Course Prerequisites

If you have taken courses from another regionally accredited institution, you may have satisfied the prerequisite requirements for some courses or programs at Bellevue College. Here are some guidelines and tools for you to find out how to verify completion of prerequisites or get an entry code.

Go here to learn how to apply prior credits towards Bellevue College graduation requirements.

How to Verify Completion of Prerequisites

If you have taken or are taking the prerequisite at BC, your prerequisite will automatically be cleared when you register.

If you completed the prerequisite at another educational institution or took an AP/IB test, you must provide documentation to verify that you have satisfied the prerequisite prior to your registration time.

The course must be

  • taken at a regionally accredited institution;
  • equivalent to the required BC course and meet the minimum grade requirement. (Visit the Transfer Course Equivalencies website to see how your courses are transferred to Bellevue College)

Documentation may take the form of

  • an official or unofficial transcript issued by the school where you completed the course.
  • a report card issued by the school where you completed the course.
  • an unofficial copy of your AP/IB test report issued by the testing agency.

The documentation must must include the following information:

  • Your name (If it does not match with the name you use at BC, you need to provide proof of name change).
  • The name of the school where you completed the coursework.
  • Course title, grade, number of credit, and the time the course was taken.

In-progress coursework from another institution cannot be used until your grade has been posted.

General Academic Subjects:
If the prerequisite is in a general education academic subject area, such as English, Mathematics, Accounting (transfer), Biology, Chemistry, etc. (see the list of the courses on the request form), you must submit a request at the Online Prerequisite Check website with your transcript or test report to clear your prerequisite requirement. If approved, your prerequisite will be cleared within three business days and the prerequisite block will be removed. If denied, you will be notified by e-mail.

IMPORTANT: Requests submitted by the 7th business day before the quarter starts will be processed by the 2nd business day before the quarter starts. Requests submitted after the 7th business day before the quarter starts will be processed after the 3rd day of the quarter.

Please note that all requests must be submitted online to the Evaluations Office. (See the list for Enforced Academic Prerequisites – in PDF format)

Professional/Technical Subjects:
If the prerequisite is in a professional/technical subject area, such as Information Technology, Video Production, Interior Design, or Health Professions, contact the program chair or program advisor to review your previous coursework. If approved, you will be given an entry code which can be used to clear the prerequisite block when you register.

For courses that require permission of instructor, contact the instructor directly or visit the program or division.

Please note: If the prerequisite is approved, it is for the purpose of clearing a prerequisite only, and it is not an approval of credit.

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General Academic Subjects

If the prerequisite is in a general education academic subject area, such as English, Mathematics, Accounting (transfer), Biology, Chemistry, etc. (see the list of the courses on the request form), you must submit a request at the Online Prerequisite Check website with your transcript or test report to clear your prerequisite requirement. If approved, your prerequisite will be cleared within 3 business days and the prerequisite block will be removed. If denied, you will be notified by e-mail.

IMPORTANT: Requests submitted by the 7th business day before the quarter starts will be processed by the 2nd business day before the quarter starts. Requests submitted after the 7th business day before the quarter starts will be processed after the 3rd day of the quarter.

Please note that all requests must be submitted online to the Evaluations Office. (See the list for Enforced Academic Prerequisites – in PDF format)

Please note that all requests must be submitted online.

Professional/Technical Subjects

If prerequisite is in a professional/technical subject area, such as Information Technology, Video Production, Interior Design, or Health Professions, you can contact the program chair or program advisor to review your previous coursework. If approved, you will be given an entry code which can be used to clear the prerequisite block when you register. (See table below)

