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Pre-nursing Concentration

According to the American Nurses Association (AMA), “Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.” The main types of nurses are Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) .

Gordon College prepares students for many future medical programs, and is particularly good in the aspect that if you are undecided about nursing or another health profession, it is very easy to make the transition and prepare yourself for the next step.

The Pre-Nursing Program at Gordon prepares students to go on to Direct-Entry Programs. Either Direct Entry RN or Direct Entry MSN. With the preparation that Gordon provides to students and where the medical field is headed today, a pre-nursing student at Gordon is recommended and ready to move along right to a Direct Entry MSN, and come out with a Bachelors Degree in Science and Kinesiology and a Masters in Nursing in a total of six years. Graduates of Gordon College can receive a Master’s in Nursing in the same amount of time as graduates of undergraduate nursing programs. If a Gordon graduate decided just to be a RN (BSN), he or she would only need14 more months of schooling after Gordon to start practicing.

The Pre-Nursing concentration prepares students to apply to post-baccalaureate accelerated nursing programs. The concentration requirements can be satisfied by taking the following courses in addition to the Kinesiology major courses:

  • BIO 150 Biology 1: Cells and Genetics
  • CHE 112 Principles of Chemistry II
  • BIO 225 Nutrition
  • BIO 314 Microbiology
  • Two semesters of writing
  • Recommended: Health Professions Seminars I-IV (taken in sophomore and junior years)

It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors in meeting the specific pre-requisites of the program choice as these do vary somewhat.

No, any Gordon College student can complete the Pre-Nursing concentration. Additional courses required for the concentration that are met by the Kinesiology major requirements are:

  • CHE 111 Principles of Chemistry I
  • BIO/KIN 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO/KIN 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MAT 220 Biostatistics

Visit the Health Professions webpage for more information.


Rebecca Scott van Vliet, class of 2004
Rebecca Scott van Vliet entered the accelerated, post-baccalaureate nursing program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She has completed her degree and now serves as an registered nurse at a major teaching hospital. Here is what Rebecca had to say about her time at Gordon:

"When I look back on my time at Gordon a few things stand out: my intership at the Center for Balance, Mobility & Wellness, where I got my first taste of patient care; senior seminar, where assumptions were challenged and I learned to think as a scientist and as a Christian without compromising either arena; and the close-knit community of the kinesiology department, where I had the opportunity to grow and develop intellectually, spiritually and personally thanks to professors and classmates alike. Today I work as an RN on a neurology and neurosurgery floor at a large teaching hospital. While my nursing education more than prepared me for the direct nursing care I provide daily, I believe my patients receive more holistic care because of the lessons and experiences I had at Gordon. Whether it is the patient struggling with aphasia after a stroke, dealing with the devastating loss of motor function that accompanies multiple sclerosis or navigating a world of balance problems after a brain tumor, I am better equipped as a nurse because of my background in kinesiology. Nursing is a profession where opportunities to serve others and the Lord abound, and I am thankful to Gordon for the large part it played in bringing me to where I am today."

To read about more graduates, visit our Kinesiology Graduates page.