High School Prereq's question

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    Hi, I have a question for anyone who might know or be able to help me. I'm a Senior in high school in Shelby County, and am currently in my second year of the 1/2 day 'Healthcare Science' course (pre-Nursing / pre-Med) at the county's School of Technology. This last semester coming up after Christmas, I will be doing internship/clinical rotations at Shelby and Brookwood Hospitals. I have always carried a solid 'B' average, and am secretary of our local HOSA chapter.

    My question is, will this course help me in any way get into Nursing School? The nursing applications all stress the point system, (points, points, grades, grades!) but don't give you a way to address two years of hard work in what is basically a 2 year pre pre-nursing course. My instructor says that the course will enable me to get an entry level job in the medical/healthcare field, but I'm going on to college, to Nursing School if I can get in. I will be taking my Compass Reading test in the next month or so.

    Course Goals - Syllabus:
    Students will:
    1. Perform entry-level healthcare skills.
    2. Exhibit skills for healthcare employment.
    3. Practice legal and ethical behaviors.
    4. Describe healthcare delivery and financing.
    5. Use medical abbreviations and terminology.
    6. Communicate within the healthcare system physician’s orders.
    7. Use electronic methods of communication.
    8. Complete CPR certification.
    9. Analyze medications using medical references.
    10. Perform healthcare skills in a clinical agency.

    I know that after I take my Compass Reading test, I will see the nursing advisor, but I want to know something now!! :chuckle Can anyone help?

    Sorry this is so long, and Thank you ever so much!

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    I don't think that the course will help you get in to nursing school, but it may help with understanding of some of the material you may see while in nursing school.
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    I agree. I think your GPA and entrance exam scores will have more bearing on getting into nursing school.
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    Thanks for the help. I guess when school starts up next week, I need to make an appointment with my nursing teacher at SOT and just sit down with her and discuss my options. I will apply to CACC and JSCC, but from what I've read here, JSCC is very difficult to get into if you don't maintain an A average. Maybe Lawson State also, although it would be an hour drive each way. I know in my heart I'd make a wonderful nurse, I love to help people, I've wanted this most of my life, and would like to be in geriatrics, but I have never been able to maintain an A average. I have good solid B's with an occasional C. I've been ADD all my life, and it was only until the latter years of middle school that I was able to really start making the 'decent' grades I'm making now. I've worked hard for my B's, and I'm proud of them. That's why I don't like the points/grades system. An easy A in a course doesn't make you a better nurse (or anything else) than working hard to get a B does. It's what you got out of it, and there are so many other important qualifications than just grades. I do fine in classwork and labs, testing is what kills me. I just don't test well. I get anxious and go blank on things I know I know.

    Well, I'm rambling and I'm sorry. I'm just starting to get worried about my grades. I'll start my clinical rotations soon, and maybe I can make some hospital contacts and do a little networking. It surely couldn't hurt for people to see me working hard and who might be able to help in some way to know I'm trying to get into nursing school.

    I'm in Alg 2 now, but math is not my best subject, so I will get out of there with a C. That's not going to help. I've had A&P both at my HS and at SOT. My ACT in English is good, I'm all set there. The math score is good enough to get into 116, but not good enough for 100. I'll have to take the placement test to try to get it up a couple of points, since from what I've read, I probably need to go for math 100. I'm above the minimum required in Reading, but I'll have to do the COMPASS until I get into the upper 90's. It may take a couple of tries, but I'm sure I can manage that. I'll see a nursing advisor at one of the colleges around March. I hope I don't get my nursing dreams crushed at that time.

    Anyway, who ever is out there, thanks for listening. In case it's not obvious, I'm getting nervous!!
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    Quote from StillinHS
    Thanks for the help. I guess when school starts up next week, I need to make an appointment with my nursing teacher at SOT and just sit down with her and discuss my options. I will apply to CACC and JSCC, but from what I've read here, JSCC is very difficult to get into if you don't maintain an A average. Maybe Lawson State also, although it would be an hour drive each way. I know in my heart I'd make a wonderful nurse, I love to help people, I've wanted this most of my life, and would like to be in geriatrics, but I have never been able to maintain an A average. I have good solid B's with an occasional C. I've been ADD all my life, and it was only until the latter years of middle school that I was able to really start making the 'decent' grades I'm making now. I've worked hard for my B's, and I'm proud of them. That's why I don't like the points/grades system. An easy A in a course doesn't make you a better nurse (or anything else) than working hard to get a B does. It's what you got out of it, and there are so many other important qualifications than just grades. I do fine in classwork and labs, testing is what kills me. I just don't test well. I get anxious and go blank on things I know I know.

    Well, I'm rambling and I'm sorry. I'm just starting to get worried about my grades. I'll start my clinical rotations soon, and maybe I can make some hospital contacts and do a little networking. It surely couldn't hurt for people to see me working hard and who might be able to help in some way to know I'm trying to get into nursing school.

    I'm in Alg 2 now, but math is not my best subject, so I will get out of there with a C. That's not going to help. I've had A&P both at my HS and at SOT. My ACT in English is good, I'm all set there. The math score is good enough to get into 116, but not good enough for 100. I'll have to take the placement test to try to get it up a couple of points, since from what I've read, I probably need to go for math 100. I'm above the minimum required in Reading, but I'll have to do the COMPASS until I get into the upper 90's. It may take a couple of tries, but I'm sure I can manage that. I'll see a nursing advisor at one of the colleges around March. I hope I don't get my nursing dreams crushed at that time.

    Anyway, who ever is out there, thanks for listening. In case it's not obvious, I'm getting nervous!!
    yes go for math 100. math 116 is going out the window soon.
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    So i assume that you are wanting to go for the associate degree. Well if what u say is true, it seems to me that you are taking college preparatory classes in high school and as of now have a good grade on your act. You say your reading is good and you have a good enough score to get into Math 116. As far as my thoughts go, there are many universities open to you here in Alabama. EX. Troy university, University of North Alabama etc...i think you will be fine


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