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Pre-Nursing Program

Nursing is a fulfilling and vital career with enormous growth potential. Nurses are essential members of health care delivery teams, often serving as the most direct link to the patient while orchestrating the best possible care. They can advocate for patients and families, especially those who cannot advocate for themselves. Nurses improve patients’ quality of life and support people at their most vulnerable moments. They serve as essential members of health care teams, working together with physicians, pharmacists, social workers, and other providers to coordinate care. Nurses benefit from opportunities for continuous learning throughout their careers, and they may gain greater responsibility and autonomy through increased education and experience. They serve in various settings and specialties and may opt to pursue research or teaching opportunities.

The Pre-Nursing Program at University College is for students who wish to complete prerequisites before continuing to a bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN) program. Students receive individual advising to create a course plan that fulfills the prerequisites for their future nursing programs of choice. The pre-nursing curriculum provides students with an ideal foundation for their professional studies: strong communication skills, practical analytical and problem-solving abilities, an appreciation for complex ethical questions, and an introduction to human sciences. Students who complete this course sequence will be well equipped to continue to a variety of clinical nursing (BSN) programs.

Students who complete 54 units of nursing prerequisites with University College may, with an additional 6 units, earn an Associate in Arts degree. Students interested in the associate degree should speak with an academic advisor about applying to that program and fulfilling degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

There are no formal requirements for admission to the Pre-Nursing program. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific courses.

U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for the Pre-Nursing program. International students are eligible to apply for the Pre-Nursing program if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.


University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • SPRING 2022: FEB. 1, 2022
  • SUMMER 2022: JUNE 20, 2022
  • FALL 2022: SEPT. 12, 2022
Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

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At University College, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know University College, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.



Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.


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Examples of Common BSN Prerequisites* and their University College Equivalents

Students should work with an advisor to arrange a schedule that fits their previous college record and timetable.

General Elective Select from a variety of introductory and upper-level courses; Quantitative Reasoning (U74 117 or 117M) highly recommended
College Algebra Algebra (U20 140)
Statistics Introduction to Statistics (U20 1011) or Applied Statistics (U20 205)
Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Sociology (U68 220) or other courses in sociology or anthropology with approval
English Composition I Analytical Writing (U11 111 or 111M)
English Composition II Critical and Researched Writing (U11 203 or 203M)
History or Political Science Select from a variety of introductory and upper-level courses in these departments
Social Science Elective Select from a variety of introductory and upper-level courses in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science and Psychology
Humanities Elective Select from a variety of introductory and upper-level courses in the departments of Art History, Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Ethics Biomedical Ethics (U22 233)
Select courses in Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, or Physics Concepts in Chemistry (U05 1001), General Biology I (U29 101), or other courses with approval
Nutrition Nutrition (U29 204)
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with Lab)
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II (with Lab)
Microbiology with Lab Introduction to Microbiology
General Psychology Introduction to Psychology (U09 100)
Human Growth and Development Human Growth and Development (U09 230)


* Examples from admissions requirements for the Barnes Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing.

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