Course Number/DepartmentWhere to Request Prerequisite Check
ACCT& 201- AccountingPrerequisite check request form
ACCT& 202, 203 - AccountingFaculty advisor Judy Woo, (425) 564-4089
jwoo@bellevuecollege.edu or Judith Paquette Judith.paquett@bellevuecollege.edu
ALDAC courses - Alcohol & Drug CounselingProgram chair Paul Weatherly (425) 564-2012 Room R130
ANTH 214 - AnthropologyPrerequisite check request form
BA 200 - Legal FoundationsPrerequisite check request form
BA 240- Business StatisticsPrerequisite check request form
BIOL 211, 212, 213, 241, 242, 260, 275, 276 - BiologyPrerequisite check request form
BUS& 201Prerequisite check request form
BUSIT 105, 110, 115, 202, 205, 209, 210 - Business IntelligenceFaculty advisor Linda Rumans (425) 564-3405, Room A254M, lrumans@bellevuecollege.edu
BTS courses- Business Technology SystemsProgram Chair Suzanne Marks 564-4017 suzanne.marks@bellevuecollege.edu
CES 201 – Cultural & Ethnic StudiesPrerequisite check request form
CHEM& 121, 140, 161, 162, 163, 265, 266Prerequisite check request form
CMST 141, 144, 146, 151, 216 - Communication StudiesPrerequisite check request form
CS 210 - Computer SciencePrerequisite check request form
CS 211 - Computer ScienceFaculty Advisor Bill Iverson, Room L200M, william.iverson@bellevuecollege.edu
DBA courses –
Database Administration
Program Chair Sylvia Unwin (425) 564-2294, Room A254Q, sunwin@bellevuecollege.edu
DMA courses – Digital Media ArtsProgram chair Mary Slowinski (425) 564-4212, Room A254T, mslowins@bellevuecollege.edu
DOSM course - Medical DosimetryRadiation & Imaging Sciences, Carmina Cruz (425) 564-2316, Room A242 ccruz@bellevuecollege.edu
DRMA 281 - DramaProgram Chair Tammi Doyle (425) 564-2319 Room E100A, tdoyle@bellevuecollege.edu
DUTEC courses - Diagnostic UltrasoundRadiation & Imaging Sciences, Carmina Cruz (425) 564-2316, Room A242 ccruz@bellevuecollege.edu
ECON 201 and 202- EconomicsPrerequisite check request form
ENDT courses - Electroneurodiagnostic TechnologistMelissa Meinhofer, (425) 564-2702, Room R130K melissa.meinhofer@bellevuecollege.edu
ENGL 101, 201, 235, 238, 239, 260, 271, 272 – EnglishPrerequisite check request form
ENGR& 214 - EngineeringPrerequisite check request form
FS 110 - Fire SciencePrerequisite check request form
FS other courses - Fire ScienceProgram advisor Judith Kuleta (425) 564-2012, Room R130
HPRO courses - Health ProfessionsMelissa Meinhofer, (425) 564-2702, Room R130K melissa.meinhofer@bellevuecollege.edu
INDES courses - Interior DesignContact the program at indes.advisor@bellevuecollege.edu (425) 564-6484 Room L122
IT 101, 103 - Information TechnologyPrerequisite check request form
MATH courses - MathematicsPrerequisite check request form
MUSC courses - MusicProgram Chair Tom Almli (425) 564-2089, Room A160D talmli@bellevuecollege.edu
NMTEC courses - Nuclear Medicine TechnologyRadiation & Imaging Sciences, Carmina Cruz (425) 564-2316, Room A242 ccruz@bellevuecollege.edu
NSCOM 220 and 221- Network ServicesPrerequisite check request form
NSCOM courses - Network Services (except NSCOM 220 and 221)Faculty/advisor Rudy Helm, Room A254S, (425) 564-3141, rhelm@bellevuecollege.edu
NURS courses - NursingChie McCaughey, (425) 564-5078 Room R130F
NUTR& 101 - NutritionPrerequisite check request form
PHYS 105, 225 – PhysicsPrerequisite check request form
PROG 113, 117, 118, 175, 260, 272, 282 - ProgrammingProgram Chair Sylvia Unwin (425) 564-2294, Room A254Q, sunwin@bellevuecollege.edu
PROG 109, 110, 111, 160, 270, 280 - ProgrammingPrerequisite check request form
PROG 120, 140, 210 - ProgrammingFaculty advisor Linda Rumans (425) 564-3405, Room A254M, lrumans@bellevuecollege.edu
PSYC 200, 209, 220 - PsychologyPrerequisite check request form
RADON, RATEC, RAIM, RAIT coursesRadiation & Imaging Sciences, (425) 564-2316, Room A242
TECH 215 - Technical SupportPrerequisite check request form
TECH other courses - Technical SupportFaculty/advisor Rudy Helm Room A254S, (425) 564-3141, rhelm@bellevuecollege.edu
TRANS courses - Translation and InterpretationContinuing Education (425) 564-3177
If you need to print a copy, use the PDF version of the table. (Requires Adobe Reader for viewing. Download Adobe Reader for free) QUESTIONS? If you have questions about prerequisite checking, please e-mail to prerequisites@bellevuecollege.edu. Updated: 12/5/2014

What is a Prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a course that must be completed (often with a certain minimum grade) or a skill that must be demonstrated before you can enroll in a more advanced course (for example, English& 101, English Composition I, is a prerequisite for English 201, The Research Paper).

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Types of Prerequisites

There are three types of prerequisites:

  • Recommended prerequisite – it will not block you from registration; you can register without verifying the completion of prerequisite.
  • Enforced prerequisite – it will block you from registration unless you have verified the completion of prerequisites or have an authorized entry code.
  • Permission of instructor - it will block you from registration unless you receive permission from the instructor to register for the class.Back to top

Online Prerequisite Check

The online prerequisite check process is for students who need to clear prerequisite coursework that was completed at another educational institution or by AP/IB tests for the general education academic subject areas, such as English, Mathematics, Accounting (transfer), Biology, Chemistry, etc. Please note that all requests must be submitted online.

Select the link for online prerequisite check to begin the process.

How can I submit the required documentation?

You will be given the following options to submit your documentation:

  • Upload document in PDF format to the online request form (preferable).
  • E-mail to prerequisites@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Fax to the Evaluations Office at (425) 564-4065;
  • Mail to the Evaluations Office at 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, B125, Bellevue, WA 98007.

How will I know if my prerequisite is approved?

You will receive an e-mail confirmation after your request has been processed.  If approved, your prerequisite will be cleared and the prerequisite block will be removed. If denied, you will be notified by e-mail.

How long will it take to process the request? 

Requests are processed in the order they are received. Please allow a response time up to 3 business days.

IMPORTANT: Requests submitted by the 7th business day before the quarter starts will be processed by the 2nd business day before the quarter starts. Requests submitted after the 7th business day before the quarter starts will be processed after the 3rd day of the quarter.

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Nursing Program Prerequisites

To check if your coursework from another institution meets the admission prerequisites and the required general education courses for the Nursing Program, contact the Nursing Department in Room R130.

If you took courses at one of the Washington State colleges or universities, you can view the following course guides (in PDF format) to see if they are acceptable for the Nursing program:

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Requirements for Transcripts

For checking prerequisites, an unofficial copy of your transcript or report card is acceptable. It must be issued by the school where you completed the course, and must include the following information:

  • Your name (If it does not match with the name you use at BC, you need to provide proof of name change)
  • The name of the school
  • Course title, grade, number of credits, and the time the course was taken

Other Required Information

Course descriptions are needed for courses that were completed prior to 1994.

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Contact Information

If you have questions about prerequisite checking, please email prerequisites@bellevuecollege.edu.

You can also call the Evaluations Office at (425) 564-3106 or email evaluations@bellevuecollege.edu.