Can't decide... statistic or precalculus ???

I am really confused and don't know what to do.
I still have to take a math class before applying into nursing program and I can't decide which one will be the best for me! My goals is to get RN degree, then BSN, and then CRNA. Math comes very easy for me and I am not afraid of it... On one hand I am afraid that I will be bored by taking statistic and on other hand... I may have to take statistics in the future anyway for BSN or CRNA. But truly I think I would have more fun with precalculus...
Any advice? 

May 13, '09Take the course you need. If precal is really so much fun, you can take that too, but definitely take the course you are going to need in the futureyou'll have to anywaysbetter to get it over now rather than later.

May 13, '09I agree with the above poster. You're going to need Statistics. Might as well take it now. Maybe later you can use the precalc as an elective somewhere...


May 13, '09You may need statistics for your BSN, most programs require it. If you like math and want to take precalculus, then take it after you have completed statistics, when you have time for electives. Get done what you need first, extras can come later.


May 13, '09my bsn program required a statistics class as a prerequisite for the nursing research class that was required to graduate with the bsn. however, the statistics class was a very specific requirement as well and was not a mathematics statistic, but a statistics class offered through one of the social science departments. as others have said, if you know where you are going for your bsn and crna, take the statistics class that is a requirement for the nursing research class. otherwise, knock yourself out with precalculus. fyi. . .drug calculations in nursing only require 8thgrade math competency and some (like me) prefer to solve some problems using dimensional analysis (factor labeling). basic word problems that are done in prealgebra are what you need to be able to understand and solve for nursing math. it's nice to be able to graph equations, work with polynomials, solve quadratic equations, and play a little with some trig functions, but you'll probably never need to use those skills in nursing.