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Pre-Nursing Qualifications

The Certificate in Pre-Nursing Qualifications (CPNQ) prepares students to enter professional nursing programs, the graduates of which sit for a national registered nurse (RN) exam. The certificate includes General Education Requirements (GER) in communication, computation and human relations. The listed courses provide pre- and co- requisite preparation for successful application to most nursing programs. This certificate exceeds the minimum requirements for the UAA/UAS AAS in Nursing program. Further, it includes most of the pre-requisite course requirements for the UAA BS in Nursing program. Completion of this certificate is not a guarantee of admission into any particular nursing program.

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Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

The CPNQ Certificate requires a minimum of 52 credits, with 19 of these credits in the GERs. At least 9 credits must be taken at UAS. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all courses. Program details are listed below.

Minimum credit hours52
General Requirements19
Written Communication Skills
ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
Select one from the following (3 credits)
ENGLS211Intermediate Composition: Writing about Literature3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing3
Oral Communication Skills
Select one from the following (3 credits)
COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
COMMS235Small Group Communication & Team-Building3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication3
COMMS241Public Speaking*3
*Grade C 2.00 or better
**Highly recommended
Computational Skills
MATHS105Intermediate Algebra (or higher)4
Social Sciences
PSYS101Introduction to Psychology3
Select one from the following (3 credits)
ANTHS101Introduction to Anthropology3
ANTHS202Cultural Anthropology3
ECONS100Introduction to Economics3
SOCS101Introduction to Sociology3
Program Requirements36-38
BIOLS111Human Anatomy & Physiology I*4
BIOLS112Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
BIOLS240Introductory Microbiology4
CHEMS103Introduction to General Chemistry4
CHEMS104Survey of Organic and Biochemistry4
HSS135Medical Terminology3
HSS203Science of Nutrition3
PSYS250Lifespan Development3
Select one from the following
HSS105Certified Nurses Aide Training9
HSS119Emergency Medical Technician I6
*Students without a science or healthcare background should take HS S135 before taking BIOL S111.

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