The Health Sciences - Pre-nursing major concentration prepares students for post-baccalaureate or graduate work in Health Sciences, entry into professional schools, or entry into accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs. Required courses common to a majority of post-baccalaureate programs are required as the major core, while elective courses are selected by the student with guidance from advisors. Students are expected to take an active role in course selection and career planning due to the wide range of requirements for Health Sciences related graduate programs.

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Fast Facts

  • Accelerated baccalaureate programs offer the quickest route to licensure as a registered nurse (RN) for adults who have already completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a non-nursing discipline. (AACN, 2019)
  • Fast-track baccalaureate programs take between 11 and 18 months to complete, including prerequisites. Fast-track master’s degree programs generally take about 3 years to complete. (AACN, 2019)
  • Bright Job outlook 2020 - 2029 with a growth rate 7% faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Average RN salary $73,300 (

Requirement Notes

  • Limestone's required Competency & General Education courses
  • A total of 120 credit hours
  • The required courses listed below (45 credit hours)
  • Additional Biology course (BI101 or 110) (Note: some graduate programs may require BI102) (4 credit hours)
  • A Chemistry course (CH105 or 110) with a lab (Note: some graduate programs may require 8 hours) (4 credit hours)
  • Natural Science and Math electives, including a minimum of 2 laboratory courses, from the following: BI102 or 250-level or above; CH111 or 300-level or above, HS250, HS301, PH200-level or above, MA319.

  • Two additional Psychology or Sociology courses (6 credit hours)
  • Three elective courses from PE201, PE202, PE305, NU301 (9 credit hours)


* This major includes one AWE course (3 credit hours)

Students must complete 30 total credit hours at the 300-level or above.

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