Adn Curriculum- No Chemistry?

  1. The RN program I am moving towards has pre-reqs of Biology, Microbiology,and 2 A&P courses (223&224). However, no Chemistry or Physics. I have been told these cannot be good programs without these classes, primarily Chemistry. Is their any truth to this? Would this hinder me? the school is CCSN in Las Vegas,Nv.- Thanks
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   jimthorp
    I can't speak for NV but chemistry is required at all ADN programs around here but no physics. First semester chemistry or physics is not that difficult anyway. I would think chemistry is a must have, especially if you might sometime down the road go for a BSN or higher. You could do without the physics.

    My school allowed me to test out of BIO. I took it again anyway as it served as a good base for A&P and I had not had it since my early college days.

    Is the program approved by your BON?
    Last edit by jimthorp on Jan 5, '07 : Reason: clarification
  4. by   goodknight
    Most ADN programs here in Arkansas don't require Chem. That's a bachelor's prereq.
  5. by   SCRN1
    Those classes weren't required by themselves where I went to school but they were included in the Anatomy/Physiology and microbiology classes that were required.
  6. by   samaletta
    I am just finishing up my adn degree, and I did not have to take chemistry. I agreed with the others when they said it was a bsn class.
  7. by   Jo Dirt
    The people who told you this don't know what they're talking about.
    I took chemistry but it was toward a BSN. I don't recall any information in the chemistry classed I learned that was a must for nursing. What little chemistry you need to know can be taught in A&P and pharmacology.
  8. by   Tweety
    High school chemistry was all that was necessary for our ADN program. I didn't have to take chemistry until I started working on my BSN. However, there are RN to BSN programs that don't have a chemistry requirement. I think A&P, pharm and the patho. we learn is doable without it.
  9. by   donsterRN
    I started at a diploma program, and Chemistry was required in our first semester at a local college. So I took that and got the college credit for it. Then, health issues made it necessary for me to leave the diploma program, and I've just restarted at our local CC. There, high school chemistry is a requirment for admission, but it's not part of the curriculum. I believe that the chemistry necessary for health care professions will be taught whenever and wherever they're needed. Just because it's not included in the curriculum does not make it a bad program. You'll learn what you need to learn.
  10. by   TouchstoneRN
    I have an ADN and as a prereq for A&P and micro we had to take chemistry. Chemistry was not a requirement for my nursing degree but without Chemistry credits I could not have taken A&P and micro which were prereqs..
  11. by   MIA-RN1
    ADN here--all we needed was high-school level chemistry. Also had to take anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. Our program is a very good one. We had 97-98% pass rate on the NCLEX from my graduating class in May 06.
  12. by   RunningWithScissors
    Ironic, isn't it, how little actual science classes we have to take to get through the nursing programs, but are held to the knowledge base of a physician!

    Doubt this? Well then consider the fact that nurses must decide whether the med/treatment the physician order for the patient is not only correct, but correct enough. As in, "the nurse SHOULD HAVE KNOWN."
  13. by   AfloydRN
    At my nursing school, chemistry was not a requirement. It was a pre- req for Physio. I took physio and passed- never took chemistry. After being an RN for 11 years, I can honestly say I have never needed Chemistry. ( or history, art, poly sci, etc...)
  14. by   TheCommuter
    I am in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Half of the ADN programs around here absolutely do not require any type of chemistry class as a prerequisite or corequisite. I shall mention that all of these programs are NLN-accredited and highly regarded around the community.

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