Confused about prerequesites?

  1. Okay...I understand that you have to have prereq's to start out, but when you're an LPN going ADN or an ADN going to BSN, wouldn't your prereq's have been covered from your previous degree? Why would an ADN have prereq's before they could start on their BSN? I mean, if you were going straight through, wouldn't your prereq's for your 3rd year have been taken in your second year?

    Does this make any sense? I know what I'm trying to say but having a tough time getting it on paper (or keyboard)
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   altomga
    Many pre-req's that are needed for a BSN are not needed for an ADN. I am finishing up my pre-reqs for a BSN program. I did not NEED college algebra, bio-chem, statistics, or the extra humanities/social science electives, etc...to graduate with an associates degree. Unfortunately they are required for a BSN. All my classes for my ADN do count though! Does this help some?
  4. by   Jennerizer
    A majority of the pre-req classes are the same for the ADN & the BSN. There are a few that I didn't need to get into the ADN program....like sociology, nutrition, chemistry. And once I get my ADN.......I won't need to complete those pre-reqs for the BSN either because if you are an RN with an ADN going for your bachelor's degree.....you don't need the pre-reqs at the university over here. You automatically start the ADN to BSN program.....and have the option of doing a majority of the classes online.
  5. by   Nurse2bSandy
    I know that my prereq's for BSN have included lit class, anthropology, history, biochem, advanced writing and abnormal psych, as well as stats. My friends going for ADN don't need those things.
    All programs have different prereq's though...
  6. by   straba
    Sometime what people refer to as pre-req's for a BSN are really degree requirements. That is, they are classes reqired by the college or university in order to receive a bachelor's degree from them ie. humanities electives, or foriegn languages.
  7. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    That's right straba!!!
  8. by   LeesieBug
    At our school, if you are an RN going for a BSN , there are pre-requisites, but the majority of them would have already been completed by a nurse with an ADN. The student would probably need Government, Ethics, Statistics and Speech before entering the nursing classes. Those are the few that I noticed are not required by our local ADN programs. Any other non-nursing classes are requirements for graduation, but not pre-reqs.

    As far as LPN getting an RN, in our area they need to do all the same pre-reqs as students who are not nurses yet. Any science classes they may have had as part of the LPN program don't transfer for college credit. For the BSN they are able to test out of the first two nursing classes, nursing 211 and 212.
    Last edit by LeesieBug on Jun 5, '03
  9. by   LorraineCNA
    clear things up a bit.

    Thanks to all who responded.

    Lorraine

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