As a child, you wanted a stethoscope, syringe, and bandages for your birthday so you could spend hours taking care of “sick” teddy bears, dolls, family pets, siblings, and grandparents. In middle and high school, you probably diagnosed your friends with every possible illness or health problem after looking up their symptoms online. And today, you know you have a special, passionate desire to help those in need of care, whether they’re infants or seniors.
If this sounds like you, then the biology and nursing dual degree program at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU’s Biology Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career that will lead you to becoming a practicing registered nurse (RN).
As a biology major at NGU, you will spend much of your time taking broad, applicable coursework that spans the disciplines of human health, the diversity of organisms, human biology, and physiology. You will participate in faculty-led research with a student team; assist in teaching of labs (with an instructor present); practice lab and field activities to learn techniques and data analysis; and complete internships, when appropriate, to prepare you for your nursing specialty.
You will also learn about fundamental biological organization and structure, ranging from molecular and cellular to organism and ecosystem. You will concentrate your efforts on basic and advanced human anatomy, physiology, and pathology; the cell and molecular basis of metabolism, development, and immunology; biological interactions within the human body; and the practical application of biology, behavior, and management, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own future nursing profession.
The biology major, specifically, offers multiple opportunities for research, presentations, writing, volunteering, shadowing, and clinical teaching according to your individual interests. And like all biology majors, you’ll participate in a series of seminar courses, which culminate in projects that demonstrate, through written and oral communication, your scientific knowledge and skills.
Upon meeting the admissions criteria at NGU under the guidance of the coordinator for advanced programs, you will transfer to the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina (USC) Upstate after your third year at NGU. You will have a choice of either the Greenville or the Spartanburg campus.
After successful completion of your fourth year of education at Mary Black School of Nursing, you will earn your Bachelor of Science in Biology from NGU. Upon successful completion of your second year at Mary Black School of Nursing, you will earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
In only five years, you can receive a dual BS degree in both biology and nursing through this dual-degree program at NGU. This will lead to an increased opportunity to be more diversified in the clinical field and to be more competitive for advanced degrees as a nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, or other highly competitive nursing opportunities.
Ultimately, the biology and nursing dual-degree program at NGU will provide you with a strong education based on a biblical worldview. This Christian perspective will prepare you for your pursuit of being a servant to those in need as you are further trained in the field of medicine at the Mary Black School of Nursing and beyond.
Biology can be intimidating to some students, depending on your high school experience with lab sciences. But the Biology Department at NGU excels at taking students from any level of scientific knowledge and moving quickly towards mastery of general concepts, as well as preparation for more specialized science courses as students progress through the curriculum.
Currently, NGU has approximately a 90 percent success rate in getting graduates into graduate programs of their choice, including MD, PA, PT, and RN degrees. The biology and nursing curriculum, specifically, is designed to prepare the pre-nursing student to be a successful, knowledgeable, and caring registered nurse.