2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career.  The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. 

While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP  Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. 

Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their admission requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check admission requirements with your intended four-year school. In addition to education requirements you must be able to pass a criminal background check to be eligible for nursing program admission. Please talk with an advisor for more information.

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. Preparatory Chemistry

  • Course purpose: Nurses need to understand the basics of chemical concepts, including atomic structure, periodic properties, chemical bonding and chemical nomenclature.


  • Note: Please see your advisor if you took high school chemistry or have previously taken a chemistry course.

3. General Psychology

  • Course purpose: Nurses need to understand the basics of psychology and the human social experience and behavior with introduction to emotion, perception, neurological influences, learning and intelligence.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

Action Item: GPA Check

GPA check at the completion of each quarter throughout entire pathway, 1.5 minimum GPA for all courses and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Pierce College Nursing Program requires 3.0 minimum GPA for the following courses: ENG& 101, CHEM& 121, PSYC& 200, BIO& 241, BIO& 242, BIO& 260; one repeat allowed per course (W, NC, R). Check admission requirements of desired transfer university or college. 

4. Inorganic Chemistry

5. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: As a nurse you will be writing care plans, documentation of patient conditions, research, and technical writing. It is important to be able to clearly communication in written format to ensure good patient care.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course. 

6. Introduction to Statistics

  • Course purpose: It is important to have understanding of statistics since they have a direct impact on making judgements in patient care and are used when examining the need to change policies or procedures.


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options.

7. General Biology w/Lab

8. Lifespan Psychology

  • Course purpose: Nurses need to understand normal transition of aging across the lifespan in order to effectively work with patients at various stages of their development.

9. Social Science Course with Diversity Emphasis Requirement

Choose one.

Action Item: Visit Transfer Nursing Programs

Visit transfer nursing programs to which you will be applying in order to learn more about the programs and application requirements.

10. Human Anatomy & Physiology 1

  • Course purpose: Nurses need this course to understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This is essential in being able to understand the physiology and patho-physiology of disease process.

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

11. Introduction Organic and Biochemistry

Action Item: Review Nursing Application Due Dates

Review application due dates for nursing programs. Apply to nursing programs.

12. Human Anatomy & Physiology 2

  • Course purpose: Nurses need this course to understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This is essential in being able to understand the physiology and patho-physiology of disease process.

13. Humanities Communication Requirement

Choose one.

14. Nutrition

  • Course purpose: Nurses need to understand basics of human nutrition needs, composition of foods, vitamins/minerals and relation to disease processes.

15. Microbiology

  • Course purpose: In this field you need to be able  to understand the microbiological principles of cellular function. This will be essential in understanding physiology and patho-physiology of disease process.

16. English Composition II

17. Humanities Course Recommendation

Choose two of the humanities or world language courses listed below. Only one world language course counts toward the humanities distribtion area.

Humanities Options

·World Languages

Only one world language course counts toward the humanities distribtion area.

If you have taken two years of a world language in high school, please see an advisor before signing up for a world language course.

If you are uncertain whether you have fulfilled the world language requirement for a transfer institution, please see your advisor.

Program Code: PREN

Total Credits: 91