Required Prerequisite Courses
As a profession and a discipline, nursing promotes and protects human health and well-being and is grounded in a strong, liberal arts, undergraduate education that includes the arts and humanities, as well as the behavioral, social and physical sciences. Recognizing that different undergraduate majors have varying requirements, evaluation of applicants will be based both on their success in meeting the requirements of their undergraduate programs and on the breadth and depth of their educational preparation for entry into nursing.
Nursing practice and scholarship have great application in our society, ranging from the acute care of individuals to the management and promotion of the health of whole communities and even nations. The College of Nursing welcomes and is enriched by applicants from a spectrum of disciplines and professions.
All required prerequisite courses listed below must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better by the application deadline for which the student is applying. We recommend but do not require that you complete a laboratory component for each of these courses:
• General chemistry I*
• Human Anatomy**
• Human Physiology**
*We do not accept Introductory Chemistry, Basic Chemistry, Fundamentals of Chemistry or Foundations of Chemistry. Only one term of General Chemistry is required.
**Anatomy and Physiology may be taken as two separate courses or as Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II. We strongly discourage applicants from taking Anatomy and Physiology online unless offered through a traditional community college or university. We recommend but do not require that applicants completed a Human Anatomy and Physiology course within the last three years.
Direct Entry Master’s (MSN) for Non-Nurses: Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program requires a minimum of 74 term hours of didactic and 1,308 clock hours of clinical instruction. Candidates are given a comprehensive examination in the final term of the program in preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX and the CNL certification exam.