Full-Time Requirements

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses must be completed prior to admission into the Practical Nurse Program. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of C (not a C-) in each course and a minimum cumulative GPA in prerequisite coursework of 2.5. Grades in prerequisite courses are a major factor in ranking applications for program acceptance.

Science courses must be completed within five (5) years of application to the program, and other courses must be completed within 15 years of applying to the program.

PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
WRIT 101College Writing I **.+3
Select one of the following
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+4
BIOH 201Human Anat Phys I/Lab (= 301) *,**,+4
BIOH 211Human Anat Phys II & Lab(=311) *,+4
NOTE: UM Western students may substitute BIOB 160, BIOH 365 & BIOH 379 for GFC MSU BIOH 201 & BIOH 211. All 3 classes are required and must have a grade of C or higher (not C-) within the last 5 years of application.
Select one of the following
M 120Mathematics with Health Care Applications **,+3
M 121College Algebra **,+3
M 140College Math for Healthcare **,+3
M 151Precalculus **,+4
M 171Calculus I **,+4
NOTE: STAT 216 Intro to Statistics will no longer be accepted as a math substitution effective Fall 2014. For transfer students, M 115 Probability and Linear Math will be accepted.

Program Course Requirements After Formal Acceptance

Once enrolled in nursing courses, a minimum of a grade of C in all courses is required to continue in the program. In the clinical setting, students must achieve a grade of 75% in all rotations of each clinical experience.

The courses listed below are required in the program of study for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing. The courses are offered at GFC MSU in the following sequence:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NRSG 130 Fundamentals of Nursing *,+ 3
NRSG 131 Fundamentals of Nursing Lab *,+ 3
NRSG 135 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses *,+ 3
NRSG 136 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses Lab *,+ 1
NRSG 152 Gerontology and Community Nursing *,+ 2
NRSG 153 Gerontology and Community Nursing Clinical *,+ 2
NRSG 140 Adult Health Nursing *,+ 4
NRSG 141 Adult Health Nursing Clinical *,+ 2
NRSG 142 Nursing Care of Women and Children *,+ 3
NRSG 143 Nursing Care of Women and Children Clinical *,+ 1
NRSG 148 Leadership Issues for Practical Nurse *,+ 2
NRSG 149 Leadership Issues for Practical Nurse Clinical *,+ 1
 Total Credits27


Suggested Electives

These courses are highly recommended in addition to standard nursing curriculum.

AHMS 144Medical Terminology3
Any NASX prefix course3
NUTR 221Basic Human Nutrition3
Any PSYX prefix course3