Pre-Nursing - DTA/MRP (AA)

Academic Plans, known as programs, include a overview description and a summary of program requirements. You can search the online catalog via the the Academic Plan links on the right for a desired program or a specific course information. 

This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper-division Bachelor of Science, Nursing (entry-to-practice/basic BSN pathway) by completing a broad selection of academic courses. Many students transfer to the BSN program after completing the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program (RN-to-BSN pathway); however, this agreement is not applicable to and does not alter those ADN-to-BSN articulation agreements.

Students planning a career pathway in Nursing should seek advisement from Clark College's Advising Department early. Besides this degree, Clark has several consortial agreements with regard to degrees in Nursing.

This pathway streamlines preparation for the basic BSN pathway across the state. It does not, however, address the issue of significantly inadequate capacity (faculty, clinical opportunities, etc.) at the BSN level relative to workforce needs or current student interest. 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.

This document represents an agreement between the following baccalaureate institutions offering an entry-to-practice/basic BSN program and the community and technical colleges system. Baccalaureate institutions party to this agreement include: University of Washington, Seattle; Washington State University; Northwest University; Seattle University; Seattle Pacific University; Pacific Lutheran University; and Walla Walla University. The Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing (WSU-ICN) is a consortium whose members include Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga, and Whitworth. Associate degree transfers to WSU-ICN are admitted through WSU, but not through the other consortium institutions. EWU participated in the development of this agreement.

Though this degree does not require such, Clark College students should know that the standard Clark AA degree path has these differences from the MRP defined below:

  1. Clark requires 3 credits of Health-Physical Education coursework, and
  2. Clark's Social Science distribution requirement stipulates that students take courses from at least three different departments.

Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.

Students are responsible for researching and preparing for specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions as early as possible prior to transferring.

Clark College Equivalents

Basic Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I5
ENGL&102ENGLISH COMPOSITION II5
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
MATH&146INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS5
Distribution Requirements
Humanities
CMST&220PUBLIC SPEAKING (fulfills oral communication requirement)5
Select 10 term credits/units of other Humanities, five of which can be CMST10
Social Science
PSYC&100GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC&200LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY5
Select five credits/units of Sociology5
Natural Sciences
Select one from the following:5
SURVEY OF BIOLOGY (5 credits/units)
HUMAN BIOLOGY
and HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB 1 (5 credits/units)
GENERAL BIOLOGY W/LAB
BIOL&251
BIOL&252
BIOL&253
HUMAN A & P I
and HUMAN A & P II
and HUMAN A & P III
15
OR
BIOL&241
BIOL&242
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
and HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
10
BIOL&260MICROBIOLOGY5
CHEM&121INTRO TO CHEMISTRY: PRE-HEALTH5
CHEM&131INTRO TO ORGANIC/BIOCHEM5
NUTR&101NUTRITION 23
Electives
Elective Courses 310
Total Credits/Units90-96

Notes

Basic Requirements

Communication Skills

ENGL&102 is required at Northwest University and Walla Walla University.

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement

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).

Students should make sure that the receiving institution will accept the business statistics sequence prior to starting.

Distribution Requirements

Humanities

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

A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). Credits in the humanities distribution area provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. See the humanities choices in the WSU "Diversity Course Identification Guidelines" for possible selection or choose courses that include minority, non-Western, ethnic or other "area" studies.

Social Sciences

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 the junior year.

A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). The credits/units in sociology provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. See the sociology choices in the WSU "Diversity Course Identification Guidelines" for possible selection or choose courses that include minority, non-Western, ethnic or other "area" studies.

Natural Sciences

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

Northwest University requires 2 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 the junior year.

At the time of application, when some of the coursework may not yet be completed, UW Seattle requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for 3 out of the 7 courses or 2.8 for 4 out of the 7.

Students need to be aware that Clark College's nutrition class is only 3 credits, not the required 5 credits.

Electives

Elective Courses

See notes under humanities, social science and natural science.

A curriculum that provides students with an understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity is encouraged (required by WSU). The elective credits provide one opportunity for such a curriculum. See the choices in the WSU "Diversity Course Identification Guidelines" for possible course selection or select courses that include minority, non-Western, ethnic or other "area" studies.

Total Required Credits: 90

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills. (GE)