What Are the Prerequisites for Nursing School?

The prerequisites for nursing school are determined by your previous educational experience. If you are applying to the Madonna ABSN program with a previous bachelor’s degree you may not need to take as many prerequisites as someone entering the program with transfer credit.

Build your nursing career on a solid foundation - Madonna ABSN student in scrubs

What are the prerequisites for nursing school? This is perhaps one of the most important questions to ask when figuring out where and when you can get into nursing school. After all, prerequisite courses are the foundation for your nursing school success, so it’s crucial that you are well aware of which courses to get started on first.

Nursing schools often require science prerequisites as well as humanities prior to enrolling in their accelerated nursing programs. Yet, when it comes to applying to Madonna University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in metro Detroit, the number of prerequisite courses you need to complete relies upon two things: your previous educational background and how many transferrable credits you have.

General Prerequisite Courses for Nursing School

Generally, nursing schools want to make sure you have a solid understanding of basic scientific principles and effective communication skills before embarking on your nursing or ABSN courses. As such, general requirements can include experience in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology or another biology-centered course

You can also expect credits relating to psychology or sociology, algebra, statistics and college-level English to be required as prerequisites.

Prerequisite Parameters for the Madonna ABSN Program

Before you can get started in Madonna’s Accelerated BSN program, not only do you have to possess a non-nursing bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA or a minimum of 60 college credits from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative 3.0 GPA, you must also show successful completion of 13 nursing prerequisite courses. However, given your past education, some of your previous credits may count toward your prerequisites.

To confirm that your past college credits are transferable, you’ll want to get in touch with an admissions representative to determine the exact number of prerequisites required of you.

Madonna University ABSN - Admissions representative

However, the two examples listed below can help you figure out the number of prerequisites you’ll need. This will also give you a better idea of how long it will take before you can successfully enroll in Madonna’s ABSN program.

Madonna ABSN Prerequisites if You Have a Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree

All in all, if you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, then you must satisfy these prerequisite courses with a passing grade of C or higher to qualify for enrollment in the Madonna ABSN program:

  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Pathophysiology
  • Intro to Life Chemistry
  • Probability & Statistics
  • General Nutrition for the Health Professional
  • Therapeutic Nutrition for the Health Professional
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Lifespan Development Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology
  • College Composition
  • College Composition II

Anything worth doing requires a great deal of specialized background knowledge, and nursing is no exception — which is why a handful of the prerequisites are science-related. Which means, if you do have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), there’s a good chance you will have to take some, if not all, of the science-related prerequisites compared to someone with a Bachelor of Science (BS). Taking these courses will benefit you in the long run, especially if you come from a non-science related field.

The prerequisites prepared me for the program by teaching me a baseline of what is coming up. For example, with anatomy and physiology, you need to know everything about the body before you can learn about what it does and how to treat it and care for people who have problems with the anatomy and physiology.

– Cassidy, Accelerated BSN Student, Class of 2020

On the other hand, if you come from a science-related background, there’s a good chance you will be able to begin your nursing education sooner. Your admissions representative is committed to helping you through the admissions process and will build a positive rapport with you from the very start. He or she will also provide guidance on what, if anything, you can do to boost your GPA.

Madonna ABSN Prerequisites if You Have a Minimum of 60 College Credits

If you’re coming into the ABSN program with a minimum of 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution, then along with completing the courses listed above, you will have to complete Madonna University’s signature courses which will include:

  • One of: American Literature I or II; British Literature I or II; or, Studies in Women’s Literature
  • One of: Ethnic American Literature; Minority Groups in America; Do Animals Matter?; or, Diversity, Discrimination and Social Justice
  • One of: Survey of Christianity, Catholicism, Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine, Franciscan Values, Social Justice, and Service
  • One of: Survey of Western Religions; Survey of Eastern Religions, Old Testament: Torah and Historical Writings; or, New Testament: The Four Gospels

You’ll also take Madonna’s support courses, including:

  • Spiritual & Ethical Considerations in Palliative /End-of-Life Care
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Interpersonal Communication

Your admissions representative will be able to tell you if there are any additional courses you’ll need to complete.

*These courses may be taken at any time; however, it’s best that you complete them before starting the nursing course sequence.

Four Reasons Why Prerequisite Courses Matter:

  1. You’ll become acquainted with online learning.
  2. You’ll get in the nursing mindset.
  3. You’ll inquire a critical knowledge base.
  4. You’ll get back into a routine.

Are Prerequisites Offered through Madonna University?

Fortunately, the answer is yes. Madonna University makes it convenient for you to take prerequisites by offering the courses online.

It’s not required for you to take your nursing prerequisites through Madonna University, but if you were to ask an admissions representative, they would tell you that it’s your best option. This helps them assist you better and gives you instant access to your classes and grades for a smoother transition into the Accelerated BSN program.

Madonna made it really easy and allowed me to take my prerequisites online while I was still working.

– Steve, Current Accelerated BSN Student, Class of 2020

Get Started on Your Prerequisite Courses Today!

At Madonna University, we want to help you become the most prepared registered nurse you can be. To learn more about how our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program can help turn your existing college credits or non-nursing degree into a BSN degree in as few as 16 months, give us a call today.