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AA in Pre-Health Sciences

The Pre-Health Science Program is designed for students who wish to pursue studies which prepare them for a healthcare or biological sciences related profession. The Pre-Health Science Program provides the student with the opportunity to take general studies requirements and preparatory courses for baccalaureate programs in Nursing, Biology, and related fields. The program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to consider career alternatives.

The program has two areas of emphasis: Pre-Health Science Biological Sciences and Pre-Health Science Nursing. Students need to select an emphasis prior to entering the program. Students completing the Pre-Health Science Program requirements will receive an Associate in Arts degree.

Core Requirements For Pre-Health Science

PSY 1 General Psychology (3)

BIO 5 Life Science (3)

BIO 50A Human Anatomy/BIO 1A:Biological Dynamics (4)

BIO 50B Human Physiology/BIO 1B:Biological Dynamics (4)

PHI 21 OR PHS 1 (3)

SPR 70 Careers in Health (1)

SPE 10 Intro to Communication (2)

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


Biological Science Emphasis:

The Biological Science emphasis is designed to prepare students for transfer into the Biological Science Major with a B.S degree.

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.


Nursing Emphasis

The Nursing emphasis is designed to prepare students for transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree for the 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:

BIO 3 Microbiology

SOC 1 (Formerly SOC& 5) Introduction to Sociology

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 GPA well above the minimum requirement.

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

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 2.7 science GPA.
  • Complete all pre-requisite courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  • Completion of the Kaplan Exam
  • Successfully demonstrate English competency and department-determined requirements
  • Failure of two (2) required nursing pre-requisite courses, either the same course or two separate courses, will result in non-admission.
  • A grade of C- or below in any two required pre-requisite 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.

Kaplan Nursing Admission Exam

The test consists of 91 online multiple-choice questions for a total of 165 minutes.  The breakdown is as follows:

READING section contains 22 questions to be answered in 45 minutes.  Candidates read four passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for reading:

  • Determining the logic of a passage
  • Comprehending details
  • Drawing basic inferences
  • Identifying the purpose of a passage

MATH section contains 28 questions to be answered in 45 minutes.  The test measures the candidate's ability to apply mathematical principles in the following areas:

  • Conversions
  • Operations
  • Ratios
  • Word Problems

WRITING section contains 21 questions to be answered in 45 minutes.  Candidates read nine passages and answer questions that measure the essential skills required for writing:

  • Assessing passage development
  • Assessing paragraph logic
  • Assessing mechanics of writing

SCIENCE section contains 20 questions to be answered in 30 minutes.  The test measures the candidate's knowledge of physiology in the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Electrolytes
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Immune system
  • Neurology
  • Renal system
  • Hematological system
  • Homeostasis
  • Respiratory system
  • Sensory system

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