Prerequisites for Traditional and Second-Degree Programs

Prerequisites (Cognates) for a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing
(Traditional 4-Year and Second-Degree Programs)

  • Biology 209, 210 with Labs (2 units)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Psychology 101 or Sociology 101 or Anthropology 101 (1 unit)
    • Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology or General Anthropology
  • Microbiology 200 with Lab (1 unit)
    • Intermediate Learning Community
    • Fall, Spring Sophomore Year
  • Nutrition (1 unit)
    • Intermediate Learning Community
    • Fall, Spring Sophomore Year

In addition to the above courses:

Students entering the program after the Fall of 2016 will need to take the TEAS VI.  Students will be limited to one attempt and must score proficient or higher in order to be accepted into the program. 

*Traditional Students- TEAS scores must be submitted before April 1.

**Second Degree Applicants- If you have not already taken the TEAS, please schedule it as soon as you are invited for an interview; scores must be received by June 1st at the latest. 


  • All courses with a lab component must be taken live/in classroom.
  • Nursing courses cannot be taken unless all prerequisites (cognates) are completed.
  • All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring Semester in which you are applying (traditional/transfer).
  • Transfer students must be matriculated at Wagner College for at least one year (two semesters; not including summer) prior to beginning the Nursing Program.
  • NR224 offered online in the summer is for Second Degree Students only.

Traditional/Transfer Students:

Effective Fall 2018 GPA requirement will now be 3.2,  passing grade on all prerequisite courses will be B- , passing grade on the ATI TEAS will be proficient or higher. As always all requirements MUST be completed by June 1 of your sophomore year /the calendar year in which you would be entering nursing.

Second Degree Students:

Minimum GPA requirement is 3.2. B- or higher is required on all prerequisites. Passing grade on TEAS is Proficient or higher. You May apply with prerequisites in progress but they must be completed and official grades submitted to Wagner by August 1.

The opportunity to interview and acceptance in any given year is based on the number of applicants and the strength of the applicant pool.


Wagner College Office of Admissions page
Click here to find more information on the TEAS exam.