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Pre-Nursing General Information

A student who wishes to obtain a B.S. degree in nursing may complete the first two years of
course work at Ouachita.  A suggested course schedule is available below.  A student who plans to enter any nursing program should consult the catalog of the appropriate school before registering at Ouachita.  Please note that requirements of professional schools are subject to change, are posted on their websites, and often take effect immediately.  Their requirements supersede OBU catalog listings.

Programs are also available for students holding a bachelor’s degree who have also met the prerequisites listed.  Consult the listing for the appropriate school.

Please contact your academic advisor and/or the pre-nursing advisor, Dr. Sara Hubbard (hubbards@obu.edu) with questions or concerns.  It is the responsibility of the student to be sure that the necessary prerequisites are being met.

Follow the links below for information on particular school requirements:


R.N. Diploma Programs:

Baptist Health School of Nursing * http://www.bhslr.edu/programs-of-study/registered-nursing/http://www.bhslr.edu/programs-of-study/registered-nursing/#track2

*Ouachita Baptist University has entered into an affiliation agreement with Baptist Health Little Rock (BHLR) for the School of Nursing Program.  Students that have graduated or completed at least 5 of the 8 general education and science courses from OBU will be given priority consideration in the BHSLR – SN application.  Further details concerning the agreement may be obtained from the Health Professions Advisor.


Baccalaureate Programs:

Arkansas State University http://www.astate.edu/conhp/nursing/http://www.astate.edu/college/conhp/departments/nursing/degrees/details.dot?mid=e8f0c8c0-a375-4706-b373-4bb2060e7f29
Arkansas Tech University http://www.atu.edu/academics/catalog/colleges/natural_health_sciences/dept_nursing.html
Harding University https://www.harding.edu/nursing/https://www.harding.edu/nursing/Schedule.html
Henderson State University http://www.hsu.edu/interior4.aspx?id=585http://www.hsu.edu/uploadedFiles/administrative_offices/Provost/Registrar/2010_Eight-semester_plans/Nursing.pdf
University of Arkansas http://nurs.uark.edu/index.phphttp://nurs.uark.edu/7338.php
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences http://nursing.uams.edu/http://nursing.uams.edu/future-students/bsnprerequisites/allbsnprerequisites/
University of Arkansas at Monticello http://www.uamont.edu/nursing/http://www.uamont.edu/nursing/pdf/BSNPrerequisites.pdf
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff http://www.uapb.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161&Itemid=138
University of Central Arkansas http://uca.edu/nursing/http://uca.edu/nursing/bsn-general-information-pre-reqs/


Recommended Course Sequence for Nursing Prerequisites: This sequence can be adapted to best fit an individual student’s needs.

First Year



CHEM 1024 or CHEM 1004 Introductory Chemistry OR General Chemistry I CHEM 1034 Intro. Organic/Biochemistry
CORE 1043 Composition I BIOL 1014 Zoology
MATH 1003 College Algebra CORE 1053 Composition 2
PSYC 1013 General Psychology PSYC 2033 Human Development
HIST 1003 or HIST 1013 World History to 1600 OR World History since 1600 SPCM 1003 Speech Communication

First Year’s Total = 33 hrs

Second Year



BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL 2024 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2604 or BIOL 3014 Applied Microbiology OR Microbiology SOCI 1003 General Sociology
PHIL 1003 or PHIL 1023 Intro to Philosophy OR Logic HIST 2003 or HIST 2013 or PSCI 2013 US History to 1877 OR     US History since 1877 OR American Nat. Government
DIET 3053 Nutrition MATH 2063 or other options Statistics
2 hours elective courses 3 hours elective courses

Second Year’s Total = 32 hrs

All prerequisite course grades must be C or better. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required. Minimum prerequisite for UAMS is 58 hours.  Remedial, technical, and nursing courses cannot be used.