Pre-Nursing (221-156-02)

Award: Certificate in Career Studies

Gainful Employment

Option: Pre-Nursing

Length: Twenty-six (26) credit hours

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Debbie Hartman

Purpose: The Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate offers foundational courses from the AAS in nursing curriculum to prepare students for entry into the Nursing Program. Although completion of this certificate does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program, the career studies certificate provides a curriculum that accurately reflects the intentions and goals of the students enrolled. Furthermore, taking the sciences and ENG 111 in advance may enhance students’ application status into the RN program. This option includes all the courses within the Nursing Curriculum that can be completed prior to Nursing Program admission with the exception of the ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts. Although ITE 115 is not listed, computer competency is required for all associate degrees, and this course covers all the competencies needed. ITE 115 may be completed prior to Nursing Program admission.

Occupational Objectives

Nursing Profession

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College.

Note: Developmental Studies: To ensure that each student has the proper educational basis to succeed in nursing courses, all students must take placement tests in mathematics, written English, and reading. Students must take any developmental courses recommended in the evaluation of the placement test scores. The only exception is that MTH 3 is the highest math course required. Any recommendations for MTH 4 (Algebra II) do not apply.

It is important that these developmental courses are completed as quickly as possible so that the student will be appropriately prepared to pursue this program of study. A review of the catalog requirements at PDCCC for Nursing would be appropriate to both assist and guide a prospective student.

Note: High School Prerequisites: High school prerequisites needed prior to submission of a nursing application include one year each of algebra, chemistry, and biology, or the equivalent of the high school course in an accredited college or university. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”. Students not having the necessary prerequisites may fulfill the Nursing Program admission requirements at PDCCC by enrolling in the appropriate courses listed below and receive a minimum grade of “C” or “S” as appropriate.

Chemistry: CHM 1, CHM 101, or CHM 111
This requirement will be waived if the student has a documented passing grade in any high level CHM course.

Algebra: MTH 3
This requirement will be waived if the student has a documented passing grade in any college transfer level MTH course (numbered 150 or above).

Biology: BIO 101
This requirement will be waived if the student has a documented passing grade in any higher level general BIO course.

Course Schedule

Course Number, Title, Credits

SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
*HCT 101 Health Care Technician I 4
*HCT 102 Health Care Technician II 4
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4*
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology I 3
HUM Humanities Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits 26*

*Classes need to apply

*It is not recommended that the student take two (2) science courses in the same semester.
*You must have current American Heart Association CPR to participate in HCT 102.

For more information, contact the Nursing administrative assistant at Paul D. Camp Community College, Franklin Campus, room 136I, 757.569.6731, or email