Pre-Health Preparation

Nursing Schools

Nurses perform basic duties that include treating patients under a doctor's orders, educating patients and providing advice and emotional support to a patient's family members. Nurses record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, administer medications, and help with patient rehabilitation after they leave primary medical care. There are many specializations in nursing, generally based on type of treatment or specialty. For example, nurses may work in pediatrics, emergency medicine, cardiac care, and others. There are various types of nursing degrees including licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and Nurse Practitioners. Most nursing programs prefer that students have a Bachelor's degree, which can be in any major, or be specifically a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Nurse practitioners have an advanced nursing degree, roughly equivalent to a Master's degree in other disciplines. Nurse practitioners can maintain their own practice, prescribe drugs, and do work similar to that of a Physician Assistant.

Pre-Requisite Course Work

LPN Programs
In general, two years of college education, followed by two years of clinical nursing training leads to the LPN degree. It should be noted that the nursing profession is moving toward a greater number of jobs requiring a RN degree in nursing.

  • College Algebra (Math 110)
  • Human Anatomy & Human Physiology (Bio 233 and lab, Bio 234 and lab)
  • Microbiology (Bio 331)
  • Lifespan and Human Development (Psyc 254)
  • English Composition (Comp 150, Comp 250)

RN/BSN programs
There are two ways to enter this type of program. You can take two years of prerequisite courses, then transfer to a BSN program to finish a BSN, or you can finish a Bachelor's degree then enter an "accelerated BSN" program. Upon completion of the BSN, you would have both a Bachelor's degree in the major of your choice from Fort Lewis College, as well as a BSN.

  • English Composition (Comp 150, Comp 250)
  • General Chemistry (Chem 150 and lab)
  • Human Anatomy & Human Physiology (Bio 233 and lab, Bio 234 and lab)
  • Microbiology (Bio 331 and lab)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Psyc 157)
  • Introduction to Sociology (Soc 100)
  • Nutrition (ES 353)
  • Lifespan and Development (Psyc 254)
  • Mathematics (College Algebra or higher) (Math 110)
  • Statistics (Math 201)
  • Humanities (literature, language, art, history, mathematics, philosophy, speech, music) - 9 credit hours
  • Social Science Elective (sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, history, social work)

Application Procedure & Timeline

Each nursing school has its own deadline for application submission. Many have deadlines in February/March for entry into the fall class, and September deadlines for classes that begin in January. Be sure to check with the schools you are applying to for their particular application deadline. Applications all require official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and often personal statements about your desire to become a nurse.

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