Oct 28, 2020  
2018-2019 Catalog SVC 
2018-2019 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement, DTA/MRP

135 credits

Transfers to Heritage University, Pacific Lutheran University, St. Martin’s University, Seattle Pacific, UW Bothell, UW Seattle, WSU, WWU, Western Governor’s University

Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP Degree

The DTA/ MRP degree prepares students who are highly educated, technically advanced, competent and caring individuals to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings. The full-time program, located on the Mount Vernon campus, requires attendance in daytime lecture and lab classes, and both daytime and evening clinical experiences.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN). Passing the NCLEX-RN exam and completion of this transfer degree provide the general education and nursing courses for direct transfer with only one additional year of study to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN pathway).

Note: Admission to an RN to BSN program is competitive; therefore, no particular GPA can guarantee admission to any specific program. Certain schools may have additional university-specific requirements for admission to the institution that are not prerequisites specifically identified in the DTA requirements. Admission application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for transfer admission.


This degree is intended to prepare students for licensure as a registered nurse as well as entry into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion degree. Although this degree will be granted to SVC students completing a cumulative 2.0 GPA, entry into a Bachelor of Science Nursing program will require a higher GPA for admission. Minimum grade-point average requirements are established by each institution. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions. Seek out an SVC Nursing advisor/counselor early in your studies to check with potential transfer institutions about requirements for overall minimum GPA, possible higher GPA in a selected subset of courses, or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses such as math or English. Students should contact potential degree institutions regarding specific requirements where options are listed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 135 quarter credits in transferable courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from SVC with an Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree. At least 25 college-level credits must be earned at SVC. Credits must satisfy course requirements listed below.

  • An ampersand (&) designates Common Course Numbering.
  • An asterisk (*) indicates lab or skill/studio course.

1. Communication Skills (10 cr.)

Five credits in English composition required. Select five additional credits from the Associate of Arts Direct Transfer Agreement, AA-DTA  Communication Skills list. This course may be individualized based on baccalaureate college of choice.

2. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

3. Integrative Learning Experience

  • Two Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) are required. One ILE must be a Learning Community. The second ILE may be another Learning Community or an Integrative Experience.
  • A Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas of inquiry (e.g. sociology and literature, physics and math, etc.) Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.
  • Integrative Experiences (IEs) are typically seminar courses in which students use an interdisciplinary approach for a specific topic or current issue (e.g. Ethics in Science). Integrative Experience seminars are indicated in the course schedule.

This requirement is satisfied by taking:

4. Diversity Requirement

At least one Diversity Intensive course is required. Students should use the SVC online quarterly class schedule search or consult with their faculty advisor or counselor to identify courses that fulfill this requirement.

This requirement is satisfied by taking:

5. Distribution Requirements (60 cr.)

Curriculum requirements provide students with an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural differences other than their own is encouraged (required by WSU). This may include minority, non-Western ethnic, or other “area” studies. Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Science, Social Science and Humanities. Eligible courses for each distribution area are listed in the Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement Distribution Lists . These courses may also satisfy Integrative Learning Experience requirements. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement.

A. Humanities (15 cr.)

  • PHIL 291 - Ethics and Policy in Healthcare (5) (required)
  • Select 10 credits in courses from at least two disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. No more than 5 credits may be applied in world languages at the 100 level. No more than 5 credits may be applied in performance/skill studio courses.

Degree Map

Student schedule may vary based on entry point and credit load. This is a full-time schedule. An Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP degree is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 75 credits of generic DTA credits and 60 nursing core course. Please note the annual schedule: not every nursing course will be offered every quarter.