ADN Prerequisite Validation

If you have taken one or more of your required prerequisites at other colleges (either in Washington State or elsewhere), you need to confirm that your coursework will be accepted to meet the prerequisite requirements. Some courses may transfer as equivalents, while others may meet the criteria for future substitutions. 

Transferring your courses before applying ensures that you won’t apply with invalid courses and enables the Nursing program to more quickly review applications and exceptions. This entire process could take up to 8 weeks. Please plan accordingly so it is completed before you apply to the Nursing Program.

  • Only completed courses can be transferred, so any planned or in-progress courses may be transferred after applying.
  • There may not be enough time to transfer courses taken right before the application is due. If any of your classes are finished within a few weeks before the application deadline, you are not expected to have them transferred before applying.
    • If this is the case, and you want to check your courses even though there isn’t enough time to transfer, please follow step 1 first. If your course is not listed there, proceed to step 5.

Courses that have an “&” in the course number (BIOL&, PSYC&, etc) are common across the Washington community and technical colleges, and will transfer to Bellevue College as the same class. (Example: BIOL& 160 at another college would transfer to Bellevue College as BIOL& 160.)

  • These courses must still be transferred, but you do not have to “check” if they will be equivalent, as they already are.

Steps:

Step 1

Assess your classes

Before taking a class or before transferring, see if your class is already an approved equivalent or substitution.


Step 2

Submit transcripts to BC Enrollment

Sending your official transcripts to Bellevue College Enrollment is required for any students transferring courses to Bellevue College.


Step 3

Submit a Transfer Credit Request

Filling out a Transfer Credit Request form will allow Evaluations to look over your transcripts for any courses that can be applied to the Nursing AAS-T Degree.


Step 4

Look over your Degree Audit

Your Nursing AA-T Degree Audit will show your courses that have transferred and which were unable to be transferred as prerequisites.


Step 5

Check missing courses

If any courses are missing on your Nursing AAS-T Degree Audit, you will want to check to see if they will fulfill the prerequisite requirements.

Substitutions cannot be made until a student is enrolled in the ADN program. Even after Nursing “approval” of a course, it will not show up as a substitution on the Degree Audit. The Prerequisite Course Equivalency Worksheet is to assure students that a substitution request will be made if the student is admitted.

Courses that have an “&” in the course number (BIOL&, PSYC&, etc) are common across the Washington community and technical colleges, and will transfer to Bellevue College as the same class. (Example: BIOL& 160 at another college would transfer to Bellevue College as BIOL& 160.)

  • These courses must still be transferred.
  • You should not include these courses on the Prerequisite Course Equivalency Worksheet if seeking validation before transferring. (See “Exceptions” above.)
  • If you think a different “&” course could be a substitute for a prerequisite, please check our common substitutes before reaching out to the Nursing program.

NOTE: While we make every effort to respond as quickly as possible, there may be a 2-3 week delay in response so please plan ahead. We will not be able to complete your review unless all documentation is provided.


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Last Updated May 14, 2021