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BSN - Prerequisite Info

High School Prerequisites (collegiate course work can be used to complete high school deficiencies):

  • 4 years of High School English
  • 1 year of Biology
  • 1 year of Chemistry
  • 1 year of Physics
  • 4 years (fourth level proficiency) of the same world language or two years (second level proficiency) in two different world languages, or two years of the same world language plus additional required coursework
  • Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry
  • 3 years of Social Studies

College Prerequisites (all require a grade of "C" or higher):

  1. Natural Science Prerequisites  To be considered for admission, a maximum of two natural sciences can be incomplete as of June 1. (All must be completed within ten years of starting the nursing major)
    • CHEM:1070 - General Chemistry I
    • CHEM:1080 - General Chemistry II
    • BIOL:1141 - Intro to Animal Biology
    • ACB:3110 - Principles of Human Anatomy
    • HHP:1300 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology
    • MICR:3164 or MICR:3190 - Nursing Microbiology
    • HHP:2310 - Nutrition & Health
    • Physics (if not completed in high school)
  2. Social Science Prerequisites To be considered for admission, a maximum of two social sciences can be incomplete as of June 1. (All must be completed before starting the nursing major)
    • PSY:1001 - Elementary Psychology
    • NURS:1030 - Human Development & Behavior
    • SOC:1010 - Sociology or SOC:1020 - Social Problems  
  3. General Education Prerequisites (All must be completed before starting the nursing major)
    • Literary, Visual and Performing Arts (3 s.h.)
    • International and Global Issues (3 s.h.)
    • Values & Culture or Diversity & Inclusion* (3 s.h.)
           *Diversity & Inclusion courses are only available at the University of Iowa
  4. Additional Prerequisites (All must be completed before starting the nursing major)
    • RHET:1030 - Rhetoric
    • MATH:1440 - Math for Biological Sciences
    • NURS:3110 - Health Care Finance 
  5. World Language (Competitive Admission - This requirement must be completed prior to starting the nursing major  |  Early Admission Students - Completes this requirement prior to enrollment at Iowa.)

Transfer Courses:
If you choose to take courses at another institution, please access our transfer equivalency database at the following website: http://myui.uiowa.edu and select "Courses", then select "Transfer Courses" on the right side of the screen.