The best scientific thinkers have a strong moral,
ethical and faith foundation.

At Welch College we believe that Christians in scientific and medical professions have a responsibility not only to understand emerging technologies but also to investigate the moral and ethical implications of scientific advancements. In our biology, pre-med, and nursing programs, we honor God’s creation by learning all we can about it, while utilizing best practices in the classroom to teach you all we can about biology, we also look at it from a biblical perspective. Why a biblical approach you may ask? To us, the best scientific thinkers also have a strong moral, ethical and faith foundation against which to measure their knowledge. In your classes, you will gain an in-depth exposure to the biological, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences.

Associate of Science Degree: Pre-Nursing

The 2+2 Nursing Education Collaborative guarantees students who meet the minimum academic requirements of a 22 composite ACT score, a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and graduate from Welch College with an Associate’s in Science Nursing degree (A.S.N.) a seat in the nursing programs at Belmont University, Cumberland University, or Union University.


  • Begin your education at Welch College (2 years), obtain an Associates degree and finish your education at the nursing school of your choice: Belmont University, Cumberland University, or Union University (2 years)
  • Take advantage of the Tennessee Promise and Hope Scholarship
  • Complete clinical training at Sumner Regional and Hendersonville Medical Center
  • Have a seamless path for acceptance and transfer of credit to the schools of nursing at Belmont, Cumberland, and Union
  • Access to state of the art science and nursing labs
  • Experience an optimum learning environment with small class sizes and personal attention
  • Be mentored and advised throughout the four-year academic process

Program Details

37 – hours of Arts and Science Core
30 – hours of Theological Studies Core
69 – hours of Biology Core

136 – Total credit hours

Other Degree Programs

Biology Education – 141 Hours
A.S. of Science (Nursing) – 71 Hours
Minor in Pre-Health Science – 44 Hours

Sample Core Courses

BIO 1001. SYSTEMS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE – A study of the major principles in biology including the scientific method, cell organization and characterization, energy production and consumption, genetics, characterization and classification of organisms, organ systems and processes, ecology and environmental science, and the theory of evolution and how the Christian worldview can be applied to scientific study.

BIO 3205. EVOLUTION AND ORIGINS – A deep study of evolution and its implications for science and society. The Christian responses to evolution over the years will be studied with an emphasis on a literal interpretation of Genesis and a young earth creationist approach.

BIO 4006. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY – A study of the processing of information in the cell including detailed analyses of transcription, translation, replication, and the mechanisms of control.

BIO 4105. BIOCHEMISTRY – A study of the functions of biological molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates with increased emphasis on enzymes and three-dimensional structures as well as their metabolism.