Prepare for a rewarding career at the forefront of health care with an associate degree in pre-nursing from Dean College.

Nurses play a vital role in health care, improving patient outcomes and making lives better every day. An associate degree in pre-nursing from Dean College lays the groundwork for a dynamic career in this rewarding profession. 

Program Overview

The pre-nursing major at Dean prepares you to make a smooth transition to a bachelor’s degree program in nursing. Combining a strong foundation in health sciences with broad-based coursework in the liberal arts, the pre-nursing major focuses on physical, cognitive, psychological and social development throughout the human life cycle.

You’ll study a broad array of liberal arts and sciences, including: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Sociology
  • Ethics

You also have the option of enrolling in an interdisciplinary course that delves into the history and current role of allied health care in today’s world.

Beyond the Classroom

As a pre-nursing student at Dean, you’ll engage in learning both in and out of the classroom. For example, allied health practitioners often visit campus to answer questions, offer advice and expand your network.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to earn a bachelor’s degree and launch a challenging nursing career in hospital nursing, neighborhood clinics, school nursing, public health or beyond.

Dean College offers an outbound articulation agreement for graduates of our associate degree in Pre-Nursing into Regis College’s bachelor's degree in Nursing. 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Pre-Nursing program best of breed? 

  • Integrate theoretical learning with hands-on experience in the field.
  • Exposure to real-world learning opportunities. 
  • Hear from allied health practitioners who come to campus to share their experiences and offer career advice.

Degree Offerings

  • Associate Degree*

*The course listing below is based on the Associate Degree program.

Pre-Nursing Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
HSCI 111 Introduction to Health Sciences 3
BIO 172 Anatomy and Physiology ll 4
BIO 211 Microbiology 4
CHM 151 OR CHM 155 Chemistry l or Chemistry for Healthcare Professions 4
ID 230 The Interdependence of Health Professions in the U.S. 4
MTH 130 Introductory Statistics 3
PHL 115 Ethics 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
PSY 202 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective 3
SFL 234 Nutrition and Food Science 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
Total Credits 37

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 171 Anatomy and Physiology l 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOC 113 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Credits 28

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2019-20