Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 101 General Biology I
BI 102 General Biology II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 232 Organic Chemistry I
CH 233 Organic Chemistry I Lab
BI 290 Nutrition
BI 305 Biostatistics
MA 205 Elementary Statistics
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
BI 310 Physiology
BI 367 Comparative Anatomy
BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory
BI 231 Microbiology I
BI 232 Microbiology I Lab
BI 331 Microbiology II
BI 332 Microbiology Lab II
SW 221 The Life Cycle
EN___ English Course (in addition to CWS)
Varies Social Science course
Varies Humanities course

Important Notes

  • Recommend Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, 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. 
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. 
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee.
  • In addition to your course work it is mandatory to gain experience in nursing either during the school year or over the summer.

Competitive Credentials- 3.2-3.5 Science and overall GPA for BSN; minimum 3.2 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


Case Western University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (Graduate Entry Masters of Nursing)- While no longer a formal agreement for articulation, we do work closely together to ensure Juniata students have preference in the application process.

Stay tuned for additional affiliation partners!

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Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Nursing*

*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 101 BI 102
  CH 142/143 CH 144/145
    SO 101
Sophomore Year CH 232/233 PY 101
  BI 305 English course
  SW 221 Humanities course
Junior Year BI 290 Social Science course
  BI 310 BI 367
  BI 231/232  

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

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.