Transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. 


The role of the nurse is more important than ever, as communities are currently in an era of provider shortages. In fact, nurses make up the largest health care profession in the United States. They work in a variety of settings, which includes clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and community settings.

TCC offers courses that cover the first two years of a typical four-year college nursing program (college-level courses). This Pre-Nursing transfer degree is intended for students who want to take science and general education classes at Tacoma Community College to prepare to transfer to a four year school to begin their nursing classes and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Students completing this track are not eligible to take National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nursing until they complete their BSN program. Students wishing to become a registered nurse directly after completing their associate degree should talk with an advisor about an Associate of Arts in Nursing (DTA/MRP).



Pre-Nursing Degree

If a 4-year nursing degree is your goal, TCC offers a pre-nursing college transfer program. A graduate who has completed the Associate of Arts in Pre-Nursing Degree may articulate into a bachelor's degree program at a 4-year institution.

Program Planning
Career Options

Associate of Arts in Pre-Nursing Degree


While in high school, students should pursue all available courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Advising Degree Worksheet (docx)

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.


Core Requirements (15 Credits) 
Number Title Credits
A Written Communication Skills (10 Credits)  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
and and  
ENGL& 102 Composition II: Argument and Persuasion 5
or or  
ENGL 103 Composition III: Writing about Literature 5
  Quantitative Skills (5 Credits)  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
Distribution Requirements and Electives (75 Credits) 
Number Title Credits
A Humanities (15 Credits)  
CMST 110  Mulitcultural Communication  5
or or  
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication 5
or or  
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
and and  
Electives Select two additional courses from the approved Humanities distribution course list.*  10
  Social Science (15 Credits)  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (M) 5
Elective Select 5 credits of Sociology (SOC) courses from the Social Sciences section of the Approved Distribution Course List.
  Natural Sciences (35 Credits)  
BIOL& 160 Fundamentals of Cell Biology 5
BIOL& 260 General Microbiology 5
BIOL& 241 & 242 Human Anatomy & Physiology 10
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry 5
CHEM& 131 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 5
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition  5
  Additional Requirements (10 Credits)  
PE 100 Total Fitness  2
Elective PE Activity 1



 Select from courses listed under the Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or General Distribution Courses sections of the Approved Distribution Course List.
Electives  Select courses numbered 100 or above that are not PE activity courses
Total Credits 90  
*At least one course (5 credits) must be from a discipline other than communication studies (CMST). No more than five credits of studio /performance/skills courses may be used to satisfy this requirement. No more than five credits in World Languages at the 100 level can be applied.



This path is designed to prepare students who are planning to transfer at the junior level to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) at a 4-year college or university. Students completing the Associate of Arts in Pre-Nursing degree, and who have met the GPA requirement for the BSN program to which they are applying, will have met the prerequisites necessary to apply to most upper-division nursing programs in Washington State.

Program Planning

Students should meet with an advisor as soon as they are admitted to Tacoma Community College. Many courses have prerequisites that are offered only once or twice a year, and/or are sequential. Careful selection of classes each quarter is necessary to complete the program without delay.

Certain schools may have additional university specific requirements for admission to the institution. For example, some universities require 2 years of high school or 2 or 3 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 advisors at the 4-year institutions you are considering attending early in the process.

Transfer Options

Learn more about transferring to a four year institution:   

Sample Schedule
Fall Winter Spring
ENGL& 101 (5)
Humanities (5)*
CHEM& 121 (5)
PE 100 (2)
ENGL& 102 (5) or 103 (5)**
PSYC& 100 (5)
CHEM& 131 (5)
PE Activity (1)
MATH& 146 (5)
PSYC& 200 (5) (M)
BIOL& 160 (5)
Fall Winter Spring
Humanities (5)*
NUTR& 101 (5)
BIOL& 241 (5) 
Sociology Elective (5)
CMST& 220 (5)
BIOL& 242 (5)

BIOL& 260 (5)
Elective (5)

Distribution Elective (2)


*At least one course (5 credits) of Humanities distribution courses must be from a discipline other than Communication Studies (CMST). Humanities distribution may include a maximum of five credits in world language at the 100 level, no more than five credits of performance skills classes are allowed. Recommend that students meet with an advisor at the individual Universities to identify Humanity courses that best support their requirements.
**Certain schools require a second English course be a research and writing class (English 102).
M = Multicultural course
Humanities courses must be chosen from the Humanities distribution list. PE activity credits cannot be used as electives.
Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
Admittance to BSN programs are highly competitive and completion of the pre-nursing associate degree does not guarantee admission. Application deadlines vary; check with the college to which you are applying for specific dates.
Participating 4-year universities include: UW Seattle, WSU, Northwest U, Seattle U, SPU, PLU, Walla Walla University, and the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing (WSU-ICN).


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