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Undergraduate Director: Laura Yoder
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Semester Hours: 57 + prerequisite courses
Admission Requirements: 
Any student admitted to the university may declare a nursing major. Nursing requires a strong background in the natural sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences. Nurses work with complex concepts and ever-changing technologies.

Admission to the clinical sequence (Level 1) of the program for all traditional tracks is contingent upon the following:

  • being at least 18 years of age.
  • having completed 58 semester hours prior to beginning Level 1 unless completing a semester cross-cultural while in the clinical level.
  • obtaining a C or above in all prerequisite courses.
  • not repeating more than two prerequisite courses.
  • maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above at the time of application to the clinical level.
  • Kaplan nursing entrance exam prior to application to the clinical level with overall score >50th percentile and Science subscore >50th percentile. 

Students entering EMU directly after high school graduation with significant college credit must complete a minimum of one full-time semester at EMU prior to entering the clinical level (Level 1). These students may apply for Level 1 prior to entering EMU if they have met all admission criteria.

Admission to Level 1 is subject to approval by the nursing department's admissions committee. A separate application for Level 1 is required. Applications for fall semester are due by February 15. Applications for spring semester are due by June 15.

Prerequisites for the nursing major: 

  • CHEM 105 Chemistry for the Life Sciences - Details  (May be waived for students who have earned a B or better in high school honors chemistry)
  • BIOL 112 Human Anatomy and Physiology IDetails
  • BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology IIDetails
  • BIOL 205 Introduction to Microbiology - 3  Details
  • BIOCH 152 Human Biochemistry - 2  Details
  • BIOL 145 Nutrition Fundamentals - 2  Details
  • PSYC 202 Developmental PsychologyDetails
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology  Details  OR other selected sociology, social work, or PXD courses - 3
  • Any statistics course - 2-3 

Nursing Required Courses (57 SH)

  • NURS 301 Holistic Health Inquiry - 3  Details
  • NURS 302 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for NursingDetails
  • NURS 303 Foundations of Professional NursingDetails
  • NURS 304 Fundamentals Practicum - 3  Details
  • NURS 310 A Conceptual Framework of Nursing - 2  Details
  • NURS 320 Adult Health Practicum I - 3  Details
  • NURS 322 Nursing Care of the Adult I - 3  Details
  • NURS 323 Psychosocial Nursing - 3  Details
  • NURS 325 Nursing Care of Children - 3  Details
  • NURS 326 Nursing and the Beginning Family - 3  Details
  • NURS 420 Adult Health Practicum II - 3  Details
  • NURS 422 Nursing Care of the Adult II - 3  Details
  • NURS 426 Nursing and the Family in the CommunityDetails
  • NURS 427 Professional Issues in NursingDetails
  • NURS 429 Leadership Practicum - 3  Details
  • NURS 432 Community Health - 3  Details
  • NURS 433 Evidence Based Practice for NursingDetails
  • NURS 436 Population Health ColloquiumDetails
  • NURS 438 Critical Care Nursing - 3  Details
  • NURS 440 Transition to Practice - 3  Details

Registered Nurse Options
Registered nurse options include the traditional daytime program, accelerated hybrid (Lancaster only), or online. Eleven credits in sciences of the human organism are required for either program. These may include but are not limited to anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry (inorganic, organic, or biochemistry), nutrition, genetics, immunology, advanced (mammalian) physiology, pathophysiology, neuro-immunology, and pharmacology. The RN to BSN director or department chair can approve additional courses. In addition, at least one psychology and one sociology course is required. RN students must be licensed to practice nursing in the United States.

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