Pre-Nursing for Transfer to BSN Program

About the Pre-Nursing Pathway

This pathway has been designed for students who wish to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at a four-year college of university. The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Pre-Nursing is intended for students who want to take their science and general education classes at North 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 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 collaboration, 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, nurses make up the largest healthcare profession in the United States. They work in a variety of settings, which includes clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and community settings.

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 in Nursing Direct Transfer Degree/Major Related Program (AN DTA/MRP).

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), general,Track 1 or Track 2.

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Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

Career Opportunities

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

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete the AA-DTA 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.

Special Note: Many BSN programs require hands-on healthcare experience with a minimum of 100 hours, although most complete a least 1000 hours. It is recommended that students earn their Nursing Assistant Certification (NA-C) to earn the necessary hours and experience required for admission requirements.

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

Length of Program

90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits* each term.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, qualify for more financial aid, and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster.

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

North offers courses on-campus in the day, evenings, online, or hybrid (part on-campus, part online), and occasional Saturdays. Check the class schedule for the latest offerings.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter

Full-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1555 (WA State residents)
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$3297.95 (International students)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

All students in need should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Visit Financial Aid to learn more about the application steps and types of financial aid available, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back. You do not need to be a full-time student to receive financial aid funds.