Although there are associate or bachelor nursing degree programs, some prerequisites needed for nursing classes can include course work in the humanities, sciences, math and social sciences. Some of these different classes can include college algebra, human anatomy, psychology, English composition, physiology, statistics and chemistry, notes Baylor.edu.
At Baylor University, there are four prerequisite science courses for the nursing program, including anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology and chemistry. Some other classes needed are two semesters of a foreign language, as well as one nutrition, one sociology, three English, history and government courses. Students needs 66 hours of prerequisite courses for the Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, or BSN, program. Because Baylor is a Christian university, students in this nursing program also need to take two religion classes.
At institutions such as Borough of Manhattan Community College and Northwestern Michigan College, the prerequisite classes are comparable to those at Baylor University with the exception of the religion class requirement. Once prerequisites are met, the nursing associate degree at Northwestern Michigan College is a two-year program.
Borough of Manhattan Community College has prerequisite courses which include three credits in mathematics for health science, three credits English composition, four credits in anatomy and physiology I and three credits in psychology.