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2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Health Professions (Pre), Nursing (Pre-Professional) Emphasis Area, AS

Location(s): Scottsbluff

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The pre-professional health areas of emphasis are designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities associated with medical schools. The following program models provide students with the first two years of study and are reflective of the University of Nebraska and University of Nebraska Medical Center preparatory programs for the first two years of course work at those respective institutions.

It is important to note that the road to becoming a professional in any of these fields is a long one, requiring upwards of eight or more years of study. These programs are merely the beginning of that journey.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the mastery of course work considered fundamental to the training of a medical professional. Required competencies may include the accumulation of knowledge in general biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, ecology, genetics, evolution, chemistry, and physics.
  • Research program requirements at transfer institutions and implement into the planning of their programs, courses and activities appropriate for transfer to four-year institutions to continue their chosen field of study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to transfer into an equivalent program at a four-year institution specifically for continuation and study of a chosen field.
  • Use knowledge of basic principles of medical science to summarize and support a critical analysis of current scientific advances (primary literature and popular accounts), legislative issues, environmental issues, biotechnological advances, and demonstrate knowledge of contemporary social and ethical issues related to science and the professional responsibilities of a medical professional.
  • Understand the relationship between science and other subject areas, including interdisciplinary approaches to global issues and the relationship of core concepts from chemistry, mathematics, and other disciplines to scientific concepts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, read, and critically evaluate appropriate scientific literature and resources.
  • Be able to function successfully within laboratory and field settings, including use of basic equipment (microscopes, measurements devices, and computer technologies); developing and utilizing appropriate safety protocols; and putting into practice conceptual understandings of the research process illustrated by the scientific method.
  • Utilize a variety of skills to communicate scientific information effectively, including gathering of data/information; oral and written communication skills clarifying concepts and confirming understandings; and utilization of computer resources including computer presentation.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the College’s general education requirements for the AS degree.


  • Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult their faculty and transfer advisors early in their WNCC career to determine a curriculum to best suit their transfer goals.
  • Dependent upon the choice of electives, it is possible that the total credits earned for the AS degree will exceed 60 credit credits.
  • Students should understand that the courses included in the lists of core requirements and recommended electives will be required by receiving institutions at some point in their journey to the bachelor’s or professional degree.

Nursing (Pre-Professional) Emphasis Area

AS.5116B (61 credits)

This emphasis area provides students with the basic courses for entry into four-year professional nursing programs. The courses are applicable to various other related programs in the life sciences and medical fields.


  • Students wishing to transfer to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) need to contact an advisor at UNMC for specific requirements about admission to the university and the program.
  • Application to the BSN program is processed through UNMC, not through WNCC. General advising of the required prerequisite courses while at WNCC is provided by faculty in the Nursing program in the Division of Health Sciences at WNCC.
  • Some courses have prerequisites. Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisites for the course(s) they select.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements for the AS degree, 25 credits of core courses and 16 credits of electives, both described below, are required for the emphasis area in pre-nursing. A total of 61 credits are required for the Associate of Science degree in this emphasis area.

AS General Education Core: 33-34 Credits

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  • Written Communication Credits: 6
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Humanities Credits: 3
  • Math Credits: 3-4 *
  • Lab Sciences Credits: 4 *
  • Personal Development Credits: 3
  • Social Science Credits: 3

* A total of 15-16 combined math/science credits are the minimum requirement for an AS degree. This must include a minimum of three (3) credits of math and four (4) credits of science from BIOS, CHEM, or PHYS options.

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by program requirements. Please consult with an advisor for details.

Recommended Electives or Courses for Transfer: 16 Credits

UNMC requires five (5) additional courses. Three (3) of the courses are specified, any one of which will satisfy the WNCC social science general education requirement. The two (2) remaining courses can be selected from a list of approved courses; students should consult with their advisor for WNCC courses that fulfill these requirements.

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Ethics Requirement

*UNMC recommends PHIL 1060 ; BSAD 2450  and HUSR 2380  will satisfy UNMC’s ethics requirement, however students MAY be required to take another humanities course to fulfill WNCC’s humanities requirement. Consult with an advisor.

Total AS Requirements: 61 Credits

Recommended Plan of Study

1st Semester

Total Semester Credits: 13

Total Semester Credits: 17

3rd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

4th Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total AS Credits: 61

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