Pre-Health Science

Associate in Arts Degree

The Pre-Health Science Program is designed for students who wish to pursue studies which prepare them for a healthcare related profession. The Pre-Health Science Program provides the student with the opportunity to take general studies requirements and preparatory courses for programs in Nursing, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinarian, and Pre-Pharmacy. The program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to consider career alternatives.

The program has an entry-level category in which all students entering the program are enrolled during the first semester of the freshman year and two selected areas of emphasis: Pre-Nursing and Pre-Biological Sciences. Students completing the Pre-Health Science Program requirements will receive an Associate in Arts degree. To graduate with an Associate in Arts degree in Pre-Health, students must select an emphasis.

Pre-Health Science Associate in Arts Degree

Core Requirements


General Psychology



Life Science


BIO 50A/1A

Human Anatomy/Biological Dynamics


BIO 50B/1B

Human Physiology/



Biological Dynamics


PHI 21 or

Moral Values or


RST 41

Intro to Christian Ethics



Scientific Concepts


SPR 70

Careers in Health


SPE 10

Intro to Communication


NOTE: BIO 1A/1B, Biological Dynamics for Pre-Health Science Biology emphasis only.

Plus meet all the requirements for the A.A. Degree

For a student to remain in the Pre-Health Science program, at the end of the first year, the student must have:

  • A 2.5 cumulative GPA and
  • A 2.3 science GPA.

The student must select an emphasis within the program at the end of the first semester. To remain in the Pre-Health Science program, the student must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA for all semesters.

Pre-Health Science: Biological Sciences Emphasis

The Biological Sciences emphasis is designed to prepare students for transfer into the Biological Sciences Major with a B.S. degree: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, or Pre-Pharmacy emphasis or the B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on preparation for graduate school in biology.

Students may complete an AA PRH with a biology emphasis in two years. If they then transfer to the BS.BIO program at Chalon, the degree will take four additional years (six years altogether). AA students who qualify may choose to transfer after their first year in the program and fulfill the BS.BIO degree in five years. Students who transfer prior to receiving their AA degree cannot request it retroactively.

Math Requirement for Pre-Health Biology: 6 – 12 units of MATH required depending on placement exam scores (See your Advisor for more information.).

Pre-Health Science: Nursing Emphasis

The Nursing emphasis is designed to prepare students for transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree – Major in Nursing (BSN) program on the Chalon campus. Admission to MSMC does not constitute admission to the Nursing program.

To be considered for admittance into the BS NUR program, students must also complete:




Sociological Perspectives

PSY 12

Developmental Psychology/Lifespan

Admission to the BSN program:

  • Is determined by the Admissions Committee of the Nursing Department.
  • To the sophomore level entry is considered for fall semester only.
  • Is highly competitive. The BSN Admission Committee strongly suggests achieving a G.P.A. well above the minimum requirement.

Priority will be given to students who meet the required criteria and have completed two semesters at MSMC.

In order to be eligible for review, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A 2.7 cumulative GPA.
  • A 2.5 science GPA.
  • Complete all pre-requisite courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  • Complete nursing mathematics examination with a score of 84% or higher.
  • Successfully demonstrate English competency and department-determined requirements.
  • Failure of two (2) required nursing prerequisite courses, either the same course or two separate courses, will result in non-admission.
  • A grade of C- or below in any two required prerequisite courses (science or other) results in non-admission.

Pre-Health Science students who transfer to the BSN program at the Chalon Campus require five years (altogether) to complete the BSN program because of the sequencing of the science and nursing courses.