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Sam Houston State University strives to ensure that all students preparing for a nursing program understand the time constraints involved when trying to juggle a difficult course schedule and personal goals. Admission into most nursing programs is highly competitive. Pre-Nursing advisement provides students with the general academic background to be successful in their chosen health care field.

Nursing programs within the state of Texas require that students take a series of prerequisite courses in order to meet admission criteria. The pre-nursing program at SHSU consists of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, algebra, statistics, nutrition and psychology plus Texas Core.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the pre-nursing advisor prior to undertaking the pre-nursing curriculum to be certain all course requirements are being met in the required time-frame.

Questions? Please email us.

Generic Nursing Prerequisites

SHSU Course No. Course Name Hours
BIOL 2401 or BIOL 2403 HUMAN ANATOMY or HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 4
BIOL 2402 or BIOL 2404 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY or HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II 4
BIOL 2420 APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY 4
CHEM 1406
or
CHEM 1411
INORGANIC & ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
or
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
4

MATH 1314
or
MATH 1324

COLLEGE ALGEBRA
or
MATH FOR MANAGERIAL DECISION MAKING
3
MATH 1370 STATISTICS (MATH 1369/3379/PSYC 3301) 3
FACS 2362 NUTRITION 3
PSYC 1301 INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
PSYC 3374   DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3

Texas Core Requirements*

SHSU Course No. Course Name Hours
ENGL 1301 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3
ENGL 1302 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3
HIST 1301 AMERICAN HISTORY I 3
HIST 1302 AMERICAN HISTORY II 3
POLS 2305 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3
POLS 2306 TEXAS GOVERNMENT 3
KINE 2115 FITNESS FOR LIVING 1
Creative Arts Requirement    3
Philosophy, Literature, or Cultural Requirement (PHIL 2306 and SOCI 2319 recommended) 6

*Or must be core curriculum complete at transferring Texas institution.

You can use our Transfer Equivalency Guide to see if your credits will transfer to SHSU. For questions or additional information, please email prenursing@shsu.edu.