In order to be prepared for the required prerequisite courses for the nursing major, high school students interested in nursing are advised to take the following courses: mathematics - three units (two years of algebra and one year of geometry); chemistry - one unit; biology - one unit. Physics, though not required, is recommended.
Admission to the major is contingent upon the student being screened and admission being offered to the applicant by the department. The screening process takes place during the term prior to the student's anticipated enrollment in the first nursing course.
Students are eligible to apply for admission after they have completed a minimum of 42 undergraduate units, including at least three (3) laboratory science prerequisites and ENGL 102. Students must complete 11 prerequisite courses prior to beginning the nursing major. As long as students meet the minimum requirements to apply, it is not necessary to have all 11 nursing prerequisites completed before submitting your nursing application; however, admission into the major is contingent on the completion of the 11 prerequisite courses before enrolling in nursing courses.
Only one grade below a grade equivalent of a 2.00 is allowed in prerequisite or General Education/Core Curriculum courses, and no more than two courses may be repeated. A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required; however, students must note that achievement at the 3.00 level does not guarantee admission to the program.
Once accepted to the nursing program, students complete the required nursing major courses in a sequence, as each course is a foundation for the subsequent course.