Chemistry Placement for BSN Majors

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students are required to take Chemistry 109 (CH 109). Completion of CH 109 with a C- grade or higher meets the nursing department chemistry prerequisite requirement. To be eligible to take CH 109 students must have both Chemistry and Math placement test scores.

For those students that have not taken and passed a high school chemistry course, it is highly recommended that you take CH 105, then CH 109. Take the math placement test and qualify for MA100 or higher to enroll in either CH 105 or CH 109. CH 105 is not a prerequisite for CH 109.

Students must take a Chemistry 109 readiness test to assess your readiness for CH 109. If you are interested in practicing before you take the Chemistry 109 Readiness Test, please take a practice test.  Complete the practice test using only your own core knowledge and after you have finished the test, click here to find the correct answers.  Do not use the answer sheet to “study” prior to taking the test because this will not properly prepare you for success on the examination. It is critical for you to have the experience of thinking through the questions and to have an assessment of how much more you need to study before taking the pre-placement test.

NOTE: All incoming freshman with a pre-nursing major will take Math and Chemistry placement tests during summer on-campus orientation. Do NOT use these instructions unless you are a transfer student or have changed your major to pre-nursing after your orientation session.

Please review all of the instructions for the Chemistry Readiness Test:

1. Visit the placement exam ( and log in with your NMU username and password.

2. On the main page, you should see a link to course NE 000 Chemistry Readiness Test. Click on the course link.

3. On the NE 000 course page, you will see an icon labeled Chemistry Proficiency Test. Click on the icon and take the test. There are 28 questions and you must get 14 correct in order to pass. Once you start the test, you will have a maximum of 40 minutes to complete the test. After you complete the test, you should be able to see your score by clicking on the grades link on the left hand side of the NE000 course page. The score should be available shortly after you take the test. If you do not pass the test the first time you can take it one more time, but we suggest that you review some basic chemistry concepts before your second attempt. You cannot take the test more than twice.

4. If you score at least a 14 on the test OR if you have earned a C- or better in any college chemistry course OR if you have received AP credit for Chemistry, you can register for CH 109. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, we recommend that you take CH 105.

5. CH105 consists of a lecture and a lab, and CH109 is a lecture, lab, and discussion. When you register for the either courses you must submit your choices for all parts simultaneously. If you receive the “linked course” registration error, you may have missed registering for one of the components.