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Associate in Pre-Nursing (DTA/MRP)

Associate in Pre-Nursing (DTA/MRP)

Have you always wanted to be a nurse? Are you currently employed in healthcare and want to advance your education and expand your career opportunities? Then BTC’s Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP program is for you! The Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP program includes instruction in English, psychology, mathematics, and science, and will position you to enter select Washington State four-year pre-licensure Nursing programs as a junior, where you may complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Program Facts

This 90-credit program is designed to help prepare the nurses of tomorrow for the changing demands of the healthcare field. As healthcare and employer needs become more complex, more medical facilities such as hospitals, surgical centers, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities across Northwest Washington and around the country are requiring nursing staff to have bachelor’s degrees.

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  • Communication Skills: 10 Credits
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 12
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 2
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 2
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NWaitlisted: 3
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
  • ENGL& 102English Composition II5 credits

    Intermediate academic essay writing. Emphasis on critical reading and writing, synthesis of cross-disciplinary texts, documentation of sources and argumentation. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Prerequisite:
    Engl& 101 with a C or above

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NWaitlisted: 0
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
  • Humanities: 15 Credits
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 17
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MW 6:00p-8:05pBURNS JOpenings: 24
  • HIST& 146United States History I5 credits

    Survey of Native American societies, European explorers, and the lifestyles of the new continent, the independence movement, and the problems of a new nation.

  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 credits

    An introductory course, which facilitates elementary ability in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course provides some understanding of Hispanic cultures.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 14
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Physical and Natural Sciences: 35 Credits
  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/10-3/21Sa 8:30a-11:30aVANDENBERG AOpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aYAMAMOTO KOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-4:00pYAMAMOTO KOpenings: 4
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • BIOL& 241Human A & P 15 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. Biol& 241 includes anatomy survey; tissues; and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:30a-12:30pVANDENBERG AWaitlisted: 5
    1/13-3/24T 5:30p-9:30pHORNE KOpenings: 16
    1/10-3/21Sa12:00p-4:00pHORNE KOpenings: 17
    4/8-6/22MWF 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/17W 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/11-6/20Sa 8:30a-12:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • BIOL& 242Human A & P 25 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. Biol& 242 includes circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 241 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 1:00p-5:00pOLAH AOpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25W 5:30p-9:30pOLAH AOpenings: 13
    1/10-3/21Sa12:00p-4:00pWESTER LWaitlisted: 0
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23T 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • BIOL& 260Microbiology5 credits

    Exploration of microbial world with a focus on medical microbiology for students in the health field. Areas of study include classification of microbes, life cycle, metabolism, control, and common infectious diseases of the human body. Laboratory component will demonstrate procedures to identify and control microbes.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MW 8:30a-12:00pOLAH AOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AOpenings: 2
    4/7-6/23TTh 8:30a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MW 5:30p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:30a-11:30aWESTER LOpenings: 1
    1/8-3/26Th 5:30p-8:30pWERTHER ROpenings: 14
    1/10-3/21Sa 8:30a-11:30aWESTER LOpenings: 12
    4/8-6/22MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Bio-Chemistry5 credits

    This course is a continuation of CHEM&121 and uses those concepts learned to understand the molecular nature of organic molecules. Topics to be covered include the structure, nomenclature, properties and reactions of hydrocarbons, alcohol, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and the amines with significant emphasis on the biochemical context of these organic molecules. The structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids including the major catabolic and anabolic pathways of carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism is also covered. Lab activities complement theoretical concepts. Group discussion, lecture, as well as laboratory exercises are included as methods of learning.

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 121 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/24TTh 1:00p-4:00pWESTER LWaitlisted: 1
  • NUTR& 101Nutrition5 credits

    This course provides information pertaining to human nutrition and the function of nutrients in the body. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology of digestion and absorption; specific utilization of carbohydrates, protein, and fats; vitamin and mineral supplements. Other topics include food safety and the impact of diet on health and disease. Basic principles of chemistry, biology, and physiology are applied to the study of nutrition.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills: 5 Credits
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 credits

    Fundamental concepts and basic tools of descriptive and inferential statistics. How to describe data and make reasonable conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken. Topics include: sampling distribution patterns, organization of data, sampling methods and experimental design, probability and simulation of random events, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression and basic hypothesis testing. Internet/computer access and graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 18
    1/7-3/26Online RANGEL DWaitlisted: 0
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Social Sciences: 15 Credits
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aOEKERMAN COpenings: 9
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 14
    1/7-3/26Online MUDD SWaitlisted: 3
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5 credits

