Pre-Professional Programs and Specialized Advising


A career in nursing can be an extremely rewarding profession and offers a wide variety of options such as registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP), registered nurse anesthetist, medical-surgical nurse and many more.  Additionally, the demand for nurses is high. The Department of Labor predicted by the year 2024 we will need at least 400,000 registered nurses. Such a high demand has led to the creation of several school options for individuals looking to pursue a nursing career. Several accelerated nursing programs have been created to allow an individual that has received their Bachelor’s degree in something other than nursing to obtain their RN license anywhere from 11 to 18 months following graduation from college. If you would like to go directly from Hendrix to graduate school in Nursing, it is possible, but not common. For a master’s you will need to find programs that will accept a bachelor’s in something other than nursing. Whether you choose an accelerated nursing program, traditional nursing school or a master’s program, we have identified some important factors that will help make your application a success. 

Look to the Future

Because admission requirements for nursing programs vary immensely from one program to another, students should contact the program(s) of their choice early in their Hendrix career. Also remember that this is not a major at Hendrix. It is your responsibility to contact each school you are applying to and get approval for any course you might wish to substitute for a program’s pre-requisite. Additionally, it is important to remember that these course requirements are not a major. You will need to complete these courses under the major you choose. 

Get involved!
Community service, health care experiences, and leadership activities are essential. You need lots of experience working with people for people. Be involved and serve on 1-2 Hendrix clubs or committees.

Observe Nursing Fields through volunteering or working.
Although many schools do not require time spent observing, shadowing or interning with a nurse, doing so will give you an edge over other applicants. Hendrix internships require a minimum of 120 hours. You should try to do more than 120 hours through volunteering, gaining certifications and/or working if possible. The more experience you have with a variety of nursing careers, the better understanding you will have of which type of nursing you want to pursue. This expresses to nursing programs that you have a thorough understanding of nursing careers and suggests that you will be committed to their program.

Keep your academic record strong.
Few individuals get admitted with only the minimal requirements, and most admitted students have GPAs of 3.0 or above. Programs are looking for the most highly qualified students and will therefore have higher expectations and standards. When choosing your schools to apply to, check to make sure you will meet or exceed the requirements

Develop relationships.
Get to know health care providers, faculty and work/volunteer supervisors. All of these individuals can be a resource for you to obtain new and valuable opportunities. Always maintain a good rapport with these contacts as well. You never know when you will need a letter of recommendation, and you want to make sure they can provide you with a great letter, not a mediocre one. 

Stay up on current healthcare issues.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is a great resource for staying up-to-date on current issues impacting nurses. and the official journal of ANA, American Nurse Today


For information, contact J.D. Gantz or Maureen McClung in the Biology Department.

Examples for Course Selection

Common requirements are listed below. Requirements vary at different institutions.

BIOL 150 Cell Biology
BIOL 205 & 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (w/Lab)
BIOL 340 Microbiology (w/Lab)

CHEM 110 General Chemistry I (w/Lab)
CHEM 120 General Chem II w/lab (required at some institutions)

PSYC 110  Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 240 Childhood and Adolescence Psychology
PSYC 245 Adult Development and Aging

College Algebra and Trigonometry (not taught at Hendrix, some may accept MATH 120 Functions & Models)
MATH 215 Introductory Statistics or PSYC 290 Statistics

Health Sciences
HESC 265 Nutrition

PHIL 215 Ethics and Society

English Composition I
English Composition II* (Hendrix W2 courses may not be accepted at some institutions)

Sociology & Anthropology
SOCI 110 Introduction to Sociology 
ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology      

Other frequently required/recommended courses:
Medical Terminology*
US History or National Government**
Speech or Oral Communications*

*This course is not offered at Hendrix. You would be expected to complete it at another institution either online or in the classroom.

**More traditional US History and Government courses are not offered at Hendrix. However, some programs may accept the Politics or American History courses offered at Hendrix. Be aware that Texas Nursing Schools often require Texas History and Texas Government in addition to US courses.