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Pre-Nursing

Overview

The American Nurses association defines nursing as “the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.”  

Edgewood College has an undergraduate nursing program. You can find Information about and applications for Edgewood’s School of Nursing here.  

This site includes additional information about pre-nursing coursework, post-baccalaureate nursing program requirements, and additional useful websites related to the nursing profession.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for nursing is projected to increase by 26% between 2010 and 2020.

Coursework

Required coursework for nursing programs at undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels varies greatly by program. Therefore make sure to look at individual schools' admission requirements. The courses below are required for admission to Edgewood College's School of Nursing.

Students must complete or be currently enrolled in 45 or more college credits during the semester they apply to Edgewood's nursing program.These credits must include the following courses or their transfer equivalent:


English

  • Eng 110 College Writing

Mathematics

  • Math 121 Statistics

Psychology

  • Psy 101 General Psychology

Two semesters of college-level foreign language (or two years of high school foreign language with a C average)

The 45 credits must also include four of the following five sciences courses or their transfer equivalent:


Biology

  • Bio 155 Human Cell Biology and Genetics, or equivalent (this course must at least be in progress at time of application)
  • Bio 210 Anatomy & Physiology I, or equivalent (this course must at least be in progress at time of application)
  • Bio 211 Anatomy & Physiology II, or equivalent
  • Bio 312 Microbiology, including lab component

Chemistry

  • Chem 110 Introductory Chemistry, or equivalent (this course must be completed at time of application)

During spring 2012, admitted students to Edgewood's nursing program had an average overall GPA of 3.57 and an average GPA of 3.46 in their mathematics and science coursework.

Relevant tests

Students interested in this pre-health pathway are encouraged students are encouraged to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and obtain as many clinical hours as possible through working as a CNA.  Students can obtain CNA certification through Edgewood College’s Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation (CHES).  This CNA course allows you to become a Wisconsin-certified nursing assistant in a 3-week accelerated format, and to obtain your clinical education at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.  Most other CNA courses in the state are 6 weeks long and clinical rotations are typically in nursing homes.

Many post-baccalaureate nursing programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A fee reduction program is available. Program admission requirements vary so check with individual schools about and prerequisite tests.