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
STEM 111 Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 3
BIO 172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHM 151 or CHM 145 Chemistry I or Chemistry for Healthcare Professions 4
BIO 211 Microbiology 4
SFL 234 Nutrition and Food Science 3
ID 230 The Interdependence of Health Professions in the U.S. 4
PSY 202 Human Development 3
MTH 130 Introductory Statistics 3
PHL 115 Ethics 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
Total Credits 34

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 171 Anatomy and Physiology I 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

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Open Electives 3
Total Credits 3

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19