    A systematic study of the developmental processes in humans from conception to late adulthood. Special emphasis will be given to the topics of physical development, cognitive development, and personality/social development. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100 with a C grade.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC& 100 with a C grade

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 4
    4/7-6/23Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online POLLARD DWaitlisted: 1
    4/7-6/23Online POLLARD DOpenings: 24
  • Electives: 10 Credits
  • ELECTIVE5 credits

  • ELECTIVE5 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Program Entry Information

For questions, please contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or e-mail us at Admissions

Program Start

  • This program accepts students quarterly.

Testing Requirements

  • Placement testing in Reading, Math and Writing. Test scores or transcripts from another college may also be accepted along with the Evaluation Request Form

Program Application/Forms

Planning Guide

Transfer

  • Bellingham Technical College - Associate in Pre-Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

    Upon completion of BTC’s Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP degree, students are eligible to transfer to a number of Washington State institutions including Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, University of Washington, Walla Walla College, Washington State University, and Western Washington University.

    Please note: Admission into many schools is competitive and higher grade point averages and course grades are often required. Completion of the general Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP degree does not necessarily satisfy all transfer requirements; some institutions may have additional course requirements. Check individual schools for the most up-to-date admission requirements and recommendations. For example (only):

    University of Washington B.S. in Nursing Students transferring to the UW must meet high school core admission requirements, including two years of the same world language in high school or two quarters in college. UW requires an additional Q/SR course: MATH& 141 or MATH 111 or PHIL& 120. Of the seven pre-Nursing requirements, a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for 3 of the 7 Science pre-requisites, or a 2.8 GPA for 4 of the 7 Science pre-requisites at the time of application (January). Please review class catalog descriptions and speak with an advisor in order to plan your class work.

    Seattle Pacific University B.S. in Nursing SPU offers an RN to BSN program.

    Pacific Lutheran University B.S. in Nursing PLU requires two years of a foreign language in high school or two quarters in college for admission.

Vicky Moyle - Instructor image

Vicky Moyle

Area of Instruction


Mathematics

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado

M.A.T., Mathematics, Indiana University

B.S., Mathematics and Statistics, Mesa State College

B.A., Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration, Western Washington University

License, Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado

License, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Washington

Contact Info


360 752-8565
vmoyle@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 224

Background


Profile
Vicky Moyle has a Master's of Art in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master's of Art in Counseling Psychology...

    • Vicky Moyle has a Master's of Art in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master's of Art in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State and has been a National Board Certified Counselor since 2002. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at all educational levels--including elementary through middle and high school, community college, and 4-year degree schools. She has taught in Indiana, Colorado, and Missouri. Vicky is passionate about helping students overcome anxiety about math and dedicated to introducing the rigor of mathematical ideas to students in positive ways.


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Steve Mudd

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, National University

B.S., Applied Science in Industrial Technology, Western Illinois University

Contact Info


360 752-8437
smudd@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 223

Background


Profile

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Danielle Newton

Area of Instruction


Humanities

Degrees and Certifications


M.F.A., Master of Fine Arts - Fiction, Bennington College

M.A., English (Creative Writing), California State University, Sacramento

B.A., English, California State University, Sacramento

Contact Info


360 752-8421
dnewton@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 217

Background


Profile

Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural St...

    • Danielle Newton has worked as a writing specialist for organizations such as the American Lung Association, the California Institute for Rural Studies, and Green River Community College. Danielle has also taught composition, oral and written communications, and social media writing in various higher education settings, including Deganawidah Quetzalcoatl University, California’s two-year tribal college, Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, and Bellevue College. Her teaching interests include writing for professional purposes, contextualized curriculum, and technology in the classroom.

