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Nursing: Associate Degree in Nursing

Direct Transfer Agreement - Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

The Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree prepares students for the challenging career of being a registered nurse. The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The program’s courses include nursing theory, labs and clinical practice at regional hospitals and facilities. Applications for admission are accepted in fall and winter quarters. See the Nursing Program website for specific information on prerequisites, corequisites, application deadlines and admission procedures. Graduates are awarded an Associate in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination NCLEX-RN and apply for a license as a registered nurse in Washington State.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Direct Transfer Agreement - Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) Full Time: 9
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
135.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

The 45 credits of Program Prerequisites listed below are included in the total credits required for the program.

Course Course ID Credits Availability

This course is a one quarter intro to biology. Basic biological concepts will be introduced, with an emphasis on biological molecules, cell structures and processes, genetics, evolution, and a survey of biodiversity. Includes lab.

BIOL& 160 5.0

Covers fundamental principles and establishes a basis for advanced study of anatomy and physiology and clinically related subjects in the paramedical fields. Includes lab.

BIOL& 241 5.0

Fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology presented in lecture and laboratory. Designed to establish a basis for studying clinically related subjects in the paramedical fields. Includes lab.

BIOL& 242 5.0

Fundamentals of microbiology. Topics include bacterial cell biology, growth and growth control, metabolism, genetics, identification, viruses, human innate and adaptive immune systems, host-bacteria interactions, immunization, infectious disease epidemiology, and antibacterial drugs. Includes lab.

BIOL& 260 5.0

Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM&121) is intended for non-science and allied health majors. Completion of CHEM&121 along with either CHEM&131 or CHEM&122 fulfills the chemistry requirement for many health science majors (e.g. nursing, dental hygiene, etc). This lab science course covers the fundamentals of chemistry, including the following topics: measurements, atomic structure, types of reactions, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and acid-base chemistry.

CHEM& 121 5.0

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

ENGL& 101 5.0

(Formerly MATH 109) Covers descriptive methods, probability and probability distributions, samples, decisions, hypothesis testing and statistical inferences. Fulfills QSR requirement for A.A. degree.

MATH& 146 5.0

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior including research methods, brain and behavior, learning, cognitive psychology, development, personality, abnormal psychology, and social thinking and behavior. Additional topics may include: emotions, perception, motivation, intelligence, genes and evolution, and health.

PSYC& 100 5.0

Survey of human physical, psychological, and sociocultural development from conception through death. Emphasis on major developmental theories, research and research methods of studying lifespan development.

PSYC& 200 5.0

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.


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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (206) 934-4068. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements.


Coursework

*These may be taken before entering the nursing program (preferred) or during the nursing program. All general education requirements should be completed before entry to the sixth quarter of the nursing program so graduation is not delayed.

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Continuation of the composition sequence with further instruction and practice in the writing process, concentrating on critical reading and writing techniques needed for the preparation and completion of documented essays.

ENGL& 102 5.0

Examines the skills in communication and empathy required for intercultural communication. Includes an interdisciplinary study of diverse cultures and perspectives in the United States in the context of economic, political, and cultural globalization.

HUM 105 5.0

Course Substitute : PHIL 110 - Intro to Social Ethics ( 5 credits ) or PHIL 111 - Introduction to Bioethics (5 credits )

Covers philosophical consideration of some of the major moral problems of modern society and civilization, such as discrimination, abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, world hunger and homelessness. Examines the issue of what means are justified in trying to bring about social change.

PHIL 102 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Introduction to the profession of nursing and core nursing concepts organized around the framework of Gordon's Functional Health Patterns. Covers principles of critical thinking, use of the nursing process, the role of the nurse in health care, cultural views of health, and principles of growth and development.

NURS 101 4.0

Focuses on comprehensive understanding of the physiology of homeostasis and the effects of patient self-efficacy, culture, environment, and illness. Covers alterations of fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, chronic neurological conditions, sensory deficits, diabetes, and wound care from the perspective of Gordon's Functional Health Patterns.

NURS 102 3.0

Focuses on the application of the nursing process to patients from the perspective of Gordon's functional health patterns. Emphasizes the care of adult patients with nutrition-metabolic, activity-exercise, and elimination functional health patterns. Pharmacology related to the course content and patient responses to cultural practices and beliefs are integrated.

NURS 103 3.0

Builds upon the application of foundational nursing concepts and skills in the laboratory environment. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns and the nursing process are used as the framework for assessment and patient-centered care planning for patients with risk for or actual dysfunctional health patterns.

NURS 111 2.0

Builds upon the application of foundational nursing concepts discussed in prior and current nursing courses in supervised direct or simulated care for adult and gerontologic patients. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns and the nursing process are used as the framework for assessment and patient-centered care for patients at risk for or with alterations in functional health patterns.

NURS 112 3.0

Builds upon and provides in-depth and advanced application of foundational nursing concepts and skills in a laboratory or simulated environment. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns and the nursing process are used as the framework for assessment and patient-centered care planning for patients with risk for or actual dysfunctional health patterns.

NURS 113 1.0

Focuses on the application of foundational nursing concepts and skills in supervised direct or simulated care for adult and gerontologic patients in long term care settings. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns and the nursing process are used as the organizing framework for assessment and patient-centered care planning.

NURS 121 3.0

Builds upon the application of foundational nursing concepts discussed in prior and current nursing courses in supervised direct or simulated care for adult patients with medical-surgical conditions. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns and the nursing process are used as the framework for assessment and patient-centered care for patients at risk for or actual dysfunctional health patterns.

NURS 123 4.0

Focuses on application of the nursing process to patients from the perspective of Gordon's functional health patterns. Emphasizes care of patients with cognitive-perceptual, self-perception/self-concept, role-relationship, coping/stress-tolerance and sexuality-reproductive dysfunctional health patterns. Nurse/patient relationships, therapeutic communication, safety, related pharmacology, identification of barriers to care and the impact of cultural practices/beliefs are integrated.

