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Columbia College Associate in Science in Pre-Nursing Science

Gain prerequisite scientific knowledge while preparing for the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.

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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:

  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • Biology
  • 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
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical surgical nursing
  • Women's and infants' health
  • Pathophysiology

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.

Courses are offered online and in-seat at the following locations:

Cutout portrait of Faye Fairchild teaching nursing.

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."

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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

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