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Essential Courses


Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology 3 None
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 BI 105 (corequisite)
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms 3 BI 105 and CH 105
BI 122 Biology Lab II 1 BI 105 and BI 121 (prerequuisites)
CH 105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I 3 None
CH 116 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 106 (corequisite)
CH 106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II 3 CH 105 (with C or better)
CH 118 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 CH 106
BI 207 Dynamics of Biological Processes 4 BI 106, CH 106, CH 232
BI 290 Nutrition 3 None
CH 232 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry 4 CH 105 and CH 116
BI 305 Biostatistics 4 BI 106 or EES 100
ND.SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences 4 None
SW 221 The Life Cycle 3 SO 101 or PY 101
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 None
BI 310 Physiology 4 BI 207
BI 367 Comparative Anatomy 3 BI 106, BI 122; BI 368 (corequisite)
BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory 1 BI 367 (corequisite)
BI 231 Microbiology I 3 BI 106 and CH 106; BI 232 (corequisite)
BI 232 Microbiology I Lab 1 BI 231 (corequisite)
BI 331 Microbiology II 3 BI 207; BI 332 (corequisite)
BI 332 Microbiology Lab II 1 BI 331 (corequisite)
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 None
EN___ English Course (in addition to CWS) 3 Varies
Varies Social Science course 3 Varies
Varies Humanities course 3 Varies

Important Notes:

  1. Recommend Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, foreign language (especially Spanish), Death and Dying, religion, economics, business, Aging and Society, Mental & Physical Handicaps, Minorities, Social Problems and Social Welfare, abnormal or social psychology, arts, history, and political science. Case Western: Strongly recommended courses for those planning to run a business, EB 201 The Management Process and EB 202 Behavior Analysis of Organizations for leadership.
  2. These courses reflect requirements for our affiliations with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and Johns Hopkins only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of any schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  3. Note: The nursing school prerequisites of Physiology and Microbiology require Juniata students to also take Bioinorganic Chemistry and Dynamics of Biological Processes to fulfill our prerequisites for these pre-nursing courses. Students, especially those who are not Biology majors, may consider taking Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology elsewhere over the summer. Please consult with your health professions advisor.
  4. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3 +_ program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirements.
  5. Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Randy Bennett.
  6. In addition to your course work it is mandatory to gain experience in nursing either during the school year or over the summer.

Juniata REQUIREMENTS August, 2012
Case Western Reserve University - Graduate Entry Nursing Program
Regular Progression OR 3 +_ B.S. (Juniata) /M.N. /M.S.N. / D.N.P. Program (3.5 years minimum time from entry to MSN; additional time for DNP is variable; can apply for the PhD or dual degree DNP/PhD in lieu of DNP); up to 15 credits toward the MSN are earned during MN program.
Johns Hopkins University
4+13 month or 17 month B.S./B.S. with a major in nursing from Johns Hopkins
Course Case Western Johns Hopkins
Biology I and II with Lab recommended need for Juniata
Chemistry I and II with Lab at least 6 credits (general or inorganic chemistry and organic and/or biochemistry) within past 5 years 6-8
Sociology, Anthropology or Psycology At least one course, 3 credits. 3
Sociology or Anthropology   3 (Sociology)
Life Cycle 3 (Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology across the lifespan 3 (Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology)
Psychology   3
English Composition 3 3
Statistics 3 credits with ANOVA within past 5 years 3
Physiology and Lab 6 total (A&P) with human focus and lab (within past 5 years) 4
Anatomy and Lab 6 total (A&P) with human focus and lab (within past 5 years) 4
Microbiology and Lab 4 (within past 5 years) 4
Social Sciences - 6
Nutrition Human Nutrition at least 3 credits 3


Notes: Case Western: 90 semester hours; minimum of overall gradepoint average of 3.0 required with at least 2.75 GPA in natural and behavioral sciences and C or higher in all prerequisites. GRE General Test (preferred test): Satisfactory scores required (minimum of: Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, and Analytical Writing 4.0, Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Satisfactory scores required (minimum of 400 after 10/04 or 45 before 10/04). 3 recommendations (at least two faculty) or a Committee letter; apply 6-9 months in advance. Prerequisite courses may be taken over the summer at 4 year or community colleges. Applicants for the accelerated Graduate Entry Nursing Program's Senior Year in Professional Studies option MUST have a letter from the Health Professions Committee stating that the student has permission to attend Case Western during their senior year and that Juniata will award the bachelor's degree after the first year at Case Western. Three letters of recommendation are required; two appended to the Committee letter for accelerated applicants and three separate letters for regular applicants, who do not use a Committee letter.

Johns Hopkins: A science and overall GPA of at least 3.2 is preferred with at least a 3.0 GPA in prerequisite course work. Anatomy and Physiology course work must be taken within 5 years of application. It is strongly recommended that all science prerequisites be taken at Juniata.

Competitive Credentials- 2.8-2.9 Science and overall GPA for BSN; minimum 3.0 Science and overall GPA for master’s programs; GRE in 50th percentile or better in Verbal and Quantitative sections and at least 4 in Analytical Writing . See above for affiliation GPA guidelines.

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*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.  Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone.  Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation.  Consult with your advisor.

Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
Biology Lab I Organic Chemistry Concepts II (if C or better in OCC I)
Organic Chem Concepts I Organic Chem Lab I
Sophomore Year BI 106 BI 207
  Intro to Inorganic Chem English course
Organic Chem Lab II Humanities course
Life Cycle*  
Junior Year Nutrition Social Science course
Physiology Statistics
Microbiology and Lab** Anatomy and Lab
GRE Exam Preparation*** GRE Exam Preparation

*Developmental Psychology also counts for Johns Hopkins.

**Microbiology I/Lab or Microbiology II/Lab could be taken senior year. Consult with your advisor.

***Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam (Case Western and other master's programs but only the M.S.N./M.B.A. programs at Johns Hopkins)

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata.  If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing.  Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.  For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year,  Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.