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Undergraduate Preparation

Preparing for Nursing School

The College of Charleston does not grant undergraduate degrees in nursing, however, students at C of C can complete 60 SH of transfer credits, or an undergraduate degree in their chosen major, and apply to professional schools of nursing. The undergraduate prerequisite courses required for nursing schools are similar for most professional programs, but additional course may be required by individual schools.

IMPORTANT: Students are urged to plan their schedules with a specific major and general degree requirements at the College of Charleston in mind, in addition to meeting the allied health prerequisites. Students interested in all programs should select a major and work toward a degree at the College. If you are admitted into a program before you graduate, you have not "lost" anything, but if you stay here another year, you will be further along toward a degree. You should be aware that having a Baccalaureate degree weighs favorably in applying to many programs, even if it is not required. Plan your college curriculum as though you have two equal goals---(1st) meeting the allied health requirements and (2nd) earning a degree in a College of Charleston major.

Due to the rigor of our science curriculum, the College of Charleston has specific internal prerequisite requirements in order to complete some of the required courses for nursing schools, such as microbiology and anatomy and physiology. The rigor of our science courses, together with a well-developed advising process prepare our pre-nursing students to be competitive applicants.

The College of Charleston enjoys a long standing relationship with the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina, which is located only a few city blocks from the College of Charleston.  Students can apply to the College of Nursing at MUSC after having completed a minimum of 60 SH of coursework in specific categories or an undergraduate degree and completing the GRE (Graduate Record Examination).

Undergraduate Pre-requisite Courses

College of Charleston students who are interested in applying to professional nursing programs should complete the following coursework. Additional courses may be required depending on their planned track of study and the professional nursing program to which they apply.


English Composition & Literature
English 110 & English 215
6 SH
*Chemistry with labs
CHEM 101‑101L‑102‑102L or
CHEM 111/111L/112/112L
8 SH
Biology with labs
BIOL 111‑112
8 SH
Human Anatomy with lab
BIOL 202/202L
4 SH
Human Physiology with lab
BIOL 201/201L
4 SH
Microbiology with lab
BIOL 310
4 SH
General Psychology
PSYC 103 (Life Span Human Development)
3 SH
Lifespan Development
PSYC 224
3 SH
PSYC 211 or MATH 104
3 SH
Humanities (Fine Arts, Literature, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, *Foreign Languages) Social Sciences)
*Spanish recommended
15 SH
Electives (Any coursework over the 101 level) 17 SH
Minimum number of transfer credits
or College of Charleston Bachelor’s Degree
60 SH
(122 SH)

* Even though MUSC does not specifically state that you must have one year of Chemistry, one year of Biology (BIOL 111 - 112 with labs), and a semester of General Psychology, the College of Charleston requires these courses as prerequisites. Nursing schools, other than MUSC, frequently require that applicants have a basic knowledge of chemistry. These "excess" hours can be counted in the elective (for nursing) category. College of Charleston students who are interested in applying to the Nursing Program of the Medical University of South Carolina must complete the prerequisites listed above, plus additional courses depending on their planned track of study.    

Prerequisite requirements may vary for other Nursing programs throughout the US, please check the admission requirements for each school of interest.


Students are urged to do VOLUNTEER SERVICE in a healthcare setting. You may volunteer only a few (e.g. 3) hours per week, but you must be dependable and your activities should extend over a significant period of time. The experience component of your applicant profile is increasingly important for some programs, so you should make the most of this opportunity. Also, you should ensure that someone familiar with your performance can serve as a reference.