This certificate is designed to help students who want to apply to a nursing or health degree program by completing the common science prerequisites. For example, this certificate can be used as preparatory work for some Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing programs (admission is not guaranteed). (Students should check with other schools whether this certificate meets prerequisites.)
- Prepare for advanced studies in nursing and professional programs in health care
- Complete lab experience and requirements without visiting a formal laboratory
- Integrate a Christian worldview
- Establish academic skills and habits needed to enter most nursing programs
- Support career aspirations in a variety of roles in the health care field
The Pre-Nursing Health Science Certificate includes the following courses*:
This class is for students majoring in or planning to major in nursing. The focus is on fundamental microbiological principles and laboratory techniques with an emphasis on disease-causing microorganisms, new and old methods of disease treatment and prevention, and host immune responses. Special fees apply, including lab pack and other possible material fees. Prerequisite: BIOL 250 or BIOL 251, or their equivalents
This course is designed to introduce the principles of human anatomy. It is taught from a systems perspective. Material covered in this course includes basic anatomical terminology, cell, tissue and organ structure and function, and examination of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Special fees apply, including lab pack and other possible material fees.
Introduction to the principles of human physiology and how function relates to anatomical structure. Fundamental principles of cellular metabolism, transport mechanisms, cell signaling, fluid and electrolyte balance are covered to lay the foundation for organ system physiology. The course emphasizes homeostatic mechanisms and reciprocal communication of the body’s organ systems and how malfunction can lead to disease. Special fees apply, including lab pack and other possible material fees.
Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab
This course covers organic and biochemistry topics related to the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on organic nomenclature, functional groups, selected organic reactions, and biochemical pathways. Lab activities will focus on the application of organic and biochemistry with respect to the health sciences. Special fees apply, including lab pack and other possible material fees.
Note: This information is effective for the 2013 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. To view 2013 program information, please refer to the APOU catalog.
* All courses are WASC accredited.