Specialties
Recent Scholarship

    • Recent Scholarship
    • Presenter. ACTIVIST PUBLIC RELATIONS in AMERICAN INDIAN COMMUNICATIONS: “People Are Not Collateral Damage”. May 21-25, 2014. American Indian Workshop (International). University of Leiden (Netherlands). Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “Open Access, Open Opportunity: Using Universal Course Design to Help International Students Succeed in the American Community College Classroom.” February 5-7, 2014. International Teacher Education Conference. Dubai, UAE. Peer Reviewed.
    • Panel Chair. Presenter. “Just Because I’m a Woman: Music and Social Agitation in Yesterday’s Communities.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer reviewed. First author.
    • Presenter. “Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, Race to the Bottom: Social Media, Digital Agitation, and the Partisan Politics of Women’s Healthcare.” November 15-18, 2012. National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. Peer Reviewed.
    • Presenter. “All My Tears Be Washed Away: Revelations of Displacement in Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball.” November 9-11, 2012. South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina. First author.
    • Presenter. Women as Global Leaders Conference. The Shorthand of Quintessence: How Business Women Lead and Partner for Dynamic, Thoughtful, and Different Forms of Sustainability. March 2012. Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates.
    • “Citizen 2.0: How Government Uses Social Media to Reframe Public Messages,” Citizen 2.0: Public and Governmental Interaction through Web 2.0 Technologies. IGI Global. 2012. Second Author. Peer Reviewed.
    • Professional Affiliations
    • Assistant Editor, Fiction. Fifth Wednesday Journal. Literary Magazine.
    • Member. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
    • Member. National Communication Association.


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Carl Oekerman

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Counseling and Mental Health, California State University, Hayward

B.A., Liberal Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Info


360 752-8566
coekerman@btc.ctc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 218

Background


Profile

Carl has twelve years of experience in a number of settings as a licensed mental health counselor. He has worked as a therapist in private pract...

    • Carl has twelve years of experience in a number of settings as a licensed mental health counselor. He has worked as a therapist in private practice, organizational development consultant, and County Designated Mental Health Professional. He also served as the Director of the Emergency Services Department at Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic.

      Carl started teaching Interpersonal Communications courses at BTC in 2004 and was hired as a full time instructor in 2007.


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Andrea Olah

Area of Instruction


Physical & Natural Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University

B.S., Biology, Whitworth University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8304
aolah@btc.ctc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 211


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David Rangel

Area of Instruction


Physics, Mathematics

Degrees and Certifications


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Washington

M.S., Chemistry, University of Washington

M.S., Oceanography, University of Washington

B.A., Physics, Harvard University

Contact Info


360 752-8473
drangel@btc.ctc.edu
J Building (J) - Room J3-A

Background


Profile

David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, an...

    • David Rangel has been an instructor at Bellingham Technical College since 2013. Before joining BTC, he conducted research, student mentorship, and instruction in the applied sciences and currently utilizes this experience in both his teaching and in his ancillary roles as instructional mentor and program coordinator.

      David is a native of Bellingham, Washington who received his training both on the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. He continues to strive to meet the excellent standards set by the institution in both instruction, and in serving the diverse educational goals of its students.

      Currently, David is involved in several campus-wide initiatives ranging from the contextualization of core academic instruction with established program pathways, to finding and implementing grants from national funding agencies to create new opportunities for students seeking job training or the ability to continue their education at partner four-year institutions.

Specialties
Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education

    • Instructional innovation; Content Contextualization, Problem- & Project-based Learning, Statistics and Data Analysis Education
    • Applied and Numerical Mathematics ; Simulation, Numerical Methods
    • Applied Physical Chemistry ; Biophysical Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Sustainability & Environmental Engineering


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Lowell Wester

Area of Instruction


Physical & Natural Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Chemistry/Secondary Education, Trinity College

D.C., Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8369
lwester@btc.ctc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 211

Background


Profile
After graduating college with a degree in Chemistry/Secondary education Lowell taught chemistry at Adlaie E. Stevenson High School in Prairie View, Il...

    • After graduating college with a degree in Chemistry/Secondary education Lowell taught chemistry at Adlaie E. Stevenson High School in Prairie View, Illinois for three years before earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Following graduation he taught gross anatomy in the cadaver lab at Palmer College of Chiropractic as well as Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at Scott Community College in Davenport, Iowa. In 1992 Lowell moved to Bellingham and worked as a chiropractor for a short time while working at Northwest Indian College where he helped develop the science program teaching Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and numerous math classes for 9 years. He has been working at Bellingham Technical College since 2001 where he teaches General Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology and HIV for Health Care Workers. Lowell has had the honor of receiving the Bellingham Technical College Outstanding Performance award and the Puget Sound Energy award for outstanding faculty of the year in 2006.