Nursing courses students can take for credit include Health Assessment for Nurses, Concepts of Professional Nursing Science, Community Health Nursing and Research in Nursing Practice. Students can also opt to take courses such as Aging and Health, Leadership in Nursing Practice, Design and Coordination of Care for Nurses and Issues in Cultural Health.
Additional nursing courses for credit include Pharmacology, Geriatric Nursing, Pathophysiology, Parent-Child Nursing and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Students may also opt to take specialized courses covering medical topics such as billing and insurance, vital signs, CPR, hospice care and scientific writing. Most nursing degree programs require a clinical course, internship or externship before students can test for state licensing and certification.
Aspiring nurses enrolled in a nursing degree program are often required to take prerequisite courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Chemistry and Microbiology before taking core nursing courses at a college or university. Courses in health care laws, nursing ethics and hospital administration are often a core part of a nursing curriculum.
Students also have to take general education courses for credit when enrolled in a nursing degree program. Common courses include English Composition, Algebra, Introduction to Sociology, General Psychology and courses exploring the arts, sciences and history.