General Studies Curriculum Sequence

Eligibility standards: students who desire enrollment in the nursing program but do not meet ANY of the following academic eligibility requirements may enroll in the General Studies option and be assigned to a nursing advisor.

  • 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 achieve a college GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 12 credit hours will be eligible to move into the prenursing sequence in the spring semester.

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 Foundations I the following fall semester (no guarantee of a space).

Year One – Fall Semester 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 completion of one year of high school chemistry within the past five years with a grade of B or higher.
4 credit hours
Engl ___ writing course (Basic or College I) 3 credit hours
Elective course (choice) 1-3 credit hours
12-14 hours
Year One – Spring Semester Hours
BiSc 206 Microbiology (prenursing track only) 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
13 hours
Summer between 2nd and 3rd semesters: BiSc 205 Anatomy and Physiology as prerequisite for Nursing I – if not already completed
Year Two – Fall Semester Hours
BiSc 215 Pathophysiology 3 credit hours
Hum ___ Humanities course (choice) 3 credit hours
Nurs 100 Nursing Foundations I (Fundamentals and Gerontology) 7 credit hours
13 hours
Year Two – Spring Semester Hours
Nutr 210 Principles of Nutrition 3 credit hours
Nurs 131 Clinical Pharmacology I 2 credit hours
Nurs 102 Foundations II and Maternal/Child Nursing 8 credit hours
13 hours
Year Three – Fall Semester Hours
Relg 100 Biblical Literature 3 credit hours
Nurs 200 Acute Care Nursing I (Medical/Surgical and Mental Health) 8 credit hours
Nurs 231 Clinical Pharmacology II 2 credit hour
13 hours
Year Three – Spring Semester Hours
Nurs 202 Acute Care Nursing II (Medical/Surgical and Management) 8 credit hours
Elective course (choice) 3 credit hours
Nurs 290 Nursing Integration Seminar
(elective for student meeting comprehensive knowledge base benchmark in Acute Care Nursing II)
2 credit hours
10-13 hours

Nursing students are required to demonstrate math competency in dosage calculations through testing in nursing coursework.

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

General Studies students who achieve a college GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 12 credit hours in fall semester will be eligible to move into the Prenursing sequence in the spring semester – and have a guaranteed space in Nursing Foundations 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 one required science course;
  2. Achieve an overall (cumulative) 2.5 GPA in Hesston College courses;
  3. If an international student, a minimum scaled score of 19 on the Reading section and 20 on each of the other sections (Listening, Speaking and Writing) of the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) by March 1;
  4. Continue to meet the program’s technical standards, legal standards for RN licensure, and have demonstrated positive social character; and
  5. Successfully complete Anatomy & Physiology (college course) by the beginning of the Nursing I semester.

Nursing hours = 35 (minimum); 37 (maximum)

General education and support course hours = 33 (minimum); 38 (maximum)

Total required hours = 68 (minimum); 75 (maximum)