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Pre-Nursing Core Requirements

Below are more details about the content we look for when assesing courses to meet the Pre-nursing Core.

Pre-Nursing Core
Requirement Content Details
Oral Communication Must contain evidence student orally presented  material and was assessed on oral presentation skills. Can be replaced by different course than what has been taken already. (See notes below) 
Written Communication Must show evidence student received explicit instruction and practice in college level writing We will take the first passing attempt of C or better. Will be averaged with prior attempts*
Critical Thinking  Must show explicit instruction and practice in inductive and deductive reasoning and identification of formal and informal fallacies of language and thought. Can be replaced by different course than what has been taken already. (See notes below)
Statistics  Must show evidence of inferential statistics as well as ANOVA, Correlation, Hypothesis testing, etc. We will take the first passing attempt of C or better. Will be averaged with prior attempts*
Anatomy with lab  Course that provides a basic understanding of the structure if the human body Can be taken as a stand-alone semester course with lab or as a anatomy & physiology part I and II course
Physiology with lab  Course that covers and deals with physiology of muscle, nerve, circulation, respiration etc. Can be taken as a stand-alone semester course with lab or as a anatomy & physiology part I and II course
Microbiology with lab  Basic concepts of microbiology, including classification, metabolic activity and the effect of physical and chemical agents on microbial populations We will take the first passing attempt of C or better. Will be averaged with prior attempts*
Chemistry with lab  Covers basic principles in the area of chemistry. May include general, inorganic, organic or integrated chemistry with lab Can be replaced by different course than what has been taken already

* Averaging in this context means we will add both the non-passing and passing attempt grades to your evalutaion. Both grades will be counted in the overall Pre-core GPA.

  • Math: We require a College level Statistics for the BSN degree. The course must include a prerequisite of intermediate algebra in the course description to be approved for articulation.

  • Anatomy and physiology: These are taught at CSUSM in a combined sequence. We will accept approved anatomy and physiology courses and labs taught as separate semester-long courses. Courses taken in these different sequences cannot be combined.

  • Chemistry: The pre-nursing core requires a single chemistry course (and associated lab if required at the institution where the course was taken) or approved equivalents. An integrated chemistry course is recommended. An introduction to chemistry course may not meet the requirement.

  • Oral Communication & Critical Thinking: Some students take more than one oral communication or critical thinking course. In these instances, we will use the course with the highest grade. Thus, if a student wants to earn a higher pre-nursing core GPA, they have the option of taking a completely different course and content than was previously completed for an Aoral communication or critical thinking course, and we will use the course with the highest grade. However, if a student completed a MATH Statistics course and then takes a PSYC Statistics course, we consider this the same content even though the courses were completed through different academic departments.

  • Minimum Grade: All pre-nursing core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better. We do not accept a grade of C- or below for any separately listed courses to be utilized for meeting the pre-nursing core.

  • Online Courses: CSUSM will accept online courses (for all requirements) from Regionally Accredited Institutions.

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