University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Apr 21, 2024  

Pre-Nursing Program

Students who select a pre-nursing course of study are placed in both pre-nursing and Community Health Sciences (Public Health).  Pre-nursing students will progress in the CHS program while completing the Core General Education requirements and nursing prerequisites. Only students whose Core General Education requirements and Pre-Nursing prerequisites have been completed or are in-progress may apply for admission to the nursing program. A “C” is the minimum grade required in all coursework used to satisfy requirements for the nursing degree. Admission to the B.S.N. program is highly competitive and is not guaranteed to students who successfully complete the course of study described below.

Following the Nursing program application process, students who are admitted must complete all of the requirements for the Nursing, B.S.N.  prior to posting of their degree.

Students who are not admitted to the B.S.N. program may work toward completion of the Community Health Sciences (Public Health Specialization), B.S.  or work with their advisor to pursue an alternative degree. 

Contact Information

School of Public Health
203 Lombardi (775) 784-4041, Ext. 223
DHS Student Center, OB 104,

I. Core General Education Requirements (25-28 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy   ”.

Students must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (7 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (6 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV) for either Nursing, B.S.N.  or Community Health Sciences (Public Health Specialization), B.S.  

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

C. Global Context Course - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for a list of approved CO11 courses .

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

Students may take other public health courses with CO13 designation even if they are not on the list below.

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional Division Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (62-63 units)

If admitted to the B.S.N. program after fulfilling prerequisite courses in the Public Health major, students should refer to the current Nursing, B.S.N.  requirements. Students who are not admitted to the B.S.N. program may continue to complete the Public Health, B.S.  program.

V. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

Spring Semester (15 units)

If accepted into the B.S.N. program, nursing studies begin Spring Semester of Junior year. Please refer to current Nursing, B.S.N.  program description.