general education requirements

The following 56 credits of general education courses based on four categories are required for students with an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. Students are required to have completed a minimum of 41 credits of the required course work in each of the four categories prior to enrollment.

Cluster 1: Social Consciousness (minimum of 9 credits)
Elective coursework can include: History, Religion, Business, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Public Policy

  • Psychology*
  • Human Growth & Development*
  • Elective

Cluster 2: Creative Aesthetic (minimum of 6 credits)
Elective coursework can include: Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Dance, Photography, Music, Philosophy, Ethics, Literature, Classics, Creative Writing

  • Elective
  • Elective

Cluster 3: Analytical Competencies (minimum of 15 credits)
Elective coursework can include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Lab Science, Natural Science, Ecology, Nutrition, Math

  • Microbiology*
  • Anatomy & Physiology I*
  • Anatomy & Physiology II*
  • Statistics*

Cluster 4: Connectedness (minimum of 9 credits)
Elective coursework can include: Communication, Public Speaking, Foreign Language, Medical Terminology, Computer Literacy

  • English I*
  • English II*
  • Elective

 *Required course
Additional elective credits can be from any of the four categories above but must equal a total of 56 credits.


Post-licensure (RN-BSN) students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in another discipline will be considered to have met all of the general education requirements for the BSN with the exception of the following courses:

  • Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology with labs (6-8 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

All general education course work must be completed prior to or concurrently with the final required nursing course(s).