Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 121 Biology Lab I
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms
BI 122 Biology Lab II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab
BI 207 Dynamics of Biological Processes
BI 290 Nutrition
BI 305 Biostatistics
ND.SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
BI 310 Physiology
BI 367 Comparative Anatomy
BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory
BI 231 Microbiology I
BI 232 Microbiology I Lab
BI 331 Microbiology II
BI 332 Microbiology Lab II
SW 221 The Life Cycle
EN___ English Course (in addition to CWS)
Varies Social Science course
Varies Humanities course

Important Notes

  • Recommend Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, foreign language (especially Spanish), Death and Dying, religion, economics, business, Aging and Society, Mental & Physical Handicaps, Minorities, Social Problems and Social Welfare, abnormal or social psychology, arts, history, and political science. Case Western: Strongly recommended courses for those planning to run a business, EB 201 The Management Process and EB 202 Behavior Analysis of Organizations for leadership.
  • These courses reflect requirements for our affiliations with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and Johns Hopkins only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of any schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  • Note: The nursing school prerequisites of Physiology and Microbiology require Juniata students to also take Bioinorganic Chemistry and Dynamics of Biological Processes to fulfill our prerequisites for these pre-nursing courses. Students, especially those who are not Biology majors, may consider taking Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology elsewhere over the summer. Please consult with your health professions advisor.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3 +_ program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirements.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Randy Bennett.
  • In addition to your course work it is mandatory to gain experience in nursing either during the school year or over the summer.


Case Western Reserve University - Graduate Entry Nursing Program

3 + _ MN + MSN. Graduate Entry Nursing Program with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (MN is the Master of Nursing, advanced generalist; MSN option). Students can apply for the D.N.P. or Ph.D. at a later time.

Johns Hopkins University

4+13 month or 17 month B.S./M.S. with a major in nursing from Johns Hopkins

Course Case Western Johns Hopkins
Biology I and II with Lab recommended need for Juniata
Chemistry I and II with Lab at least 6 credits (general or inorganic chemistry and organic and/or biochemistry) within past 5 years 6-8
Sociology, Anthropology or Psychology At least one course, 3 credits. 3
Sociology or Anthropology   3 (Sociology)
Life Cycle 3 (Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology across the lifespan 3 (Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology)
Psychology   3
English Composition 3 3
Statistics 3 credits with ANOVA within past 5 years 3
Physiology and Lab 6 total (A&P) with human focus and lab (within past 5 years) 4
Anatomy and Lab 6 total (A&P) with human focus and lab (within past 5 years) 4
Microbiology and Lab 4 (within past 5 years) 4
Social Sciences - 6
Nutrition Human Nutrition at least 3 credits 3

Notes: Case Western: 90 semester hours; minimum of overall grade point average of 3.0 required with at least 2.75 GPA in natural and behavioral sciences and C or higher in all prerequisites. GRE General Test (preferred test): Satisfactory scores required (minimum of: Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, and Analytical Writing 4.0, Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Satisfactory scores required (minimum of 400 after 10/04 or 45 before 10/04). 3 recommendations (at least two faculty) or a Committee letter; apply 6-9 months in advance. Prerequisite courses may be taken over the summer at 4 year or community colleges. Applicants for the accelerated Graduate Entry Nursing Program's Senior Year in Professional Studies option MUST have a letter from the Health Professions Committee stating that the student has permission to attend Case Western during their senior year and that Juniata will award the bachelor's degree after the first year at Case Western. Three letters of recommendation are required; two appended to the Committee letter for accelerated applicants and three separate letters for regular applicants, who do not use a Committee letter.

Johns Hopkins: A science and overall GPA of at least 3.2 is preferred with at least a 3.0 GPA in prerequisite course work. Anatomy and Physiology course work must be taken within 5 years of application. It is strongly recommended that all science prerequisites be taken at Juniata.

Competitive Credentials- 2.8-2.9 Science and overall GPA for BSN; minimum 3.0 Science and overall GPA for master’s programs; GRE in 50th percentile or better in Verbal and Quantitative sections and at least 4 in Analytical Writing . See above for affiliation GPA guidelines.

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Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Nursing*

*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken. Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone. Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation. Consult with your advisor.

Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
  Biology Lab I Organic Chemistry Concepts II (if C or better in OCC I)
  Organic Chem Concepts I Organic Chem Lab I
Sophomore Year BI 106 BI 207
  Intro to Inorganic Chem English course
  Organic Chem Lab II Humanities course
  Life Cycle*  
Junior Year Nutrition Social Science course
  Physiology Statistics
  Microbiology and Lab** Anatomy and Lab
  GRE Exam Preparation*** GRE Exam Preparation

*Developmental Psychology also counts for Johns Hopkins.

**Microbiology I/Lab or Microbiology II/Lab could be taken senior year. Consult with your advisor.

***Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam (Case Western and other master's programs but only the M.S.N./M.B.A. programs at Johns Hopkins)

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata. If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.