Pre-Nursing | Cascadia College
AOI Programe



Associate in Pre-Nursing, DTA/MRP

Area of Interest:

Health and Wellness

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of in-person (web enhanced), hybrid and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level.

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study.

Math& 146 Intro to Statistics. (See potential transfer institution for other math requirements.)


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact: 

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Be sure to connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide shows Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry   
  • COLL 101 College Strategies  
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I  
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics    
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology   
    PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 

30-60 credits

  • ENGL& 102 Composition II  
  • BIOL& 211 Majors Cellular 
  • BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1   
  • CHEM& 131 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry   
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking   
  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition   

60-90 credits

  • BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology  
  • *Elective Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • *Choose two Humanities Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • *Social Science Distribution Requirement (Suggested Sociology Classes View Choice Classes) 

*If not already completed, be sure to plan to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150 and additional EDP class.

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits.  EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated. See the Cascadia catalog for the complete list of EDP designated courses.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area, view choice classes below or check the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.


  • CMST 105 Professional Communication   
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication   
  • CMST& 230 Small Group Communication- Leadership Dynamics    
  • CMST 251 Intercultural Communication   
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems   
  • PHIL& 115 Critical Thinking   
  • PHIL 242 Biomedical Ethics 
  • World Languages (American Sign Language or Spanish)

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology   
  • SOC& 201 Social Problems   
  • SOC 231 Gender and Sexuality in Society
  • SOC 241 Love, Relationships, and Families
  • SOC 271 Sociology of Deviance

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth, and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Program Elective Credits:

  • ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH& 235 Cross Cultural Medicine
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Pre-Nursing -Major Related Programs (MRP)/Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

At Cascadia, we offer an Associate in Pre-Nursing – Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Programs (MRP) that prepares you to transfer to a 4-year university.

Most Major Related Programs (MRP) help you prepare to transfer into high demand bachelor’s degree programs that require specific courses in the first two years. Business, biology, engineering and nursing are a few examples. Each MRP is based on of the statewide transfer agreements: Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) or the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) and can reduce the time it takes to complete a specific bachelor degree pathway.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

Bellevue College

Everett Community College

Olympic College

Skagit Valley College

Shoreline College    

Tacoma Community College

University of Washington, Seattle

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Center for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals.

Career Possibilities

Potential Careers in this field include working as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and Nursing Assistant, all of which require different levels of education and training.  Nursing in general is a caring profession in health services. Nurses provide care to ill and injured patients, and support other medical professionals. 

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online. O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry and more. Or visit The Washington State’s Board of Nursing – Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. 

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals. 

Some job opportunities may also exist in business corporations, non-profits and Tribal Enterprises.

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