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Transfer Degrees

General Transfer Degree

Associate in Arts (AA-DTA) The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree, sometimes called the Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts and Sciences, is the community college degree designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts programs at four-year institutions in Washington. In order for the agreement to be valid for transfer, however, it is essential that the degree be completed. Otherwise, each course taken may be evaluated by the receiving institution separately, and some courses may not be accepted for transfer that would have been with a completed degree. For this reason students are strongly advised to complete the appropriate transfer degree prior to transfer.

Students planning to transfer should always check in with a counselor at SCC for guidance. Counselors have transfer guides available and can help students navigate course selection throughout their program. Students planning to transfer should consult these guides as well as information provided by the four-year institutions. Completion of recommended courses in a pre-major for transfer does not necessarily assure a student admission to a four-year institution or a specific program. Some colleges use screening procedures (cumulative GPA, test scores, major GPA, etc.) for acceptance into certain majors and programs.

Many four-year institutions have an admissions requirement of two years of a single foreign language in high school or two to three quarters of a single foreign language in college. Additional foreign language courses may be required for graduation. Students should check this requirement carefully for the institution to which they plan to transfer. It is highly recommended that students work with a transfer counselor at SCC and at the receiving institution.

Lower-division major requirements vary among four-year schools. Therefore, students should consult the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer for specific program requirements. Careful planning is important in order to meet specific requirements.

FastTrack Transfer Degree

Spokane Community College offers an accelerated Associate's Degree - Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) that allows students to complete the first two years of a Bachelor's Degree in almost half the time. This transfer degree is designed for students who want to complete their first 90 credits at a community college at less cost and then transfer to a university. Classes are offered in a carefully designed, accelerated format where students take more classes each quarter with shorter breaks in between allowing them to move further faster.

Articulation agreements across the State of Washington allow students who successfully complete this program to transfer with junior standing to all public four-year colleges and universities within Washington state and to many private colleges and universities, as well as some out-of-state public institutions in our region, assuming students have met all other admissions requirements.

Students who enroll in this program and successfully complete will be able to earn their entire Associate's Degree (AA-DTA) in 12 months. Courses are all online, and students can complete the entire program, including registration, advising, enrollment, etc., without ever coming to campus. Wraparound support services, including faculty office hours, counseling, advising, tutoring, library services, etc., are available online and in person.

The program is cohort-based, meaning that you start and progress through the program with the same group of students. Cohorts are capped at 20 students to maximize faculty-student interaction. New cohorts start in January, April, and September each year.

AA-DTA Program Learning Outcomes

Communication Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Create, organize, present, and adapt effective verbal and nonverbal messages to diverse audiences in diverse contexts
2. Explain the active listening process and the skills necessary  to understand verbal and nonverbal information
3. Demonstrate the ability to critically think: summarize, interpret, and evaluate written discourse 
4. Write clear, well-focused and well-organized papers using documentation
5. Select and integrate textual evidence within academic essays
6. Create expository essays using traditional academic forms and standards
7. Appropriately use college-level language skills, i.e., grammar and punctuation

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Recognize a problem and identify the information required to solve it
2. Develop and apply appropriate algebraic models (e.g. numerical, graphical and symbolic) to obtain a solution to the problem
3. Explain the process of reasoning used to arrive at the solution

Humanities Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate, in writing or verbally, awareness that different contexts and/or world views produce different human creations
2. Identify and explain diverse cultural customs, beliefs, traditions, and lifestyles
3. Identify ideologies, practices and contributions that persons of diverse backgrounds bring to our multicultural world
4. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position

Social Sciences Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Describe the methods used for conducting research within the various disciplines of the social sciences
2. Evaluate the credibility of information regarding topics within the social sciences and differentiate between information derived from empirical sources and information derived from opinion, folklore, and/or emotions
3. Identify the impact of social, cultural, historical, political, geographical, and/or religious factors on behavior
4. Express increased engagement and confidence in the ability to apply course material for the purpose of improving self,  relationships,  community, society, and/or the world

Math and Science Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Select, use, or develop an appropriate model including numerical, graphical, or symbolic representations
2. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position or draw conclusions using appropriate terminology and symbolism
3. Demonstrate laboratory skills including making qualitative and quantitative observations about natural systems
4. Ascertain and critically evaluate the interrelationships within complex systems

Health Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Our students will be able to develop an appreciation of  physical activity as a lifelong pursuit and means to better health.
2. Our students will be able to recognize the physical and mental benefits of increased activity.
3. Our students will be able to examine the effects of nutrition, rest and other lifestyle factors that contribute to better health.
4. Our students will be able to demonstrate motor skill performance of various physical activities.
5. Our students will be able to define the various health components of fitness and determine the lifestyle factors for development of physical fitness and training strategies.
6. Our students will be able to identify common health and fitness myths and trends involved with the evolving nature of physical education. 
7. Our students will be able to utilize physical activity as a tool to manage stress.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

Prepare for College-level Math

Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 146, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → MATH& 146

Prepare for College-level English

English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101 → ENGL& 102

This accelerated FastTrack Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree meets all the requirements of the AA-DTA listed above but is structured to meet these requirements in 4 quarters rather than 6 by accelerating courses and reducing breaks between courses. The FastTrack AA-DTA is fully transferable as an AA-DTA if students meet all the requirements regarding course completion, academic credit, and GPA as listed for the traditional AA-DTA degree.

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Total Program Credits: 90

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication   2
English Composition I  
US History 1   1
HLTH 104
Stress Management   1
HUM 107
Introduction to Cultural Studies   2
PE 187
Cross Training   1
Total Credits

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Composition II  
Introduction to Statistics  
General Psychology  
Total Credits

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
General Biology with Lab  
Interpersonal Communication   1
Introduction to Literature   1
FILM 141
Introduction to Film   2
United States Government   2
Total Credits

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Chemical Concepts w/Lab  
ENGL 247
American Multicultural Literature   1
Survey of Earth Science   1
MUSC 109
World Music   2
Introduction to Philosophy   2
Total Credits

1 First half of term
2 Second half of term

Estimated costs for completing this program

WA Resident
$ 9,037
$ 11,204
$ 21,118
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
Course Fees
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
Institutional Fees
$ 2,141
$ 2,141
$ 2,141
Total Costs
$ 11,478
$ 13,644
$ 23,559

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

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    David Braun
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., University of Idaho
  • Michael Buckley
    Michael Buckley
    Political Science
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  • Nicole Duvernay
    Nicole Duvernay
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    David Edwards
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  • Renee Goffinet
    Renee Goffinet
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    Cheri Osler
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    A.D.N., Shoreline Community College; B.S.N., Seattle Pacific University; M.S., University of Hawaii; M.A., American School of Professional Psychology; Ed.D., University of Southern California; Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Tim Roe
    Tim Roe
    M.P.A., Eastern Washington University; M.A., New Mexico State University; B.A., Washington State University
  • Jonathan Schmidt
    Jonathan Schmidt
    Anatomy and Physiology
    B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Washington State University
  • Cindy Trujillo
    Cindy Trujillo
    Communication Studies Instruct
    B.A., University of Washington; M.A., University of Montana

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Gwendolyn Cash-James

Dean Arts and Sciences