As with medicine, the undergraduate record is more important than the undergraduate major. Graduate-entry nursing programs can vary widely in what is required. Typically course prerequisites include some or all of the following:
- one semester of microbiology with lab
- one semester of introductory chemistry with lab
- one semester of organic chemistry with lab (or sometimes biochemistry)
- one semester of statistics
- one semester of sociology or anthropology
- one semester of psychology
- one semester of English (FYS usually counts)
- two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab*
- one semester of Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan*
* The College of Wooster does not currently offer these two courses. Some students enroll in summer courses while others take evening courses at Wayne College (affiliated with The University of Akron) in Orrville. Students should always check with the individual nursing program before enrolling in a particular course to make sure it will meet their requirements.
You should also be aware that some of the courses listed above have prerequisites or are only offered in the spring or fall. Microbiology (BIOL 335), for example, is typically a spring semester course and requires both BIOL 201 (Gateway to Molecular and Cellular Biology) and CHEM 112 (Introductory College Chemistry II) as prerequisites in addition to recommending CHEM 211 (Organic Chemistry I). Students interested in nursing are strongly encouraged to enroll in introductory level chemistry (CHEM 110 or 120) and biology (BIOL 200) during their first semester at Wooster.
As with medical school, there is no universal set of requirements and some programs have additional requirements. It is therefore very important that you begin looking early at specific programs so that you can take their requirements into consideration as you plan your courses at Wooster. Frequent communication with your academic advisor, members of the Pre-Health Advising Committee, and Pre-Health Coordinator will be essential to make sure that you are on track with your courses.
Grade Point Average
Most graduate entry programs require a 2.7 to 3.0 grade point average in the sciences and/or overall. Again, it is important to investigate specific programs to get the most accurate and detailed information.
Entrance Exam Score
Most graduate entry programs will accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admissions. There is no score that guarantees admission, but a competitive score is always helpful. Alternatively, some programs will accept the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) instead of the GRE. For the MAT, a minimum score of 400 is desirable.
Check the Senior Year in Professional Studies Program (SYPS) with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University page for their specific requirements.