Program Prerequisite Courses

General Prerequisite Requirements

  • Courses must be completed at an accredited college or university (online and community colleges are acceptable).
  • A letter grade of a B or better is required for all prerequisite courses.
    • PhD Applicants: A letter grade a C or better is required for prerequisites.
  • Labs are not required for science courses. Note: Please check with your home state as labs may be required for your home state licensure.
  • Advanced Placement courses are acceptable if itemized on the transcript.
  • Prerequisites do not have to be completed by the application deadline. They must be completed by the start of the program.
  • There is no expiration date for prerequisite courses, except for Statistics (see below for more information).

Prerequisite Course Descriptions

Applicants are encouraged to verify pre-requisite course information using the below guide which outlines what Columbia Nursing generally looks for. However, if an applicant continues to have questions about whether a course completed satisfies our requirements, they should email the Office of Admissions with a copy of the course description and/or syllabus for verification.

MASTERS DIRECT ENTRY PROGRAM PREREQUISITES

English Composition
(or a course listed as a Writing Intensive)

A course within this area is focused on building a student’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively through writing. Writing Intensive courses incorporate composition and writing assignments during the duration of the course.

Psychology (Intro, Developmental, or Lifespan)

You only need to complete one course in one of these areas

There are three types of courses within the Psychology pre-requisite that Columbia Nursing will accept: Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Lifespan Psychology.

A course within these areas can include completion of the following concepts:

  • Fundamental Principles of Psychology
  • Broad areas of research within Psychology such as but not limited to: emotion, development, memory, and psychopathology.
  • Study of human growth and development across the lifespan.
Statistics

Must be completed within five years of the anticipated start term of the Columbia Nursing program

A course should include completion of the following concepts:

  • Measures of central tendency, dispersion, graphs, the chi-square distribution, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, t-tests and correlation.
  • Principles of measurement, data summarization, univariate and bivariate statistics.

The following types of courses may satisfy the requirements: Introduction to Statistics, Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, Descriptive Statistics, Business Statistics, Probability Theory, Statistical Design and Experiment Analysis.

Human Anatomy or Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Labs are not required

A course within this area should cover the following concepts:

  • Structural and functional approach to human biology with an emphasis upon cell biology, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and an introduction to the endocrine system.
Human Physiology or Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Labs are not required

A course within this area should cover the following concepts:

  • Structural and functional approach to human biology, with an emphasis on circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Microbiology

Labs are not required

A course within this area should cover the following concepts:

  • Essentials of microbiology, interactions between microbes and the human host, and microbes and important human diseases.
  • Techniques for culturing, identifying, and controlling pathogenic microorganisms, host-parasite relationships, and epidemiology of infectious disease, and host defense mechanisms.
Nutrition

A course within Nutrition should include the following concepts:

  • Integrated overview of physiological requirements and functions of protein, energy, and the major vitamins and minerals in humans.
  • Dietary sources, intake levels, physiological role and requirement of major nutrients.
  • Role of nutrition in growth and health through the life cycle.
  • Development of dietary guidelines and nutrition policies in different countries.
  • Role of diet in the development of chronic diseases.
NURSE ANESTHESIA PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
Statistics

Must be completed within five years of the anticipated start term of the Columbia Nursing program

A course should include completion of the following concepts:

  • Measures of central tendency, dispersion, graphs, the chi-square distribution, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, t-tests and correlation.
  • Principles of measurement, data summarization, univariate and bivariate statistics.

The following types of courses may satisfy the requirements: Introduction to Statistics, Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, Descriptive Statistics, Business Statistics, Probability Theory, Statistical Design and Experiment Analysis.

Health or Physical Assessment

A course in this area should include the following concepts:

  • Integration of concepts and theories of biological, psychological, and sociocultural knowledge to impact health promotion, health maintenance, and illness care.
  • Concepts of prevention, anticipatory guidance, and early detection of risk factors incorporated into holistic care.

Chemistry

Labs are not required for this course

A course in this area should teach and provide students with a survey of inorganic and physical chemistry along with an introduction to organic chemistry.

Organic Chemistry

Labs are not required for this course

A course in this area should include the following concepts:

  • Basic principles that provide an understanding on the structure and reactivity of organic molecules.
  • Applications to the properties and transformations of materials such as energy, gas laws, etc.

post-bs dnp program prerequisites

(rn WITH A BACHELOR'S OR MASTER'S DEGREE
IN NURSING)

Statistics

Must be completed within five years of the anticipated start term of the Columbia Nursing program

A course should include completion of the following concepts:

  • Measures of central tendency, dispersion, graphs, the chi-square distribution, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, t-tests and correlation.
  • Principles of measurement, data summarization, univariate and bivariate statistics.

The following types of courses may satisfy the requirements: Introduction to Statistics, Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, Descriptive Statistics, Business Statistics, Probability Theory, Statistical Design and Experiment Analysis.

Health or Physical Assessment

A course in this area should include the following concepts:

  • Integration of concepts and theories of biological, psychological, and sociocultural knowledge to impact health promotion, health maintenance, and illness care.
  • Concepts of prevention, anticipatory guidance, and early detection of risk factors incorporated into holistic care.

post-bs dnp program prerequisites
(APRN WITH A MASTER'S DEGREE)

Statistics

Must be completed within five years of the anticipated start term of the Columbia Nursing program

A course should include completion of the following concepts:

  • Measures of central tendency, dispersion, graphs, the chi-square distribution, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, t-tests and correlation.
  • Principles of measurement, data summarization, univariate and bivariate statistics.

The following types of courses may satisfy the requirements: Introduction to Statistics, Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, Descriptive Statistics, Business Statistics, Probability Theory, Statistical Design and Experiment Analysis.

Health or Physical Assessment

A course in this area should include the following concepts:

  • Integration of concepts and theories of biological, psychological, and sociocultural knowledge to impact health promotion, health maintenance, and illness care.
  • Concepts of prevention, anticipatory guidance, and early detection of risk factors incorporated into holistic care.
Advanced Physiology

This course should cover the following concepts:

  • Advanced knowledge basis of the principles of anatomy and physiology.
  • Analytical development of complex interrelationships and interdependence of organ systems in disease and wellness throughout the lifespan.
Graduate Pharmacology

This course should cover the following concepts:

  • Accurately describe, administer, and counsel patients regarding appropriate and safe medication regimens.
  • Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of major drug classes covered.
Health Policy This course should essentially provide students with an understanding of the range of health policy issues.

 

phd program prerequisites
Graduate Level Health Policy Course The type of course can vary and can be e-mailed to the Office of Admissions for review by the PhD Program.