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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.
Dr. Faye Fairchild
"I have held numerous positions over the years that at first I wasn’t sure about. I was glad that I was willing to ‘give it a shot’ and try because I found out so much about myself and interests that I didn’t know I had."Read about Faye
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 27 credit hours
- Core requirements 29 credit hours
- Electives 4 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.
An introduction to medical terminology with an emphasis on learning word roots, suffixes and prefixes as it pertains to the human body.
Introduction to the field of psychology and the major sub-areas including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, stress, as well as abnormal, developmental and social psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. G.E.
Exploration of issues surrounding social justice, including human rights, democracy, freedom, happiness, equality, peace, violence, tolerance, and social responsibility. Introduction to reasoning and logic; intellectual empathy.
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