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Chemistry Question - Is it necessary?

  1. 0 I would like to find out from nursing students if they feel that chemistry is a necessary pre-req to do well in nursing school or on the TEAVs?

    My school of choice does not require it as a pre-req, but they do require students to take biochemistry within the nursing program.

    I was planning to take chemistry for understanding chemistry questions on the TEAVs since I have no chemistry experience other than what I have learned in cellular biology.

    Do you use chemistry very much in nursing school? Is it needed to do well on the TEAVs, or could I do some basic home study and for chemistry?

    If I don't have to take it I can apply for nursing school in the spring of 2014, otherwise I have to wait until fall 2014.
  2. 27 Comments

  3. Visit  springchick1 profile page
    #1 0
    I only had 3 questions on the TEAS that were chemistry. As for whether or not you need to take it before you start nursing school, you will have to ask your school that. Each school has different requirements.
  4. Visit  Krazi4psych profile page
    #2 0
    I'm not a nursing student, but I'm a pre nursing student, and intro Chem is a prereq for microbiology at my school. Your school doesn't require the same?
  5. Visit  Trenata profile page
    #3 0
    Thanks. I am not asking if I need it to get into nursing school, because the school I am looking at doesn't require it. I am asking if nursing students felt it is helpful or necessary to do well in nursing school or on the TEAVs.
  6. Visit  Trenata profile page
    #4 0
    The schools in my area do not require chemistry for microbiology. Many of the schools do require chemistry but not as a pre-req to any other science. However my school of choice doesn't require it at all.
  7. Visit  springchick1 profile page
    #5 0
    I haven't seen how it would be helpful but others may disagree.
  8. Visit  FuturePsychNP profile page
    #6 2
    Necessary, no. Prudent, yes.
  9. Visit  Trenata profile page
    #7 0
    FuturePsychNP, could you clarify a bit! I plan to do some home study using Barron's EZ Chemistry and Khanacademy. I am interested to know how much one uses chemistry in nursing school! Thanks!

    I will take it if it is truly prudent, just need clarification! :-)
  10. Visit  emtb2rn profile page
    #8 1
    The only real benefit I got out of chemistry was demensional analysis which is how I did nursing math in school and how I do it in the real world.
  11. Visit  Trenata profile page
    #9 0
    That is what I was thinking too - that the benefit of chemistry is to learn dimensional analysis, which would be the focus of my home study besides basic chemistry!
    Last edit by Trenata on May 11, '13
  12. Visit  Stephalump profile page
    #10 0
    Not a prerequisite for my program. There may have been a few "Hey, I remember this from chemistry!" moments , but not enough to warrant taking the course if you really don't want to. All the conceits related to chemistry were taught from the ground up. Dimensional analysis and fluid and electrolytes is where I found it most useful.
  13. Visit  dawniepoo profile page
    #11 0
    I think my chemistry experience has come in handy for a few things. For one, understanding the basics of acid/base balance is easier with some chemistry knowledge. Also, it can help with understanding mechanisms of action on medications too.
  14. Visit  SuperHelper profile page
    #12 2
    I agree with dawniepoo. You will spend more time with fluid and electrolytes than you think and knowing chemistry helps a lot in that regard.