Pre-Nursing, Associate in Science

The Pre-Nursing Associate in Science degree provides the science foundation for students who seek admission to a nursing program at a 4-year institution. The courses are also common prerequisites to associate degree nursing programs in California.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Use the scientific method to investigate phenomena in the natural world and use concepts, experiments, and/or theory to explain them.
  • Accurately assess knowledge, skills, and abilities in relationship to one’s educational, career, and/or personal goals.
  • Plan strategies to enhance the probability of acceptance into a nursing program.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ANAT 1Human Anatomy with Cadaver Lab4
BIOL 25Applied Microbiology Lecture3
BIOL 26Applied Microbiology Laboratory1
CHEM 30AIntroductory Chemistry for Health Sciences4
MATH 16Elementary Statistics4
NURS 150Nursing Program Readiness1.5
PHSO 1Human Physiology3
PHSO 2Human Physiology Lab2
Additional Requirements 137.5
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

Contact an MPC counselor for major preparation at specific institutions.

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
MATH 16 Elementary Statistics 4
ANAT 1 Human Anatomy with Cadaver Lab 4
NURS 150 Nursing Program Readiness 1.5
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
CHEM 30A Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences 4
SOCI 1 Introduction to Sociology 3
MPC GE Area C (Language other than English Recommended) 5
Electives (ENGL 2 Recommended) 3
Year 2
PHSO 1 Human Physiology 3
PHSO 2 Human Physiology Lab 2
PSYC 25 Lifespan Development 3
Electives (Languages other than English Recommended) 5
MPC GE Area F (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
BIOL 25 Applied Microbiology Lecture 3
BIOL 26 Applied Microbiology Laboratory 1
Electives (SPCH 1 Recommended) 3
Electives (Languages other than English Recommended) 5
Electives (NURS 100 Recommended) 2
Elective 0.5
 Total Units60

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.