Prerequisites for Online Nursing School

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Due to the demands of everyday life and trends in the job market, it’s getting more and more common for two things to happen. People prefer to switch careers and join fields that are in high demand. Nursing is a degree that’s always a great return on investment. Additionally, more and more are getting interested in the convenience of pursuing a degree online. If find yourself agreeing with the previous statements, then you need to know what prerequisites to fulfill in order to enroll in such a program. I’ve outlined some over-arching trends below with prerequisites you’re likely to find.

Educational Background

In order to enroll in any kind of higher education program you’re going to be required to complete a previous degree first. If this is for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to finish high school or have a GED. If this is for a master’s degree, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree.  Despite what degree you have earned, some schools will require that you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related health science, and others may accept you into their programs regardless of your particular degree background, so long as you have completed previous coursework. If you’re looking to obtain your bachelor’s degree in nursing, you’ll want to to show that you have a demonstrated passion for the field by getting further health certifications such as a CPA or RN degree.


In order to enroll in classes, you might have to fulfill some prerequisite courses. For example, if you’re interested in enrolling in an organic chemistry class, the school may ask that you have taken biology first. Often, it’s possible to complete these classes over the summer, during breaks, or concurrently, if you really want to get a jump-start on the course the following fall or spring semester. If you’re coming directly from high school, it‘ll help your application if you enroll in at least a few college-level science courses before applying in order to show how successful you can be in a collegiate setting.

Residency Requirements

For online programs, especially when they require hands-on work, you’ll have to complete a residency requirement. You’ll need to spend some of your time on-campus taking classes, participating in labs, or working in a healthcare setting. Before you are able to enroll in a thesis class or some of the upper level courses, you’ll need to have completed this requirement. Make sure you check out the school’s residency requirement before you enroll because this is a prerequisite that you’ll need to reserve time for in order to make it to campus or work for this specific time period − there are hardly ever any exceptions to this rule.

Test Scores

Online schools still require proof of your SAT or ACT scores. Depending on the part of the country where the school is physically located, you will be required to take one or the other. Most schools now can convert test scores so you only end up taking one test. Be sure to find out which test the school accepts before you preparing for and take the test. In order to be accepted, you’ll need to achieve a certain score on your test. Based on how you score after taking the test, you’ll know if you need to retake it. Schools will tell you what scores are required.

Online nursing school means that you’ll get to learn so much and pursue a job that you really love. You’ll make a difference in the world, and you’ll be well-rewarded financially. However, before you can enroll in certain programs, find out what prerequisites are required for the specific program and classes that you are wanting to complete. Get started as soon as you can, so you don’t end up missing out on classes because of unfilled requirements!

Kathy Flute is a nurse who works in an assisted living facility. She enjoys writing about mental health, physical fitness, offering advice to expectant mothers, and the Most Affordable Online Nursing Programs.

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