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ADN Course Requirements

Welcome Students

Our programs are learning-intensive and time-consuming. You will be required to complete course work, clinical work, skills testing, theory testing, nursing care plans and more.

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

In order to enroll in nursing courses, you must have applied and been accepted to a specific nursing program.

All non-nursing courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Grades of C- or lower will not count toward credits you need to graduate.

Some prerequisite courses, support courses and general education courses are offered through WSU Online. 

The nursing program dates and deadlines override Continuing Education, online and distance learning guidelines. Support courses must be completed and grades posted two weeks prior to nursing orientation.

See the WSU Catalog for individual course descriptions.

Prerequisite Courses

All accepted students must complete science option I or II as a prerequisite to begin the program.  Additional a current CNA certification or EMT Certification must be active and current by the 1st day of class. 

Science Option I

  • HTHS 1110 (LS) - Integrated Human Anatomy/Physiology I (4)
  • HTHS1111 - Integrated Human Anatomy/Physiology II (4)
  • CHEM 1130 (PS) - Intro. to General, Organic and Biochemistry (5)*
  • Math 1030 (Q.L.) [Quantitative Literacy Requirement] (3) **

Science Option II

  • ZOOL 2100 - Human Anatomy (4)
  • ZOOL 2200 - Human Physiology (4)
  • CHEM 1130 (PS) - Intro to General, Organic and Biochemistry (5)*
  • Math 1030 (Q.L.) [Quantitative Literacy Requirement] (3)**

*CHEMISTRY NOTE: If Chemistry 1130 (PS) is not available then take CHEM 1110 (PS) Elementary Chemistry (5). In addition, some graduate nursing programs require two sections of chemistry; therefore, Chemistry 1110 and Chemistry 1120 would be a best choice. Consult an academic advisor for more information. Other Chemistry equivalents may exist see advisor.

**Quantitative Literacy note:  Q.L. level equivalencies exist. See advisor.


General Education & Support Courses

General Education

We recommend you have some general education courses completed prior to beginning the program. This will lighten the course load during the program.

  • Humanities (HU) (3)
  • Creative Arts (CA) (3)
  • Humanities or Creative Arts (3)
  • Social Science (SS) (3)
  • American Institutions (3)
  • Information Literacy (IL) (.5/1)
  • Diversity (3)*

*Refer to general education requirements in the university catalog for diversity courses: humanities/diversity (HV), creative arts/diversity (CV) or social science/diversity (SV).

Support Courses

  • PSY 1010 (SS) - Introductory Psychology (3) or                                              CHF 1500 (SS/DV) - Human Development (3)
  • ENGL 1010 - Introduction to Writing (3)
  • ENGL 2010 (EN)- Intermediate Writing (3)
  • Humanities (HU) or Creative Arts (CA) (3)

Suggested Course Outline – First Year

You must be accepted to the Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing to register for nursing courses. All nursing courses must be passed with a grade of B- (80 percent) or higher to proceed in the program. New curriculum begins Summer Semester 2022.

First Semester (First Year)

  • NRSG 2100 - Pharmacology for Nurses 1 (1.5)
  • NRSG 2200 - Nursing Foundations (3)
  • NRSG 2251 - INT/CEL- Nursing Foundations of Nrsg Lab & Clinical (4.5)
  • General Education course (6 hrs) if not finished before starting (Social Science elective other than Psych or Human Development one on other HU/CA)

Second Semester (First Year)

  • NRSG 2300 - Patient Centered Nursing Care 1 (3)
  • NRSG 2351 - INT/CEL - Patient Centered Nursing Care Experience 1 (4.5)
  • Nursing 2700 - Pharmacology for Nurses 2 (1.5)
  • PSY 1010 (SS) - Introduction to Psychology (3) or                                        CHF 1500 (SS/DV) - Human Development (3)
  • ENGL 1010 - Introduction to Writing (3)

Suggested Course Outline – Second Year

Third Semester (Second Year)

  • NRSG 2500 - Patient Centered Nursing Care 2 (3)
  • NRSG 2551 - INT/CEL Patient Centered Nursing Care Experience 2 (4.5)
  • NRSG 3100 - Pharmacology Centered Nursing Care Experience 2 (3)
  • ENGL 2010 (EN) - Intermediate Writing (3)

Fourth Semester (Second Year)

  • NRSG 3200 - Complex Patient Centered Nursing Care 1 (3)
  • NRSG 3300 - Entry into Nursing Professional Practice (3)
  • NRSG 3350 - INT/CEL Entry into Nursing Professional Practice Capstone (3.5)
  • Humanities (HU) or Creative Arts (CA) (3)
  • Information Literacy (IL) (.5-1)
  • Creative Arts (CA) (3)
  • All admitted students should choose as one of their HU, CA or SS courses that they take that it is also coded as a Diversity (Double Dip course) in order to fulfil the university diversity requirement.