The School of General Studies and Professional Education, established in 2020, consists of the Intensive English for Professionals of other Countries program (IEPOC), the General Education undergraduate component of the Nursing programs, and the Continuing Education Courses. The School of General Studies and Professional Education is designed to satisfy the needs of native and foreign-born learners who want to acquire a fundamental set of skills and continue or complete their education in order to become socially productive and integrated members of society. The School of General Studies and Professional Education faculty is dedicated to helping learners improve their English language proficiency, Critical Thinking skills, Information Literacy, and Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning as a step toward achieving their career aspirations. Many of these students continue their studies, obtaining their Associate, Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees based on the fundamental skills and abilities mastered at MRU.
There are 39 general education semester credits required to complete the program, which are comprised of 12 Science credits, 9 English Composition and Communications credits, 3 Natural Sciences credits, 3 Humanities credits, 6 Mathematics credits, and 6 Social Science credits.
The following criteria must be met to satisfy the general education requirements:
12 Science Credits – Credits must include Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, and Microbiology with Lab.
9 English Composition and Communication Credits – 9 credits must include English Composition I, English Composition II, and Report Writing and Research Methods.
3 Natural Sciences Credits – 3 credits may include Nutrition as general education and Nutrition for healthcare practitioners’ courses.
3 Humanities Credits – 3 credits may include the Humanities Survey: Critical Thinking. Another general humanities course may be considered.
6 Mathematics Credits – 3 credits must include Statistics. The remaining 3 credits may consist of College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, or other general mathematics courses, which include a prerequisite of College Algebra or equivalent.
6 Social Science Credits – 6 credits must include Growth and Development and General Psychology
The General Education framework at the University operates under the expectation that graduates should be able to possess a broad set of skills and abilities that will enhance their opportunities of employment and generativity, make them socially integrated citizens, and aspire to a good life. Regardless of a student’s program of study, all students should achieve the following General Education Student Learning Outcomes and Graduate Competencies:
|Competencies||Student Learning Outcomes|
|Critical Thinking||1. Use systematic and creative thinking skills to analyze issues and solve problems|
|Communication||2. Read, write, and exchange information, ideas, and concepts effectively|
|Information Literacy||3. Use resources to locate, analyze, evaluate, and effectively process information|
|Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning||4. Demonstrate scientific and mathematical reasoning|
Only one repeat of the SAME general education course is permitted for students enrolled in nursing program. A second failure of the SAME general education course will result in the student being dismissed from the nursing program. Failing three general education courses of any combination, including courses repeated, will result in the student being dismissed from the nursing program.
Tuition, fees, and instructional charges are non-refundable after the Add/Drop deadline for Professional Development, general education/non-degree, or limited contract programs (programs of 100 hours or less).