Pre-nursing Interest

Prerequisites for institutions offering BSN, accelerated BSN, MSN, or accelerated MSN can vary widely. Students need to investigate those requirements.

Nursing is one of the largest and fastest growing professions in our nation. Typical paths to registered nursing include completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or, for clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners, a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN). Houghton students interested in nursing typically pursue one of three paths: a) enroll in an accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree after completion of a BA or BS in another field at Houghton College, b) enroll in an accelerated Masters of Nursing degree after completion of a BA or BS in another field at Houghton College, or, c) transfer to a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree following completion of two years at Houghton College. Most students interested in pursuing nursing major in biology or chemistry, though many other majors are possible. Where a student takes a major other than biology or chemistry, the prerequisite science, psychology and math courses need to be included. An advantage to studying at Houghton College prior to pursuing the nursing degree is the availability of Intercultural Studies courses. These classes, including those related to public health, prepare students for global service opportunities in missions, NGO’s, public health organizations and educational institutions. For further information contact Dr. Jamie Potter, at

The prerequisites for BSN, accelerated BSN and MSN or accelerated MSN degrees can vary widely.  It is therefore highly recommended that the student interested in pursuing nursing following Houghton, work with Professor Jamie Potter, during their first and second years at Houghton College to review the specific requirements at selected colleges and universities.

Students planning on transferring to a BSN program or an accelerated BSN program typically complete the following courses:

Typical Course RequirementsCredits
BIOL 217 and BIOL 218 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4, 4
CHEM 151 and CHEM 152 General Chemistry 4, 4
BIOL 242 Microbiology 4
CHEM 187 and CHEM 188 Nutrition 4
SOC 307 and SOC 308 or SOC 309 or MATH 131 Statistics 3 or 4
PSY 213 Developmental Psychology 4

Other courses that may be required by specific BSN or accelerated nursing degrees (either BSN or MSN) include, introduction to psychology, pathophysiology, theology/religious studies, medical ethics, human growth and development, sociology and pharmacology.

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