Students who are interested in pursuing Pre-Nursing should indicate Pre-Nursing as their area of interest on the Declaration of Major form. Entering PNUR as your Declared Major will allow Pre-Nursing to be officially listed as your subplan in myUMBC. Declared students will then be assigned an advisor from our office. All students must meet with their advisor before Fall and Spring registration. Students who are also pursuing a major at UMBC should first plan to meet with their major advisor, and then consult their Pre-Nursing advisor. Students who are part of the UMSON/UMBC Partnership Pathways must meet with Ms. Kelly Simer. Interested Pre-Nursing students may make an appointment with Ms. Simer at https://kellysimer.youcanbook.me.
We have provided a list of common prerequisites necessary for admission to nursing schools. It is important to note that this list is not inclusive of all nursing schools. We highly recommend that students research possible nursing schools early and often to ensure that you are completing coursework for all potential schools.
Please note that this list refers to common courses required for the BSN degree programs. Those courses in bold correspond to pre-reqs commonly required for those students pursuing Entry to Practice MSN or second degree BSN programs.
|Requirement||UMBC Course/Title||Credits||Semester Offered||Preferred Sequence|
|BIOL 101 Concepts of Biology||3||Summer, Fall, Winter||Fall, 1st Year|
|BIOL 233 Nutrition||3||Summer, Fall||Fall, 2nd Year|
|BIOL 251 Anatomy & Physiology I||3||Summer, Fall, Spring||Fall, 2nd Year|
|BIOL 251L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab||1||Summer, Fall, Spring||Fall, 2nd Year|
|BIOL 252 Anatomy & Physiology II||3||Summer, Fall, Spring||Spring, 2nd Year|
|BIOL 252L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab||1||Summer, Fall, Spring||Spring, 2nd Year|
|BIOL 273 Microbiology||3||Summer, Fall, Spring||Spring, 1st Year|
|BIOL 273L Microbiology Lab||2||Summer, Spring||Spring, 1st Year|
|CHEM 123 Intro to General Organic and Biochemistry I||4||Summer, Fall||Fall, 1st Year|
|CHEM 124 Intro to General Organic and Biochemistry II||3||Summer, Spring||Spring, 1st Year|
|CHEM 124L Intro to General Organic and Biochemistry II Lab||2||Summer, Spring||Spring, 1st Year|
Mathematics & Statistics
|MATH 104 Quantitative Literacy OR
MATH 106 Algebra and Elementary Functions
|3||Summer, Fall, Spring||Fall, 1st Year|
|STAT 121 Intro to Statistics for the Social Sciences||4||Summer, Fall, Spring||Any Semester|
|ENGL 100 Composition||3||Summer, Fall, Spring||1st Year Preferred|
|ENGL 200 Level English Writing or Literature Course Elective||3||Varies||Any Semester|
|PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology||4||Summer, Fall, Spring||1st Year Preferred|
|PSYC 306 Lifespan of Human Development||3||Summer, Spring||Spring, 1st or 2nd Year|
|SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology||3||Summer, Fall, Spring||Any Semester|
|SS *** Social Science Elective||3||Varies||Any Semester|
|Arts & Humanities||AH *** Arts & Humanities Electives (Common courses required include Ethics & Speech)||9||Varies||Any Semester|
Students who are planning to major in STEM-related programs may be required to take higher levels of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Statistics as part of their major. Students should consult with individual nursing programs to determine if those courses will satisfy prerequisites for nursing school as well.
Additional Electives to Consider (These courses are not required for nursing school or count as pre-reqs, but are often helpful in learning about the healthcare profession and help students round out their schedules. Always consult with your Academic Advisor before choosing specific courses for pre-reqs).