Academic Catalog

Associate in Pre-Nursing Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
DTA/MRP Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Students are required to be proficient in intermediate algebra, which is a prerequisite to the math courses included in this program. Individual courses may have prerequisites.

Associate of Arts and Science Degree
Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

Designed for the student who wishes to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at a four-year university. The Associate in Pre-Nursing degree offers a broad spectrum of academic courses that prepare students for upper-division coursework leading to the Bachelor of Science, Nursing Degree (entry-to-practice/basic BSN). Pre-nursing graduates are prepared to apply to BSN programs at various institutions across Washington State, including the following baccalaureate institutions that are participants in this agreement with the community and technical college system: University of Washington, Seattle; Washington State University; Northwest University; Seattle University; Seattle Pacific University; Pacific Lutheran University; Walla Walla University; and the Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing (WSU-ICN), a consortium whose members include Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga, and Whitworth. Associate degree transfers to WSU-ICN are admitted through WSU, not through the other consortium institutions.

This degree program streamlines preparation for the basic BSN pathway across the state. It does not, however, guarantee acceptance into a BSN program. 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.

CPTC does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

It’s recommended that students pursuing the Pre-Nursing Degree contact their potential transfer institutions early in their program regarding specific course choices in each area where electives are listed.

To receive the DTA degree, students must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative college-level GPA and have completed at least 90 quarter hours of transferable credit that include a minimum of 60 quarter hours of general education courses as shown below. 

Elective note

A specific elective course may be credited toward no more than one distribution or skill area requirement. A maximum of 10 elective credits may be in college-level courses as defined by CPTC, and the remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution. Select courses appropriate for intended major and intended bachelor’s institution. Students should contact an advisor at the potential transfer institution regarding their interests and specific course choices.

Northwest University and Walla Walla University require that the second English composition class be a research writing class.

UW Seattle and Seattle University require 10 credits in quantitative/symbolic reasoning with the additional class in college algebra or pre-calculus (at UW Seattle, a class in logic also serves for the additional class).

A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). The credits gained in sociology and humanities courses provide opportunities for such a curriculum.

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 to their junior year.

Introductory survey courses or review courses do not meet the content level expectations for these natural science requirements.

UW Seattle requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for three out of the seven natural sciences courses (or 2.8 for four out of the seven) at the time of application when some of the coursework may not yet be completed.

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 their junior year.

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 and other electives that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their nursing curriculum.

Humanities Electives available through CPTC:

  • ART& 100  Art Appreciation, 5 credits
  • ASL& 121 or 122 American Sign Language I or II, 5 credits
  • MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation, 5 credits

(Note: Only one 100 level language course may be used to meet the humanities requirement)

Notes

  1. Admission application deadlines vary. Students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for admission to transfer.
  2. 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. Although some nursing programs note minimum GPA requirements for nursing prerequisites and other required courses, meeting the minimum requirements does guarantee nursing admission. It is strongly recommended that students check with their transferring institution for GPA requirements.
  3. 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 advisors 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.
  4. 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 foreign language at the college level, if two years of high school foreign language has not been completed.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
ENGL& 235Technical Writing5
MATH& 146Introduction to Stats5
CMST& 220Public Speaking5
Humanities Elective5
Humanities Elective5
PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology5
PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5
SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology5
BIOL& 160General Biology W/Lab5
BIOL& 241Human A & P 15
BIOL& 242Human A & P 25
BIOL& 260Microbiology5
CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry5
CHEM& 131Introduction to Organice/Biochemistry5
NUTR& 101Nutrition5
Computer Literacy Requirements3
5-Credit Elective5
5-Credit Elective5
 Technical Credits93

English Composition I

Item #
ENGL& 101
Total Credits
5

Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.

 

Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 77 in writing and 81 in reading. Placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Technical Writing

Item #
ENGL& 235
Total Credits
5

Focuses on technical writing skills and projects for industry and professions. Strong emphasis will be placed on principles of good writing and research techniques. Students will use appropriate technology and research to prepare letters, resumes, reports, proposals, newsletters, specifications, and other writing tasks typically required in a technical work setting. Discovery and knowledge of workplace ethics and guidelines as they pertain to writing will be researched, discussed, and used to enhance research. Requires use of technology including, but not limited to, computers, printers, and scanners. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of ENGL& 101.
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Introduction to Stats

Item #
MATH& 146
Total Credits
5

Descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency, dispersion or variation, and skewness. Students are introduced to basic concepts in probability, as well as discrete and continuous probability distribution functions. Statistical inference includes sampling, elementary experimental design, and hypothesis testing using normal, student’s T, and F-distributions; linear regression and correlation; and the chi-square distribution. Graphing calculator is required. 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS placement score (algebra 76 or above or college algebra 48 or above) or successful completion of MAT 099 is required.
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Public Speaking

Item #
CMST& 220
Total Credits
5

An Open Course Library class with inexpensive course materials. Assists students in developing real-world oral communication skills. Capture the dynamics of today’s business realities and see the benefits of effective communication. Selection of topics, library research, analysis, oral style, use of visual aids, and preparation and delivery of various types of speeches and oral presentations are included. The Internet, email, community interaction, and other practical tools support student learning and increase public speaking skills. Emphasis is placed on principles of cultural diversity.

