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Statewide Major Related Pathway (MRP) Agreement

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.

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; Walla Walla College. 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 EWU, not through the other consortium institutions. EWU participated in the development of this agreement.

Career Pathway and Course Information

Associate in Pre-Nursing (DTA/MRP)

An Associate Degree in Pre-Nursing/DTA is not required to apply to the Pierce College Nursing Program. The Pre-Nursing DTA does meet our academic coursework for prerequisites but contains some additional courses that are not on our required prerequisite list.

Associate in Pre-Nursing (DTA/MRP) Outcomes

General Education at Pierce College prepares graduates to live and work in a dynamically changing world by emphasizing whole student development through fundamental areas of knowledge and the college five core abilities.

Core Abilities Outcomes

Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking

Graduates will evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions.


Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.

Information Competency

Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.


Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures, and experiences, and develop the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to understand and work with others who differ from themselves.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes


Graduates identify, analyze, and evaluate rhetorical strategies in one's own and other's writing in order to communicate effectively.


Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.

Social Sciences

Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

Natural Sciences

Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning

Graduates utilize mathematical, symbolic, logical, graphical, geometric, or statistical analysis for the interpretation and solution of problems in the natural world and human society.