Dec 07, 2023
This pathway offers a broad selection of academic courses which prepare students for upper division coursework leading to an entry-to-practice Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Pre-nursing graduates are prepared to apply to BSN programs at various institutions across Washington State. The Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP is highly transferable to all public Baccalaureate Institutions (BIs) and many private BIs in Washington State; those specifically party to the agreement are University of Washington, Washington State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and Walla Walla University.
Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP students should contact their potential transfer institutions early in their program regarding:
- The specific course choices in each area of the agreement where options are listed (humanities, social sciences, electives)
- Admission requirements, overall minimum college-level GPA, a higher GPA in a selected subset of courses, or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses such as math or English
Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP graduates will:
- use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world
- describe organic compounds and metabolism as they apply to the human body
- perform literature reviews and identify and locate appropriate resources to answer questions about the human body and its pathologies
- apply anatomy and physiology principles to clinical human physiology and pathophysiology
- describe and explain the principle of homeostasis as it applies to the human body
- describe the impact of diet on the body and health
- demonstrate communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills
- meet Humanities , Natural Science , Quantitative Reasoning , Social Science , and Written Communication general education distribution area outcomes
Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.
Recommended Course Sequence
The courses listed below are a suggested sequence; as long as prerequisites are met, courses may be taken in a different order.
Diversity and Social Justice Requirement
Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).
Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”
Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.
Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.
Total Program Credits: 95
The requirements of the Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP are met by the degree plan as listed above. The following information lists the requirements by subject area and includes advising notes and institution-specific requirements. Students should review this information carefully in order to plan their degree pathway in alignment with their transfer institution(s).
Communication Skills: 10 credits in English Composition
- Walla Walla University requirement: The second English Composition course must be a research writing course. ENGL& 102, or equivalent, fulfills this requirement.
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills: 5 credits in Statistics
- Must include descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Intermediate Algebra proficiency is required. Intermediate Algebra proficiency may be demonstrated by successful completion of a Statistics course for which Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.
- UW Seattle requirement: Requires 5 additional credits in college algebra, pre-calculus, or logic.
- Seattle University requirement: Requires 5 additional credits in college algebra or pre-calculus.
Humanities: 15 credits in Humanities
- 5 credits in Public Speaking (strongly recommended as listed above for LWTech students), Interpersonal Communication, or Intercultural Communication
- 10 credits in other Humanities courses, with the following exceptions:
- No more than 10 credits allowed for any one discipline.
- No more than 5 credits in world language or ASL at the 100 level.
- No more than 5 credits in performance/skills courses allowed.
- Washington State University requirement: Requires curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity. The Humanities 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.
- Advising notes:
- Many BSN programs recommend a public speaking course. Students should contact their transfer institution(s) to find out if a public speaking course is preferred.
- Students are encouraged to consult with the transfer institution(s) regarding the humanities courses that best prepare them for a BSN and for admission to the institution(s).
- Students are encouraged to take courses that provide them with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity.
Social Sciences: 15 credits in Social Sciences
- 5 credits General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
- 5 credits Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200)
- 5 credits of social science outside of psychology that has diversity as a focus (Introduction to Sociology [SOC& 101] strongly recommended for LWTech students)
- Washington State University requirement: Requires curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity. The 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.
- Walla Walla University requirement: Requires a course in General Sociology.
Natural Sciences: 35-40 credits with at least 25 credits lab-based
- 5 credits General Biology (BIOL& 160; must be a prerequisite to Anatomy and Physiology)
- 12 credits Anatomy and Physiology with lab (BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242)
- 5 credits Inorganic Chemistryw ith lab (CHEM& 121)
- 5 credits Organic/Biochemistry with lab (CHEM& 131)
- 5 credits Microbiology with lab (BIOL& 260)
- 5 credits Human Nutrition (NUTR& 101)
- University of Washington requirement: Requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for three Natural Sciences courses or a minimum GPA of 2.8 for four Natural Sciences courses.
- Advising notes: Introductory survey courses or review courses do not meet the content level expectations for the Natural Sciences distribution area
Electives: 10 additional credits
- A maximum of 5 credits may be in college-level courses as definied by the community or technical college.
- Remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution.
- Washington State University requirement: Requires curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity. Elective credits provide 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.
- University of Washington requirement: Requires 100 hours of healthcare experience.
- Elective credits may be used to meet world language requirements for certain institutions.
Additional Advising Notes
- Admissions application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for admission to transfer.
- Grade point average requirements vary and admission is competitive across the programs in Nursing. Although some nursing programs note minimum GPA requirements for nursing prerequisites and other required courses, meeting the minimum requirements does guarantee nursing admission. It is strongly recommended students check with their transferring institution for GPA requirements.
- Certain schools may have additional “university-specific” requirements that are not pre-requisites to admission to the Nursing major but will need to be completed prior to graduation. Contact with advisors from individual schools for institutional requirements is highly recommended since this DTA may not meet every institution-specific graduation requirement.
- Certain schools may have additional “university-specific” requirements for admission to the institution that are not pre- requisites specifically identified in the DTA requirements.
- UW Seattle: Requires 10 credits of a world language if the applicant has not completed two years of a single language in high school.
- PLU: Requires a year of a foreign language at the college level, if two years of high school foreign language has not been completed.
View the Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP Statewide Majore Related Program (MRP) Agreement.