Most BSN programs require only ONE five hour Chemistry class which covers general, oganic, and biochemistry subject matter. Furthermore, most BSN programs don't leave very much room for electives (espcially when you consider University mandated courses such as English, Fine Arts ect.). Here is my conundrum. I took TWO General Chemistry courses last year when my focus was more pre-pharmacy than nursing. I also took the required five hour course over the summer. Should I somehow find the time to work in an additional one, two or three Chemistry courses (those courses would probably be Organic I, Organic II, and Biochemistry)?
Taking those classes would of course increase the possibility that my GPA will be degradated. I would be competing against pre-med, pre-pharmacy, AND future Ph'D's in the sciences. On the other hand I have noticed that SOME of the CRNA schools
want a chemistry course ABOVE the basic five hour survey course (this poses a true challenge for other nursing students with CRNA ambitions since the pre-requisites for those higher level Chemistry courses are the two General Chemistry courses NOT required or accepted for the BSN).
How did you go about balancing the desire for higher level science courses against maintaining your GPA?
Sep 8, '02
possible. I am going the BSN route because as I explained below in a different post there are CRNA schools which require a BSN but NONE (at least that I can find) which exclude this degree. In addition, most of the schools in my area have phased out the ASN degree. How would one gain the required professional experience as an RN in critical care without having a BSN or ASN which facilitate their being licensed?
I'm not sure that I will have the time to take the extra classes you suggest before graduation. Unfortunately, those upper level science courses usually have one or two three hour labs per week that are difficult to integrate into a schedule when you are in clinicals. Perhaps, I and those in my situation can study textbooks on our own (although this obviously won't help our transcripts directly). I have already made it a point to read almost every issue of Science and Nature cover to cover published in the last ten years (of course I don't even PRETEND to understand everything I read in those magazines). In addition, I plan to read as many articles in the T.E.A.L. CD-Rom as possible during the rest of school and while I'm gaining my experience.
Last edit by Roland on Sep 8, '02