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Pre-Nursing Studies

Nursing as a Calling

In a fallen world in which pain and suffering are an everyday reality for many people, the healing professions provide an avenue of faithful service to the Healer and Redeemer of all things. Covenant equips students called to nursing with essential foundations in the heart and mind.

We believe that God calls each of His children to specific areas of service in his Kingdom and we have seen God faithfully use Covenant to bring together gifts, desires and opportunities in students' lives to call them to the nursing profession. Contemporary nursing is a demanding multifaceted calling that utilizes a wide variety of personal characteristics and technical skills such as: compassion, discernment in understanding complex human physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs, knowledge of disease processes and healing countermeasures, wisdom in approaching ethical issues in modern healthcare, ability to connect quickly and meaningfully with others, perseverance, attention to detail, the ability to quickly learn new methods and new technologies, flexibility in the face of changing health care delivery models, and the ability to responsibly exercise authority and to work under authority.


Why Start Your Nursing Program at Covenant?

To help students meet the demands of this challenging profession, we have developed programs which include the formative and foundational components of a Covenant education that challenges students to develop an integrated framework for thought and life, for faithfully understanding and pursuing God's callings in every aspect of their lives. Students and faculty work together to explore of the implications of Christ's preeminence over all creation in terms of specific academic disciplines as well as in more the more general terms of theology, philosophy, worldviews and the significance of individual human identity in Christ.

The work of the faculty involved in the program includes both a general mentoring role in helping students to be discerning concerning their calling to be nurses and the responsibility to equip students for such a calling through specific course work. The specific course of study at Covenant includes the college's core curriculum and concentrated work in biological and social sciences.


Pre-Nursing Program Options

Covenant students preparing for a career in nursing may choose from several paths, all of which provide a robust education.

  • Two years of study at Covenant, transfer to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at another institution.
  • Earn a BA in biology with a health professions concentration as preparation for a master of science in nursing (MSN) or an accelerated second-degree BSN program.
  • Earn a BA in your major of choice, take 25 hours of natural and social science prerequisites for entry into an MSN or accelerated BSN program.
"The work to practice a Christian science I see as just one facet of my calling, having been saved by grace alone, to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel."
- Dr. Tim Morris, professor of biology


Pre-Nursing Coursework

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.


Recent Senior Capstone Projects

  • “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”


Where Our Alumni Are

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


Pre-Nursing Resources

Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor


  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor


  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor


  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Community Development minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor


  • Economics 
  • Economics minor


  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration


  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History, Politics, and International Studies

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • International Studies 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 


  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor


  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor


  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor


  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 


  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor


  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor


  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor