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Pre-Nursing (Allied Health AAS-T) to Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN/RN)

Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

This pathway is designed for students who wish to prepare for an Associate's degree in nursing (ADN/RN) and will give you a solid career foundation in the healthcare field. Popular among registered nurses (RNs), the ADN provides opportunities to work in entry-level nursing positions.Students typically need to complete 45 units ...

This pathway is designed for students who wish to prepare for an Associate's degree in nursing (ADN/RN) and will give you a solid career foundation in the healthcare field. Popular among registered nurses (RNs), the ADN provides opportunities to work in entry-level nursing positions.

Students typically need to complete 45 units before they can apply for admission to an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. This pathway has been designed for students who wish to fulfill prerequisite coursework for Seattle Colleges' Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) RN program by earning an Associate of Applied Science-Transfer in Allied Health. This pathway should also work for other ADN programs in the area, please confirm with other colleges. Entry to ADN programs can be limited. Students should consider applying to multiple ADN programs to improve their chances of admission.

In this pathway, you'll complete your general education prerequisites in areas such as biology, chemistry, math, English, and psychology. The pathway also includes required co-requisite course work associated with Seattle Colleges' ADN program.

Upon completion of this course work, students will have an opportunity to apply for admission into Seattle Colleges' ADN program. Attend a mandatory nursing information session to learn more about other admission requirements needed for entry into the Seattle Colleges' ADN program.

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 ADN program. 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Full time : 8 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.

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.

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.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 Units

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
To-Do List
English Composition I
5 units
Optional: HUM105 Intercultural Communication
5 units
Intermediate Algebra
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Research and develop a list of Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs.


Intro to Chemistry
5 units
Introduction to Stats
5 units
General Psychology
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
To-Do List
General Biology w/ Lab
5 units
Optional: PHIL 102, PHIL 110, or PHIL 111
5 units
Optional: ENGL&102
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan and confirm your program of study with your assigned advisor.
AHE111: Nursing Assistant
12 units
AHE111: Essential Skills in Healthcare
2 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Take licensure exam for Nursing Assistant-Certified (NA-C).
  • Prepare for Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test or other required admission exams with study guides.
Optional: NUTR&101
5 units
Human A & P 1
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Apply to ADN programs.
  • Take the TEAS or other required admission exams.


Human A & P 2
5 units
Lifespan Psychology
5 units
Quarter 7
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Apply for the AAS-T degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
  • Apply for Summer financial aid.


5 units
Quarter 8
Other Allied Health courses such as AHE, PHA.
11 units

More Information

An ADN degree, additional training, and licensure (NCLEX completion) or higher will be required for most careers listed below.  

  • 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


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

  • An Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or a related degree at the Seattle Colleges or another 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.

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

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

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.

Area of Study

Health and Medical

Advising Contact

Contact the Health and Medical Area of Study Advisor