Course Requirements

The Nursing program at any level is a learning-intensive, time-consuming enterprise. You will be required to complete course work, clinical work, skills testing, theory testing, nursing care plans and more.

The School of Nursing strongly recommends that you work no more than 24 hours a week during the course of the program. If your family and home commitments are high, we recommend you curtail outside employment even further.

Following are the required courses for the nursing program. Non-nursing courses are available to all WSU students. In order to enroll in the nursing courses, you must have applied and been accepted to a specific nursing program.

All non-nursing courses must be completed at a C level or higher. Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted toward graduation completion.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses must be passed with a C grade or higher. All accepted students (including high school graduates) must complete the science option I or II by the end of summer semester prior to starting the nursing program.


Option I 
HTHS 1110/1111 Biomedical Core with Lab (8 credits)
CHEM 1050 Intro to General, Organic and Biochemistry (5 credits)**
MATH Quantitative Literacy (3/4 credits)

Option II 
ZOOL 2100 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
ZOOL 2200 Human Physiology (4 credits)
CHEM 1050 Intro to General, Organic and Biochemistry (5 credits)**
MATH Quantitative Literacy (3/4 credits)

** CHEMISTRY NOTE: For applicants attending a college or university where Chemistry 1050 is not available, take Chemistry 1110. If you plan to advance to higher-level nursing programs, you should complete CHEM 1110. In addition, some graduate nursing programs require two sections of Chemistry; therefore, it would be best to take Chemistry 1110 and Chemistry 1120. Consult with an advisor.

Support (Prerequisites)

PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

General Education (Prerequisites)

ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (3 credits)
Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
Humanities (HU) (3 credits)*
American Institutions (3 credits)*

General Education (Not Prerequisites)

ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing (3 credits)
Humanities or Creative Arts (3 credits)
Computer Information Literacy (3 credits)*
Creative Arts (CA) (3 credits)*
Social Science (SS) (3 credits)*
Diversity (3 credits)*
* Not required for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. 

Some prerequisite courses are offered through WSU Independent Study and WSU Online (computer-based via the Internet)  (801-626-6600). Failure to comply with the following guidelines will disqualify you from starting or progressing in the program:

  • The Nursing program dates and deadlines override all Continuing Education, Online, and Distance Learning guidelines.
  • Prerequisite support courses must be completed with grades posted two weeks prior to the nursing orientation.

Suggested PN-to-RN Course Outline

All nursing courses must be passed with a B- grade (80 percent) or better to proceed in the program. Nursing courses must be taken in sequence.

PN-to-RN students start in the 3rd semester of the Associate Degree program.

Third Semester 

NRSG 2500 - Patient Centered Nursing Care 3 (3 credits)
NRSG 2550 - Patient Centered Nursing Care 3 Clinical (3 credits)
NRSG 3100 - Pharmacology for Nurses 2 (3 credits)
ENGL 2010 - Intermediate Writing (3 credits)

Fourth Semester 

NRSG 3200 - Complex Patient Centered Nursing Care 1 (3 credits)
NRSG 3300 - Entry into Nursing Professional Practice (3 credits)
NRSG 3350 - Entry into Nursing Professional Practice Preceptorship  (3 credits)
Humanities (HU) or Creative Arts (CA)  (3 credits)
Computer Information Literacy (4 credits)*
Creative Arts (CA) (3 credits)*

* Not required for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

See the WSU Course Catalog for individual course descriptions.

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