General Studies Curriculum Sequence

Eligibility standards: students who desire enrollment in the nursing program but do not meet the academic eligibility requirements of ANY of the following may enroll in the General Studies option and be assigned to a nursing advisor. General Studies students who achieve a minimum of a C in an enrolled science course and a 3.0 GPA in other fall semester courses:

  • High school GPA of 3.25;
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours;
  • ACT composite of 19, or combined score of 910 on the two-part SAT or 1365 on the three-part SAT, or ASSET scaled scores of 42 reading and 42 writing; and
  • If international, must also achieve a score of 525 or higher on paper-based TOEFL, or 195 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 70 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT).

General Studies students who do not qualify during the fall semester for the Prenursing track will continue in the General Studies track for spring semester. These students may be considered on an individual, space-available basis for Nursing I the following fall semester (no guarantee of a space).

First Semester (Fall of first year) Hours
SCS 101 First Year Seminar (FYS) 1 credit hour
Psy 200 General Psychology 3 credit hours
Chem 101 Introductory Chemistry
Chemistry requirement waived for students who have completed one year of high school chemistry within the past five years with a grade of B or higher.
5 or
4 credit hours
Engl ___ writing course (Basic or College) 3 credit hours
Elective course (choice) 1 to 3 credit hours
TOTAL
12 to 14 hours
Second Semester (Spring of first year) Hours
BiSc 206 Microbiology 4 credit hours
Comm 206 Speech Communication 3 credit hours
Psy 206 Developmental Psychology 3 credit hours
Soc 203 Introduction to Sociology (elective) 3 credit hours
TOTAL
13 hours
Summer between years: BiSc 205 Anatomy and Physiology as prerequisite for Nursing I – if not already completed
Third Semester (Fall of second year) Hours
Nutr 210 Principles of Nutrition 3 credit hours
Nurs 100 Nursing I: Fundamentals and Gerontology 8 credit hours
Nurs 107 Nursing Pharmacology I 1 credit hour
TOTAL
12 hours
Fourth Semester (Spring of second year) Hours
Hum ___ Humanities course (choice) 3 credit hours
Elective course (choice) 1 to 3 credit hours
Nurs 102 Nursing II: Maternal/Infant and Care of Children 8 credit hours
Nurs 108 Nursing Pharmacology II 1 credit hour
TOTAL
13 to 15 hours
Fifth Semester (Fall of third year) Hours
Relg 100 Biblical Literature 3 credit hours
Nurs 200 Nursing III: Medical/Surgical and Mental Health 9 credit hours
Nurs 207 Nursing Pharmacology III 1 credit hour
TOTAL
13 hours
Sixth Semester (Spring of third year) Hours
Nurs 202 Nursing IV: Medical/Surgical and Client Care Management 9 credit hours
Nurs 208 Nursing Pharmacology IV 1 credit hour
Nurs 290 Nursing Integration Seminar 3 credit hours
TOTAL
13 hours

Nursing students are required to demonstrate math competency in dosage calculations through testing in nursing coursework. If math competency is not met in Nursing I, students must successfully complete Nurs 105 – Dosage Calculations.

Nursing hours = 41

General education and support course hours = 30 (minimum); 35 (maximum)

Total required hours = 71 (minimum); 76 (maximum)

Criteria to progress into Nursing I (third semester) after completion of general studies semester and prenursing semester

General Studies students who achieve a minimum of a C in an enrolled science course and a 3.0 GPA in other fall semester courses will be eligible to move into the Prenursing sequence in the spring semester and have a guaranteed space in Nursing I for the upcoming year if they then meet the following criteria based on one semester (spring) of Prenursing at Hesston College:

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at Hesston College in spring semester, including 6 credit hours that meet program requirements plus Microbiology;
  2. Achieve a passing grade (C or above) in Microbiology;
  3. Achieve an overall 3.0 GPA in other Hesston College courses (non-science) that meet nursing program requirements;
  4. If an international student, a minimum scaled score of 20 on each section (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) of the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) by March 1;
  5. Continue to meet the program’s technical standards, legal standards for RN licensure, and have demonstrated positive social character; and
  6. Successfully complete Anatomy & Physiology by the beginning of the Nursing I semester.