Dumb Question

  1. I know this may seem dumb to some of ya'll, but I need clarification on this:

    Some schools have a list of prereq such as:

    PSY, ENG I & II, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Ethics, Microbiology & Pathology, Introduction to Chemistry & Sociology

    Now are these all the classes you have to take ONLY? Or are the core still reuired like History, Speech etc?

    Please help me I feel so confused about this and I apologize if this comes across as a dumb question. I would ask my advisor, but he is always too busy.

    Thanks for your feedback!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    the college I went to, associate degre program, we had to have the core classes, english, history etc....but not speech or chemistry etc....since those were classes required for a BSN. But we had to have the classes that were required to get a general ed degree, in addition to the pre req's for nursing
  4. by   researchrabbit
    A pre-req is a class that is required in order to take another class (example: you have to take Algebra I before you can take Algebra II to make sure you have the core knowledge to pass the higher level class).

    Other classes may be required by your degree (so you have to have them prior to graduation) but you can take them at any point.

    PS School is confusing. There are no dumb questions!
  5. by   Momto2Boys
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    the college I went to, associate degre program, we had to have the core classes, english, history etc....but not speech or chemistry etc....since those were classes required for a BSN. But we had to have the classes that were required to get a general ed degree, in addition to the pre req's for nursing
    Thanks for the feedback! So I should follow the core for General education degree for the school that I plan on attending then? Also how long did it take you to finish your pre-req?
  6. by   Rena RN 2003
    somewhere at your school there should be a list of all the classes you have to take.

    they may be listed as "core classes." most core classes include things like english comp I & II, etc. so if the description for your degree says that you must take core classes in addition to nursing classes, then you would take the entire core class list plus the nursing classes.

    luckily, our school list every class we need for the program individually. :chuckle



    oh, and there are no dumb questions.
  7. by   live4today
    My nursing degree came from an Associate Degree Program in a Community College, and YES.....CHEMISTRY was REQUIRED, so was SPEECH.

    Other NON-NURSING courses but essential to getting into the nursing program were:

    ENGLISH I & II
    SOCIOLOGY I & II
    PSYCHOLOGY .......quite a few of these were required
    PHARMACOLOGY
    COMPUTERS
    ALLIED HEALTH MATH
    MICROBIOLOGY
    A & P I & II
    AND A HOST OF OTHERS........

    I don't recall History being a requirement though (???) I'll have to look at my age-old transcript of long a go. :chuckle
  8. by   Momto2Boys
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    My nursing degree came from an Associate Degree Program in a Community College, and YES.....CHEMISTRY was REQUIRED, so was SPEECH.

    Other NON-NURSING courses but essential to getting into the nursing program were:

    ENGLISH I & II
    SOCIOLOGY I & II
    PSYCHOLOGY .......quite a few of these were required
    PHARMACOLOGY
    COMPUTERS
    ALLIED HEALTH MATH
    MICROBIOLOGY
    A & P I & II
    AND A HOST OF OTHERS........

    I don't recall History being a requirement though (???) I'll have to look at my age-old transcript of long a go. :chuckle
    WOW that is a lot!!! Did you take some pre-req during actual nursing classes?
  9. by   Irishcreme
    What college will you be attending? They normally have a list of all the classes you'll be taking. If you don't know the website, use a search engine or collegenet.com.
  10. by   2banurse
    A lot of it would depend on your program. Within your college catalog, there should be a list of the requirements. Usually if you are going for an A.S. degree to become an ADN, you will have some of the general ed requirements but not all. If you are going for the BSN, like I am, you need to take the general ed courses as well as the nursing prereqs. Most important though is this...if you are going to be on schedule with your prereqs and are able to take some other classes, do so...it won't hurt your GPA if you are enthusiastic about a class and do well in it.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    basically, you can build an associate's degree getting your pre-req's for nursing. (and I did).... that is why i recommend going for a BSN.....you have to have almost EXACTLY the SAME core classes any baccalaureate degree program requires, anyhow.
  12. by   ShandyLynnRN
    it took me a year to complete all the prereqs for my ADN program except for microbiology, which I took the first semester of the nursing program...but I did change majors at one point, si I had a few extra classes that werent required
  13. by   kikibug
    ok then, what is a non-sequential course then??? One that you can take at anytime during the Nursing Program or what??? I was not sure about that, maybe someone can clarify??

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