General Nursing Pre-Requisite Courses/ Applying for Nursing

Each school may require different pre-requisite courses.

Some pre-requisite courses may include:

  • Chemistry (1 year, including general and organic—Some schools require a combination of general, organic and biochemistry such as UCLA and Azusa.
  • Biology
  • Human Anatomy w/ Lab
  • Human Physiology w/ Lab
  • Microbiology w/ Lab
  • Statistics
  • College Composition
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology
  • Interpersonal Communication and/or Public Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Life span Development—infancy to adulthood
  • Basic Nutrition

This list is not comprehensive, and each school that you are interested in applying to should be researched or contacted for a complete description of their requirements.

For most MSN programs and some 2nd BSN programs, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. This test can be taken virtually any day Monday through Saturday. Additionally, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is required for many California schools. Contact the schools or check their Web sites for test dates, registration and other related information.

(Modified from Nursing School Preparation at UC Davis)

Prerequisite Courses that are not offered at U.C. Berkeley:
You will need to take some courses at a community college, i.e. Life Span (Human Developmental) Psychology. We know Berkeley City College (formerly known as Vista Community College) offers night classes on the U.C. Berkeley campus.

Satisfy the number of credits of each course:
Make sure each prerequisite you have taken, or will be taking, satisfies the number of credits the school requires for that particular course.

Organizing what prerequisites to take:
When choosing your schools, it is highly recommended that you make an organized chart of what prerequisites are required for each school, just so that you can keep track of what you still have to take and what you’ve already taken.

Again, every school differs in their set of prerequisites. Some schools may require a Theology class or an Ethics class. So look out! It all depends on the school. So check out each school’s website and find out exactly what they need you to take.

Supplemental Items

  • Transcripts from each school
  • Letters of recommendations (~3) (Double check application for number of recommendation letters needed)
  • Goal statement (2-3 pages)
  • Resume