Pre-nursing for Entry into ADN Program

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An associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) will give you a solid career foundation in the healthcare field. Popular among registered nurses (RNs), the ADN provides opportunities to work in entry-level nursing positions. Students typically need to complete 45 credits before they can apply for admission to an Associate Degree in ...

An associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) will give you a solid career foundation in the healthcare field. Popular among registered nurses (RNs), the ADN provides opportunities to work in entry-level nursing positions. Students typically need to complete 45 credits before they can apply for admission to an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. 

This pathway has been designed for students who wish to complete their prerequisite coursework for Seattle Colleges’ Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) RN program. This pathway should also work for other ADN programs in the area; please meet with an advisor to confirm. In this pathway, you’ll complete your general education prerequisite course requirements in areas such as biology, chemistry, math, English and psychology. The pathway also includes required co-requisite course work associated with Seattle Colleges’ ADN program. 

Upon completion of this course work, students will have an opportunity to apply for admission into Seattle Colleges’ ADN program with their first four quarters of schooling complete.  Please attend a mandatory nursing information session to learn more about other admission requirements needed for entry into the Seattle Colleges’ ADN program.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
No Degree Full time : 5 60

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Before Quarter One

Step 1: Apply and register at South Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

60 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter and start at any placement level.

Note about the sample schedule: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor in Starfish to meet and discuss your goals. 
  • Explore careers and majors through workshops, counseling, and WorkSource career services
  • Visit the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects. 
  • Visit the Tutoring Center to learn about tutoring services offered in-person and online. 
  • Get involved on campus! Check out some of the resources, clubs and activities available to you through Student Life and TRiO, RST, and more!
  • Attend a NA-C and ADN Information Session.
English Composition I
5 units
Introduction to Statistics
5 units
Intro to Chemistry
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your advisor.
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities.
  • Attend transfer workshops and/or a transfer fair. Find more information on our Transfer Resources page.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year in Fall or early Winter Quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Visit South’s transfer webpage for transfer information.
General Biology W/ Lab
5 units
General Psychology
5 units
Composition II
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Attend NA-C Information Session
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Attend a resume building or career workshop.
  • Connect with potential universities (virtually or in person) and determine application deadlines.
  • Research and apply for scholarships.
Human A & P 1
5 units
Lifespan Psychology
5 units
Intercultural Comm
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your advisor.
  • Attend transfer workshops, including a personal statement workshop.
  • Write your personal statement.
  • Complete your NA-C if not already completed.
12 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Attend ADN Information Session
  • Apply to intended program(s), if meeting requirements 
  • Go through steps to enroll at your intended ADN program/school
  • Re-apply for FAFSA or WASFA if transferring
Human A & P 2
5 units
5 units
Introduction to Social Ethics
5 units

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Tuition and Funding

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2024-25.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Learn more about the estimated cost of attendance and general fees to attend college.

Career Opportunities

  • Registered Nurse
  • Outpatient Care Nurse
  • Personal Care Nurse
  • Physician’s Office Nurse
  • Nursing Care Facility Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • General Medical and Surgical Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse

A bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include: 

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or related degree at a four-year college or university. 
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in a healthcare field at one of the Seattle Colleges. 

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Additional Information

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Area of Study

Health and Medical

Program Contact

New or Prospective Students: Please connect with the Welcome Center to discuss South’s program options and for help navigating the Steps to Enroll

Phone: 206-934-7943  

Current Students: Please connect with Advising to create an educational plan and discuss specific class offerings for your program. 

Phone: 206-934-5387

Advising Contact

If you are already registered for classes or a returning student, please see your primary advisor to create an educational plan. If you need assistance getting connected to the appropriate advisor, visit the Advising Center website.
Phone: 206-934-5387