What is a college unit???

  1. This is a silly question, but I know nothing about college ok!
    When a pre-req class says its 3 units, im confused as to what a unit is, how long a unit is and so forth. Also I know its different everywhere, but how much does 1 unit cost? I was told at a different school here that it costs 10$ to regester for the class and then you have to buy the books needed. But im not going to that school, so....
    Anyways, there are ALOT of pre-req classes for the RN program, They said the RN program itself costs 2500$ at B.C. but Im wondering how much Im gonna spend on all those pre-req classes and how long it may take me.

    Barbara G.
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  3. by   lightsnoise
    The units refer to length of time in a class...like a 3 unit class has lets say 3 hour/week (lecture); while a 5 unit class has 3 hours/week(lecture) + 6 hours/week (lab)...it's all relative to the school you are in and if you're on the semester or quarter system. The basic prereqs for most nursing schools are: anatomy, physio, micro, intro to inorganic chem, nutrition, and intro to organic/biochem. Throw in the psych, socio, some extra LA classes if the schools require them. So...I would say it would take about 1-1.5 years to finish your pre-reqs (including a summer session). For my school its $25 a unit and books range from 60-$200 for one class...so I don't know....for my school--just for pre-reqs...classes is around $800 + $800 for books/supplies so $1600-$2200...is a rough estimate.
  4. by   babs4u
    Wow! Ok thanks for that info. I appreciate it.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    The average liberal arts or humanities class (English, sociology, nutrition, art appreciation, etc.) is considered an average 3-unit class. Under most circumstances, a course load of at least 12 units (4 of these classes) is universally considered a full-time class schedule in college.

    Science courses with labs (anatomy & physiology, chemistry, microbiology, etc.) are 4-unit classes at some schools, and 5-unit classes at other institutions. This is because you must attend a lecture class in addition to a practical lab class during the same week.

    Here's an example of a full-time 14-unit class schedule:

    Anatomy & Physiology lecture: Mon & Wed 8am-9:30am (3 units)
    Anatomy & Physiology laboratory: Mon & Wed 10am-11am (2 units)
    English 101: Tues & Thurs 8am-9:30am (3 units)
    Nutrition: Tues & Thurs 10am-11:30am (3 units)
    Growth & Development: Tues & Thurs 12pm-1:30pm (3 units) ________________________________________________
    GRAND TOTAL: 14 units

    You'll notice that the class time per week corresponds to the units. For example, you are spending 3 hours of class time per week in Nutrition, because you will be attending two classroom sessions from 10am to 11:30am weekly. These two sessions are 1.5 hours each day (Tues and Thurs), which adds up to a grand total of 3 credit hours (3 units) per week. That's why it is a 3-unit class. You will typically attend these classes over the course of a 16-week semester, either from January through May, or from August through December. Some people can handle 8-week college courses or even the 2-week minimesters.

    By the way, an average bachelor's degree requires 120-130 completed units. The typical associate's degree requires 60-70 completed units.

    I hope this helps. I, too, was baffled by the college experience at one time.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Aug 10, '09 : Reason: added something