Can I finish all the prereqs in one semester?

  1. To get on the waiting list at my CC I need to take Anatomy (4 units), Physiology (4 units) and Microbiology (5 units). These are semester long classes. Have any of you taken all three of these classes in the same semester?

    Each one of the classes has a lab component and it would be possible to schedule the classes to work around each other in the fall. I'm just wondering if I'm crazy to try and attempt these difficult classes all at the same time.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   manna
    You probably COULD, but it'd certainly be stressful. I'd say it depends on your other obligations - job? family? etc... and how strong of a student you are.

    Could you take one of them over the summer and the other in the fall? Also be sure that your anatomy course isn't a pre-req for physio.
  4. by   Blackcat99
    All of those classes ae very difficult. If you want to remain sane I suggest you take only one of these classes per semester. Best of luck to you
  5. by   Nurse Jeni
    Yeah, I was thinking it was going to be far too difficult to pull off those three classes well (meaning A/B grades). I will most likely take Anatomy over the Summer and take Physiology and Micro in the Fall. I'm just getting overly anxious thinking that I won't be able to get on that long waiting list until December. I've completed all my GE (70 units!) and now I'm working on the Nursing prereqs.

    I wish I'd been solid on pursuing nursing when I started. It would've been a lot easier sprinkling all those science courses over my college career. :chuckle

    Thanks for all the input!
  6. by   KimRN03
    I think you could only take Anatomy and Physiology together. Usually, you have to take A&P BEFORE you take Micro. You kinda need to know how cells function before you learn about how they are destroyed by microbes. Maybe it's different at your school, check with the registrar's office or your advisor to see if you can simultaneously take these classes.
  7. by   biscuitnic
    girl, i've been in school for 4 years and i'm JUST NOW deciding I want to do nursing! I'll be able to fit all the pre-reqs into two long semesters and a summer session THANK GOD! I've got about five semesters worth of credits for architecture classes
  8. by   lesley_girl
    Hmm, Jeni, I'm not an expert student, but I would seriuosly try not to take them all in the same semester if you can help it. I know of people that have done it and been fine, but the majority that try, fail. We lost probably a good 7-10 students from my nursing class last year because they were taking A&P, Micro, and nursing. They failed miserably. They are just all difficult classes. I'm a tutor for A&P, Micro, and first year nursing students and I get students all the time that come in and can't even keep what they are learning straight. It's sad really. So, my two cents...even though they may not count...don't do it.:uhoh21:
  9. by   Nurse Jeni
    Quote from KimRN03
    I think you could only take Anatomy and Physiology together. Usually, you have to take A&P BEFORE you take Micro. You kinda need to know how cells function before you learn about how they are destroyed by microbes. Maybe it's different at your school, check with the registrar's office or your advisor to see if you can simultaneously take these classes.
    Hence my question. My school only suggests you take these classes in a certain order, so I wondered how everyone felt about spacing those classes out (or not). At my college A & P are seperate classes. It is suggested you take Anat and Chem prior to Physio. Micro suggests Intro to Bio and Chem as prep. I'll be doing what they suggest, save Chem, which I won't be able to squeeze in until Spring.

    I'm a good student and I'm not too afraid of the content, just worried that all the labs would be too much for one semester, so I'm not going to risk it. Plus, I think all that info would better cement in my mind if I didn't try to beer bong it in there all at once! :chuckle

    Thanks for your advice!
  10. by   Sheri257
    It depends upon a lot of factors. Do you have to work while you go to school? Do you have kids? Does your school count GPA for acceptance into the nursing program?

    If the nursing school counts GPA, you have to figure what happens if the course load is too much and it adversely affects your GPA and, therefore, chances of acceptance. Also, if you decide to take a W late in the semester because the course load is too much, does the school count W's against you?

    My school doesn't allow you to take all three together because Anatomy is a pre-req for Physio. But, from what I understand, 80 percent of the people who take Anatomy and Micro together fail at least one of the courses. And 90 percent of the people who take Physio and Micro together fail at least one of courses. (By failing I'm also talking about D's since anything less than a C is not accepted.) Basic Bio and Chemistry are pre-reqs for all three courses.

    However, many of those people work and also have kids. Those stats probably aren't nearly as high for students who don't have to work and don't have kids. I managed to pull A's in Anatomy and Micro in one semester, but I basically did nothing but study.

    Just some food for thought. BTW, I wouldn't sweat the labs too much. If you do well with the lecture material, you'll probably do well with the labs. While labs aren't always directly related to lecture, most of it is.
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Mar 12, '04
  11. by   NurseDiva04
    This semester, I am working fulltime as a network administrator and I don't get a chance to study at work. I am taking online Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Microbiology, Ethics. It is alot of work, however, I am doing A's. No, I am not super smart and at 43 yo, the brain cells are out of wrack. Normally, I do all of my studying during the weekend. I don't sleep much doing the weekend, however, I am able to take a break during the Saturday and church on Sunday! However, I don't have a husband or siginificant other and the child is almost 19! I get the majority of my rest during the week day because I am normally tired after work. The first 6 weeks took some adjusting but I am doing great!! The online is ccconline.org. You do have alot of reading, labs, quizzes every weekend that is due.

    Cynthia

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