Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The associate of arts in pre-nursing program prepares students to seek admission to an Associate Degree R.N. program or to apply for admission to West Virginia University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N) degree program. Students, whether at West Virginia University or at Potomac State College, are selectively admitted to the nursing program when all pre-nursing requirements have been satisfactorily completed. Minimum requirements include a 3.00 cumulative G.P.A. and at least a 3.00 in all science courses. Students interested in applying to an associate degree R.N. program at another institution should determine the admission requirements and transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College and the institution they plan to attend following completion of the pre-nursing program.

The pre-nursing program provides a foundation in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, math, psychology and sociology required for admission into and success in a nursing program.

Career Opportunities

Registered nurses perform diagnostic tests, observe/record patient behavior, consult with physicians, administer medications and treatment and perform many other duties for hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes, schools and many other agencies.  In addition, registered nurses may chose to continue their education and enter graduate programs to become nurse practitioners.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (5 and 6)6
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
AEM 341General Microbiology4
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 8)
BIOL 230Human Anatomy and Physiology 14
BIOL 231Human Anatomy and Physiology 24
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry4
CHEM 112Survey of Chemistry4
HN&F 171Introduction to Human Nutrition (GEF 8)3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development3
SOCA 105Introduction to Anthropology (GEF 7)3
NSG 100Introduction to Nursing2
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3CHEM 112 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 111 (GEF 2)4BIOL 102
BIOL 104 (GEF 8)
HN&F 171 (GEF 8)3PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3NSG 1002
WVUE 1911 
 15 14
Second Year
BIOL 2304AEM 3414
PSYC 2413BIOL 2314
SOCA 105 (GEF 7)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
STAT 2113GEF 63
GEF 53Elective1
 16 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals


Upon completion of the associates in pre-nursing program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe general biological concepts including nutrition, anatomy, physiology and genetics.
  2. Use mathematical concepts to solve problems.
  3. Use chemical principles and laboratory techniques to describe chemical structure.  
  4. Describe fundamental concepts in psychology and sociology.
  5. Apply for admission into the an associate or bachelor registered nursing program.