It is true that you don't need College Algebra in order to get into the A.S. program at Valencia; however if you want to get a Bachelor's degree later on, then you need to take that class and Statistics as well. I go to the Osceola campus and I took *******for College Algebra and ******* for Statistics. Both were amazing teachers! I've heard of people who have gotten into their class because they struggle with math. Into the nursing program, you will need to be confident in making conversions from different unit systems and if you want to take the BS you also have to take Intro to Chemistry. It sounds as if that class is easy when you read the word "Intro", but in fact, I though it was one of the most difficult classes I've taken so far (for me, that class was harder than Microbioloy and Anatomy & Physiology
). In order to succeed and pass Intro to Chemistry with a decent score, you need to be really good at math! Also, if you want to pass the TEAS test, you have to be quick in your math problems because there is a lot of math involved. Regarding the science classes for the A.S., you need to complete with a grade of C or better, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology. Plus, you have to take all of those science classes in campus because of the labs required. My last piece of advice is, go into the library at Valencia, borrow the "Essentials of Nursing" book and the "Dimensional Analysis" workbook. Read chapters 22 and 23 in the Nursing book and do some of the math problems in the other book. Then judge if you would like to go into Nursing school
. It would be a shame to invest effort and time in a carrer that will not make you happy. Good luck to you! I hope you make a good decision.
--Note: The waiting list for Nursing is 5 terms as of August 2011.