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Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP

Transfers to Northwest University, PLU, SPU, SU, UW Seattle, Walla Walla College, WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing, Western Governor's University


This degree is intended to prepare students for Washington State upper division Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) programs by completing a broad selection of academic courses. Many SVC students transfer to a BSN program after completing their SVC Associate in Technical Arts (ATA) Registered Nursing degree (see Professional Technical ATA degrees); this Associate in Pre-Nursing degree is not applicable to SVC ATA-RN students.

Although this degree will be granted to SVC students completing a 2.0 GPA, entry into a Bachelor of Science Nursing program will require a higher GPA for admission. Admission is highly competitive and not guaranteed; it is important to perform your best in all SVC college classes. Seeking out an advisor/counselor early in your studies is highly recommended.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or above with a grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from SVC with an Associate in Pre-Nursing Degree. Credits must satisfy course requirements listed below.

Note: Common course numbers are in boldface italics.

1. Communication Skills (15 cr.)

  • English 101 (5 cr.)
  • English 103 or 104 (5 cr.)
  • Communication Studies 220 (5 cr.)

NOTE: Northwest University and Walla Wall College require English 104.

2. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

  • Mathematics 146

NOTE: UW Seattle and Seattle University require 10 credits in quantitative/symbolic reasoning with the additional class in college algebra or pre-calculus (at UW Seattle, a class in Logic also meets this requirement).

3. Physical Education (3 cr.)

  • Physical Education 100 (1 cr.)
  • Activities Courses-exclude PE 200, 204 and 205 (2 cr.)

NOTE: Three credits of PE count toward distribution. A maximum of six additional credits may be used toward "gray area" elective credit.

4. Integrative Learning Experiences

Integrative Learning Experiences include Learning Communities and Integrative Experiences.

A Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas of inquiry (e.g. sociology and literature, or physics and math, or speech and economics, or composition and philosophy). Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.

Integrative Experiences (IEs) are curricular or co-curricular experiences designed by faculty in which students demonstrate their ability to integrate information, concepts, analytical frameworks, and skills from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience. Integrative Experiences that are classes are indicated in the course schedule; co-curricular IEs are indicated in promotion and advising for the experience or project.

Two Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) are required. One ILE must be a Learning Community; the second Integrative ILE may be another Learning Community OR an Integrative Experience.

5. Diversity Requirement

At least one Diversity Intensive course is required. Students should use the SVC online quarterly class schedule search or consult with their faculty advisor or counselor to identify courses that fulfill this requirement.

6. Distribution Requirements (65 cr.)

Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. These courses may also satisfy Interdisciplinary and Skills Designated course requirements.

Areas of Study
A. Natural Sciences (35 cr.)
  • Biology 211, 241, 242, 260
  • Chemistry 121, 131
  • Nutrition 101
B. Social Sciences (20 cr.)
  • Anthropology 206
  • Psychology 100, 200
  • Sociology 101
C. Humanities (15 cr.)

Select courses from the AA-DTA degree Arts distribution from at least two disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. No more than 5 credits may be applied in world languages at the 100 level. No more than 5 cr. may be applied in performance/skill studio courses.