Nursing - Nursing Prerequisite Requirements

Nursing Prerequisite Requirements

Please see the Course Equivalency Chart in the nursing information packet for course transferability from other Washington State schools. For credits earned outside Washington State or courses not listed on the Course Equivalency Chart, please contact the nursing program office to obtain the proper waivers well in advance of applying to the nursing program. Note: These courses have other pre-requisites that cannot be waived ie. Chem&100, Psych&100, Biol&160 and a possible Math or English series. Please work closely with the nursing advisor.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • CHEM& 121 – Introduction to Chemistry and Lab (Inorganic)
  • BIOL& 241 - Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Lab
  • BIOL& 242 - Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture and Lab
  • BIOL& 260 - General Microbiology and Lab
  • ENGL& 101 - English Composition I
  • PSYCH& 200- Developmental Lifespan Psychology
  • Courses must have been taken within the last 7 years of application date
  • Students will be allowed one repeat of each course during the past 7 years. Courses with a 'W' (withdrawal) are considered part of the repeat policy.
  • Applicants must earn a 3.0 (B) or better in each course
  • Exception: the 7-year limitation for English& 101 and Psych& 200 may be waived if the course was taken as part of a completed degree in an accredited program.

    Transfer-Ready Requirements
    Applicants who complete the following transfer-ready courses with a minimum 2.0 "C" grade will gain 2 extra points each (for a total of 4) in the application process:

  • Math& 146 - Intro to Statistics (taken within the last 7 years of application date)
  • World Languages - 10 college credits, or 2 years High School (of the same language with a passing grade), or Native Speaker* (*see advisor for details). There is no age out for world language.

    Recommended Coursework
    (adds one extra point in the application process)

  • Chem& 131 - Intro to Organic and Biochemistry and Lab
  • Applicants must earn a 2.0 of better in Chem&131
  • The Chem&131 course must have been taken within 7 years of the application date.
  • NAC (Nursing Assistant Certified) with an active license is strongly recommended. However, no extra points will be awarded.

Any information provided is subject to change without notice. Please keep abreast of department changes by visiting your advisor regularly, attending information sessions and visiting the program website often.

Details of Pre-Nursing Courses and Admission Requirements

Required Prerequisites
A background in the basic sciences, along with general education college courses, is essential to prepare a student to succeed in the Nursing Program. It is critical that you work closely with an advisor in order to be fully prepared. Please read all the information carefully and make a list of your questions to ask your advisor. Assessment (ASSET or COMPASS) test scores and/or all unofficial transcripts are needed prior to the advising appointment.

    Notes on the above requirements:

  • All minimum qualification requirements must EACH be completed with a minimum grade of 3.0. Some colleges separate the lecture and the lab components of their science classes. If so, these will be treated individually and each must be 3.0 or above.
  • All courses must have been successfully completed within 7 years of the application deadline. (Exception: the 7-year limitation for Eng& 101 and Psych& 200 may be waived if the course was taken as part of a completed degree in an accredited program. There is no age out for world language)
  • Waivers are not awarded for any of the above science requirements.

    Important notes on all prerequisite requirements:

  • Only the grades in these required courses or their equivalents will be considered.
  • Successful completion of the required prerequisites does NOT guarantee admission to the Nursing Program.
  • Only ONE repeat of a required prerequisite course will be accepted. A 'W' (withdrawal) will count as a 'take' in our repeat policy.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain any waivers that may be applicable prior to the Phase I application deadline. Please do not wait till the last minute to do so, as this may take some time.


Eustenia Kasjan M.A.
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions

Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Program Director

Bebhinn Horrigan MACM
Nursing Program Coordinator
Front Office

Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Nursing Faculty

Tiffany Smith MN, RN
Nursing Faculty

Vicki Dickson ARNP, MN
Nursing Faculty

National Accreditation

This nursing program is
accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
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