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Pre-Nursing Classes


Just curious what are the pre-req's required for the nursing program your in?

I'm applying to two programs. For one, you only need intro chem and intro bio, and you need to be a CNA. They have you taking several typical pre-requisites during the first two semesters, interspersed with nursing classes. The other program requires: CNA registry, general chemistry, A&P1 completed, A&P2 completed or in progress, medical terminology, composition, and psychology.

general chemistry, developmental psych, microbio, a&p 1 and 2.

Hard Sci- 8 hours A&P, 4 hours Chem, 4 hours micro.

"Fluff"-9 hours English, 9 hours humanities, 3 hours sociology, 3 hours gen psy, 3 hours human growth and development, 3 hours social science, 3 hours college algebra (that I am taking a break from studying for it's midterm right now), 3 hours statistics, and an elective that I filled with general bio.

My school requires an art credit. Pottery just about killed me this summer, I took a five week class. Also needed one gym credit on top of the usual stuff.

strawberryluv, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med-surg.

Sciences: General chemistry I, general chemistry II general biology, A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology

Gen Ed requirements (they are really specific): intro to sociology, intro to psychology, nutrition, statistics for social sciences, biomedical ethics, developmental psychology, English composition I & II, intro to cultural anthropology, spanish for health professions

Clinical: we have clinicals in the second year called Basic Clinical competencies and

health and wellness assessment.

This is an integrated nursing program so they put nursing courses right into the second year. It is a pretty awesome program. :]

Micro, Anatomy and Physiology, these are the main science pre reqs for all programs I'm considering.

chicagoing, ADN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

Pre-reqs: one semester chemistry (either general, or college-specific "Contemporary") and anatomy and physiology I

For mine, English 101, psych 101, A&P 1, A&P 2, Micro, Nutrition, Human growth and development (Lifespan Psych....goes by different names), Sociology 101.

The first 3 and one other science (the A&P 2 OR Micro) are truely prereqs, required to even apply. The remaining are permitted to be taken concurently as long as they are completed by the term that requires them. The school however does recomend completing most if not all prior to starting the program as it is 5 days a week full time, including summers, so that leaves either night class or weekends to take any that are still being taken. And I think most people do complete all before starting.

The 8 I listed seem to be the norm. For associates, there are several other "non nursing classes" needed.....maybe eng 102, and often elective courses. Many programs require chem, mine does not.

My program does not require a CNA prior, and after the first 2 terms (24weeks) of the program you are able to take the CNA test if wanting to.

I think a college algebra was required also if did not have at least an algebra with a C on high school transcript.....though I am not sure.....was not a concern for me as I went up through calculus in highschool and have college calculus credits.

Edited by PghRN30

I am completing the pre-reqs at my local CC and here is what I have to take to transfer for my BSN:

- Microbiology (4)

- Anatomy and Physiology I w/ lab(4)

- Anatomy and Physiology II w/ lab (4)

- English I (3)

- English II (3) (need Basic Composition I and II just to get in to english I)

- Oral Communications (3)

- Intro to Chemistry (3)

- Intro to Chem Lab (1)

- Principles of Biology w/ lab (4)

- Nutrition (3)

- Intro to Psychology (3)

- Life Span Psychology (3)

- Statistics (3) (need FOUR math classes before you can take stats)

**I also did the CNA program this past summer semester (not required) and I am taking the required classes for the PCT (patient care tech) program this semester (medical terminology and communications for health care careers). I will be doing the PCT course next semester.

**I will be done with all of my pre reqs fall of 2011 semester. So I've got one more year.. I am not taking my classes in a full load. I am doing two or three each semester so I can do my best.. between work, school, keeping up with the house, and two kids.. it's a lot of work!

Comp 1, Human Growth and Development, Math (equivalent to intermediate algebra), and chemistry. You get extra points for having anatomy and physiology 1 and 2 and microbiology, but they are not required to apply.


Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. Has 5 years experience.

I just applied to two different programs.

Both require below to apply:

Int algebra

Eng 101

Gen Bio

A&P 1

Comp applications


Before starting:

A&P 2

During / before:

Micro nur sem 1

Lifespan or child psychology nur sem 2


English 102



Edited by ORnurseCT


I am working on a few of my pre-reqs now, but I will be applying to 2 ADN programs. They both require:





Algebra, Biology, Chemistry (High School level is acceptable)

Intro to Psychology

Intro Sociology

Developmental Psychology

English 101

English 102

Edited by missriss

I'm in a BSN program, finishing up my last pre-req's this semester. We have to apply to the nursing program during the last semester of these. The entry is based on GPA and TEAS score. :) I got in for next semester, but we have to keep a C in the classes we're taking right now or else we'll get dropped.

We have to take:

A&P I + lab

A&P II + lab

Microbiology + lab


Intro to Sociology

Communications (Public Speaking)

English Comp. I

English Comp. II

World Literature

General Psychology

Developmental Psychology (Human growth and development)

American History I

American History II

Freshman Experience (Everyone who goes to my school has to take this, unless they are transferring from another college)

2 Humanities courses (I took Art Appreciation and Music Appreciation)

... I don't think I forgot anything. lol

For my ADN I need:

English Composition I


Speech Communication

Human Growth and Development

Critical Thinking

College math

Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 + labs

Chemistry for health science + lab


General Biology

Cellular and Molecular Biology




General Chemistry I

General Chemistry II

Organic or Biochemistry

Communication 101

Intro to Psychology

Development Psychology

Sociology 101



Math: elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, geometry and statistics.

It depends on your school though because community colleges require to be a CNA while Universities you don't have to be a CNA but it helps on your application as well. If you're applying at the community college, you don't have to take chemistry at all because it's not an university level. Hope this helps and God bless :nurse:

Oh yeah nutrition/health too. Those are for BSN only.

It depends on your school though because community colleges require to be a CNA while Universities you don't have to be a CNA but it helps on your application as well. If you're applying at the community college, you don't have to take chemistry at all because it's not an university level. Hope this helps and God bless :nurse:

Do not assume that to be true in all cases just because it was for the schools you looked at. ALL schools are different. The community college that would have been my back up school DOES require Chemistry, and is why I couldn't apply to it for spring (though I got in for my first choice which was a diploma program which did not).....they also DO NOT require a CNA.