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Accelerated Nursing Option (ANO) Prerequisites

Required Prerequisite Courses:

  • 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 2310)
  • 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.  (BIO 2320)
  • 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.   (ITP 4600)
  • General Microbiology with lab* (4-5 credits) - This is a one-semester introduction to the microbial world, including discussions of bacteria, Cyanobacteria, fungi, protozoans and viruses.  (BIO 2400)
  • Introductory Statistics Course (3-4 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.  (MTH 1210) 

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.  (PSY 2310)

  • 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.  (PSY 2210)
  • 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.  (NUT 2040)

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

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.  

Minimum recommended GPA of 2.5 in all pre-requisites.

It is recommended that all prerequisite courses be completed within 5-7 years to enhance student success in the program.


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