 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS (81 in reading)/SLEP placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Humanities Elective

Total Credits
5
Note: Only one 100 level language course may be used to meet the humanities requirement
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Humanities Elective

Total Credits
5
Note: Only one 100 level language course may be used to meet the humanities requirement
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General Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 100DIV
Total Credits
5

Surveys the knowledge and methods of the discipline of psychology. Presents a broad view of this subject and establishes the foundation for further study of the discipline. Emphasis will be placed on applying psychological knowledge to daily situations, and on accessing and assessing information about behavior from a variety of sources. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed.

 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100.
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Lifespan Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 200
Total Credits
5

Introduces the milestones of human development from conception to death. It describes the physical, cognitive, and social growth of people, with special attention to various cultural contexts of development and the rich diversity of individuals. The content is drawn from research and theories in developmental psychology. Students are expected to integrate their personal experiences, knowledge of psychology, and their observations of human development with the content of this course. Implications for parenting, education, and social policymaking will be discussed so that students may apply course information to meaningful problems. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100.
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Introduction to Sociology

Item #
SOC& 101DIV
Total Credits
5

Focuses on understanding and applying the sociological perspective, which stresses the importance of the impact of social forces external to the individual in shaping people’s lives and experiences. Topics studied will include socialization, social interaction, culture, groups, social structure, deviance, social inequality, social class, race, gender, institutions (political, economic, educational, and family), collective behavior and social change. Students will be asked to learn the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives of sociology; to see how these operate in terms of social processes, structures, and events; and to apply this knowledge to better understand the social world.

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS (81 in reading, 77 in writing)/SLEP placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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General Biology W/Lab

Item #
BIOL& 160
Total Credits
5

Provides an introduction to cellular biology for students preparing for the health professions. Major concepts include the structure, reproduction, and metabolism of cells; genetics; ecological perspectives; and evolutionary biology. 

Prerequisites
COMPASS reading score of 81 and writing score of 77 or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Human A & P 1

Item #
BIOL& 241
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the first course of the two-quarter study of body structure and related physiology on cellular through system levels. Includes an in-depth study of cells; tissues; and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and sensory systems. Laboratory component included. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of BIOL& 160 with a grade of 2.0 or better and CHEM& 110 with a grade of 2.0 or better.
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Human A & P 2

Item #
BIOL& 242
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the second course of the two-quarter study of body structure and related physiology on cellular through system levels. Includes an in-depth study of body organization and cardiovascular and lymphatic physiological processes. Includes immunology, respiratory, digestive, metabolic, excretory, reproductive and endocrine systems. Laboratory component included. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of BIOL& 160 with a grade of 2.0 or better and CHEM& 110 with a grade of 2.0 or better.
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Microbiology

Item #
BIOL& 260
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the content of diversity, structure, and physiology of beneficial and harmful microbes. Laboratory practice in identification of microbial species through culturing, staining, and biochemical testing. Includes laboratory. 

Prerequisites
BIOL& 160 with a grade of 2.0 or better and CHEM& 110 with a grade of 2.0 or better.
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Intro to Chemistry

Item #
CHEM& 121
Total Credits
5

Understanding the metric system, atomic theory, bonding, quantitative relationships, solutions, gases, acids and bases, salts, and nuclear chemistry. Lab included.

Fall Quarter Lab Times

For Fall Quarter 2015, section 0515 will have lab times on Fridays from 8-9:50 a.m. from Sept. 25-Dec. 4.

Prerequisites
CHEM& 110 or high school chemistry; co-requisite: MAT 099 or higher or appropriate COMPASS placement concurrently with this course.
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Introduction to Organice/Biochemistry

Item #
CHEM& 131
Total Credits
5

This course is a survey of organic and biochemistry. The following topics are covered: Nomenclature of organic matter, alcohols, alkenes, organic acids and bases, amines & amides, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, and metabolic pathways.

Fall Quarter Lab Times

For Fall Quarter 2015, section 0516 will have lab times on Fridays from 2-3:50 p.m. from Sept. 24-Dec. 10.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CHEM& 121.
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Nutrition

Item #
NUTR& 101
Total Credits
5

An exploration of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and their role in growth, development, and optimal health throughout the lifespan. A study in the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract and its relation to digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients will be completed. Students will explore the role of nutrition in preventing nutrition-related diseases. A healthy dietary plan will be developed to assist students in making healthy changes in their nutritional status for themselves and other members of their community.

Prerequisites
ENGL& 101.
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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5-Credit Elective

Total Credits
5
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5-Credit Elective

Total Credits
5
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