Chemistry Question - Is it necessary?

  1. 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 khanacademy.org 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.
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   springchick1
    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. by   Krazi4psych
    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. by   Trenata
    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. by   Trenata
    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. by   springchick1
    I haven't seen how it would be helpful but others may disagree.
  8. by   FuturePsychNP
    Necessary, no. Prudent, yes.
  9. by   Trenata
    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. by   emtb2rn
    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. by   Trenata
    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. by   Stephalump
    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. by   dawniepoo
    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. by   SuperHelper
    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.

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