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Pre-Nursing Studies

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Pre-Nursing Studies

Nursing is a demanding multifaceted profession that requires a wide variety of personal characteristics and technical skills. In addition to knowledge of physiology, disease processes, and medical treatments, nurses must be compassionate and perceptive. They need discernment in understanding complex human physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Many of the skills required in nursing cannot simply be taught but must be shaped. At Covenant, we believe that nursing is more than a profession, it is a calling.

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Program Overview

The pre-nursing program at Covenant uniquely prepares students to minister to patients through professional expertise, authentic compassion, and spiritual strength.  

  • Our academically rigorous curriculum prepares students for the courses that they will encounter in nursing school and includes solid foundations in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology.
  • In addition, we offer practical coursework that prepares students for interacting with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals who are often dealing with stress, grief, pain, and frustration.  
  • Most importantly, Covenant's core curriculum helps students to articulate and defend a Christian worldview so that in difficult circumstances in their own lives as well as in the lives of their patients, families, and coworkers, they can hold true to the promises of Christ and be witnesses to others regarding these promises.  

Graduate Outcomes

Students that graduate from Covenant's pre-nursing program typically continue their education through accelerated BSN or direct entry MSN programs.

Some of the schools pre-nursing alumni have attended include:

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Washington University
  • Belmont University
  • University of South Alabama
  • Columbia University
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Professors at Covenant are not only academic mentors, but also spiritual mentors, walking alongside students as they discover their passions and develop the skills they will need to glorify God with the gifts that they have been given.
Lynell Martinez

Assistant Professor of Biology

Programs & Features

Students participating in the pre-nursing programs at Covenant will enjoy classwork across disciplines, including:

  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Nutrition
  • General Chemistry I & II

From shadowing to internships, self-directed practica are encouraged and facilitated by students and their faculty advisors. Experiences in the nursing field are an essential part of a student’s decision to pursue a career in nursing

  • “Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation: An Analysis of the Watchman Procedure as a Treatment for Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation”
  • “The Human Oral Microbiome and Its Role in Oral Health”
  • “Malaria and Marginalization: Plasmodium, Health Inequity and the Development Idea”
  • “HIV: An example of Holistic Healing and Restoration of Image”

Guided Capstone Requirements

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