level.

No course description for: CMST&220

Social Science
10 credits of psychology and 5 credits of sociology

No course description for: PSYC&100
No course description for: PSYC&200

Natural Science

No course description for: BIOL&160
No course description for: BIOL&241
No course description for: BIOL&242
No course description for: BIOL&260
No course description for: CHEM&121
No course description for: CHEM&131
No course description for: NUTR&101

5 credits must be from the General Education (AA). No more than 3 PE activity credits may be used.

DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: South Puget Sound Community College requires all new students as of summer 2005 seeking an Associate Degree to complete a “diversity” course which meets the college criteria for listing as a diversity course and has been approved for such listing by the college Instructional Council prior to the student enrolling in the class.

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised May 19, 2015