Requirements for Graduation: Nursing

To graduate from Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in nursing, you must meet general education requirements, requirements for your major and EMU requirements.

General Education Requirements

  • Communications: two courses
    Writing: college-level writing, including a research paper
    Speech: learning and practicing a variety of speech forms
  • Cross-Cultural Studies: one course
    Courses which satisfy this requirement include the following: foreign language study, non-Western history or literature, cultural anthropology or geography, and courses which analyze issues such as discrimination and social problems within the United States.
  • Humanities: three courses
    From the following disciplines: literature, music, art, history,
    philosophy. One course in Western civilization or world history is recommended.
  • Mathematics: one course
    This requirement is satisfied in the curriculum.
  • Science: three courses
    One course each with minimum grade of “C-” : A total 12 semester hours including anatomy & physiology (two semesters) and additional course work that includes microbiology or an approved course with microbiology content.
  • Social Science: one course

Requirements for Major

You must successfully complete the curriculum for the nursing major – 43 semester hours.

EMU Requirements

  1. You must successfully complete 124 semester hours.
  2. You must enter the Adult Degree Completion Program with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and maintain a GPA of 2.0 (“C”).

Individualized Academic Plan

You will transfer at least 60 semester hours of credit from accredited community colleges or four-year institutions. Forty-two credits are earned through EMU’s program. You must complete 124 semester hours of credit, including general education requirements, to graduate. Your assessment counselor works with you to develop an individualized academic plan. This plan considers the number of credits and types of courses you transferred into the program, your educational interests and goals, and events from which you have experienced college-level learning. A portfolio which documents professional schools and training in addition to lifelearning experiences may be submitted to EMU faculty for evaluation and awarding of credit. (Diploma nurses are not eligible for additional portfolio credits if they received 30 credits for their diploma schooling.)

Some students choose to take additional course work. Courses may be taken at EMU or other educational institutions. Telecourses and independent study courses or correspondence courses may be transferred, if you received prior approval for the course. College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Defense Activity for Nontraditional Students (DANTES) testing is also an alternative to obtain credit.


Eastern Mennonite University reserves the right to change this program without prior notice in accordance with established procedures, This information is descriptive and is not to be construed as a legal contract.