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Are you ready to enter the exciting world of healthcare?

New Nursing Pathway  

Tacoma Community College has adopted the new Washington State nursing degree pathway called the Associates in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP). This new degree pathway will begin in Spring of 2019, replacing our existing AAS-T degree in nursing.  

The new degree requires changes to the nursing pre-requisites, which increases the credits needed for graduation from 117 to 135.  This change offers several advantages for the student, with the primary goal of a streamlined pathway to completing a bachelors in nursing. Questions? Please contact us at 253-566-5218 or via e-mail at Another great way to get an update is to attend a nursing information session (see below). 

Nursing Program at TCC 

Nursing is an exciting career with a bright economic future. Nurses make up the largest health care profession in the United States. They work in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and community centers. TCC has been successfully training registered nurses for many years.

At TCC, we offer quality education and produce competent, skilled nurses who excel in all facets of health care services. We are proud of our graduates.


TCC's Nursing program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.


DTA/MRP Degree Coming Spring 2019!

It takes time and preparation to apply for the TCC nursing program. If you are planning to apply to the nursing degree program for admission in Spring 2019 or afterwards, find important details below. Please note that there have been significant changes.

Get the first three years of a BSN (and be eligible to test for your RN credential) through TCC.

The Associate in Nursing Degree (DTA/MRP) is a three-year program designed for students who want to complete their pre-requisites and nursing training at the community college level.  Upon completion of the degree, program graduates are eligible to:

  • test to earn the Registered Nurse credential, or
  • transfer to a university to complete the last 45 credits towards a Bachelors in Science in Nursing (BSN).  


A Student-Centered Progression

A pre-licensure Associate Degree in Nursing gives you a great start on the path to career advancement in the high-demand, high-wage world of nursing . You can get your BSN in just one more year as a full-time student… and after that, how far you choose to take your education is up to you.

Because you complete the first three years of a four-year degree at a community college, the DTA/MRP degree allows you to spend significantly less money on your BSN.

The DTA/MRP also makes it easy to transfer to several local colleges. See DTA/MRP Advising Worksheet.

DTA/MRP Prerequisites

  1. Before entering the DTA/MRP program, students must have an active Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential. This keeps this program to a more manageable length and credit load for students. Depending on the training site, it may take up to 12 weeks to obtain a CNA. Nearby programs are listed here.
  2. Refer to DTA/MRP prerequisites.


Learn More about Nursing

In order to better assist students in understanding the nursing profession, and to understand the important steps in applying to the Nursing program, we expect prospective students to review the information in the Nursing Packet.

We invite you to bring your questions to a Nursing Information Session. Pre-registration is not required for these sessions

Please print out the parking permit for your session. You can park in any unmarked stall and place the pass in the front window on the driver's side of the car. Parking lot B, C and D are closest if you can find parking there.

Nursing Program Information Sessions
Date Time Bldg. Room Parking
10/23/18 3:30pm - 5:00pm 13 222 Permit
11/20/18 5:00pm - 6:30pm 13 222 Permit
12/19/18 9:00am - 10:30am 13 122 Permit 



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Student Achievement Data

TCC has helped hundreds of nursing students achieve their goals. 

91.18% NCLEX pass rates for 2017 
89% 2017-18 program completion rate for generic nursing students
92% 2016-17 program completion rate for LPN nursing students


Graduate and Employer Satisfaction

Employers are highly satisfied with TCC nursing students. 

81%  of 2016-17 survey respondents were employed as an RN
88% of survey respondents feel the program prepared them to be an RN.
100% of 2017-18 employer survey respondents are extremely satisfied to satisfied with the TCC graduate

Additional Information


If you have questions about prerequisites and how courses transfer in, please call our advising department at 253-566-6091 and make an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor.


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