Nursing

  1. I was just wondering what classes are required for becoming an ob nurse. Do you have to take physics at all? I've taken anatomy, biology, chemistry, and all those science classes so far in high school.
    Thanks!
    Alison
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  3. by   orrnlori
    I don't know of a single nursing program that trains only OB nurses. All nursing programs train nurses. Maybe I don't understand your question.
  4. by   AGator86
    well no I didn't mean just ob nurses, but I was saying that's what I want to be. I guess that didn't really matter sorry, but in order to become a nurse what do you need.
  5. by   orrnlori
    Oh, okay. Well you have a good base then for college. The best thing to do is to go online and look at programs you are interested in. You will be able to find program content and course offerings and that will tell you what you need to consider at the college pre-req level. Different programs are slightly different and whether you go for an ADN or BSN will impact the things you need. As a general rule of thumb you will need to have some or all of the following+.

    College Writing - 6 hours. (this is usually standard for all college students)
    Communications or public speaking - 3 hours
    Math, either algrebra, statistics, applied math, contemporary math, 3-6 hours (depends on program, but you will have to have at least one math or pass CLEP algebra, etc).
    Anatomy and Physiology with labs - 4-8+ hours
    Chemistry or Biologoy or both with labs or without - 4 - 8 hours
    Microbiology - 3-4 hours
    History/Social sciences - 6 - 9 hours. (maybe more)
    literature/arts - 6 - 9 hours (maybe more)
    cross-cultural - 3 hours
    computer literacy possibly

    Some classes have to be taken before entering the program, some can be taken concurrently with nursing classes. Some classes are "weed out" classes, i.e. one of their major purposes is to weed out those who want to go into specific professional programs, only the strongest survive. In my program it was A&P X 2, they were both killer classe with labs.

    These are only generalizations, each program is different. There was a post recently about physics. None of the programs in our area require physics.

    Hope this gives you some ideas.
  6. by   AGator86
    Alright thank you so much! that helps a lot!
  7. by   AmyLiz
    You'll probably have to take a general pharmacology class too. Some schools want you to be a CNA before you start the nursing classes. My school offers NA Training...I took that class this past fall.

    Also, occasionally you'll find a school that will require you to take a physics class, but that's not too common.
  8. by   autimom4ever
    You don't have to take physics.. But you have to take the college level biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, A&P and Microbiology

    Hope this helps


    Quote from AGator86
    I was just wondering what classes are required for becoming an ob nurse. Do you have to take physics at all? I've taken anatomy, biology, chemistry, and all those science classes so far in high school.
    Thanks!
    Alison
  9. by   AGator86
    ok thank you so much yeah that really helps!

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