Pre-Nursing - Post-Baccalaureate and Masters of Nursing
2007-2009 Program Planning Worksheet
In many ways, an ideal way to become a nurse is to first get an undergraduate degree at UMM! If you finish your BA at Morris
while taking the courses listed below, you may be able to apply to an accelerated program at the U of M TC or another school.
These programs are called “post-baccalaureate” programs or masters of nursing programs (the U of M TC program will become
a masters of nursing program in 2007). Either way, they are extremely competitive. At the U of M TC, you must have your
undergraduate degree in hand before you can even apply, and most successful applicants also have work experience. For the U
of M TC post-baccalaureate accelerated BSN program, the age of admitted students has tended to be mid 20s or older. Average
undergrad GPA for students admitted for Fall 2005 was 3.7 in prerequisite courses and 3.5 overall. Thirty percent of the
students admitted in 2005 were already certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The course required to become a CNA is short and
can be completed at local community colleges. Many UMM students work as CNAs while attending UMM, either at the
Stevens County Medical Center or the West Wind Village nursing home.
Note: the chart below is for the U of M TC. St. Cloud State University has a post-baccalaureate program with fewer, but
different prerequisites (for instance, a semester or organic chemistry and biochemistry are required). UMM alumni also report
having good experiences with the post-baccalaureate programs at South Dakota State University.
Potential term for fulfilling the requirement
Recommended term for fulfilling the requirement Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Professional Program Prerequisites
Freshman Composition – CW Engl 1011
U of M TC MN prerequisites* Biol 1111: Fund. of Gen., Ev., and Devel.
U of M TC MN prerequisites Biol 1002: Human Nutrition
U of M TC MN prerequisites Biol 2102: Human Anatomy
U of M TC MN prerequisites Biol 2111: Cell Biology
U of M TC MN prerequisites Biol 3121: Molecular Biology*
U of M TC MN prerequisites Biol 4102: Human Physiology
U of M TC MN prerequisites Biol 4111: Microbiology
U of M TC MN prerequisites Chem 1101: Gen. Chem I
U of M TC MN prerequisites Chem 1102: Gen Chem II
U of M TC MN prerequisites Chem 2301: Organic Chem I*
U of M TC MN prerequisites Psy 1051: Intro to Psychology
U of M TC MN prerequisites Psy 2411: Intro. To Lifespan
U of M TC MN prerequisites Psy 3313 Psychopathology
U of M TC MN prerequisites Stats 1601: Intro to Statistics***
U of M TC MN prerequisite Pathology****
*Or implied prerequisites, i.e. UMM courses you need to take in order to take the Masters of Nursing Prequisite
**Biol 3121: Molecular Biology and Chem 2301: Organic Chemistry are prerequisites for some nursing programs, but not the U
of M Twin Cities. They appear on this list because they are prerequisites for Bill 4111: Microbiology. You could avoid them by
taking microbiology elsewhere (maybe during the same summer when you took LaMP:4177 at the U of M Twin Cities-see
***Strangely, this prerequisite must be taken not more than 2 years before you start your masters of nursing. You may want to
wait and take it after you have left UMM if you are not going straight on.
****Not currently offered at UMM. Take it at the U of M Twin Cities or a MNSCU school during the summer or after you
graduate. LaMP 4177: Pathology for Allied Health Students is offered at the U of M TC every summer and meets this
Note: the prerequisite coursework above provides substantial progress toward a psychology or biology major/minor. Click here
for listings of major requirements.