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High School Prerequisites (collegiate course work can be used to complete high school deficencies):

  1. 4 years of High School English
  2. 1 year of Biology
  3. 1 year of Chemistry
  4. 1 year of Physics
  5. 4 years (fourth level proficiency) of the same world language or two years (second level proficiency) in two different world languages
  6. Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry
  7. 3 years of Social Studies

College Prerequisites (all require a grade of "C" or higher):

  1. Natural Science Prerequisites  To be considered for admission, a maximum of two natural sciences can be incomplete as of June 1.(All must be completed within ten years of starting the nursing major)
    • CHEM:1070 - General Chemistry I
    • CHEM:1080 - General Chemistry II
    • BIOL:1141 - Intro to Animal Biology
    • ACB:3110 - Principles of Human Anatomy
    • HHP:1300 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology
    • MICR:3164 or MICR:3190 - Nursing Microbiology
    • HHP:2310 - Nutrition & Health
    • Physics (if not completed in high school)
  2. Social Science Prerequisites To be considered for admission, a maximum of two social sciences can be incomplete as of June 1.  (All must be completed before starting the nursing major)
    • PSY:1001 - Elementary Psychology
    • NURS:1030 - Human Development & Behavior
    • SOC:1010 - Sociology or SOC:1020 - Social Problems  
  3. General Education Prerequisites (All must be completed before starting the nursing major)
    • Literary, Visual and Performing Arts (General Education Requirement) (3 s.h.)
    • International and Global Issues (General Education Requirement) (3 s.h.)
    • Values, Society and Diversity (General Education Requirement) (3 s.h.)
  4. Additional Prerequisites (All must be completed before starting the nursing major)
    • RHET:1030 - Rhetoric
    • MATH:1440 - Math for Biological Sciences
    • NURS:3110 - Health Care Finance 
  5. World Language (Competitive Admission - This requirement must be completed prior to starting the nursing major  |  Early Admission Students - Completes this requirement prior to enrollment at Iowa.)

Transfer Courses:
If you choose to take courses at another institution, please access our transfer equivalency data base at the following website: http://isis.uiowa.edu and select "Courses", then select "Transfer Courses" on the right side of the screen.