Okay, I'll try to be as brief as possible. In about a week I will hear if I've been accepted to the nursing program for fall. I am and will be taking science pre/co-requisites through Rio Salado. One of the prerequisites to entering the nursing program is that you have to have completed high school or college chemistry, OR if you've already completed Micro before entering the nursing program, the chemistry requirement is waived.
I have not taken chemistry since high school (14 years ago). Rio Salado does not require chemistry as a prereq to Micro, so I was planning on taking Micro this summer through them in order to get the chemistry waiver. Class doesn't start until May 17th, and it's a 16-week class, which means it would not be complete until September 4th. Fall semester at the college where I'll be taking nursing school
begins August 23rd, two weeks before I would have Micro complete.
So I called Rio and spoke with the head of the science department to find out if I could accelerate Micro (they let you do that with some classes - basically you rewrite the schedule so that you complete all the coursework at whatever timeframe you and the instructor agree upon). He said Micro is not a class that can be accelerated. He did suggest talking to my school to find out if they would accept a "progress report" on the first day of class, letting them know that I'm passing the class. He said they do that once in a while with other local schools
and it usually isn't a problem. After he found out who my instructor is for the class I'm currently taking at Rio (the instructor is a good friend of his) he was VERY helpful and accommodating, and said that if the nursing program will not take a progress report, to call him and he would go to bat for me and see if he can work it out with them.
I was VERY grateful for the offer and that he was willing to help me out, but I'm also afraid that I might be branded by the nursing instructors and the school as a "troublemaker" or someone who tries to get around the rules. I certainly don't want to do anything to jeopardize my nursing school career or get off on the wrong foot with the instructors. What would you do in this situation? Would you accept his offer to talk to the nursing program and get the progress report accepted?
Also, does anyone have any experience with being *not quite done* with a prereq by the time nursing school starts, and is it common for them to accept a favorable progress report?
Thanks in advance for any feedback!