NURS 132 3.0

Builds upon the application of foundational nursing concepts discussed in prior and current nursing courses in supervised direct or simulated care for patients with behavioral health conditions. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns and the nursing process are used as the framework for assessment and patient-centered care for patients at risk for or actual dysfunctional health patterns.

NURS 142 3.0

Focuses on the application of the nursing process to patients from the perspective of Gordon's functional health patterns. Emphasizes the care of adult patients with nutrition-metabolic, activity-exercise, and health perception-health management dysfunctional health patterns. Pharmacology related to the course content and patient responses to cultural practices and beliefs are integrated.

NURS 204 5.0

Focuses on the application of the nursing process to patients from the perspective of Gordon's functional health patterns. Emphasizes the care of adult patients with nutrition-metabolic, activity-exercise, cognitive-perceptual, health-perception/health-management, and self-perception/self-concept dysfunctional health patterns. Pharmacology related to the course content and patient responses to cultural practices and beliefs are integrated.

NURS 205 4.0

Overview of the major theories and models that guide health promotion interventions including environmental, sociocultural, and economic factors that influence health care practices. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based strategies to promote individual, family, and community health for diverse populations. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns serve as the organizing framework for assessing the health of individuals, families, and communities.

NURS 206 3.0

Builds upon the application of foundational nursing concepts discussed in prior and current nursing courses in supervised direct or simulated care for adult patients with medical-surgical conditions. Emphasis is on nursing skills, communication, and clinical judgment in order to plan and implement evidence-based care for patients at risk for or actual dysfunctional health patterns.

NURS 214 3.0

Focuses on application of the nursing process to maternal-newborn patients from the perspective of Gordon's Functional Health patterns. Emphasizes care of maternal-newborn patients at risk for or with actual nutritional-metabolic, activity-exercise, role-relationship, and cognitive-perceptual dysfunctional health patterns and adult patients with sexuality-reproductive dysfunctional health patterns. Related pharmacology and cultural practices and beliefs are integrated.

NURS 215 3.0

Expands upon the application of concepts discussed in prior and current nursing courses in a supervised or simulated care setting. Emphasis on nursing skills, communication, and clinical judgment in order to plan and implement evidence-based care for patients experiencing alterations in multiple dysfunctional health patterns.

NURS 216 5.0

Focuses upon application of the nursing process to pediatric patients from the perspective of Gordon's Functional Health Patterns. Emphasizes care of pediatric patients with risk for or actual alteration in nutritional-metabolic, activity-exercise, elimination, health-perception/health management, cognitive-perceptual, and self-perception/self-concept dysfunctional health patterns. Related pharmacology and specific cultural practices and beliefs are integrated.

NURS 224 3.0

Builds upon the application of foundational nursing concepts discussed in prior and current nursing courses in supervised direct or simulated care for maternity and newborn patients. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns and the nursing process are used as the framework for assessment and patient-centered care for patients at risk for or with alterations in functional health patterns.

NURS 225 1.0

Focuses on leadership, management of care, and professionalism as the student transitions into the healthcare system as a professional nurse. Legal obligations, licensure requirements, organizational culture, self-care, healthcare informatics, and evidenced-based practice are emphasized.

NURS 226 3.0

Builds upon the application of foundational nursing concepts discussed in prior and current nursing courses in supervised direct or simulated care for pediatric patients. Gordon's Functional Health Patterns and the nursing process are used as the framework for assessment and patient-centered care for pediatric patients at risk for or with alterations in functional health patterns.

NURS 234 1.0

Introduction to human nutrition with an emphasis on the relationship of nutrition to growth, development, health, and physical and mental functioning across the lifespan. Sources, functions, interrelationships, and human requirements of proteins, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, vitamins and water will be examined. Topics also include analysis of personal dietary habits, public health issues such as obesity and access to food and food security, and the role of nutrition in chronic disease.

NUTR& 101 5.0

Explores values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people. Introduces ethical and legal principles governing healthcare with a focus on nursing practice including historic milestones in nursing.

PHIL 131 1.0

The Ethics and Policy in Healthcare series explores values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people. This second course in the three-course series presents organizational structures, legal considerations, policies, procedures, and ethical principles/theories related to healthcare.

PHIL 132 2.0

The Ethics and Policy in Healthcare series explores values, ethics, and legal decision-making frameworks and policies used to support the well-being of people. This third course in the three-course series presents research, leadership, workplace issues, and ethical dilemmas in healthcare with an emphasis on nursing.

PHIL 230 2.0

Explores the influence of culture on psychosocial issues in healthcare for diverse patient populations. Focuses on the application of the nursing process to patients experiencing Self-Perception/Self-Concept and Coping/Stress-Tolerance dysfunctional health patterns related to a substance-related or addictive disorder. Safety, pharmacologic management, and health promotion/maintenance are emphasized.

PSYC 132 2.0

Focuses on the application of the nursing process to patients experiencing Self-Perception/Self-Concept, Cognitive-Perceptual, and Role-Relationship dysfunctional health patterns related to behavioral health disorders affecting maternal, pediatric, and diverse sexual identity patients. Safety, pharmacologic management, cultural practices, and health promotion/maintenance are emphasized.

PSYC 231 2.0

Focuses on psychiatric crisis and common interventions in dealing with violence, anger, aggression, suicide, homicide, domestic violence, and elder abuse. At-risk populations with tremendous poverty, physical, and social needs will be identified and strategies for early detection through screening will be examined. Individualized treatment plans for moving into self-management, relapse prevention, and bridging systems will be discussed.

PSYC 232 1.0