ADN Prerequisites

The Associate Degree in Nursing AAS-T has 11 prerequisites that must be completed before starting in the program. These prerequisites train applicants in the essential basic knowledge and skills required of a nursing student.

  • Applicants must have minimum of 2.0 in each prerequisite course AND a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
    • Applicants can retake courses as many times as they wish to improve their knowledge or grades.
      • The highest grade will be used for GPA calculations.
  • There is no expiration date on prerequisites; however, it is strongly recommended that applicants re-take Anatomy and Physiology I and II if it has been longer than 7 years since completing them.
  • If courses have been taken at another institution, it the applicant’s responsibility to determine in advance whether the courses will transfer to Bellevue College as the necessary prerequisites.

Bellevue College Courses

Cumulative Science Prerequisites

The following courses must be completed before applying to the Bellevue College ADN program. The grades obtained in these courses are included in calculations for the Cumulative Prerequisite Course Work GPA and the Cumulative Science GPA.

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BIOL& 241: Human Anatomy and Physiology I – 6 credits

Introduces the structure and function of tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Both BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 are needed for a complete study of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Format includes laboratory work. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211 with a C or better.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology “Part 1” courses with lab (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • BIOL& 241
  • University of Washington:
    • BIOL 118+119 (only if followed by B STR 301 or NURS 301)

  • Anatomy and physiology lecture courses with no lab component.
  • Anatomy courses with no physiology component (unless followed with physiology course)
  • Physiology courses with no anatomy component (unless followed with anatomy course)

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BIOL& 242: Human Anatomy and Physiology II – 6 credits

Continues the study of tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Both BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 are needed for a complete study of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Format includes laboratory work. Fulfills a laboratory science course requirement at BC. Prerequisite: BIOL& 241 at BC with a C or better.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology “Part 2” courses with lab (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • BIOL& 242
  • University of Washington:
    • NURS 301 (if preceded by BIOL 118+119), University of Washington
    • B STR 301 (if preceded by BIOL 118+119), University of Washington

  • Anatomy and physiology lecture courses with no lab component.
  • Anatomy courses with no physiology component (unless preceded by physiology course)
  • Physiology courses with no anatomy component (unless preceded by anatomy course)

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CHEM& 121: Introduction to Chemistry – 6 credits

Introduces simplified atomic and molecular theory. Students investigate the chemistry of solutions, gases, liquids, and solids and examine quantitative relationships in chemical processes. Format includes lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisites: MATH 078 or MATH 098 with a C or better, or placement into MATH 099 or higher.

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  • General Chemistry courses with lab (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • CHEM& 121
    • CHEM& 140
    • CHEM& 161
  • University of Washington:
    • CHEM 142

  • Organic chemistry courses
  • General chemistry lecture courses with no lab component

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BIOL& 260: Microbiology – 6 credits

Explores structure, function, and taxonomy of microbes, including bacteria and viruses, and their relationships to health and disease. Format includes substantial laboratory work and written reporting. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211 with a C or better.

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  • Microbiology courses with lab (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • BIOL& 260
  • University of Washington:
    • MICROM 301+302

  • Microbiology lecture courses with no lab component.

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Cumulative Prerequisites

The following courses must be completed before applying to the Bellevue College ADN program. The grades obtained in these courses are included in calculations for the Cumulative Prerequisite Course Work GPA.

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ENGL& 101: English Composition I – 5 credits

Develops clear, effective writing skills and emphasizes writing as a process. Students practice writing in a variety of forms and modes. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better.

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ENGL 201: The Research Paper – 5 credits

Develops skills required for writing research papers. Students learn research techniques, source analysis, thesis development, argumentation styles, and summarizing. Fulfills a written communication course requirement at BC. Same as ENGL 102. Either ENGL 102 or ENGL 201 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 or equivalent course from another college with a C- or better.

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  • Compositional English courses (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • ENGL& 101
    • ENGL& 102

  • Reading/literature classes with no composition

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PSYC& 200: Lifespan Psychology – 5 credits

Presents research and theories regarding human growth and change across the life span. Students explore factors that affect psychosocial, cognitive, and physical development from psychological and socio-cultural perspectives. May require participation in projects. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.

