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

Overview

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 spscc.edu/start.  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

Communication

ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
ENGL&102 Composition II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops reading, writing and critical thinking skills at the advanced level. Teaches how to write academic papers by conducting research; analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments; documenting sources and using appropriate writing conventions. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION

Quantitative

MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH 097 or higher.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Humanities
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.

CMST&220 Public Speaking 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction to oral communication theory and to public speaking/listening practice as applied to a variety of settings and audiences. Students will learn to verbally inform and/or demonstrate and persuade an audience using a variety of speech types. Covers speech preparation, critical listening and thinking, and individual and group presentation techniques. This course was formerly known as SPCH 101, Introduction to Public Speaking. Prerequisite: None.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION

Social Science
10 credits of psychology and 5 credits of sociology

PSYC&100 General Psychology 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior; biological and social bases of behavior; motivation, emotion, perception, thinking, learning and intelligence. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL& 101.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE
PSYC&200 Lifespan Psychology 5 Credits Search Schedule
Studies the development and changes in human behavior from conception to death with focus on the biological and social influences. This course was formerly known as PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL& 101.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE

Natural Science

BIOL&160 General Biology w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introductory laboratory course covering foundational biological concepts including cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, biotechnology, biological diversity, evolution, and ecology. Preparatory for further studies including BIOL& 211 and BIOL& 241. This course was formerly known as BIOL 105. Prerequisite: None.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
BIOL&241 Human A & P 1 5 Credits Search Schedule
The study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include cellular organization, metabolism, histology, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. (Four lecture, three lab hours weekly) This course was formerly known as BIOL 205. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 (formerly CHEM 101) or higher with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
BIOL&242 Human A & P 2 5 Credits Search Schedule
A continuation of BIOL& 241. Systems covered: endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, urinary (including fluid and electrolytes) and digestive. (Four lecture, three lab hours weekly) This course was formerly known as BIOL 206. Prerequisite: BIOL& 241 (formerly BIOL 205) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
BIOL&260 Microbiology 5 Credits Search Schedule
Microbiological techniques with health applications. Topics include: morphology of microbes, microbial metabolism, microbial genetics, cultivation and growth identification and classification tests, control of microbial growth, pathogens, disease, and host defenses. (Four lecture, three lab hours weekly). This course was formerly known as BIOL 211. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 (formerly CHEM 101) and BIOL& 241 (formerly BIOL 205).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&121 Introduction to Chemistry 5 Credits Search Schedule
Fundamental chemistry for those interested in nursing/allied health and those pursuing a non-science degree. Study of the classification, composition, calculations, and properties (both chemical and physical) of matter at the macroscopic, atomic and subatomic levels. Includes measurements and conversions, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, molar stoichiometry, and acid/base chemistry. Students without intermediate algebra training or experience are strongly encouraged to take MATH 099, Intermediate Algebra, prior to or concurrent with enrollment in CHEM& 121. This course was formerly known as CHEM 101, Basic General Chemistry. Prerequisite: With a "C" or better in MATH 097, MATH 099 or equivalent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&131 Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry 5 Credits Search Schedule
Continuation of CHEM& 121. Emphasis on organic chemistry and biochemistry. Major functional groups and the major physical and chemical properties thereof are stressed. Major biochemical properties and processes regarding carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids and major cellular energy pathways are covered. This course was formerly known as CHEM 102. Prerequisite: With a "C" or better in CHEM& 121 (formerly CHEM 101) or CHEM& 162 (formerly CHEM 150).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
NUTR&101 Nutrition 5 Credits Search Schedule
Surveys the normal nutritional needs for individuals ranging from infants to adults. Emphasis is placed on the basic principles of nutrition. Particularly suitable for health occupation students. Prior high school chemistry or biology course or equivalent strongly recommended. This course was formerly known as BIOL 125. Prerequisite: None.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Electives
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