The general requirements for admission into a registered nurse program varies from state to state, but most programs have similar prerequisites, according to the American Nurses Association. The education requirements prepare students to take the standardized National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse
An associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in nursing are the two most common pathways to become a registered nurse. Many programs require a minimum of a 2.5 GPA to enter nursing school at either level. Both paths require candidates to take and pass courses in English, psychology, anatomy, physiology and organic chemistry. Other required courses include biochemistry, nutrition, biology, microbiology, and human growth and development. Many of these programs require students to pass other courses in science, mathematics and humanities before being allowed to register for the nursing program, according to the American Nurses Association.
Once students have completed the prerequisites, they enter either program where they take courses in adult acute and chronic disease, maternal and fetal health, pediatrics, mental health, community health and nursing theory. Nursing students take courses that improve their leadership skills and prepare them to work with diverse groups and cultures to deliver the best nursing care possible.