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General Pre-Nursing School Course Requirements

Prerequisite requirements vary slightly between schools. It is important to check the requirements of each school you are considering to make sure you complete all requirements. Some accelerated nursing programs may have additional requirements and/or recommended courses so it is important to begin your research on accelerated nursing programs sooner than later. To find a list of nursing programs, please go here

Following are some of the most common courses required and recommended. The Pre-Nursing Society (PNS) at Cal has also compiled a list of specific prerequisites to common nursing programs (both ABSN and MEPN) for Berkeley alums (http://berkeleypns.weebly.com/pre-requisites.html). 


Course Subject # Semesters UC Berkeley courses that most students use to fulfill requirements
General Chemistry 1 semester of general chemistry with lab Chem 1A/1AL- most schools require only 1 semester of general chemistry but there are exceptions, including UCLA which requires Chem 1B as well. We strongly recommend you compile a list of your interested programs in order to keep track of varying prerequisites.
Biology 2 semesters with lab Bio 1B and 1A/1AL (while not many programs require general biology, these courses are a prerequisite to upper-division biology coursework at Berkeley)
Microbiology 1 semester with lab PH 162A/162L OR MCB C112/112L
Human Anatomy 1 semester with lab IB 131/131L
Physiology 1 semester with lab MCB 32/32L
IB 132/132L
Nutrition 1 semester NSTX 10
Statistics 1 semester Stat 2
English 2 semesters R1A/R1B (any R&C sequence)
Humanities, Social & Behavioral Science Most schools require 1 semester of an introductory course/s in psych and additional social science coursework Psych 1 or Psych 2
Sociol 1
Lifespan/Human Development Psychology Some schools require this course Not offered at UC Berkeley- we recommend taking at a community college
Oral Communication Some schools require this course Not offered at UC Berkeley- we recommend taking at a community college

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