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Associate in Pre-Nursing

(DTA/MRP Transfer Degree)

TCC’s Associate Degree in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP is a two-year program designed for students who plan to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) at four-year universities. Students who complete the pre-nursing degree and meet the minimum GPA requirement for the BSN program to which they plan to apply, will have met the prerequisites of most Washington upper-division nursing programs. However, admission to BSN programs is highly competitive, and completion of the pre-nursing associate degree does not guarantee admission.

The Associate in Pre-Nursing degree is intended for students who wish to take science and general education classes at Tacoma Community College to prepare to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees.

Students who complete this track are not eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nursing until they complete BSN programs. Students who prefer to become registered nurses directly upon completing their associate degrees should talk with TCC advisors about TCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing.

Degree Requirements:

  • 90 quarter credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above.
  • At least 30 applicable credits must be earned at Tacoma Community College.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the degree, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all TCC college-level courses.


While in high school, students should complete all available courses in mathematics, chemistry and biology.

Program Planning

Students should meet with advisors as soon as they are admitted to Tacoma Community College. Prerequisites for many courses are offered only once or twice a year and/or are sequential, so timely program completion depends on careful quarterly class selection. Certain colleges and universities have additional admission requirements. For example, some universities require two years of high school foreign language or two or three quarters of college foreign language, additional college-level math, practical experience in a healthcare setting, or specific additional courses. It is important to consult catalogs, websites and four-year college advisors early in the process.

Basic Requirements

15 credits

  1. Written Communication Skills (10 credits)

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

ENGL& 102

Argument and Persuasion

or ENGL 103

College Composition: Writing about Literature

  1. Quantitative Skills (5 credits)

MATH& 146

Introduction to Statistics

Distribution Requirements

75 credits

  1. Humanities (15 credits)

CMST& 220

Public Speaking

Select two additional courses from the Humanities section from the Approved Distribution Course List. At least one course must be selected from a discipline other than Communication Studies (CMST). Select no more than five credits of studio/performance/skills courses and no more than five foreign language credits.

  1. Social Sciences (15 credits)

PSYC& 100

General Psychology

PSYC& 200

Lifespan Psychology

SOC& 101

Introduction to Sociology

  1. Natural Sciences (37 credits)

BIOL& 160

General Cell Biology

CHEM& 121

Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM& 131

Introduction to Organic Biochemistry

NUTR& 101

Human Nutrition

BIOL& 241 & 242

Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, 2

BIOL& 260

General Microbiology

  1. Additional Requirements (8 credits)

PE 100 (2 credits)

Total Fitness

PE Activity (1 credit)

Electives (5 credits)


90 credits

DTA: Direct Transfer Agreement

MRP: Major Related Program

See Approved Distribution Course List.