Note: The Associate in Arts degree is open only to WashU employees and partner program students.
The Associate in Arts (AA) in Pre-Nursing provides the opportunity for students to complete prerequisites required to continue on to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, while earning an associate’s degree. The pre-nursing curriculum provides students with an ideal foundation for their professional studies: strong communication skills, practical analytical and problem-solving abilities, an appreciation for complex ethical questions and an introduction to human sciences. Students who complete this course sequence will be well equipped to continue on to a variety of clinical nursing (BSN) programs. Students should consult the requirements of the BSN program they wish to attend to ensure that any specific requirements are met.
The courses completed for the Associate in Arts degree will count toward all Bachelor of Science degree programs at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, if pre-nursing students opt to continue their studies at CAPS.
Students interested in completing only the prerequisites for nursing schools without earning the AA should apply to our Pre-Nursing Program.
The Associate in Arts (AA) in Pre-Nursing is available fully online.
6 Units Of Transferable College-level Course Work
- At least six units of transferable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at CAPS and proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE).
2.7 Minimum GPA
Note: CAPS is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Associate in Arts degree at CAPS. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take three to five business days. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- Summer 2024: April 30, 2024
- Fall 2024: July 31, 2024
- Spring 2025: Dec. 31, 2024
Completed Application Form
The online application is available on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.
Official (issued directly from the college or WashU) or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than six units of transferable credit or CAPS course work, then proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) must be submitted. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to the WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to email@example.com. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
TOEFL/IELTS Scores (if applicable)
All international students are required to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL iBT and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission.
Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)
Effective March 23, 2022, if an applicant is unable to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, they may document their efforts to take the tests, contact the CAPS Admissions, and request the Duolingo, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL iBT Home Edition as exceptions.
Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the CAPS International Student Information webpage.
US Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen
International students interested in undergraduate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas). Students holding F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs. Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.
We are here for you every step. Getting started at CAPS is easy.
1. Meet with an Advisor
- Schedule an appointment with an advisor online.
2. Start Your Application
- Applying is easy, and our advisors are here to help you find the path that fits your needs. Apply Today!
3. Plan Ahead
- Explore ways that can help you afford your education such as tuition payment methods, scholarships and financial aid.
Take a course today. Apply later.
At CAPS, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know CAPS, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.
Note: Students in the Pre-Nursing AA fulfill the same general education requirements as students in the AA degree program, but with some pre-selected courses.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 15 UNITS
- Analytical Writing (U11 111)
- Critical and Researched Writing (U11 203)
- One course in numerical applications:
- Math 1011 Introduction to Statistics or
- Math 205 Applied Statistics
- One course in moral reasoning
- One course in cultural diversity
DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS: 18 UNITS
Students must complete six units in each distribution area noted below. Each distribution area must include course work from at least two disciplines unless otherwise noted. (Courses that satisfy the numerical applications, moral reasoning and cultural diversity Basic Requirements may also count toward the Distribution Requirements.)
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Social Sciences:
- Psych 100 Introduction to Psychology and
- Psych 230 Human Growth and Development
- Comm 211 Introduction to Public Speaking
- or Comm 217 Oral Communications
CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS: 18 UNITS
- Bio 1001 Concepts in Biology (3 units)
- Bio 204 Nutrition (3 units)
- Bio 220 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4 units)
- Bio 240 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4 units)
- Bio 280 Microbiology with Lab (4 units)
ELECTIVES: 9 UNITS
- Humanities elective (3 units)
- Social Science elective (3 units)
- General elective (3 units)
Student Success Navigators
Every CAPS student is paired with a Student Success Navigator at the time of admission to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- individual appointments with an experienced Student Success Navigator;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
Student Success Navigators are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.