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Take the Prerequisites

Take the Prerequisites

Beth Anderson, RN

If you elect to go the BSN or ADN route, here is a list of the prerequisites you most likely will be required to take:

  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Developmental Psychology
  • English Composition
  • Multicultural Studies
  • General Education

This list is not comprehensive, but it will certainly give you an idea of where to start. Expect to find some variations depending on where you will be applying. You can take these courses at your local community college or at an online school, so the process of taking them can be affordable and convenient. Explore your options.

The most important and possibly the most challenging course you will take will be Anatomy and Physiology. In this class you will learn the basics of the human body: how it works, and all its parts. You will also develop a sense of what kind of study skills you will need to get through nursing school, so it is advisable to take this course very seriously. It’s going to be the framework that your nursing knowledge is built upon. Remember that when you are memorizing the names of all 206 bones—there’s a reason for it.

Advance Your Career

Some advice on getting through the rest of the classes: Try to find ways that you will apply the course to your future nursing career. For example, Microbiology can be challenging, but in this class you’re going to learn about organisms that affect your every day life as a nurse who works in a hospital.

You may ask yourself, “Why do I need to take statistics?” In nursing school you will spend a considerable amount of time with research studies. Once you’ve mastered the art of statistics you will have a much better grasp of what these studies contribute to nursing. In contemporary nursing there is a big trend towards “evidence-based practice,” and it means applying nursing research to what you do at the bedside.

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    envyangels

    almost 7 years ago

    10 comments

    I am Math challenged and when I do Math for about an hour I get this massive headache!
    Does anyone know of a Math course for the dyslexic?

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    zayani312

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    does anyone know of a good online chemistry course with a lab?

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    mhusband

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I am currently switing career paths from teaching to nursing. I am in the process of registering for fall classes where I will be taking microbiology and human anatomy. I am exteeeeeemly nervous because the creative arts where always an easy outlet for study. But I pray that I would be successful in these classes and furthermore, nursing school. I'm finding it quite frustrating to even get the education process rolling but everyday, I take one step at a time.

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    ttrstory

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I also agree with cutie and mkixmiller that microbiology is much harder than Anatomy and Physiology because you have to study harder in micro because your memory helps you out in Anatomy where it doesn't in micro. I have already taken Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 and Microbiology at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN but starting in the Spring 2008 I will be starting my schooling over at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN after being out of school for 3 yrs. There is so much that I have forgotten that I will have to go back and learn over again. Its gonna be hard with two kids and a husband but I CAN DO IT!!!!!

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    MichelleRenee

    almost 7 years ago

    6 comments

    I already knew A&P was going to be challenging. I am going to take my general classes next year because I pay out-of-state tuition and it's just so expensive.

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    KeishaM

    almost 7 years ago

    8 comments

    I am taking gerenal education classes currently at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.

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    KeishaM

    almost 7 years ago

    8 comments

    I am taking gerenal education classes currently at Oral Roberts University in Oklahom.

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    markant

    almost 7 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm currently taking prerequisites at Baker College of Auburn Hills Michigan campas

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    JESMABE

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    CAN I TAKE MY prerequisites ON LINE????

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    slimshady

    almost 7 years ago

    6 comments

    i already know ,edical terminology anatomy and physiology

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    Account Removed

    almost 7 years ago

    What do I have to do if I have an A.A in biology & would like to go into nursing,.....do I first have to get a CNA license? I am trying to figure out the best option for me.

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    mkixmiller

    almost 7 years ago

    12 comments

    I have to agree with cuttie Micro was much harder than A&P but I had a great instructor for both of them and it made a big difference in my outlook of the class

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    cuttie

    about 7 years ago

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    I found Microbiology more challenging then Anatomy and Physiology. In Anatomy and Physiology, You rely on your memory, but in Microbiology memorization doesn't work. You have to know the material and apply in to the Labs. OH, the unknown exercise, you really had to know your stuff.

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