May 24, 2018
This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper-division Bachelor of Science-Nursing (entry-to-practice/basic BSN pathway) by completing a broad selection of academic courses. Many students transfer to the BSN program after completing the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program (RN to BSN pathway); however, this agreement is not applicable to and does not alter those ADN to BSN articulation agreements.
Due to high interest and limited space in BSN programs, admission to all BSN programs is highly competitive with many qualified applicants finding themselves on waiting lists for admission.
General Degree Requirements
- Minimum of 90 earned credits in courses numbered 100 or above is required to complete the AA-DTA degree. The 90 credits must include at least 60 Core Requirement credits, 15 General Transferable Elective (GTE) credits, and 15 General Elective credits.
- ENGL& 101 English Composition I - required
- COLLG 110 College Success required during the first or second quarter of attendance
- Earn the lesser of (at least) 20 college level credits or 25% of the credits applicable to the degree or certificate at Pierce College
- Cumulative college-level grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher is required
- 1.5 grade (C-) or better for all Core Requirement and GTE courses is required unless stated otherwise
- “Pass” (P) grades, independent study and cooperative work experience/work-based learning credits may be used for general elective credits only
- Once a course has been successfully completed, credits earned may be used in only one category
Communication Skills (10 Credits)
ENGL& 101 requires a 2.0 or higher grade. Second communications course requires a 1.5 or higher grade. Northwest University and Walla Walla College require that the second English composition class be a research writing class.
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 Credits)
MATH& 146 requires a 1.5 or higher grade. UW-Seattle and Seattle University require 10 credits in quantitative/symbolic reasoning with the addition class in college algebra or precalculus (at UW-Seattle, a class in Logic also serves for the additional). Intermediate Algebra proficiency is required.
Humanities (15 Credits)
Requires a 1.5 or higher grade. No more than 10 credits per discipline area. No more than five credits in world language at the 100 level. No more than five credits in performance/skills courses are allowed.
In order to better prepare for successful transfer, students are encouraged to consult with the institution(s) to which they wish to transfer regarding the humanities courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their nursing curriculum.
See the humanities choices in the WSU “Diversity Course Identification Guidelines” for possible selection or choose courses that include minority, non-western, ethic or other “area” studies. Selected from at least two disciplines.
- ART 101 Design, Beginning (5)
- ART 102 Design, Intermediate (5)
- ART 107 Photography, Beginning (5)
- ART 111 Drawing, Beginning (5)
- ART 112 Drawing, Intermediate (5)
- ART 113 Drawing, Advanced (5)
- ART 115 3-Dimensional Design (5)
- ART 150 Printmaking, Beginning (5)
- ART 201 Painting, Beginning (5)
- ART 202 Painting, Intermediate (5)
- ART 203 Painting, Advanced (5)
- ART 204 Watercolor, Beginning (5)
- ART 211 Beginning Sculpture (5)
- ART 260 Art in Motion: Real and Recorded (5)
- DRMA 170 Technical Film and Theatre I (5)
- DRMA 171 Technical Film and Theatre II (5)
- DRMA 172 Technical Film and Theatre III (5)
- DRMA 260 Acting for Stage and Digital Film I (5)
- DRMA 261 Acting for Stage and Digital Film II (5)
- DRMA 262 Acting for Stage and Digital Film III (5)
- DRMA 280 Production Practicum I (1-3)
- DRMA 281 Production Practicum II (1-3)
- DRMA 282 Production Practicum III (1-3)
- DRMA 283 Production Practicum IV (1-3)
- DRMA 284 Production Practicum V (1-3)
- DRMA 285 Production Practicum VI (1-3)
- MUSC 126 Beginning Class Guitar (1)
- MUSC 127 Intermediate Class Guitar (1)
- MUSC 144 Concert Choir (2)
- MUSC 147 Chamber Choir (2)
- MUSC 150 College Band (2)
- MUSC 157 Jazz Band (2)
- MUSC 160 Private Instruction: Arranging (1)
- MUSC 161 Private Instruction: Improvisation (1)
- MUSC 162 Private Instruction: Brass (1)
- MUSC 163 Private Instruction: Woodwind (1)
- MUSC 164 Private Instruction: Percussion (1)
- MUSC 165 Private Instruction: Voice (1)
- MUSC 166 Private Instruction: Orchestral Strings (1)
- MUSC 167 Private Instruction: Keyboard (1)
- MUSC 168 Private Instruction: Plectrum Strings (1)
- MUSC 170 Brass Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 171 Woodwind Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 172 Percussion Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 173 String Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 174 Vocal Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 181 Beginning Class Piano (1)
- MUSC 182 Intermediate Class Piano (1)
- MUSC 183 Advanced Class Piano (1)
- MUSC 244 Concert Choir (2)
- MUSC 247 Chamber Choir (2)
- MUSC 250 College Band (2)
- MUSC 254 College Orchestra (1)
- MUSC 257 Jazz Band (2)
- MUSC 260 Private Instruction: Arranging (1)
- MUSC 261 Private Instruction: Improvisation (1)
- MUSC 262 Priviate Instruction: Brass (1)
- MUSC 263 Private Instruction: Woodwind (1)
- MUSC 264 Private Instruction: Percussion (1)
- MUSC 265 Private Instruction: Voice (1)
- MUSC 266 Private Instruction: Orchestral Strings (1)
- MUSC 267 Private Instruction: Keyboard (1)
- MUSC 268 Private Instruction: Plectrum Strings (1)
- MUSC 270 Brass Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 271 Woodwind Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 272 Percussion Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 273 String Ensemble (1)
- MUSC 274 Vocal Ensemble (1)
Social Sciences (15 Credits)
Requires a 1.5 grade or higher.
Northwest University requires Cultural Anthropology and does not accept a course in the sociology discipline as a substitute. Students may be admitted to the BSN without Cultural Anthropology if they agree to complete the course at NU in the summer prior the junior year.
See the sociology choices in the WSU “Diversity Course Identification Guidelines” for possible selection or choose courses that include minority, non-western, ethnic or other “area” studies.
Natural Sciences (38 Credits)
Requires a 1.5 grade or higher. Introductory survey courses or review courses do not meet the content level expectations for these natural science requirements.
Northwest University requires two credits of Genetics as well. Students may be admitted to the BSN without Genetics if they agree to complete the course at NU in the summer prior to junior year.
At the time of application when some of the course work may not yet be completed, UW-Seattle requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for three out of the seven courses or 2.8 for four out of the seven.
General Electives (10 Credits)
Minimum of 1.0 grade is required. Five credits that meet the CM, QS, HM, NS or SS designation as stated on the AA-DTA degree lists. Up to five credits that are numbered 100 or above. A maximum of three physical activity (PE) credits can be applied to this degree.
Total Credits Required 93
- Admissions application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for admission to transfer.
- For admission to nursing as a major it is critical to note that grade point average requirements vary and admission is competitive across the several programs in Nursing.
- Certain schools may have additional “university-specific” requirements that are not pre-requisites to admission to the Nursing major but will need to be completed prior to graduation or, as noted above for NU, prior to commencement of nursing courses. Contact with advisor from individual schools for institutional requirements is highly recommended since this DTA may not meet every institution-specific graduation requirement. NU, for example requires Old Testament and New Testament in the summer prior to beginning nursing classes.
- Certain schools may have additional “university-specific” requirements for admission to the institution that are not prerequisites specifically identified in the DTA requirements. UW-Seattle, for example, requires 10 credits of a world language if the applicant has not completed two years of a single language in high school; PLU requires a year of a world language at the college level, if two years of high school world language has not been completed.