Nursing - Associate in Pre-Nursing

Associate in Pre-Nursing - DTA/MRP

Nursing - Associate in Pre-Nursing

About The Program

The Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP Degree prepares students to transfer to an entry-to practice baccalaureate degree program in Nursing (BSN) and meets pre-requisite course requirements for entry into an Associate in Nursing Degree DTA/MRP program at community colleges in Washington. Students are encouraged to continue their education in a BSN program after completing the Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree at LCC.

The Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP is applicable to other pre-healthcare programs such as dental hygiene or radiography technician. Please consult with the transfer institution and your academic advisor.

This degree includes pre-requisite coursework for pre-licensure BSN programs at participating baccalaureate institutions, which include University of Washington, Washington State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and Walla Walla University. Additional institutions may accept this degree. Each institution may have specific requirements. Students must contact the potential transfer institution and work closely with their advisor to ensure specific requirements are met. Students completing this degree who have also met any specific institutional requirements will be regarded as having the minimum preparation for consideration for admission to the institution's Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total credits required to earn this degree: 90

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):
  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):
  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:
  • Examine foundational concepts in the natural sciences (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition) and the social sciences (sociology and psychology) as they apply to the field of healthcare.
  • Communicate effectively in written and spoken English.
  • Describe the role of statistical concepts in research.
  • Examine the many influences on and expression of the human condition and human experience.
  • Complete preparation for further education in nursing.

Effective Summer 2022


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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