Prenursing Curriculum Sequence – 2.5 year

Eligibility standards: to be officially accepted to the prenursing program, applicants must meet ONE of the following:

  • 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).

In addition, applicants must meet legal standards for RN licensure and the program’s technical standards and submit two positive references (being recommended or highly recommended).

See the bottom of this page for progression into Nursing Foundations I.

Year One – Fall or Spring Semester Credits
SCS 101 First-Year Seminar (FYS)
waived for 24 hours of successful college coursework (no AP or dual high school credit).
1 hour
Comm 125 or 206 Interpersonal Communication or Speech Communication 3 hours
Psy 200 General Psychology
3 hours
BiSc 206 Microbiology
(or Introductory Chemistry* or Anatomy & Physiology)
4 hours (or 4 or 5 hours)
Soc 203 Introduction to Sociology (elective)
3 hours
14-15 hours
Summer Courses – if not already completed Credits
BiSc 205 Anatomy & Physiology (prerequisite for Nursing Foundations I)
5 hours
Chem 101 Introductory Chemistry*
4 hours
0-5 hours
Year Two – Fall Semester Credits
Engl 125 College Writing I
3 hours
BiSc 215 Pathophysiology
3 hours
Nurs 100 Nursing Foundations I (Fundamentals and Gerontology)
7 hours
13 hours
Year Two – Spring Semester Credits
Psy 206 Developmental Psychology
3 hours
Nutr 210 Principles of Nutrition
3 hours
Nurs 102 Foundations II and Maternal/Child Nursing
8 hours
Nurs 131 Clinical Pharmacology I
2 hours
16 hours
Year Three – Fall Semester Credits
Relg 100 Biblical Literature
3 hours
Nurs 231 Clinical Pharmacology II
2 hours
Nurs 200 Acute Care Nursing I (Medical/Surgical and Mental Health)
8 hours
13 hours
Year Three – Spring Semester Credits
Hum ___ Humanities course (choice)
3 hours
Nurs 202 Acute Care Nursing II (Medical/Surgical and Management)
8 hours
Nurs 290 Integration Seminar
Elective for student meeting comprehensive knowledge base benchmark in Acute Care Nursing II
2 hours
11-13 hours

*Chemistry requirement waived for completion of one year of high school chemistry within the past five years with grade of B or higher.

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

General Education and Support Course Hours = 33 (minimum); 38 (maximum)

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

Total Required Hours = 68 (minimum); 75 (maximum)

To progress into Nursing I (Year Two) after completion of two semesters of prenursing (year one), applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at Hesston College each semester that fulfill nursing program requirements; including one required science course (Introductory Chemistry; Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology or Pathophysiology), unless these courses have been previously completed);
  2. Achieve an overall (cumulative) 2.5 GPA in Hesston College courses;
  3. If an international student, achieve 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 Foundations I semester.

Last revision: 5/2015