Pre-Nursing Qualifications Certificate

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The Certificate in Pre-Nursing Qualifications (CPNQ) prepares students to apply to professional nursing programs. The certificate includes General Education Requirements (GERs) in communication, computation, and human relations. The listed courses provide pre- and co- requisite preparation for successful application to most nursing programs. This certificate fulfills the minimum requirements for the UAA/UAS AAS Registered Nurse (RN) program. Further, it includes most of the prerequisite course requirements for the UAA BS in Nursing program. Completion of this certificate is not a guarantee of admission into any particular nursing program.

The CPNQ Certificate requires a minimum of 34-38 credits, with 16 of these credits in the GERs. At least 9 credits must be taken at UAS. A minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in all courses. Program details are listed below.

Minimum Credit Hours 34-38
General Requirements 16
Program Requirements 18-22
General Requirements
Written Communication Skills
WRTG S111*Writing Across Contexts3
WRTG S211*Writing and the Humanities3
or WRTG S212 *Writing and the Professions
Oral Communication Skills
Select one of the following:3
*Fundamentals of Oral Communication
*Small Group Communication and Team Building
*Interpersonal Communication
*Public Speaking
Computational Skills
MATH S105Intermediate Algebra4
Social Sciences
PSY S250*Lifespan Development3
Program Requirements
BIOL S111*Human Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BIOL S112*Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL S240Introductory Microbiology4
CHEM S103*Introduction to General Chemistry 24
HS S135Medical Terminology3
HS S203Science of Nutrition3

Students without a science or healthcare background should take HS S135 before taking BIOL S111.


CHEM S103 is required only if a lab chemistry course is not taken and passed in high school with a C (2.0) or higher.

1. Students obtaining this certificate will have successfully completed the required prerequisite courses to apply for admission to the UAA AAS in Nursing.