Pre-Nursing for Transfer to BSN Program

Pre-Nursing for Transfer to BSN Program

About the Pre-Nursing for Transfer to BSN Program Pathway 

The role of the nurse is more important than ever, as communities are currently in an era of provider shortages. In fact, nurses make up the largest healthcare profession in the United States. They work in a variety of settings, which includes clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities, and community settings.

This pathway has been designed for students who wish to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at a four-year college of university. The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Pre-Nursing is intended for students who want to take their science and general education classes at South to prepare to transfer to a four year school to begin their nursing classes and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Students completing this track are not eligible to take National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nursing until they complete their BSN program. Students wishing to become a registered nurse directly after completing their associate degree should talk with an advisor about an Associate in Nursing Direct Transfer Degree/Major Related Program (AN DTA/MRP).  

Special Note: Many BSN programs require hands-on healthcare experience with a minimum of 100 hours, although most complete a least 1000 hours. It is recommended that students earn their Nursing Assistant Certification (NA-C) to earn the necessary hours and experience required for admission requirements.

Transfer Programs Information Sessions

Come check out our Transfer Programs Information Sessions to learn more and ask questions about our programs. Learn more and sign-up! 

Information Sessions will cover the following information:

  • Overview of our campus community 
  • Benefits of attending South Seattle College 
  • How transfer degrees work 
  • Areas of Study and Program Pathways 
  • Student resources and funding opportunities 
  • Faculty Spotlights
  • How to get started

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2. Learn more.

Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

View Program Pathway Map

Career Opportunities

  • Public Health Nurse
  • Care Coordinator or Navigator
  • RN Case Manager
  • Pediatrics Nursing
  • Health Educator
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Surgical Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • ICU Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Legal Consultancy Nurse
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Cruise Ship 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’s degree in political science, international studies, legal studies, or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges. 

South Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Graduates from South have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

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.

Length of Program

90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits* each term.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, saving them time and money. Additionally, full-time students often qualify for more financial aid and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster. Meet with an advisor to build your education plan!  

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

Most courses are offered M-TH, M/W, or T/TH during the daytime (between 8-1:30 p.m.) on-campus, online, or in hybrid (part on-campus, part online) format. We also offer some evening courses twice-a-week and science courses may include afternoon labs (between 1-4 p.m.). For the most recent class times, visit the online class schedule.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter


Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………......………....$200

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

Did you know that the average student at South spends three hours applying for financial aid and gets more than $4000 per year? 

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South’s Financial Aid Department for details.


Where can I go if I have questions about College Transfer? 

New Students: Please contact our South Outreach Team by calling 206.934.5179 or by email at

Current Students: Please make a Transfer Planning Appointment with the Advising Department. For more information about transfer events and opportunities, please contact Helen Tupufia Enguerra, Student Success Specialist, at