AS in Pre-Nursing

Associate of Science

This program includes foundational courses in general education and religion that prepares students to enter nursing programs at other institutions that award either an associate of arts or bachelor of arts degree in nursing and to become a Registered Nurse. Students who have not completed high school Chemistry and Algebra II with the grade of C or above may require additional courses (e.g. Intermediate Algebra, General Chemistry and STNA) to obtain entry into a nursing program.

Completion of the Pre-Nursing AS program at Ohio Christian University does not guarantee a student admission to a nursing program at another institution. Students may need to complete additional requirements in order to matriculate in some nursing programs.


Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge and application of Biblical and theological issues and principles.
  • Desire to pursue and complete an Associate or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at an accredited college of nursing.
  • Have sufficient understanding of the scientific and health information required in standard nursing programs to be able to pursue successfully an Associate or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, good communication, and collaborative learning skills as a member of the health profession.


LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

PS207 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3 credits

This course is an introduction to statistics used in the behavioral sciences and in everyday life. Emphasis will be given to both conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics will be explored through simple statistical computations to more complex analysis. Students will be guided to be consumers of statistics by critically analyzing statistical findings.

Offered every fall semester.

SI132 Introduction to Biology 4 credits

The course will introduce the major concepts and principles of biology, emphasizing cell structure and function, heredity, plant and animal organization, taxonomy, and ecology. A weekly laboratory activity is designed to enhance the understanding of course material. (Lab fee)

Recommended completion of high school biology.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

SS201 Western Civilization I: Ancient Age through Medieval Age 3 credits

A study of Western Civilization from the Ancient Age through the Medieval Age with a focus on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.


SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877 3 credits

A survey of the religious, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from colonization through Reconstruction.  Special emphasis will be given to the Founding Fathers and the influence of a Christian Worldview upon the development of the nation.

SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present 3 credits

This course is a continuation of the United States History I and is a survey of the religious, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from Reconstruction through the present. 

RELIGION - 7 Credits

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

MAJOR - 22 Credits

PS202 Life Span Psychology 3 credits

A holistic study of the individual in the total span of life from birth through senior adulthood. This course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding human personality. It describes the process of human growth and development, studies the needs in the major life states, and integrates the biblical perspective of human personality and development.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

Offered each spring.

SI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits

An introduction to the study of human anatomy and physiology including standard terminology, chemistry the cell, genetics, tissues, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system  and the peripheral , central and autonomic  nervous systems.  Laboratory studies will involve the application of lecture materials through the use of videos, virtual computer applications, histology slides and human models.  (Lab fee)

Registration for this course is limited to Intercultural Ministry Nursing students, Pre-Nursing students, or permission of the instructor is required.

SI232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits

The continued study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body including the structure and function of the special sense organs, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic/immune system, the respiratory system, the urinary system, water and electrolyte balance, the digestive system and nutrition, the reproductive system and human development.   Laboratory studies will involve the application of lecture materials through the use of videos, virtual computer applications, histology slides and human models.  (Lab fee)

SI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
SI231 with a grade of C or above. Registration for this course is limited to Intercultural Ministry Nursing students, Pre-Nursing students, or permission of the instructor is required.

SO211 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits

A study of the elements of culture and processes of enculturation. Special studies are made of primitive cultures in today’s world. An appreciation for the diversity of man’s way of living and an attempt at objectivity are two indispensable corollaries.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions
SO101 Introduction to Sociology