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. This program is offered either fully or mostly online. 


Units of Basic Requirements


Units of Distribution Requirements


Units of Concentration Requirements


Units of Elective Requirements

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

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.

This program is offered either mostly or fully online. Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time. F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program. The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment. F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).

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
  • Humanities:
    • Comm 2111 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)

Elective Requirements – 9 units

  • Humanities elective (3 units)
  • Social Science elective (3 units)
  • General elective (3 units)

Application Requirements

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