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Academic Planning


Most students at Hamilton take four courses per semester and some nursing schools require as many as 15 courses. So pre-nursing courses will comprise nearly one half of your undergraduate education. But Hamilton’s liberal arts focus, coupled with its open curriculum, offers you an incredible opportunity to explore a vast array of subjects and expand your horizons into areas you didn’t even know existed. So take advantage of your four years as an undergraduate to explore your interests and educate yourself broadly.

Pursuing the courses you are interested in will pay off not only in making you a well-educated, well-rounded person, but also in extending the scope of your nursing school application into important non-nursing arenas that are especially attractive to today’s admissions committees searching for well-rounded “human” applicants. That being said, it will take careful planning from your very first semester to fulfil requirements (pre-nursing and for your major) and meet other educational goals, including potential study abroad.

Creating A Master Schedule

By creating a long-term “master schedule” for the courses you plan to take during your four years at Hamilton, you will easily be able to visualize what your pre-nursing workload will be and determine how to best arrange your coursework so that you strike the critical balance between the courses you need to take and the courses you want to take. The following resources are available to consider to create a master schedule:

While making your master schedule, keep in mind that it should always be tentative. It is okay to change it and juggle courses around. In fact, it is very likely that you will have to modify your schedule to take into account a course being offered only in the fall or spring; not getting into a class due to a bad registration time; or changing your mind about what major you wish to pursue.

Contact Information


Leslie Bell

Director of Health Professions Advising
315-859-4338 lbell@hamilton.edu
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