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Fully-Online Pre-Nursing Core

If you’re ready to start your nursing education, but don’t have the relevant coursework needed to apply, you can register for the pre-nursing core classes below.

  • Each class is fully-online
  • Classes may be taken individually, so you only pay for the classes you need
  • Simple registration process, no admission requirements or prerequisites required to enroll
  • Classes include labs*

*additional lab fees apply

Courses Offered

Fees

Course Fees: $333 per unit

Current CSUSM Students: If you are a current CSUSM degree-seeking student, you might be eligible to receive financial aid for these courses. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

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Course Descriptions

BIOL 104 – Principles of Biology

Principles of cellular, organismal and population biology with primary representation relating to the human organism. Includes study of cells, tissues, and mammalian organ systems. Offered in the  fall and spring semesters.

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BIOL 175 with Lab – Intro to Anatomy/Phys I

The first in a two course series designed to introduce the principles of human anatomy and physiology for students in health and human services, including Kinesiology and Nursing. Taught from a systems perspective where students will learn basic physiological principles and mechanisms along with their associated anatomical basis. Material includes anatomical terminology, cell and tissue structure and function, basic biochemical and metabolic pathways and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive and excretory systems. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

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BIOL 176 with Lab - Intro to Anatomy/Phys II

The second in a two course series designed to introduce the principles of human anatomy and physiology for students in health and human services, including Kinesiology and Nursing. Taught from a systems perspective where students will learn basic physiological principles and mechanisms along with their associated anatomical basis. Material includes nervous system and the senses, and the endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.  The course includes three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 175. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

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BIOL 160 – Microbiology

Basic concepts of microbiology, including classification, metabolic activity and the effect of physical and chemical agents on microbial populations.  Host parasite interactions, infectious agents, methods of transmission and control are also discussed. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

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CHEM 101 – Preparatory Chemistry

Introduces students to fundamental chemical concepts and quantitative problem-solving skills in chemistry. Topics include atomic theory, chemical nomenclature, the periodic table, stoichiometry, atomic structure, and chemical bonding. Offered in the fall semester only.

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PHIL 110 - Critical Thinking

A survey of concepts and methods geared to the advancement of skills in critical thinking. Subject matter includes the nature of critical thinking; the relations between logic and language; the relations between rhetorical persuasion and rational argumentation; the nature of word definition; the practical functions of language; the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive; the difference between valid and invalid, or strong and weak reasoning; methods for analyzing and evaluating arguments; common argumentative fallacies; basic symbolic logic. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.

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