PsychologyAssociate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)
This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with a concentration in Psychology. Completion of this degree opens doors to entry level employment in many sectors including non-profit, social work, healthcare, education, business, and government.
It also allows you to transfer at the junior level into a Psychology program at a four-year college or university.
Students in this pathway develop an awareness of human behavior and thinking that will serve them in both personal and professional capacities.
Other skills that are developed in psychology are: scientific literacy in reading and writing, critical thinking, familiarity with research, interpersonal
awareness, group communication and collaboration, problem solving skills, information-finding skills, and time management. Competencies in these
areas consistently rank at the top of employer wish lists.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)
|Full time : 6
You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.
Before Quarter One
- Pre-College or Transitional Studies Math (if needed)
- Pre-College or Transitional Studies English (if needed)
- Apply for Financial Aid and other funding before your first quarter. Visit the Financial Aid Office to explore how to pay for college.
- Transfer previous college credits to North if applicable.
- Attend New Student Orientation.
- Explore placement options: take the math and English placement tool if needed.
- Make an informed choice on the number of units to take each quarter.
- F-1 international students must enroll full time (12+ units) each quarter and check in with the International Programs office before the start of the quarter if enrolling in less than 12 units and/or before starting any work or volunteer experience.
- If you need academic accommodations for a documented disability, please contact Disability Services.
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 List90 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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- Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to meet and discuss your goals. Learn more about Starfish here.
- Explore careers and majors through workshops, counseling and career services.
- Come to the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects.
- Visit the Student Learning Center to learn about tutoring services offered in-person and online.
- Check out campus life: Student Clubs and Affinity Groups, TRIO, Equity & Welcome Center, Wellness Center, etc.
- 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 four-year colleges and universities.
- Attend transfer events at North and universities of interest.
- Visit North's Transfer webpage for transfer information.
- Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
- Apply to participate in the Undergraduate Research Festival at the University of Washington.
- Apply for the AA-DTA degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
- Check in with university for transfer plan.
- Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
- Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
Tuition and Funding
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.
A Psychology pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include:
- Career Counselor
- Criminal Investigator
- Management Consultant
- Human Resources Specialist
- Corrections Officer
- Community Organizer
- Social Services Aide
- News or Technical Writer
- Public Relations Specialist
- Research Assistant
- Preschool Teacher
- Investment Fund Manager
- Volunteer Coordinator
A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit
Future Education Opportunities
Once you complete the AA-DTA degree, additional education opportunities include:
- A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Psychology, or related field at a four-year university.
- A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree 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. Psychology graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. 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.
Area of StudySocial Sciences, Humanities, and Language
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
NSC Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103https://northseattle.edu/programs/psychology
Contact the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Languages Area of Study advisor.
Phone: (206) 934-3658