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. Health Sciences majors take courses to prepare them for careers in the health sector from both the scientific and psychosocial perspectives and includes several specific concentrations.  Heath science majors can choose a concentration that focuses on the broader health science track or pre-nursing as a part of their undergraduate studies or one that focuses on graduate programs including: pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-athletic training or public health.

Students are active in planning their course selections and potential internship opportunities related to their specific concentration within the Health Sciences program.

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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)
  • Public health careers are growing from 8-15% in such areas as: health education, community health, epidemiology & environmental specialist. Salaries range from $40,000 to over $100,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).
  • Average RN salary $73,300 (
  • Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations are projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.

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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