Eligibility & Prerequisites
Students interested in becoming a registered nurse must follow these guidelines.
Completion of all seven (7) nursing prerequisite courses, with a grade of C or higher, is required prior to entry into the nursing program; C- grades are not accepted. The applicant is responsible to submit updated transcripts for continued eligibility determination.
***The prerequisite courses identified with an asterisk (*) must be completed and graded prior to the application deadline. Note: Human Biology (BIOL 1200) is not required but is strongly recommended.
- ***BIOL 2320/2325 – Human Anatomy and Lab***
- ***BIOL 2420/2425 – Human Physiology and Lab***
- CHEM 1110/1115 – Elem/ General/Organic Chemistry and Lab (or higher)
- MATH 1040 – Introduction to Statistics
- FSHD 1500 or PSY 1100 – Human Development through the Lifespan
- FSHD 1020 – Scientific Foundations of Nutrition
- NURS 3900 or BIOL 4400 – Pathophysiology
We highly discourage students from repeating courses if they have earned a grade C or higher on their first attempt.
Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.
- CNA: Current CNA certification or LPN licensure is required prior to admission.
- MA and/or EMT do not substitute.
- GPA: Minimum 3.0 GPA in all pre-nursing courses (Major GPA).
- GPA on a scale of 4.0
- There is no minimum overall GPA.
- Completion of at least 45 semester hours of study at the university/college level.
Students needing elective credits should consider the following courses:
- NURS 1001 – First Year Experience
- SSC 1010 – Trailblazer Connections
- HLOC 1000 – Medical Terminology
- COMM 2110 – Interpersonal Communication
- COMM 3230 – Health Communication
- SOC 1010 – Intro to Sociology
- SOC 1020 – Social Problems
- SOC 1200 – Sociology of the Family
- HLTH 2010 – Health & Disease
- HLTH 2700 – Consumer Health Issues
- HLTH 3020 – U.S. & World Health Systems
- BIOL 2060/2065 – Microbiology/Lab
- CHEM 1120/1125 – Elem Organic Chemistry/Lab
- Completion of all general education requirements prior to starting the nursing program.
- The most competitive candidates will have all prerequisites done, some employment experience in a public or healthcare setting, and volunteer/community service.
- ESL Students: Completion of a medical terminology course.