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Lisa Bjerknes, M. D.
(650) 508-3491 

The Pre-Nursing Program in partnership with Samuel Merritt University (SMU) in Oakland, CA, provides students the opportunity to complete a two-year liberal arts and science curriculum at NDNU. Students who complete this curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and meet other SMU transfer requirements will then be eligible to apply for acceptance to SMU to complete the remaining two years of nursing and clinical courses required to earn a BS in Nursing degree at SMU.

For specific SMU transfer eligibility policies and requirements, please consult with the Program Director.

General Education and General Degree Requirements    Units
IDS1200 Freshman Year Seminar 3
ENG1030 Freshman Composition 3
ENG1040 Classics of World Literature I .3
HST2410 Modern Times 3
PSY1001 Introduction to Psychology 3
REL2250 Religions of the World 3
One Art History course from the following: 3
ART1201 Art through Time: An Art History Survey
ART2201 Art History: Modern Art
ART2205 Art History: Art of the Americas
ART2210 Art History: Art in Business and Industry
ART2215 Art History: Contemporary Art since 1945
ART2220 Art History: Postmodern World in Art
ART2225 Art History: Medieval
ART2230 Art History: Art and Religion of the Far East
One Communication-based course from the following: 3
HSP2203   Communication Skills
SOC2417 Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
One Cultural Diversity course from the following: 3
CUL2232 Latino and Hispanic Experience in the USA
HSP2248 Managing Cultural Diversity
HST2340 America’s Ethnic History
SOC2401 Race and Ethnicity in Cross Cultural Perspective
SOC2433 Cross-Cultures and Subcultures
One Philosophy course from the following: 3
PHL1001 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL2230 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
PHL2235 Bioethics
One Sociology course from the following: 3
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology
SOC1009   Cultural Anthropology
One United States History course from the following: 3
HST1020 United States History
HST2300 American History, 1607 – 1877
HST2310 American History, 1877 – Present
Total General Education Requirements 36


Prerequisites Units  
BIO1101/1101L General Biology I with Lab (3/1) 4
BIO1103/1103L General Biology II with Lab (3/1) 4
CHE1202/1202L General Chemistry I with Lab (3/1) 4
Total Prerequisites 12


Major Requirements    Units
BIO2205/2205L Human Anatomy with Lab (3/1) 4
BIO2210/2210L Human Physiology with Lab (3/2) 5
BIO2275/2275L General Microbiology with Lab (3/2) 5
MTH2502 Statistics 3
PSY2150 Lifespan Development 3
NSC2012 Introduction to Nutrition 3
Total Major Requirements  23
Total Unit Requirement  71