There is a high demand for Registered Nurses throughout the State of Alaska. Seeking to help meet this demand, APU has created the Pre-Nursing program. Pre-Nursing at APU is grounded in cultural safety and delivers the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for our students to successfully continue to APU’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.
The Pre-Nursing program at APU will prepare interested students to pursue our Associate Degree in Nursing. During the Pre-Nursing programs, students will attend a series of pre-requisite, campus-based courses including Anatomy & Physiology, Behavioral Sciences for Healthcare Professions, and Culturally Safe Healthcare practices.
Pre-Nursing students can anticipate one year of full-time, campus-based enrollment in pre-requisite Nursing coursework. Upon successful completion of this coursework, Pre-Nursing students are encouraged to apply to the Associate Degree in Nursing.
The Pre-Nursing program at APU follows a cohort model that will start in the Fall of 2019. Cohort members will work through a series of pre-requisite courses to successfully acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to gain admission to APU’s Associate Degree in Nursing. Pre-Nursing courses will primarily be delivered on-campus with both daytime and evening offerings. While completing pre-requisite coursework for admission to the Nursing Program, Pre-Nursing students will also be enrolled in APU’s Foundational Studies courses. Foundational Studies courses have a variety of delivery methods – campus-based, online, and hybrid as well as daytime and evening offerings.
A sample Pre-Nursing course schedule is listed below:
- Principles of Biology 1
- Behavioral Sciences for Healthcare Professions
- College Algebra for Health Sciences
- Writing & Research 1: Argumentation
- Principles of Biology II
- Anatomy & Physiology: Inquiry & Lab
- Principles of Chemistry I
- Culturally Safe Healthcare: Inquiry & Practicum
*This is a sample schedule only and not meant to represent the final pre-nursing program schedule. Please work with your Academic Advisor to finalize your course schedule.
Upon successful completion of Pre-Nursing and admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing program, students will work towards the initial career goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. With the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained through our program, our graduates can go on to provide holistic care for communities across Alaska.
Institute & Program Area
The Institute of Health & Wellness promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Counseling Psychology, Health Sciences, and Nursing. Honoring Alaska’s complex and distinctive histories, health care services, and systems of care, the Institute prepares students to address and engage in stewardship of our peoples and communities to promote community health and wellness for all.
The Nursing & Health Program Area is grounded in cultural competence and cultural safety, our nursing, community health, and health sciences programs provide pathways to professional goal attainment. We partner with care providers, health services, and Tribal organizations to ensure that our programs are relevant, respectful, and responsible. Join us now to meet the critical care needs of our communities.