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Course Equivalents for Nursing Prerequisites

If you currently hold an approved (by the WCU Registrar's Office) Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited institution, you have MET all academic requirements for WCU except for prerequisites for the nursing major. The table below identifies prerequisite requirements for the nursing major at WCU and North Carolina Community College (NCCC) equivalents.

If you took courses other than these, you can use the Look Up Tool and other items on the Registrar's Credits Earned Elsewhere page.

WCU Course & Title Credit Hours N.C. Community College Equivalent
BIOL 291 - Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
(includes lab)
BIO 165 or 168 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 292 - Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
(includes lab)
BIO 166 or 169 Anatomy and Physiology II
ENVH 260/261 - Etiology of Infectious
Disease (formerly HSCC 260)
3 hours
(includes lab)
BIO 175, 176 or 275 Microbiology
CHEM 132 (or 139 or 140) - Survey of Chemistry 4 hours
(includes lab)
CHM 131 and 131A or 151 General Chemistry
Chemistry 133 – Survey Organic/Biochemistry 4 hours
(includes lab)
CHM 132 Organic and Biochemistry
PSY 150 - General Psychology 3 hours PSY 150 - General Psychology
ND 338 - Normal & Therapeutic Nutrition 3 hours Taught through WCU online each Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. This is not a regular nutrition course.
NSG 101 - Introduction to Nursing 1 hour WCU only - Taught online during the Summer semester and face-to-face on the main WCU campus during Spring and Fall semesters. Must have a grad of "B" or higher.
NSG 346 - Pathophysiology 3 hours

Taught face-to-face at Biltmore Park each Summer semester and face-to-face on the main WCU campus each Spring and Fall semesters.

NSG 346. Usually only through WCU. Course equivalents are reviewed on an individual basis. May only be repeated once for a total of 2 attempts.

Click here to review a list of pre-approved NSG 346 equivalents available online through various universities nationwide.


  • Students wishing to complete a prerequisite at another institution must first submit a course description for review to determine equivalency eligibility. Email the course name and description to Student Services: WCUNursing@email.wcu.edu.
  • General Psychology or Introduction to Psychology is required for the nursing major. Abnormal or Developmental Psychology are NOT considered for course equivalency.
  • At present, there is no time requirement/limit for the length of time between when a prerequisite was taken and application to the nursing major.
  • When you obtain transcripts from previous institutions, it is recommended that you obtain a personal copy for your records. You will need to submit a set of official transcripts from ALL institutions with your WCU application and an additional official set with your nursing application.
  • Visit the WCU Course Equivalency Look-Up Tool website for additional information.
  • You may look up North Carolina Community College Online and Hybrid courses through the NC Community College - Virtual Learning Community.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Services at WCUNursing@wcu.edu.

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