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Preparation for the study of nursing

Important general information

The curriculum in pre-nursing meets the minimum academic requirements for application to the traditional Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing offered by the School of Nursing at VCU.

Students with an interest in preparing for the nursing program must declare an academic major while also indicating a pre-nursing advising track. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Pre-nursing students are encouraged to choose a back-up major in a discipline of greatest interest to them.

Admission to and satisfactory completion of the one-year preparation program does not constitute admission to the VCU School of Nursing. In the spring of the year proceeding the fall semester of desired admission, the student must apply separately to the School of Nursing through VCU Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 980632, Richmond, VA 23298-0632.

Science and non-science courses required for the pre-nursing advising track

Students interested in applying to the traditional Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing must complete biological concepts with laboratory, human anatomy (lab included) with a minimum grade of B, principles of nutrition and an approved second laboratory science course. If high school chemistry (with laboratory) with a minimum grade of C has not been completed, one semester of general chemistry with laboratory (CHEM 101 and CHEZ 101) must be taken.* In order to be eligible for CHEM 101, students must meet the placement requirements for MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics and CHEM 101.

The non-science prerequisites for the pre-nursing advising track are: English composition, introduction to psychology and general sociology.

Although math is not required for admission to the School of Nursing, students admitted into the nursing program complete a statistics class. Therefore, we recommend that students who place into college algebra complete a math class during the first year.

Prerequisites for VCU School of Nursing traditional program

VCU courses Credits
   
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 217 Principles of Nutrition 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOCY 101 General Sociology 3
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
Approved second laboratory science 4
Total 28
   
Sample curriculum outline Credits
   
Fall semester, freshman year  
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
MATH 141 Algebra with Applications** 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
Approved second laboratory science 4
Total 18
   
Spring semester, freshman year  
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 217 Principles of Nutrition 3
SOCY 101 General Sociology 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
Total 13

*If high school chemistry (with laboratory) with a minimum grade of C has not been completed, one semester of general chemistry with laboratory (CHEM 101 and CHEZ 101) must be taken. In order to be eligible for CHEM 101, students must meet the placement requirements for MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics and CHEM 101.

If high school chemistry with a minimum grade of C has been completed, choose from the following approved second laboratory sciences:

Note that courses may have pre- or corequisites.

BIOL 103 Environmental Science
BIO and BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Sciences I and Laboratory
BIOL and BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Sciences II and Laboratory
BIOL and BIOZ 201 Human Biology and Laboratory
CHEM and CHEZ 101 General Chemistry and Laboratory
PHYS and PHYZ 101 Foundations of Physics and Laboratory
PHYS 107 Wonders of Technology

**Students placing into MATH 141 should take this course their first semester in college.

 

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