Pre-Nursing (Associate of Science) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Associate of Science - Transfer (LASDTAS)

This pathway is designed for students who wish to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at a four-year college or university. The Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Pre-Nursing to BSN is intended for students who want to take their science ...

This pathway is designed for students who wish to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at a four-year college or university. The Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Pre-Nursing to BSN is intended for students who want to take their science and general education classes at North to prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university to being their nursing classes and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree,.

Students in this pathway develop skills in applying and communicating fundamental concepts/principles of science to one's daily life, demonstrating the process of scientific inquiry, solving problems analytically, and thinking critically. In addition, students will learn verbal communication, and group communication and collaborations, and awareness of human behavior and thinking that will serve them in both personal and professional capacities. Competencies in these areas consistently rank at the top of employer wish lists. The role of the nurse is more important than ever, as communities are currently in an era of provider shortages. In fact, nursing make up the largest healthcare profession in the United States. They work in a variety of settings, which include clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and community settings.

Students completing this track are not eligible to take the 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 in Nursing Direct Transfer Degree/Major Related Program (AN DTA.MRP).

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer (LASDTAS) Full time : 6 90

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Before Quarter One

Step 1: Apply and register at North Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter and start at any placement level.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
To-Do List
English Composition I
5 units
HUM105 or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
Precalculus I
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
To-Do List
Intro to Chemistry
5 units
Introduction to Stats
5 units
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
To-Do List
General Biology w/ Lab
5 units
Intro to Organic/Biochem
5 units
Composition II
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Contact Nursing department at potential universities.
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair.
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
  • Consider possible internships.
Computers for Math & Sci
5 units
Human A & P 1
5 units
VLPA or World Language I
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
To-Do List
Human A & P 2
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies and Global Studies
5 units
General Psychology
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
  • Check in with university for transfer plan.
5 units
Public Speaking
5 units
Lifespan Psychology
5 units

More Information

Tuition and Funding

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2024-25.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit North's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Learn more about the estimated cost of attendance and general fees to attend college.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor's degree, additional training, and licensure (NCLEX completion) or higher will be required for most careers listed below. Examples include: 

  • Public Health Nurse
  • Care Coordinator or Navigator
  • RN Case Manager
  • Pediatrics Nursing
  • Health Educator
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Nursing Manager
  • Surgical Nurse
  • ICU Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Legal Consultancy Nurse
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

 For current employment and wage estimates, please visit

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this associates degree, additional education opportunities include: 

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or related degree at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in a healthcare field at one of the Seattle Colleges.

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Pre-nursing graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Direct transfer agreements do not guarantee admission and/or admission to particular programs.

Program and admission requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Additional Information

Please see the pre-nursing guide for more information about this pathway. 

Area of Study

Health and Medical

Advising Contact

Contact the Health and Medical Area of Study Advisor