Associate of Arts in Pre-nursing

Associate of Arts in Pre-nursing

Nursing Career Opportunities

  • Case Manager
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Home Health Care
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Medical Writer
  • Nurse Manager
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Registered Nurse

Online or On Campus, This Program Is Your Gateway to Earning a BSN

There’s never been a better time to start or advance a career in healthcare. Together with Oklahoma City University (OKCU) Kramer School of Nursing, Mid-America Christian University’s (MACU) faith-based pre-nursing program will help you earn an associate of arts (AA) in general studies, putting you on track for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and opening up a world of opportunities in medicine, public health, and more. If you’re already an RN, MACU’s pre-nursing classes—offered online and on-campus—can help you take your career to a new level.

For more than a decade, a nursing shortage has existed due to reasons such as retirement, a growing geriatric population with age-related conditions, and healthcare reform. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the situation–and shown the world the important role nurses have in healthcare. With an anticipated job growth of 9 percent between 2020 and 2030, the need for nurses shows no signs of slowing.  Pre-nursing can be used as a stepping stone to a variety of careers for nurses that offer reliable and gratifying employment, as well as high-earning potential.

In a unique partnership with OKCU, MACU’s pre-nursing students complete core classes–such as biology, anatomy and physiology–then transfer to OKCU’s acclaimed Kramer School of Nursing to be eligible for registered nursing (RN) licensure. MACU is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

OKCU Entrance Requirements

  • A 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher.
  • Completion of MACU Pre-Nursing courses.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in MACU science courses.
  • English proficiency as outlined in the English Proficiency Policy for Admission to NURS Courses.
  • HESI A2 minimum exam score of 75 or TEAS minimum exam score of 78, maximum of two attempts on entrance exams.

Program Information

AA in Pre-nursing Online: Accelerated, Affordable BSN Preparation

For more than 20 years, MACU has offered fully accredited online learning that caters to students who want to work toward a degree but need a convenient, affordable, and flexible program that fits their lifestyle. Here are some of the ways our online pre-nursing classes can help you save money and finish faster:

  • Just one class at a time in a consecutive order
  • Up to 30 credits (per year) for life experience (volunteering, community service, etc.) 
  • Eligible military service training can be applied as course credits 
  • Minimal upfront costs, including no initial book fees
  • Free placement testing
  • Full support–including tutoring and student services

We offer a small teacher-to-student ratio, and our professors, who all have real-world experience, do everything they can to make every student feel like they’re part of the MACU community. 

AA in Pre-nursing On Campus: Connect, Belong, Explore & Grow

At MACU, you’ll always be seen for who you are–never as just a number. As a faith-based university with an on-campus population of less than 1,500, MACU faculty and staff are actively involved in helping students build and maintain a respectful, engaged, and vibrant community where everyone belongs.

You can also explore and grow at MACU. No matter what your interests are, MACU offers you the chance to do what you love. If you’re looking for more, you’re sure to discover it in Oklahoma City. With a growing population of more than 640,000, the city boasts exceptional career-boosting experiences, as well as countless restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment venues.

MACU benefits for on-campus students include:

  • Affordable, streamlined degree completion
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio
  • Small, intimate campus where community is encouraged and safety is a priority
  • Immediate proximity to a growing, diverse city with a thriving job market
  • Support services that help students thrive and succeed
  • Recreational, academic, and faith-based activities and groups
  • Competitive sports and esports teams

MACU Offers Christ-centered Foundation for Nurses

Nursing is a career that presents abundant opportunities to demonstrate God’s love. 

MACU’s pre-nursing program is bible-based and built on the foundation of Jesus Christ’s love and service to others. Students are provided with opportunities to grow in their spiritual life by taking part in weekly chapel services, student-led devotions and many faith-based campus clubs and activities.

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Courses

  • BIOL1214

    Biology I (majors)

    Biology I is a course for biology majors. It is a systematic study of biological principles beginning at the molecular level and advancing to the cellular level. The concepts covered include prokaryote and eukaryote cell form and function, cell membrane transport, cell metabolism, cell energetics, protein synthesis, and genetics. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to the scientific method, experimentation and analytical evaluation. Offered every fall semester. *

  • BIOL1314

    Biology II (majors)

    Biology II is the continuation of Biology I and is a course for biology majors. It is a systematic study of biological principles progressing to the ecological realm. The concepts covered include plant and animal form and function, taxonomy, evolution, biodiversity, and ecology. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to research methods, dissection and analytical evaluation. Prerequisite – C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, or instructor approval. Offered every spring semester.

  • BIOL2314

    Human Anatomy and Physiology I

    Human API is for students planning to major in nursing or other health professions. It is a comprehensive study of the structures and functions of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and the human body. The systems covered include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to dissection and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites – C or better BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, or instructor approval. Offered every fall semester. *

  • BIOL2324

    Human Anatomy and Physiology II

    Human APII is for students planning to major in nursing or other health professions. It is a comprehensive study of the structures and functions of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and the human body. The systems covered include cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to dissection and analytical evaluation. Prerequisite – C or better in BIOL 2314 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or instructor approval. Offered every spring semester.

  • BIOL3114

    Human Anatomy

    Human Anatomy is a course designed for students interested in the medical field. It is a comprehensive study of both microscopic and gross anatomical structures of the human body. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to dissection, emphasizing human form and function and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites – C or better BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, or instructor approval.

  • BIOL3214

    Human Physiology

    Human Physiology is a systematic study introducing students to human body functions. The concepts covered include homeostatic regulation, cell interactions, enzymes, and hormonal influence of systems within the human body. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to physiological experimentation and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites – C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, or instructor approval.

  • BIOL3305

    Microbiology

    Microbiology is a course for biology majors. It is a comprehensive study of microorganism form, physiology, reproduction, genetics and diversity. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to microbiology laboratory techniques and analytical evaluation. Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, or instructor approval.

  • CHEM1105

    Chemistry I

    Chemistry I is required course for biology and chemistry majors. It is a systematic study of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding properties, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, and conservation of mass. Laboratory is a required and integral component to learning scientific experimentation safety protocol and proper reporting of results. Prerequisites – ACT Math 22 or above, MATH 1103 College Algebra, or instructor approval.

  • PSYC1103

    Introduction to Psychology

    An Introductory course designed to acquaint the student with a broad view of the field of psychology. It should introduce the student to the major concepts of the field including its history and development. Attention will be given to concepts such as learning, motivation, personality, stress, consciousness, intelligence and reasoning, as well as cognitive, social, moral and psychological development. Offered every semester.