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 PN to RN Course Requirements

Welcome Students

The Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing’s 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 the science option I or II by the end of summer semester prior to starting the nursing program. Prerequisite support courses must be completed with grades posted 2 weeks prior to the nursing orientation.

Science Option I

  • HTHS 1110/1111 Integrated Human Anatomy/Physiology I & II (8)
  • CHEM 1130/1135 Intro to General, Organic and Biochem.(4 & 1)**
  • MATH Quantitative Literacy (3–4)

Science Option II

  • ZOOL 2100 Human Anatomy (4)
  • ZOOL 2200 Human Physiology (4)
  • CHEM 1130/1135 Intro to General, Organic and Biochem. (4 & 1)**
  • MATH Quantitative Literacy (3–4)

**CHEMISTRY NOTE: For applicants attending a college or university where Chemistry 1130/1135 is not available, take Chemistry 1110/1115 (4&1). If you plan to advance to higher-level nursing programs, you should complete CHEM 1110/1115 (4 & 1). In addition, some graduate nursing programs require two sections of Chemistry; therefore, it would be best to take Chemistry 1110 and Chemistry 1120. Consult an academic advisor for more information. Summer 2023 forward the lab is required with the course.

Additional Prerequisites

  • PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology (3)                                                          or                                                                                                                          CHF 1500 Human Development (3)

General Education (Prerequisites)

  • ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (3)

Graduation Requirement for AAS (RN)

  • ENGL 2010 (3)
  • Humanities (HU) (3) or Creative Arts (CA) (3)*

* Additional graduation requirements required for the full AS (RN) Degree. See advisor. 

General Education

  • ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing (3)
  • Humanities or Creative Arts (3)
  • Computer Information Literacy (3)*
  • Creative Arts (CA) (3)*
  • Social Science (SS) (3)*
  • Diversity (3)*

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


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)
  • NRSG 2551 - INT/CEL Patient Centered Nursing Care Experience II (3)
  • NRSG 3100 - Pharmacology for Nurses 2 (3)
  • ENGL 2010 - Intermediate Writing (3)

Fourth Semester

  • 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)
  • Humanities (HU) or Creative Arts (CA) (3)
  • Information Literacy (1)*
  • Creative Arts (CA) (3)*