Why Are Prerequisites for Nursing School Important?

Prerequisites for nursing school

Every university requires different prerequisites for nursing school. Here at Xavier, our 16-month ABSN program has four prerequisite course requirements, which is a huge advantage for second-degree students eager to transition into nursing. And while we only have four ABSN prerequisites, these courses are challenging and critical to nursing career preparedness.

Nursing is a profession that requires a strong understanding of science and math, which is why our four ABSN program prerequisites focus on microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and statistics. These courses are a great way to gauge how well you’ll do in nursing school. For the most part, students who ace these prerequisites tend to be the most successful in our ABSN program.

“I chose Xavier’s ABSN program for several reasons. One being the prerequisites were a little less demanding [in terms of the number of classes required] so that I could get started quicker. There are other ABSN programs in the area that required more prerequisites so that kind of made up my mind for me.” ― Greg, Xavier ABSN student

To qualify for our accelerated nursing program, you must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree in addition to earning a grade of “C” or better in each prerequisite course and maintaining an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7.

Keep in mind that if you’ve already completed one or more of these prerequisite courses, you must have done so within eight years of entering the program. It’s worth talking to one of our admission counselors to make sure your past college credits are eligible for transfer.

When you’re ready to dive into your prerequisites for nursing school, we make it convenient for you to do so by offering these courses online through our university. By choosing Xavier to complete your prerequisites, you just might qualify for provisional admission into the ABSN program.

If you prefer to complete your prerequisites at another school, be sure to have your admission counselor vet the courses to make sure they satisfy our requirements.

Greg, ABSN student

“I did my prerequisites with online learning and it really helped me,” said Greg. “I recommend doing the prerequisites through Xavier because you’ll learn how their online learning system works. By the time I started the ABSN program, I was familiar with the system and able to easily transition into my online nursing coursework.”

The Importance of Microbiology in Nursing

An important branch of science, microbiology is the study of microbes and how these tiny, living things have an influence on our daily lives through application or disease. Through microbiology, we can track the positive and negative outcomes of a microbe’s work.

Nurses need to have a deep understanding of microbiology because they use their knowledge of microbes in a variety of ways, from the proper disposal of biomedical waste to the examination of smears for bacterial contamination. Nurses also use microbiology to see how a patient responds to treatment.

After taking microbiology, you’ll never look at organisms the same way again. Here’s some of what you’ll learn during this ABSN prerequisite course:

  • The range and classifications of microorganisms.
  • The reproduction of important pathogens.
  • The role of bacterial pathogenesis.
  • The role of acquired and innate immune systems.
  • The chain of infection and how to create a sterile field.

The Importance of Anatomy and Physiology in Nursing

While anatomy is the study of the structures associated with the human body, physiology is the study of how these structures function. Exploring the human body in its balanced state, anatomy and physiology are the cornerstones for nearly every health care profession. With an understanding of how the healthy body works, we can identify and treat disease.

Responsible for bringing the human body back to its balanced state, nurses rely on anatomy and physiology to determine the best course of action when caring for a specific patient.

After taking anatomy and physiology, you’ll come to see the human body as a complex machine. Here’s some of what you’ll learn during this ABSN prerequisite course:

  • The role and location of each organ and cavity in the body.
  • The interconnectedness of organ systems in the body.
  • The anatomical function and location of cells in the body.

The Importance of Statistics in Nursing

Statistics is the science of learning from data, which includes finding ways to organize, summarize, and describe quantifiable data as well as create methods for drawing conclusions and generalizing upon them.

An understanding of statistics is a competence every health care worker should have because it makes it possible to read and evaluate reports and other literature critically and intelligently. Statistical knowledge is also important for carrying out studies that involve the collection, processing, and analysis of data. For example, through statistics, we can gauge the disparities in health conditions among members of a population.

When it comes to nursing, RNs use statistics on a routine basis, from studying the patterns of disease in patients to determining the time interval for when a patient should take prescribed medicine. Nurses also use statistics to calculate the average number of patient examinations per day, week, month or year, which allows them to predict when health consultation is at its peak.

After taking statistics, you’ll see new value in numbers. Here’s some of what you’ll learn during this ABSN prerequisite course:

  • The standard rates, ratios and proportions used to define health status.
  • The statistical and visual methods for summarizing data.
  • The basic principles of probability, regression, and hypothesis testing.

If you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and the drive to become a nurse, our ABSN program can fast-track your career. Download our ABSN Program 101 Guide to help you successfully navigate the accelerated path to nursing.

Contact our admissions team to put your nursing school prerequisite plan in place or to learn more about our 16-month ABSN program in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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