“Nursing encompasses an art, a humanistic orientation, a feeling for the value of the individual, and an intuitive sense of ethics, and of the appropriateness of action taken.” — Myrtle Aydelotte
Thinking About a Career in Nursing?
To become a nurse, you will need to apply to a nursing program. Each program has a slightly different application process and requirements. If you’re still in high school, be sure to explore several programs of interest, particularly as they relate to prerequisite high school coursework.
Requirements to Get into Nursing
Nursing is a science based program. If you are in high school, helpful courses are sciences, particularly biology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry. You will also need math/algebra, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Writing classes, speech, and humanities that will challenge your thinking and writing are also recommended.
If you are a high school graduate considering a nursing program, lower division classes essential for most programs include: chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, nutrition, algebra and statistics, lifespan development, English composition, sociology, and psychology. The number of prerequisites is dependent on the specific program you select. Programs should be contacted directly for additional program details. Inquiries regarding admission should be made as far in advance as possible.
For more information and to continue reading this article visit the Oregon Center for Nursing, “Thinking About a Career in Nursing”.