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As a student at Queens College, you have many options that will prepare you academically and professionally—even if it seems as though we do not have a specific major that addresses your interests. One such area is nursing.

Although QC does not have an undergraduate program in nursing, it offers you everything you need to become a nurse. While earning your baccalaureate degree, you can complete the prerequisites for applying to a nursing program after you graduate. Depending on your grades and your interests, you have a number of different options: a diploma program; an associate’s degree (ADN); an accelerated second bachelor’s (BSN); a more traditional second bachelor’s in nursing; or a master’s program (MSN).

QC majors that are particularly helpful for future studies in nursing include Anthropology; Psychology; Sociology; Nutrition and Exercise Sciences; and Human Development and Family Studies. Each offers coursework that will prepare you for a nursing program. And these are not your only options. You might also consider taking a double major or combining your major with a relevant minor. Academic advisors can help you figure out what’s best for you.

Regardless of the major you choose, most nursing programs share similar prerequisites, which often include: 

Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 101)

Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 101)

Statistical Methodology (Psychology 107 or Sociology 205)

Composition I (English 110)

Composition II (English 130)

General Biology (Biology 11)

Basic Chemistry I (Chemistry 101.4 and 101.1)

Basic Organic Chemistry (Chemistry 102.4 and 102.1)

Basic Biochemistry (Chemistry 103.4 and 103.1)

Algebra or Math Literacy (Math 110)

Public Speaking (Media Studies 151)

Ethics (Philosophy 104)

Anatomy and Physiology I (Biology 40)

Anatomy and Physiology II (Biology 41)

Nutrition (Family, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences 163)

Microbiology (Biology 44)

Human Life Span/Development (Psychology 214)

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