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  • Human Lifespan Development courses (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • PSYC& 200
  • University of Washington:
    • NURS 201
  • Washington State University:
    • H_D 101

  • Other unrelated psychology courses

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MATH 130: Introduction to Statistics – 5 credits

Emphasis on gathering and interpreting data. Material has applications in the medical fields, as well as the Social Sciences. Fulfills the quantitative or symbolic reasoning course at BC. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment or MATH 098 with a C or better, or MATH 078 with a C or better.

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  • Any inferential statistics math course will fulfill this requirement (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits).
  • University of Washington:
    • STAT 220
  • Washington State University:
    • STAT 212
  • Green River College:
    • MATH 256
  • Psychology/business/etc. statistics courses
    • These might not initially transfer as an inferential statistics course, but may be available for substitution if admitted.

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Additional Prerequisites

The following courses must be completed before the first quarter of the Bellevue College ADN program, and may be in-progress while applying.

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BIOL& 160: General Biology w/Lab – 6 credits

Introduces major concepts of cell biology, including cell physiology and structure, molecular biology, genetics, and evolution. Course is a prerequisite for professional health-science programs. Format includes laboratory work. Fulfills laboratory science course requirement at BC. Strongly recommended: CHEM& 121, Chem& 140 or one year of high school chemistry.

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BIOL& 211: Biology Majors Cellular – 6 credits

First in a three-course sequence for science majors and pre-professional students. Topics include cell structure, metabolism and energetics, genetic control of life, biotechnology, and an introduction to evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 and CHEM& 161 with a C (2.0) or better.

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  • General Biology Courses with lab (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Cell Biology courses with lab (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • BIOL& 160
    • BIOL& 211
  • University of Washington
    • BIOL 200

  • Biology classes with no laboratory component
  • Introductory biology classes with no cell biology components.

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NUTR& 101: Nutrition – 5 credits

Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or CHEM& 121, or concurrent enrollment in BIOL& 160. Previously NUTR 130. Either NUTR 130 or NUTR& 101 may be taken for credit, but not both.

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  • Nutrition courses focusing on healthcare, chemistry, and metabolism of nutrients (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
    • If your class does not transfer as NUTR& 101, you will have to have it checked by the Nursing Program.
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • NUTR& 101

  • Bellevue College and other Seattle Colleges:
    • NUTR& 100
  • NUTR& 101 at Bellevue College focuses heavily on the chemistry and metabolism of nutrients. Many nutrition classes at other colleges transfer in as NUTR& 100 at Bellevue College.

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CMST 252: Communication in a Diverse Healthcare Workplace – 5 credits

This course is designed for students pursuing healthcare-related careers. Students will apply communication concepts and theory to the culturally diverse healthcare workplace, focusing on: patient-healthcare professional interactions, interacting effectively on a diverse healthcare team, organizational culture, conflict management, listening, nonverbal communication, language, giving and receiving feedback, and intercultural competence. Recommended: Placement in ENGL& 101, or higher.

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Note: CMST 250 may be taken instead of CMST 252, however the preferred class is CMST 252.

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CMST 280: Intercultural Communication – 5 credits

Examines the relationship between culture and various aspects of the communication process. Students explore cultural identity, bias, and worldview. Students practice skills that contribute to intercultural competence in a variety of contexts.

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  • Communications courses focusing on communication with diverse populations (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)
  • Bellevue College:
    • CMST 250 (CMST 252 is preferred over CMST 250. However, CMST 250 is still a valid prerequisite for the Nursing AAS-T degree.)
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • HUM 105

  • The diverse communications requirement for Nursing must be a class that focuses on diversity. The following communications courses at Bellevue college and other Washington community/technical colleges will NOT fulfill this requirement.
    • CMST& 210
    • CMST& 220
    • CMST& 230
  • This must be a diverse communications course. Sociology, diversity, and/or language courses will not fulfill this requirement.

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PSYC& 100: General Psychology – 5 credits

Presents methods, concepts, and principles of psychology. Topics include psychophysiology, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation, development, emotion, health, stress, personality, and abnormalities and their treatments.

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SOC& 101: Introduction to Sociology – 5 credits

What makes you, you? Are you free to choose your own destiny, or does society determine your path? Explore how our different identities impact our everyday lived experiences and develop useful ways to think about the world around you. Themes include power dynamics, culture, identities, deviance, stereotyping, and/or the social construction of knowledge.

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  • Any psychology or sociology course will fulfill this requirement, as long as it is able to transfer as a class/elective at Bellevue College (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits).
  • Seattle Colleges:
    • PSYC& 100
    • SOC& 101

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Last Updated May 5, 2021