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Dr. Monica Nelson
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Program Overview

The Associate of Science in Health Science provides the prerequisite education for students to apply to a nursing school and become a registered nurse. These first two years of Pre-Nursing emphasize scientific excellence, spiritual formation, and other-centered service. These emphases distinguish the “Heart of Nursing” approach to education, which is recognized as a needed but often missing element in many nursing programs. Program admission requirements are kept high to build a culture of scientific excellence.

Johnson University is partnering with Tennessee Wesleyan University to offer an Associate Degree in Health Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. In this new program, students can complete the associate degree in two years or complete a BSN in four.

Your first two years you will earn the associate degree. This will include all your pre-requisites for nursing school. If you choose to continue to the nursing program, you will apply to Tennessee Wesleyan University’s nursing school in west Knoxville for your third and fourth years, where you will commute to class at Tennessee Wesleyan and complete your nursing clinicals in the Knoxville hospitals and facilities.

You can live on the beautiful Johnson campus all four years, including the last two while you complete nursing school with TWU. You will love being part of our community, living in our award-winning dorms, and being part of the spiritual and social experiences on our campus. Learn more here!

Admission Standards/Academic Standards

Students entering the Health Science associate degree program must have a minimum score of 21 ACT (1080 SAT) and a 3.25 high school or college GPA (whichever is most recent) upon admission to Johnson University. Once admitted, all Pre-Nursing students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and earn at least a B (3.0) in all Pre-Nursing major courses.


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