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

Program Overview

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.

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 the hard sciences while gaining a foundation in the humanities to understand the contexts in which your future patients live. You’ll use case studies to apply what you’re learning to real-world scenarios, and Dean’s small, close-knit courses will give you hands-on experience starting in your first semester. Your courses will include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Sociology
  • Ethics
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Pre-Nursing Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
HSCI 111 Introduction to Health Sciences 3
BIO 172 Human Anatomy and Physiology ll 4
BIO 211 Microbiology 4
BIO 224 Pathophysiology 3
CHM 151 OR CHM 145 Chemistry l or Chemistry for Healthcare Professions 4
EXSC 234 Nutrition and Food Science 3
MTH 130 Introductory Statistics 3
PHL 115 Ethics 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
PSY 202 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective 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 36

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MTH 132 Mathematics for the Biological Sciences 3
BIO 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology l 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOC 113 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Credits 28

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College students in a lab As a Pre-Nursing student at Dean, you’ll engage in learning both in and out of the classroom.

You’ll gain hands-on experience using a synthetic cadaver, participate in student-led activities and learn about health care careers starting in your first semester. You’ll also get the chance to learn from allied health practitioners, who 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 also offers an outbound articulation agreement for graduates of our associate degree in Pre-Nursing into Regis College’s and Colby-Sawyer College's bachelor's degree in Nursing.

Uniquely Dean

A Dean College professor helping two students during a lab. Discover the unique programming that the Dean College Pre-Nursing program has to offer.
  •  Study the human body by getting hands-on experience with our synthetic cadaver as early as your first semester.
  • Learn in small, close-knit classes with support and guidance from faculty who know your interests, learning styles and potential.
  • Integrate theoretical learning with real-world experience in the field.
  • Hear from allied health practitioners who come to campus to share their experiences and offer career advice.
  • Take advantage of our articulation agreement with Regis College’s and Colby-Sawyer College's bachelor’s degree program in Nursing.


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