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Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO) Prerequisites

MSU Denver Required Prerequisite Courses for the ANO

We recommend all prerequisite courses be completed within 5-7 years to enhance student success in the program.

  • BIO 2310: Anatomy and Physiology I with lab* (4 credits) - This is the first of two courses addressing the structure and function of the human body.  Topics include tissues, anatomy, the musculoskeletal system, and neurophysiology. 
  • BIO 2320: Anatomy and Physiology II with lab* (4 credits) - This is the second of two courses addressing the structure and function of the human body.  Topics include endocrinology; circulation; and the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. 
  • ITP 4600: Clinical Pathophysiology (4 credits) - This course is designed to familiarize the student with the nature of human pathophysiology using major conceptual areas.  Pertinent biochemical and metabolic derangements are correlated with the cellular structure by applying systems theory.  The course focuses on the effects of the disease process on all of the major bodily systems, pathogenesis, and related clinical manifestations.

  • BIO 2400: General Microbiology with lab* (5 credits) - This is a one-semester introduction to the microbial world, including discussions of bacteria, Cyanobacteria, fungi, protozoans and viruses.
    BIO 290A: Intro to Microbiology for Nursing* (4 credits) - This course is a non-majors introductory microbiology course specifically for pre-nursing.  It will not count toward a biology major or minor.  This course emphasizes the interplay between microorganisms and humans including infectious diseases and the immune system and has an emphasis on the control of microbial growth, spread of microorganisms, and their ability to cause disease and circumvent the immune system and antimicrobials.
  • MTH 1210: Introductory Statistics Course (4 credits) - One of the following courses are acceptable:
    Mathematics - This course is an introduction to the principles and techniques of descriptive statistics, probability, regression analysis, and statistical inference (estimation and tests of hypotheses).  Students will work with data on problems related to their own interest or field of study.
    Psychology (Introduction to Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences) - This course applies basic statistics to measurement, analysis, and interpretation in psychology as well as other social and behavioral sciences covering distributions, probability, central tendency, variability, sampling distributions, and hypothesis testing.
  • NUT 2040: Introduction to Nutrition (3 credits) - This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of human nutrition, including digestion, absorption, metabolism, and function of nutrients as they relate to human health and disease.
  • PSY 2210: Human Growth and Development** (3 credits) - This course presents the development of behavior from conception through maturity and death and is intended to help the student understand the developmental characteristics of different age groups and the determinants of their individual and collective behaviors.

          * MSU Denver Biology department will not accept online lab courses.

          **Often referred to as Psychology over the Lifespan.

 Note:  In some cases, additional courses may need to be taken prior to the required prerequisite courses to apply to the ANO.  Reference the online university catalog for further information.