Nursing - Pre-Professional

Associate of Arts Degree

You can earn an associate of arts degree with a concentration in pre-professional nursing. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 26 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HOEC 1050 Nutrition
Study of the basic principles of nutrition in health and disease throughout the human life cycle.
3
NURA 1110 Nurse Aide
This course is designed to meet the Nebraska Health and Human Services System training requirements for nurse aide certification and employment in long-term care facilities. The course combines classroom lecture and laboratory application for the development of basic skills needed to provide safe, effective, and caring services to the elderly or chronically ill patient of any age, in a long-term care facility. Upon completion of this course, the student is eligible to take the state written and practical skills exam. After successfully passing this examination and completing the application procedure, the students name will be placed on the basic nurse aide registry at the Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure, Credentialing Division.
3
CHEM 1140 General Chemistry I
Study of general principles including atomic structure, nomenclature, reactions, and compounds.
5
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspectives.
3
BIOS 2030 Microbiology
Lecture and laboratory studies on morphology, physiology, distribution and economic importance of various microorganisms. Lab activities include sterile technique, staining, pure cultures, metabolism, identification and other basic micro lab techniques.
4
BIOS 2110 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Introduction to the form and function of the human body. Including: organization, basic chemistry, cells, tissues, skin, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. Lab exercises will use demonstration and inquiry techniques.
4
BIOS 2120 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Introduction to the form and function of the following human body systems: special sense, endocrine system, blood and cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, metabolism, urinary system, fluid, electrolyte and pH balance, reproductive systems, and immune system. Lab exercises will use demonstration and inquiry techniques.
4

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
ENGL 1520 Comparative Mythology
Introduces students to mythological and folkloric materials from a variety of cultural traditions, including, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, and Arthurian and Celtic. Themes within the course structure will encompass Creation myths, gods and goddesses, the Fall of Humankind, the Heroic ideal, the Afterlife, and rites of passage.
3
ENGL 2030 Creating Poetry I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Includes feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2040 Creating Poetry II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2050 Creating Stories I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2060 Creating Stories II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2070 Technical Communications
Covers both written and oral technical communications including, but not limited to, technical library research and semi technical or technical explanations of scientific and engineering topics.
3
ENGL 2160 American Literature after 1865
Covers American writers from 1865 to the present, such as Whitman, Twain, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Eliot.
3

Fine Arts & Language 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3
ARTS 1050 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the 14th Century. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 1060 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
A survey of major works of art in all media from the 14th Century to the present. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
FREN 1200 Elementary French I
Introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of French.
4

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 1030 European Civilization I
Study of history that interprets and evaluates the contribution of civilizations from ancient times to 1600.
3
HIST 1040 European Civilization II
The development of European civilization since 1600, concluding with the peace settlements and national tensions that followed World War II.
3
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1060 World History II
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from 1715 to the present day.
3
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American History from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War era to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

select one from list or any other higher level of college math
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1025 Math for Health Care Professionals
Designed for nursing and health care profession majors. Covers general development of skills involving computations of fractions, decimals, ratios, percents, and basic algebra equations. Basic systems of measurement are used to calculate dosages between metric, apothecary and household systems. Basic mathematical computations are used to reconstitute medications and prepare irrigating solutions.
3

Natural Science 4 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

Must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POLS 1000 American Government
A study of the functioning of the American political system through an analysis and application of its underlying theories.
3
GEOG 1020 World Regional Geography
Regional survey of world's political units and theoretical framework for understanding geographical phenomena and problems with emphasis on relationship of human activities and physical environment.
3
POLS 1600 International Relations
A survey of the actors, institutions, processes, and theories of international relations including a study of contemporary global issues.
3
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Must earn C or above Must earn "C" or better
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
NURS 1095 Medical Terminology
Learning the meaning, spelling, and usage of Latin and Greek language elements as word parts, enabling the student to interpret and understand complex medical terms.
2
NURS 1220 Structure and Function of the Human Body
Provides fundamental knowledge of the normal structure and functions of the cell, tissues, organs, organ systems and interrelationship among those systems.
3
NURS 1400 Disease Conditions
This course provides basic information about common medical conditions. The text focuses on human diseases that are frequently first diagnosed or treated in the medical office setting. Each entry considers what the disease is, how the health care provider might diagnose and treat the disease and the likely consequences of the disease for the person experiencing it.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

See advisor and confirm with transfer institution for recommended electives.


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