Jun 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Nursing (BS)

Federal CIP: 51.1105 Pre-Nursing Studies

The Pre-Nursing major is designed to prepare students to transfer to an accredited nursing program for completion of clinical rotations. Currently, agreements exist with Indiana Wesleyan University. 

The purpose of this partnership is to secure a quality, collaborative affiliation between the two universities that increases educational and career opportunities for Southern Wesleyan students. The partnership offers preferential admission for qualified Southern Wesleyan applicants into Indiana Wesleyan’s Transition to BSN Program of Study. Southern Wesleyan University offers the prerequisite science and general education components of the pre-professional curriculum culminating in a BS in Pre-Nursing, and Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing offers the professional nursing training culminating in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The SWU Office of Academic Records and Department of Science shall determine that the student has successfully completed the academic program requirements for the BS in Pre-Nursing degree while the IWU dean of the Pre-licensure Nursing Division shall determine that the student has completed the professional requirements for the BSN.

Indiana Wesleyan University Transition to BSN Admission Requirements  

Pre-Nursing Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pre-Nursing degree will be able to:

  • Express and support, orally and in writing, an integration of faith and biology and a knowledge of current biomedical issues, including their ethical implications;
  • Demonstrate both a theoretical and practical mastery of biology and health-related sub-disciplines;
  • Demonstrate mastery of the scientific methods and scientific primary literature; and
  • Demonstrate mastery of the art of critical thinking, by formulating research questions, appropriately gathering and analyzing data, and interpreting results to address practical questions in biology.

Pre-Nursing BS Requirements

Specified Core Curriculum

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum requirements. The following specific core curriculum course(s) is required.

Course Prerequisites for IWU BSN Degree Program

Prerequisite science courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.

CHEM 1114 General Chemistry I (4 credits)                                                                                

BIOL 3204 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)  

BIOL 3214 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)  

BIOL 3104 Microbiology  

Select one course

MATH 1064 Algebra and Trigonometry (4 credits)  

or any higher level math not specific to a discipline (3-4 credits)


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pre-Nursing, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area. 

Recommended Electives


Core Curriculum   Requirements 40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 38 hrs.

Minimum Reverse Transfer IWU Requirements* 30 hrs.

Electives 8-12 hrs.


Total: 120 hrs.