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Nursing at EMU

EMU nursing alum Judith Trumbo

“EMU’s nursing program gave me exactly what I needed. EMU’s emphasis on community health, respect for all people, and service to others prepared me for a job that is a perfect fit.”

Judith Trumbo, Class of 82 
President and CEO of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community


Traditional Nursing Major

EMU’s traditional, 4-year bachelor of science in nursing program is designed for students seeking to become a generalist Registered Nurse, prepared for professional nursing positions in a variety of settings, as well as for further education in graduate programs in nursing. Here you will find a nursing education grounded in the sacred covenant model for nursing.

  • Emphasis on small classes and clinical groups and close, mentoring relationships with faculty
  • A focus on holistic nursing care addressing physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological needs of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Exploration of approaches to caring within a sacred covenant including advocacy, agape love, empowerment, grace, justice, partnership, presence, and reconciliation

Any student admitted to EMU may declare a nursing major, but all students must complete an application to begin the clinical level of the nursing program which typically begins during the junior year. Students may begin the clinical nursing program in either the Fall or the Spring semester.

Nursing Program Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply to the clinical level of the nursing program when they have met the following admission requirements:
cumulative GPA of 2.8 at time of application

Students applying to the clinical level of the program must have 60 semester hours of college credit completed by the time they begin the clinical level.

Prerequisite courses:
CHEM 104 – Chemistry for the Life Sciences (exceptions based on EMU placement exam, honors chemistry, or two years of high school chemistry)
BIOL 112, 122 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II
BIOCH 152 – Human Biochemistry
BIOL 202 – Microbiology
PSYC 202 – Developmental Psychology
SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology (or other approved sociology course)
BIOL 242 – Nutrition Fundamentals

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a C or higher. Students cannot repeat more than two of the courses in which a C or above is required. A single course may not be repeated more than once.

Prerequisite courses may still be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed prior to beginning the clinical level of the program.

If English is not your first language, we require a TOEFL score of 550 (does not include speaking section) on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) which includes a speaking section.

Application deadlines for clinical level of program

Application deadline for fall semester is February 15 for submission of all application materials with final decision of admissions by March 30.

Application deadline for spring semester is June 15 for submission of all application materials with final decision of admissions by July 30.