Associate Degree in Nursing

DTA/MRP (Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program)

New Admission Process Update (revised 2.9.24)

Tacoma Community College’s Nursing program is committed to reducing barriers for students to earn a nursing degree and is still developing a more equitable and holistic admission process. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this complex process. All future updates will be placed on this website once they have been finalized and implemented.

We have are very pleased to announce that beginning with the next application cycle, starting on June 1, 2024:

  • The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam will NO LONGER be required for admission to the traditional RN and the LPN to RN programs.
  • The CNA (NAC) certified nursing assistant credential will NO LONGER be required for admission to the traditional RN program.
  • Please note that applicants with specific healthcare experience and/or credentials (such as CNA/NAC, MA, EMT, RT, etc.) may receive additional points in the new scoring system, however the CNA/NAC credential is no longer mandatory.
  • Retakes or repeats for ANY pre-requisite course will NO LONGER carry a penalty such as deduction of points in the new scoring system. There continues to be no time limit on the age of prerequisite courses.
  • No changes will be made to the current required prerequisite courses and required grades.

Revision of the new scoring system and our final admission process are still in process, so we ask your continual patience as we develop a more equitable admission process.

Jillian T. Edwards, DNP, MN, BSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, RN
Associate Dean of Nursing
Tacoma Community College

 

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.

The new degree requires changes to the nursing pre-requisites, which increases the credits needed for graduation from 122 to 135. This change offers several advantages for the student, with the primary goal of a streamlined pathway to completing a bachelors in nursing.

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.

General Degree Option

The Associate in Nursing Degree (DTA/MRP) nursing program is designed for students who want to complete their prerequisites and nursing training at the community college level. After finishing prerequisites and our two year program, graduates are eligible to:

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

LPN to RN (Advanced Standing) Option

The Associate in Nursing Degree (DTA/MRP) LPN to RN Bridge nursing program is designed for students who are currently LPNs and want to complete their prerequisites and nursing training at the community college level.  After finishing prerequisites and our one year program, graduates are eligible to:

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

 

Accreditation

The Associates in Nursing Program at Tacoma Community College at the Tacoma campus in Tacoma, Washington is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associates in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program at their website Click Here.

Student Resources

  • Nursing Student Handbook
  • College Catalog
  • Access Services - Access Services provides reasonable accommodations and support services for students with disabilities 
  • Testing Accommodations - Students using testing accommodations must also schedule their tests with the Certification and Testing Center (not Access Services). This should be done with as much advance notice as possible. This process is explained in greater detail during the student’s intake appointment. The instructor will then receive an email from the Testing Center asking for the test to be sent to them. The instructor will complete the form “Instructions for Use of Access Services Accommodated Testing” and return it to the Testing Center with the test. When the test is complete it will be sent to the instructor for grading. 

Note: All students are responsible for all requirements of each specific course in the nursing program and accommodation for special needs does not guarantee that the same accommodation will be made for the student when taking the NCLEX exam for licensure.

A temporary disability will be handled in the same way as a permanent one. A written release from a primary care provider may be required to clear the student to perform all tasks.

Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements (Updated December 2022)

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Nursing Program at TCC has verified that our graduates are eligible for RN licensure in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. No determination has been made as to whether TCC nursing graduates are eligible for professional licensure in other states. Information regarding each state’s RN licensing requirements can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

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