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Pre-Nursing Coursework

There are a variety of ways to start a career in nursing. It is up to each individual to determine which pathway best matches their interest and goals. The information below is designed for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s in nursing (BSN) degree straight out of high school.

Students may choose to complete two years of pre-requisite coursework at SMSU and transfer into a BSN program or they may choose to complete a bachelor’s degree at SMSU and enter an accelerated BSN program after graduation. SMSU provides the required pre-requisite coursework for students interested in either option. Please note this is only a general guideline for entrance into a typical BSN program. Please check the BSN program to which you intend to apply to see if other courses are required. Additionally, successful completion of these courses (C or higher) is necessary but does not guarantee acceptance into a nursing program. Also note that there may still be general education requirements of the university housing the BSN program. Students should fill their schedules each semester to include some of these general education requirements.

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Course Guidelines

Due to variation in each school’s curriculum, the following is merely a guideline of typical requirements. To determine the exact requirements for each program, the student should work with their academic advisor to review each school to which he/she is applying.

Typical Course Requirements
SMSU Course Number Pre-Requisite courses for Program Semester Credit Hours
Biol 200 Introduction to cellular biology with lab 4
Biol 305/306 Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab 8
Biol 377 Principles of nutrition 3
Chem 121/122 Basic Chemistry with lab / Introductory organic/biochemistry with lab 8
Psyc 101 General Psychology 3
Psyc 340 Developmental psych 3
Soc 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
Math 110 College Algebra 3
Math 200 Statistics 3
Eng 151 Academic Writing 4
Comm 110 Essentials of Speaking and Listening 3
Phil 103 Ethics 3

Please note that the nursing program at SMSU is an RN to BSN program and is designed for specifically for individuals that have already earned their RN credentials through a community college. It is not intended for students coming directly from high school.


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