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Explore pre-nursing at Columbia College
This degree provides a solid starting point for students on the journey toward a nursing career. It prepares you to apply for an Associate or Bachelor of Nursing Science (ASN or BSN) program. It is also good preparation for other employment in the healthcare field.
The program’s location within the Physical and Biological Sciences Department emphasizes how important it is for nurses to have a thorough understanding of science. To earn their degrees, students complete major area requirements including biology, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
Opportunities to study:
- Medical terminology
- Introduction to Nursing
Join the fast-growing healthcare and nursing fields
The Associate in Science in Pre-Nursing Science from Columbia College prepares students for application to the ASN or BSN programs. Graduates may also enter the workforce in health-related support roles.
Continue your studies with:
- Mental health nursing
- Therapeutic communication
- Medical surgical nursing
- Women's and infants' health
Associate vs. Bachelor: What's the difference?
This program prepares students to apply to one of our Nursing programs or to enter jobs in biological, life or health sciences. Because the demand for medical care is growing, you will be entering a career field with a great deal of opportunity across a wide-ranging diversity of settings.
In the nursing and healthcare professions, new scientific knowledge is constantly being added. A pre-nursing science degree demonstrates that you understand the importance of keeping updated on the latest evidence-based techniques and emerging trends.
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
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Available program formats
- Core requirements 29 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 60 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Structure of the human body including comparison with other vertebrates. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 223L is required. Prerequisite: BIOL 110.
Fundamentals of chemistry for students entering biological or health-related fields. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations and reactions, properties of gases, solutions and electrolytes, acid/base properties and pH, an introduction to organic chemistry, and various aspects of chemistry important in biological systems. Prerequisites: MATH 106 or higher (or ACT math score of 21 or higher); CHEM 104 or CHEM/PHYS 108(or high school chemistry course with a grade of C or higher). G.E.
An introduction to medical terminology with an emphasis on learning word roots, suffixes and prefixes as it pertains to the human body.
Functional processes of the human body with emphasis on regulatory mechanisms. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 326L is recommended. Prerequisites: C or better in BIOL 110, BIOL 223, and CHEM 109 or CHEM 110.